The Investigator of the Year Award and the Hudgins-Sallee Award


The Hudgins-Sallee Award was first established by TALI on October 27, 1995. This is the most distinguished, honorable and noble award that can be presented to a Member of TALI by their peers. This award was established in remembrance of two outstanding deceased TALI members — Virginia Hudgins and David Sallee. Virginia and David passed away within one month of each other in 1995. They both devoted over 20 years of their lives to TALI and both were Honorary Lifetime Members for their years of dedication, service and devotion to TALI. They both served on the TALI Board of Directors and numerous committees. 

TALI is what it is today because of the efforts, devotion and contributions made by members like Virginia and David. Therefore, the Hudgins-Sallee Award was established in their memory to exemplify the high moral and ethical standards by which a professional licensed private investigator adheres to in his/her services to the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators.The title was changed to the Investigator of the Year Award in 2017.

Past recipients of the prestigious Investigator of the Year Award are:
2017 Mark W. Stephens
2018 Peggy Walla
2019 Randy Kildow, TBCI

Past recipients of the prestigious Hudgins-Sallee Award are:
1996 Brian Tynes
1997 Naomi Wilson
1998 John Chism
1999 Edie Lee, TCI
2000 Patti James, CLI, TCI
2001 Ken DeFoor
2002 Rob Smith, TCI
2003 Karen Hewitt, TCI
2004 Carol Tharp, TCI
2005 George Cervantes, CLI, CII
2006 Brack Warren
2007 Rob Smith, TCI
2008 Brad Bacom, TCI
2009 Paul Hulsey, TCI
2010 James Bearden, TCI
2011 Macklyn Smith, TCI
2012 Randy Kildow, TCI
2013 Kelly Riddle, TCI
2014 John Feighery, TCI
2015  Ed Martin, TCI, CFE
2016  Wes Bearden, TCI