Global Leaders in Fire Investigation®

2018 Election

Message from Michael A. Schlatman, IAAI-CFI
Chairman, IAAI Election Committee


Voting for the election of an IAAI Second Vice President and four members of the IAAI Board of Directors will open April 10th. It is extremely important that you exercise your right to vote.

We believe it is your obligation as a member to participate and elect the most qualified candidates. Please do not let others determine the direction of this Association.

Voting Instructions
  • Only Active and Life members have voting privileges. Please check to make sure your membership is current. If you have difficulty accessing the members only section, please contact Chris Burt at the IAAI Office 800-468-IAAI or via email at chris.burt@firearson.com.
  • You will only receive the ballot one time and once you have voted you cannot return to change a ballot.
  • Voting will end at noon Central Time on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 prior to the Annual General Meeting at the ITC in Frisco, TX.

Note: According to the IAAI By-laws Article IV, Section 10A- Only one Board member (excluding officers) may be elected from each State, Territory, District, Chapter or Province and must serve at least three years as a member of the Board before being eligible for election to a higher office.

Therefore, only select one of the candidates from California.

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CANDIDATES' QUALIFICATIONS (in ballot order)

2018 IAAI SECOND VICE PRESIDENT CANDIDATES (one seat open)

 
Qualifications:
I have a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice with a Psychology minor. I served in law enforcement, the fire service, and EMS for over 30 years. I have been employed for 11 years in the private sector. I have been an instructor for over 39 years. I have been active in my state chapter for 25 years and the IAAI for 17 years. I am passionate about the IAAI, our mission, and our goals. I have acquired knowledge and experience into the organization and I am ready to serve on the Executive Team as 2nd Vice President.
 
Profile:
IAAI Member: 17 years
Annual General Meetings Attended: 6
 
Chapter Involvement: Director 2nd Vice President 1st Vice President President Past President Sergeant-At-Arms

Please list any International offices held, special projects or Committee work, indicating years of service:
Director, 2014-Present Investigator Safety Committee 2004-2009 Transportation subcommittee,Training and Education Committee 2004-2009 Principles and Practices Committee 2015-Present Application Review subcommittee, CFI Committee 2011-Present Health and Safety Committee 2016-Present Chapters Committee Chair 2015-Present 
 
 
Qualifications:
The IAAI leads the profession of fire investigation in training, certifications and advancing the science of fire investigation. As the owner of a fire investigation company, I have a unique perspective regarding the energy and enthusiasm necessary for the continued success of the organization. My commitment to the IAAI through previous work as a board member and continued work on committees provides me with first-hand knowledge of IAAI's inner workings, giving me a unique perspective on future organizational growth . I feel that my leadership style, combined with my ideas and approach will allow the organization to continue to thrive.
 
Profile:
IAAI Member: 19 years
Annual General Meetings Attended: 6
 
Chapter Involvement:
Board Member – 2 terms Secretary President – 2 terms
 
Please list any International offices held, special projects or Committee work, indicating years of service:
Board Member 2008-2014 Committee Chair for Principles and Practice to NFPA 921 and 1033 for the 2014 Edition and 2017 Edition Director at Large IAAI Foundation, 2016-Present Member of Diamond Club IAAI Fire Investigation Standards Committee Member 2013 – Present CFI committee member Strategic Planning Committee Member 2012 – Present ITC Training Committee Member Editorial Review Committee for the Fire and Arson Investigator Journal 2016 – Present Firearson.com Website Content Review Committee Facilitator for IAAI ECT program Facilitator for IAAI EWCT program 2017 IAAI Certified Instructor Lecturer for IAAI programs at 3 ITC offerings.
 

2018 IAAI BOARD OF DIRECTOR CANDIDATES (four seats open) 
 
Note: According to the IAAI By-laws Article IV, Section 10A- Only one Board member (excluding officers) may be elected from each State, Territory, District, Chapter or Province and must serve at least three years as a member of the Board before being eligible for election to a higher office.
 
Therefore, only select one of the candidates from California. 
 
 
Qualifications:
Having served in my local chapter, I have gained the experience it takes to be a part of a positive team to provide the members of our organization the very best in training. I also feel that the time I have served as the student member liaison for the IAAI gives me great in site to the future of our organization.It takes willingness, hard work, and the ability to work with others to provide what it takes to make an organization the best that it can be.
 
