The NYACT State Education Conference is an annual flagship event that brings together professionals from State and Local Law Enforcement, Government, and Insurance Special Investigative Units to engage, learn and network with their peers from across New York State.  The agenda is built to enhance attendees knowledge, whether you are new to fraud investigation work or a seasoned professional.

The 2020 Annual Education Conference

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
8:30am-12:00pm

For information on our 2020 event, click here!


NYACT Annual Award Descriptions

Each year, the NYACT Board of Directors requests nominations from member companies and organizations for the following awards to be presented at the NYACT Annual Education Conference. 

NOMINATION FOR THE JOE McDONALD AWARD - For Law Enforcement Personnel
The Joe McDonald Award is NYACT’s highest and most prestigious honor and is given to an individual or team in Law Enforcement in recognition of their contributions to the prevention and investigation of auto theft and insurance fraud in New York State, and for their dedication, support and contributions to the mission and work of NYACT.  This award is named in honor of Joe McDonald, a co-founder of NYACT and dedicated vehicle crime and fraud fighter. (Plaque)

NOMINATION FOR THE JOHN J. KENNEDY AWARD - For Insurance Personnel
The John J. Kennedy Award is presented for Outstanding Service by an individual or team in the insurance industry in recognition of the investigation and prevention of auto theft and insurance fraud. This award is named in honor of J.J. Kennedy, who started his career with the New York City Police Department in 1966 and retired as a Detective from the Auto Crimes Division.  He started his second career as a Special Agent with the National Auto Theft Bureau, which later became the National Insurance Crime Bureau where he spent the next twenty years of his life. (Plaque)

CERTIFICATES OF MERITORIOUS ACHIEVMENT (Law Enforcement)
To recognize the efforts of investigation and fraud fighting by law enforcement personnel in the current year. Certificates will be awarded to one employee per Law Enforcement organization.

CERTIFICATES OF MERITORIOUS ACHIEVMENT (Member Insurance Companies)
To recognize the efforts of investigation and fraud fighting by insurance personnel in the current year. Certificates of Meritorious Achievement will be awarded to one employee per member Insurance Company.


To nominate an awardee for one of the following designations, click here.

JOE MCDONALD AWARD
JOHN J. KENNEDY AWARD
MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT (INSURANCE)
MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT (LE)


NYACT Annual Education Conference
PAST AWARD WINNERS

THE JOSEPH MCDONALD AWARD

2019 - SGT. RONALD GEORG, Queens D.A. Detective Bureau, Ret. NYPD
2018 - NYPD ORGANIZED CRIME TOW TRUCK CASE TEAM - Lt. Sean McHugh, Sgt. Christopher McGuire, Det. Jamie Garcia, and Det. Steven Tesoriero
2017 - NATIONWIDE TEAM - Brian Cook, Ann Ferri, and Ed McGuire
2016 - SSA ED CARLSON, NICB
2015 - LOUIS PAGNOTTA, NICB
2014 - MICHAEL FLAHERTY, Allstate Insurance Company
2013 - RONALD BALZAN, Nationwide Insurance Company
2012 - JOHN TAYLOR, New York Automobile Insurance Plan
2011 - MICHAEL BRUNO, Allstate Insurance
2010 - JACK HOUSTON, CIFI, SCLA, AIC, New York Automobile Insurance Plan

THE JOHN J. KENNEDY AWARD

2019 - TRAVELERS INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES - Tara Arce, Dan Goldstein, JP Gallo, Mike Pigno, Raumert Hubert, Marianne Rice
2018 - NYS DMV DFI TEAM - Senior Investigator Antoine Rainville and Senior Investigator William Corp
2017 - INVESTIGATOR STACIE IOVENELLI, NYS DMV DFI
2016 - DETECTIVE THOMAS BURKE, New York City Police Department Auto Crime
2015 - DETECTIVE GREGORY GONZALEZ, Suffolk County Police Department, District Attorneys Section Special Investigation Bureau
2014 - POLICE OFFICER DARYL R. PIERSON, Rochester Police Department
2013 - NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT AUTO CRIME DIVISION
2012 - DEPUTY INSPECTOR JOSEPH KENNY, New York City Police Department
2011 - INVESTIGATOR RODNEY POLITE, New York State Police
2010 - DETECTIVE THOMAS BURKE
           DETECTIVE CHRISTOPHER CONNOLLY, New York City Police Department


LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

2018 - MARCHISELLI INNOVATION AWARD: Arthur V. Marchiselli, Retired NYACT Chairman
2018 - CHARLES BARDONG, Retired, New York City Police Department
           SENIOR INVESTIGATOR HUGH BRICKLEY, NYS DFS Insurance Frauds Bureau  
2016 - JOHN ABOUNADER, NYS DMV DFI
2015 - DETECTIVE ROGER BENASH, Yonkers Police Department

 


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