I’m a private detective because my dream is to use my strengths, skills, and experience to help others - especially Underdogs. 

 Here I am participating in a Career Day event at Elgin Community College. 

Here I am participating in a Career Day event at Elgin Community College. 

My Motto: Mentor, support and inspire Underdogs. 

 This group photo is from the Roosevelt University (Schaumburg) Career Day event March 11, 2017. We panel members shared why we do what we do, how we came to do it, and the value of education in preparing us for our careers.  

This group photo is from the Roosevelt University (Schaumburg) Career Day event March 11, 2017. We panel members shared why we do what we do, how we came to do it, and the value of education in preparing us for our careers.  

 Here I'm describing how formal education helped improve my written and verbal communication skills. 

Here I'm describing how formal education helped improve my written and verbal communication skills. 


Frequently Asked Questions and Answers:

Why does my work stand out from others who do what I do?

My work stands out because I do this because I love helping others. Ever since I was 5 years old my dream was to be an astronaut, a baseball player, and/or a police officer who would help others. My work stands out because it's not work. It's my passion.

What do you like most about your job?

The thing I like most about my profession is being a person who has control of over my destiny. My desire is to have a destiny that allows me to use my experience, skills, personality, and creativity to assist others. For example, I love teaching and I love investigations. So, I have created and offer investigations-related prep classes, murder mystery events and junior detective workshops to teach others what it's like to be a real detective. My goal is to use these opportunities to teach others in a fun and entertaining way what it's like to be a detective.

What questions do customers most commonly ask me?

Potential customers always ask me about my rates and fees.

My answer is always "It depends." My fee is based on the answers to the following questions:

1. What specific services do you need?</em> Sometimes the prospective client does not know what they need (i.e., surveillance, evidence to support a gut feeling, locate a child support violator, etc.)

2. What work has been done so far? Conducting an investigation is like figuring out a puzzle-without access to all the pieces. Once I know which pieces we have, I can accurately assess the requirements for additional investigation.  

3. What is your timetable and budget? Once I know your deadline (court dates, timelines, etc.), and your available resources, I can accurately evaluate your case. 

With the answers to these questions I can accurately develop a quote that is in line with your needs. Also, your answers will help me determine which investigative methods are most appropriate and reasonable for your budget.  

If I were a customer looking for a PI, what would I wish I knew about the PI profession?

That private detectives in Illinois are regulated and licensed by the state. Some detectives, like other professionals, make mistakes or commit unethical and/or improper conduct. The state of Illinois Department of Finance and Professional Regulation (www.idfpr.com) licenses, investigates, and disciplines private detectives. 

Any inside secrets to share?

Disciplinary information about detectives is available on www.idfpr.com. This site offers information about all licensed professionals in Illinois (doctors, RNs, CNAs, dentists, security guards, barbers, etc.) 

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Do you have a favorite story from your work?

I was retained to conduct a criminal defense investigation. The client was a juvenile charged with aggravated battery. The main issue was mistaken identity. Witness Mis-identification is a source of many wrongful convictions. In this case, the young man was mis-identified. He had been at a church function when the incident occurred. Plus, the witnesses claimed they were able to recognize our client after dark, from a distance more than 400 feet away. Through investigation and field work, I was able to assist the defense attorney, who earned an acquittal for the young African American. It's rare to win in cases involving young, inner city youths. The young man, an honor student, and college bound, had never been in trouble before. I was proud to be part of the team that assisted him!

What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

There are 3 types of detectives: law enforcement, public, and private. Law enforcement includes police, DEA, FBI, Secret Service, etc. Public sector includes DCFS, meat inspectors, and investigators who handle airplane crashes and who work for public defenders. Private detectives handle all types of investigations: cold case murders, financial crimes, internal workplace issues like employee theft. PIs also investigate missing persons, elder abuse, and background investigations.   