Profile:
IAAI Member: 8 years
Annual General Meetings Attended: 4
 
Chapter Involvement:
Director 6yrs, Membership committee chairs 4yrs, Currently Iam 2nd VP
 
Please list any International offices held, special projects or Committee work, indicating years of service:
Student member liaison 4yrs, Arson awareness week committee chair, sergeant of arms 2017 ITC 
 
 
Qualifications:
I am dedicated to fire, arson, and explosion investigation and prevention. To uphold the mission of IAAI, I understand it is essential to encourage and support and serve with the highest ethical standards. My ability to professionally engage individuals in diverse communities and professional organizations enables me to serve as a true resource to our members. I believe the leadership, managerial, and organizational skills I have acquired and demonstrated have prepared me to continue to serving as a director who is committed to aid IAAI in fulfilling its vision of serving as a global resource to fire and explosion investigators
 
Profile:
Annual General Meetings Attended: 6
Chapter Involvement: Southern Vice President, 2nd Vice President, 1st Vice [President, President.

Please list any International offices held, special projects or Committee work, indicating years of service :
Board of Directors, IAAI Foundation Fund raisers, coin challenge, poker run, swamp rump, motorcycle raffle, promotional work for the good of the organization. 
 

 
Qualifications:
I continue to develop myself to be the best leader possible. Preparation for leadership is a continuous effort. My experience as a police officer, firefighter, EMT, and fire investigator allow me to practice these skills daily. I’m a Combat Veteran, and proudly served our country as an enlisted person in the US Marine Corps and Army National Guard. I have been acquiring skills that I use every day to lead others. I believe in the power of professional development to make our organizations better. I’m a multidiscipline, multicultural, bilingual, dedicated professional who excels at bringing people, ideas, and actions together.
 
Profile:
IAAI Member: 8 years
Annual General Meetings Attended: 6
 
Chapter Involvement:
I am a member of the Board of Directors of the California Conference of Arson Investigators. At CCAI I serve as the social media coordinator, where I actively engage with the CCAI community via social media channels. I also serve on the Finance and Marketing committees. I am also a member of the Board of Directors of the Hispanic American Chapter, in which I serve as the Director of Communications and Historian.
 
Please list any International offices held, special projects or Committee work, indicating years of service:
I currently serve on the IAAI Board of Directors, to which I am honored to have been nominated for reelection. At the IAAI I chair the Social Media committee, focusing on communication amongst the chapters and with IAAI HQ. I have also been involved with training IAAI staff in the use of social media as an effective communications and marketing tool. In 2011 and 2012 I presented a class at the ITC on the effective uses of social media as an investigative tool. At the time, this was not a common tool and one that many investigators were not familiar with. As a Director with a strong interest in modern communications tools, I have been in contact with various IAAI chapters as we strive to increase chapters’ reach and communication. For the past 2 years I have also had the privilege of representing IAAI at the NFPA Responder Forum, a 3-day annual event hosted by NFPA where emerging trends in the fire service are discussed. During these events I have focused on data, and how the proper collection and use of data in today’s modern world can be a powerful tool for the fire industry. I have also had the honor of representing the IAAI abroad, as we meet with Fire Chiefs and Fire Training Officers from South America (via the Organization of American Firefighters, OBA) to establish a standard curriculum based on the accepted methodology and NFPA 921. The partnership between OBA and IAAI promises to open exciting roads into Latin America.
 
 
Qualifications:
I have spent most of my professional career in the fire investigation field. I was certified by ATF in 1996 as a CFI and then by IAAI in 1997. I have successfully perfected numerous criminal cases against arsonist and now manage a business line responsible for Origin & Cause investigations for the private industry. I have taught at local IAAI Chapters, the ATF National Academy, The National Fire Academy and the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest, Hungry. I have been active in the Iowa Chapter since 1997 and have held several positions to include President.
 
Profile:
IAAI Member: 23
Annual General Meetings Attended: 12
 
Chapter Involvement:
Iowa Chapter - Director of Detection, 2nd VP, 1st VP, President and Life Member
 
Please list any International offices held, special projects or Committee work, indicating years of service:
Current Board of Directors since 20i5, Current Chairman Editorial Review Board since 2015