The year was 1988. There was not any Internet for investigators yet. In fact, most investigators didn't even use computers at all. NAIS was much smaller and the private investigative industry was just emerging from it's rather seedy image of something of value to Americans who needed to collect information of all kinds. At the same time, a TV star and actor from Miami Vice decided that acting wasn't for him, but private investigation was. His name is Joseph Culligan and Mr. Culligan became the very first NAIS investigator of the year. At that time, it was called induction into The Investigator's Hall Of Fame. Since those days, Joseph Culligan has gone on to appear on just about every major national television talk show in the United States reuniting missing loved ones, handing people thousands of dollars in unclaimed property and revealing the hidden secrets of spouse's backgrounds right on the air and right on national television. Mr. Culligan has managed to merge his superior skills as an actor and as a private investigator automatically becoming that world's most visible spokesperson on private investigation.
Enter 1999, eleven years later. Mr. Culligan took time from
his extremely busy practice to speak at the 1999 NAIS PRIVATE
INVESTIGATOR'S CONFERENCE held in Austin, Texas the last weekend
in April and easily walked away with another prestigious award,
the NAIS 1999 SPEAKER OF THE YEAR.
Ralph Thomas commented that:
" Joe Culligan is one of the most intriguing persons I have ever had the opportunity to meet. An extremely unusual person, he's a living--breathing and walking contradiction of what most people would consider the way things are and his approach to things dispels the myth and reveals the truth in many areas. "
Yes ah.... a walking contradiction of the way most people think things work. Thomas appears to have hit that focus right. First of all, it's usually actors merely playing the part of a private investigator, not actually becoming one. Culligan had a nationally known career as a raising television and movie actor--who could ask for anything more. Everyone knows that nationally known actors make tons of money--why the heck would any of them want to become just another private investigator--that's only a role to play. But Culligan decided he didn't want to just play the role of another private-eye, he become one himself. Despite the fact that he had a very good chance at becoming one of those rich and famous household name movie stars and actors with a career already on the raise, he determined that what he really wanted to become in life was a private eye. So that's what he did. Not only that, he turned his private investigative career into a career that's making him a whole lot more money than he did as a TV personality. But it's not money that drives his persona. He's a living example of that. Most nationally known spokespersons for the private investigative industry such as Joseph Culligan have authored books. Joe's no exception. He's authored some of the most popular. They are:
YOU TOO CAN FIND
WHEN IN DOUBT, CHECK HIM OUT
REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME A PI IN THE
5O STATES AND ELSEWHERE
(Note: Click on hotlinks to check them out yourself!)
During professional trade seminars, the standard is for these famous authors to speak for an hour or two and after the presentation sell attendees their popular books. Culligan bucked the standard rule of thumb again. He just gave them away. Everyone who attended his presentation on public records searching and locating missing persons got one and almost everyone had him personally autograph it. Another speaker made the off-the-cuff remark that anyone who would just give the book away is.........well.......let's just leave the rest of that comment off. Not only did the attendees get one of the best presentations ever on public records searching and locating missing persons, they walked away with Joe's 300 plus page personally autographed book: You Too Can Find Anybody.
Culligan presented another commonly thought-of contradiction which reveals a hidden but growing problem found in new generation investigators growing up in the computer age. It's commonly referred to as push-button mentality. Nothing is more popular these days at investigative seminars than to outline various forms of computer searches investigators can plug into. Culligan didn't go into that much. Instead, he basically revealed that everything is not available online but just because it's not found in a computer database you plug into with your modem doesn't mean you can not get it quickly, easily and cheaply just like one would online database information.
Culligan, with his finely developed communications skills; can quickly and easily show someone how to find almost anyone or develop almost anything you want to using public records most people think are either off-limits or difficult and expensive to obtain. He's done it hundreds of times with the TV cameras rolling for national television on real-life cases. He's done it thousands and thousands of times in his career as a privte investigator. Now he is teaching other investigators how to do it in a form of excellence not usually found in teaching. Despite the advances in modern technology, it's not yet possable to surgically implant knowledge and insight into one's upper gray matter for instant results and solutions on conducting investigation. Until that's available, the next best thing is likely Joseph Culligan.
You can stop in at Joe Culligan's well done web site if you'd like. You can reach it at:
NAIS CONGRATULATES JOSEPH CULLIGAN
AS NAIS SPEAKER OF THE YEAR FOR 1999
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