North Texas 2018 Mid-Winter Seminar


Raising the Bar of Professionalism

February 8, 2018 (Thursday)
8:30am – 6pm

7 hours of Continuing Education
Up to 10 vendors
Networking Opportunities and Free Parking


Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Park Central

13131 North Central Expressway, Dallas Texas 75243



TALI Members $189:  click here to Register. 

Non-TALI Members $209:  click here to Register.



Special TALI room rate of $134 for Attendees staying overnight if booked before January 18th

Click here to register online or call the hotel directly at 972.234.3300 

  • $134/night two room suite with a King Bed with full size pull out sofa bed - sleeps up to 4 guests
  • All suites consist of wet bar, coffee maker, mini refrigerator, microwave, two 3” plasma screen TV’s, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, and high speed internet access.
  • Complimentary Self-Parking in the Underground Garage
  • Complimentary Full, Cook- To- Order Breakfast Daily free breakfast to those staying at hotel 
  • Complimentary Evening Managers Reception (Includes beer, wine, mixed drinks, sodas, etc. and light snacks) 5:30-7:30pm daily for those staying at hotel           
  • Complimentary transportation located within a three-mile radius of Hotel
  • Access to Indoor Pool, Jacuzzi and PRECOR Fitness
  • 24-hour on-site coin operated washer/dryer



 Texas Law Shield



DLM Electronics

PI Direct Link


Snap Diligence


Trouble Spotters

DFA Insurance



Would you like to be a Vendor or Sponsor at this Event?

Click here for online Vendor registration and here for online registration. 



Raising the Bar of Professionalism



Lt. Col. Allen B. West

"Lessons in Leadership, Professionalism and Ethics from a Career as a Soldier

1 Hour of Continuing Education


Lt. Col. West is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family. During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award. In 1993 he was named the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year.   In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District. As a member of the 112th Congress, he sat on the Small Business and Armed Services Committees and was instrumental in passage of the 2011 and 2012 National Defense Authorization Acts.   He is a Fox News Contributor, contributing columnist for, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom. He is the former Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas Texas.  Lt. Col. West holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee as well as two Masters degrees, one from Kansas State University and another from the US Army Command and General Staff Officers College.  West is an avid distance runner, a Master SCUBA diver, a motorcyclist, and in his spare time he enjoys cheering his beloved Tennessee Volunteers.  Lt. Col. West is a legacy life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, life member of the Association of the United States Army and the Society of the First Infantry Division, life member and is a Board of Directors member of the National Rifle Association. West is an inductee into the University of Tennessee Army ROTC Hall of Fame. He is on the Board of Advisors of Amegy Bank, Dallas Region and was appointed by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission.

Karl de la Guerra

"Recognizing Human Trafficking

1 Hour of Continuing Education


Karl de la Guerra is a 38-year veteran of the protective services industry. His experience includes U.S. military law enforcement, civilian law enforcement and international corporate security management. Karl began his law enforcement career in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas.  Throughout his career, Karl's emphasis has been on counter terrorism and executive protection.  Karl is the CEO of Karl de la Guerra, Inc. (KDI), an international security consulting and protective services training firm. Karl is also founder of KDI Protective Services of South Carolina, a state licensed private security agency, specializing in executive protection.  For the past two years, Karl has been the on-air security analyst for CBS Charlotte (WBTV), covering breaking news on national and international terrorist incidents and law enforcement events. He also hosts the weekly live segment "For Your Safety". Karl is the Representative to North America for the International Bodyguard & Security Services Association (IBSSA). In 2016 he founded of the IBSSA International Anti-human Trafficking Project which now operates in 23 countries. This project works closely with numerous large corporations, The University of North Carolina, The University of Belgrade, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office.  Karl is a member of the Charlotte Chapter of ASIS International and he serves as Regional Vice President for the FBI InfraGard in South Carolina. Karl works extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East conducting tactical training and promoting international trade in the area of public safety.  Keeping his ties close to Texas, he maintains a police instructor certification through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. He is a member of the National Tactical Officers Association and the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association.  In 2010, during a ceremony at a royal palace outside of Budapest, Hungary, Karl received an investure of Knighthood into the Sovereign Order of Cyprus, a rare recognition for an American.


Erwin Ballarta

"Dynamics of Attacks during Interviews

1 Hour of Continuing Education


Erwin M. Ballarta has been a commissioned police officer for over 31 years. He retired from the Texas Department of Public Safety and is now commissioned as a Special Ranger. He recently retired as the Executive Director of the historic Texas Police Association established in 1895. After the September 11, 2001 attack on our country, Erwin acted as Liaison between Philippines and the United States on mutual alliance to combat world terrorism. He had instructed both the United States Army and Marines on pre-deployment training.  Erwin M. Ballarta is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and the 188th Session of the FBI National Academy.


Wendy Carlson

"Forensic Document Examination as an Expert Witness

1 Hour of Continuing Education


Wendy Carlson is a Forensic Document Examiner and Handwriting Expert with experience testifying in courts since 2008. I have been accepted as an expert in courtrooms in 16 states and 3 countries, testifying for plaintiffs, defendants, government agencies and private citizens. I have testified in local, state and federal courts, in criminal and civil cases.  As a forensic document examiner, my work has included examination of more than 16,000 documents consisting of wills, deeds, titles, graffiti, checks, suicide notes, threat notes, baseball cards, you name it, I have likely seen it.  As a handwriting expert for personality I have analyzed countless signatures and handwritings for job placement, self-improvement, and fun! Handwriting analysis is a superb means to finding out about yourself, your competition and others you are working with or against. If you can find out about someone's personality before you even get to speak with them, you are one step ahead in understanding how a person thinks, processes information, what their temperament is,and what their fears and defense mechanisms are before you even shake hands.


Dorothy Filippov

"Bitcoin:  Intro to CryptoCurrency and Evidence

2 Hours of Continuing Education


Dorothy A. Filippov, CFE, MAFF, is a Director of Financial Forensics at McCann Cyber Investigations. Ms. Filippov holds a master’s degree in Decision and Information Science, is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), a Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF), and a Licensed Private Investigator in experience in litigation engagements and financial modeling. She brings her data analytics and programming background to the analysis and synthesis of complex financial topics including cryptocurrency, fraud risk mitigation, embezzlement, concealed assets, and other financial forensic investigations. Ms. Filippov provides consulting, asset tracing, and expert testimony in disputes where these topics arise.



Jeff Crilley

"Marketing without Money

1 Hour of Continuing Education


Jeff believes in combining learning with laughter. His charismatic speaking style lends itself perfectly to this fun, interactive, information-packed talk. Takeaways include:
-How to come up with stories the media will love
-The best and worst times for news coverage
-How to keep your press releases from getting thrown away
-How to handle negative news
-How to become the "expert" in your field when the media will call for a quote
-How to keep reporters coming back for more
Jeff Crilley retired from TV news after 25 years in the business to start the country's first "all journalist" PR firm. During his career, he made hundreds of national news appearances including CNN, CNN Headline News, FOX News, The Discovery Channel, Good Morning America and The CBS Early Show. He has been recognized by his peers with dozens of national and regional awards including the Emmy, the National Headliners Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Thurgood Marshall Award and in 2004 was named by the Texas Associated Press, "The Best TV Reporter in the state.” For more information, visit


For Additional Information, Contact:

Region 1 Director Tamara Shelley at [email protected]