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Message from the President
Scott G. Hall

The 2014 Winter Conference, Membership Meeting & Expo in Las Vegas February 23-26, 2014 was one of PBUS’ highest attended conferences to date! Filled with informative sessions and speakers, conference attendees continually stated how successful and enjoyable the conference was – so thanks to all who attended and helped to make this conference one to remember!

A new Board of Directors was elected and I am honored to have been re-elected as the President of this amazing association. The new Board members are as follows:
  • President – Scott G. Hall, MCBA
  • Executive Vice President – Jeff Kirkpatrick, MCBA
  • Senior Vice President – Beth Chapman
  • Vice President – Dennis Sew, MCBA
  • Secretary – Maggie Kreins, MCBA
  • Treasurer – Marc Oudin, MCBA
  • At-Large Directors – Patty Hodges, CBA; Marco LiMandri, MCBA; Glenn Strickland, CBA
  • Northeast Director – Scott Churchill, MCBA
  • Mid-America Director – Frank Valli, MCBA
  • Mid-West Director – David Stuckman, MCBA
  • Greater Northwest Director – Jonna Duvall-Williams
  • Pacific Director – Topo Padilla
  • Old West Director – Davie Westmoreland
  • South Central Director – Guy Ruggiero
  • Deep South Director – Ralph Williams, MCBA
  • Tropics Director – Mark Heffernan, CBA
  • Old South Director – Charles White, Sr.
We also honored individuals who have contributed significantly to PBUS and the bail industry and/or who have made a difference in their communities. In this edition of the PBUS News Update, we will highlight the honoree for Bail Agent of the Year.

Perhaps more than any other award, the Bail Agent of the Year award receives many nominations. Selected by colleagues and peers, this is often the highest honor a bail agent can receive. In 2013, PBUS honored Pam Jackson, past PBUS Treasurer, with this award.

The individual awarded the Bail Agent of the Year award in 2014 is someone who has quietly supported the work of PBUS in many different ways. This individual has been PBUS’ key liaison working with staff in the Miami office and most recently was instrumental in coordinating office logistics and staff changes during a major staff transition. He also chairs the newsletter committee and weekly reviews content for the PBUS news update.

This awardee is a Managing General Agent for the US Specialty Insurance Company, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Surety Corporation of America, headquartered in Miami, which does business with independent bail agents throughout the United States. He is an Executive Board Member of the Miami-Dade Bail Association and the Florida Bail Agents’ Association. He is an owner of the largest school for the pre-licensing of Florida bail agents and is an instructor for the Florida Department of Financial Services for the pre-licensing and continuing education courses for the bail profession. His steady resolve and professionalism in the industry and his unwavering support of PBUS is why he is being honored.

PBUS is proud to recognize Mark Heffernan, CBA, as the 2014 PBUS Bail Agent of the Year!

Look for information on other awardees in the future editions of the PBUS News Update!
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Radio interview: Setting the record straight about the bail industry
If you are like most people, then you probably think that the bail bond industry is filled with dark, unscrupulous characters that live in shadows and dark alleys. What if we told you that every negative image that you had in your mind about the bail bond industry was false?
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Alabama bail bonds business adds 'mom-and-pop' atmosphere
The Auburn Plainsman
"I've been here all my life," Corey Marmaduke said. "I know a lot of people. I know the judges. We cater to the students, and we are probably the easiest bail bond company for a student to go through because we’re mom-and-pop owned."
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Being a bondsman gives mother freedom to set her own hours
Durant Daily Democrat
Choosing to be a bail bondsman and part-time bounty hunter was an unlikely profession for Ladonna Hobbs, who has been described by high school classmates as a shy, quiet girl when attending school.
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Texas bail bondsman aids in catching burglary suspect
Amarillo Globe-News
Police, with the assist of a local bail bondsman, arrested a man they believe was stealing batteries out of vehicles in a downtown car lot. While officers were en route, Sgt. Brent Barbee said the witness who had called the police — a bail bondsman — approached and handcuffed Caddell with no other use of force. Police said the stolen property was identified and returned to its owner.
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Pennsylvania sheriff warns citizens about new bail bonds scam
The Bail Blog
In Pennsylvania, the Bucks County Sheriff's Department said the newest version of the familiar bail bonds scam involves fake sheriff's deputies. The caller targets unsuspecting residents, saying if they don't pay for bail bonds over the phone with a credit card, an arrest warrant will be issued for their immediate arrest.
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In California, Santa Cruz has a repeat offender problem
It is true that the few statistics available show recidivism is higher among some criminals in Santa Cruz than it is in the rest of California. "It's easy to say the judges let people out of the door, but there are a lot more pieces to the puzzle," says Paul M. Marigonda, presiding judge for Santa Cruz Superior Court.
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New report says climate change may mean more crime
The Boston Globe
As the global climate changes around us, the potential effects tend to be discussed in familiar environmental terms: warmer average temperatures, changing rainfall patterns and rising seas. A new study posits rising temperatures in the United States will lead to an additional 22,000 murders, 180,000 cases of rape and 1.3 million burglaries.
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Preliminary semiannual uniform crime report, January-June 2013
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Preliminary figures indicate that law enforcement agencies throughout the nation reported a decrease of 5.4 percent in the number of violent crimes brought to their attention for the first 6 months of 2013 when compared with figures reported for the same time in 2012.
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