Event:  North Carolina Association of Private Investigators’ Fall Conference 2024
Dates:  November 19 - 20, 2024
Location:  Courtyard by Marriott, 100 Charlotte Avenue, Carolina Beach, NC 28428


Topic: PPS Overview & Current Issues Facing Our Industry (1 hour)
Speaker: Paul Sherwin, Director, North Carolina Private Protective Services
3101 Industrial Drive, Suite 104
Raleigh, NC 27609
Office (984) 220-8625


Speaker Biography:  Paul Sherwin was appointed by Department of Public Safety Secretary Eric Hooks as the director of PPS in June 2020. Prior to his appointment, he served as the agency’s Deputy Director.Sherwin previously worked in corporate security with DHL Global Forwarding, and in law enforcement with the Norfolk Southern Railway Police Department in Raleigh; the Durham County Sheriff’s Office; and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Hillsboro, Oregon. Sherwin is a veteran who served in the Oregon Army National Guard and the U.S. Army from 2002 to 2011, where he achieved the rank of captain and worked primarily in the infantry and field artillery branches. He completed one deployment to Mosul, Iraq, in 2008. Sherwin received a BS degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and a Master’s Degree in administration from Queens University of Charlotte.


Topics: PI Ethics (1 hour) and Public Records, Open Source & FOIA (1 hour)

Speaker: Hal Humphreys
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Speaker Biography:  Thomas “Hal” Humphreys is co-owner and director of instruction at PI Education and executive editor of Pursuit Magazine. As a certified fraud examiner, certified general real estate appraiser, and licensed private investigator, Hal has spent nearly 30 years chasing down information by knocking on doors and digging into musty courthouse archives. As owner of [FIND] Investigations, a PI agency in Nashville, TN, Hal discovered the work he loves best: criminal defense investigations. He’s worked high-profile murder cases for private attorneys and post-conviction cases for the federal defender’s office. Hal is also a writer and radio producer whose work has appeared on Marketplace and WYNC’s On the Media and Fast Company.



Topic: PI Liabilites & How to Protect Yourself (1 hour)
Speaker: Isaac Peck

Speaker Biography:  Isaac Peck is the Publisher of Working PI magazine and the President of OREP, a leading provider of liability insurance for private investigators. In his 13th year at OREP, Mr. Peck has extensive experience advising professionals on risk management, liability, state board complaints and claims. Today, over 13,000 professionals trust OREP with their insurance and Working PI is the most widely read magazine for private investigators nationwide, reaching 25,000+ investigators in print and online. Mr. Peck has dedicated his entire career to serving professional service firms with the latest news, information and liability advice. He is a licensed insurance broker in 49 states and holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting.




Topics: How to Run, Grow & Market a PI Business (3 hours) and Know Your Clients (2 hours)

Speaker: Kelly Riddle

Speaker Biography:  Mr. Riddle is the President of Kelmar Global Investigations and has more than 44 years of investigative experience. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Alabama. He was chosen as the “PI of the Year” by the National Association of Investigative Specialists and the PI Magazine named Mr. Riddle as the “#1 PI in the United States”. He has been designated an expert in surveillance, insurance investigations, nursing home abuse and computer investigations. He was chosen as “One of the Top 25 PI’s of the 20th Century.” Kelly obtained his Texas Certified Investigator designation (less than 50 in TX.) Mr. Riddle is also the past President (2010-2012) for TALI - the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators; Board of Directors (2007-2010) for TALI as well as being on the Board of Directors for the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. Kelly is on the Advisory Board for FAPI - the Florida Association of Private Investigators and is on the Public Relations committee for the Council of International Investigators. Kelly is also on the Board of Directors for the Intellenet Board Accredited Investigator certification and the Membership Chair for the San Antonio Chapter of ASIS. He is a Founding Board Member and Board Advisor for the non-profit organization “Can You Identify Me.” Mr. Riddle is on the Board of Directors for the National Council of Investigation and Security Services and the National Association for Missing and Exploited Children. Region 4 Director for National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI). Kelly was the recipient of the 2013 Investigator of the Year award, the highest recognition presented by the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators.

 Mr. Riddle is the author of 14 books and has published more than 40 articles. Kelly has been the guest speaker at more than 850 events and has been featured in newspapers, magazines and on national TV, radio and podcast programs. Kelly was also presented the NALI Editor-Publisher Award in 2004.

Prior law enforcement experience includes being a member of the SWAT team, a Training Officer, Emergency Medical Technician, Evidence Technician, Arson Investigator, Juvenile Specialist and Traffic Investigator.

Mr. Riddle is the Founder and President of the PI Institute of Education, as well as the Association of Christian Investigators with more than 1500 members in the U.S. and 19 countries. Kelly is the Founder of the Coalition of Association Leaders comprised of past and present board members from state, national and international associations.




Topic: From Pitfalls to Protections: Navigating Risks In Private Investigations with Sub-Contractors (2 hours)
Speaker: Catherine Flowers
Catherine "Cat" Flowers holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from St. Augustine's University and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps. During her tenure, she obtained extensive training and experience in leadership, recognizance, and surveillance. Catherine joined the Raleigh Police Department in 1992, where she served as a patrol officer, specialized drug enforcement officer, and community policing officer. She received extensive education and training in constitutional law, criminal investigations, and firearms during her years with the department.

In 1998, Catherine founded Cat's Eye Private Investigations LLC, a full-service private investigations firm that offers an array of investigative and consulting services to public and private entities. Over the last 24 years, she has successfully managed and investigated hundreds of criminal, civil, and domestic cases. Catherine has consistently sought and obtained continuous education and training to stay abreast of technological and methodological advancements in the private investigations industry.

Catherine was certified as a Prometric continuing education provider for insurance adjusters in the state of North Carolina in 2011. In this capacity, she developed and facilitated courses on advanced levels. She successfully completed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Drone Pilot certification in 2017, a noteworthy distinction in its own right and unique in that less than five percent (5%) of FAA drone pilots are women. In March of that year, she developed and facilitated a block of instruction titled "The Drone Revolution" to North Carolina claims adjusters.

In 2020, Catherine founded the PI Leadership Academy to share her extensive knowledge and experience with aspiring private investigators. She is an authorized instructor for the North Carolina Bar Association teaches attorneys about Active Shooter/Workplace Violence.  Ms. Flowers is authorized to train private investigators in eight states. Catherine is dedicated to sharing her expertise and promoting leadership excellence in the field of private investigation.


Topic: Due Diligence Background Investigations (1 hour)

Speaker: Marcy Phelps

Speaker Biography:  As the founder and president of Marcy Phelps & Associates Inc., Marcy helps clients identify and prevent fraud through background investigations and financial asset research, and litigation support. She started her company in 2000 after earning a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Denver. A Certified Fraud Examiner, North Carolina licensed private investigator and member of the NCAPI, Marcy shares her knowledge about investigative research through her blogs and online courses.