What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

Ask lots of questions. Check their certifications and credentials. Do they belong to any national organizations like the American Society for Industrial Security, International (ASIS) or the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Have they earned any nationally recognized credentials like a Professional Certified Investigator (PCI) or Certified Protection Professional (CPP) or Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)? If not, why not? To obtain these credentials means an investigator has submitted their resume and background to a board of professionals for peer review, and it's been accepted. Also, next the investigator has taken and passed a rigorous investigations-related exam that covers investigations related topics like: criminal law, the US Constitution, privacy laws, report writing, interview and interrogation techniques, ethics and rules of conduct, etc.).  Additionally, once they are awarded their credential, they must continue to pursue investigations-related educational content to maintain their certifications.

How did you decide to get in your line of work

After retirement from the Illinois State Police, I discovered I still had a passion for helping others. Also, I believed I could use my experience, knowledge, wisdom communication skills to help in an area of which I'm a subject matter expert - Illinois criminal justice. Before retirement from the State Police, as a supervisor and commander, I regularly fielded calls from citizens who became frustrated while searching for answers and assistance. They would become frustrated after speaking to a local officer or someone in law enforcement and ended up being cut off or not given an opportunity to explain their dilemma. I prided myself in being a good listener, and allowing callers to take their time and tell me their story. After retirement, I found I really missed these interactions with my investigators and staff; as well as citizens who called in looking for guidance and assistance. As the owner of a PI firm, I'm again able to do some of those things. : ))&amp;nbsp;

Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

Yes. To maintain my Professional Certified Investigator (PCI) credential from the American Society for Industrial Security, International (ASIS), I attend monthly ASIS Chicago Chapter meetings and training events. I also host and coordinate study groups for those interested in prepping for the tests to obtain their PCI and CPP credentials. 

If I was advising someone who wanted to get into the PI profession, what would I suggest?

For those studying to obtain their Illinois Private Detective License, I offer a test Prep Kit to enhance your study. The Kit contains hundreds of practice Q&As, terms and definitions, audio lectures, and other tools. Cost: $389. Below is my Prep Kit for those studying to take the Illinois Private Security Contractor Prep Kit. As a holder of two ASIS credentials, I'm quite familiar with the materials that security professionals need to know to pass this test. My Security Contractor Prep Kit also contains, terms and definitions, hundreds of practice Q&As, audio files and more. The cost is $389. $330 if purchased on Amazon.com.

Contact me. I am very familiar with the qualifications for private detective and private security contractor licensing in Illinois. In fact, I sell a Prep Kit that assists folks planning to take the challenging state of Illinois license exam. In fact, the exam is so challenging, that state officials require license applicants pass the exam first before they are allowed to pursue a license in Illinois.

Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

Criminal defense, accident investigation, locating child support violators, investigations-related prep classes, junior detective workshops, and hosting murder mystery events.

Describe some of my most recent projects, what it involved, and how long it took

I’m assisting several clients with on-going investigation services. Additionally, I offer investigations-related training courses, prep kits and workshops. Presently, I’m assisting folks who purchased my prep kits to improve their success with the state of Illinois Private Detective and Private Security Contractor license exams. 

I’m also coordinating and hosting a 12 week study group for ASIS Chicago Chapter members planning to sit for the ASIS certification exam. This study group will be held at two venues: one in the suburbs and one Downtown Chicago. The study group is 12 weeks long. Directors of security at various venues around the city volunteer their facilities to host the study group. The only cost is for parking Downtown Chicago during the 2 hour, once a week, evening sessions.

I’m conducting a Junior Detective Workshop in March for elementary school students at the Gail Borden Public Library. In the workshop we discuss the skills good detectives need: observation skills, good communication skills, attention to detail, and perseverance. I demonstrate tools used by detectives. I also set up a crime scene and show attendees how to identify, document and collect evidence.


This is me over Rochelle, IL, on Saturday, 06/09/12, "using" my 2011 Father's Day Gift before it expires on June 15, 2012. This is real! No special effects involved!!!