2019 Rocky Mountain PI Conference

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019
  • Friday, July 26, 2019
  • The Antlers Hotel 4 S.Cascade Ave Colorado Springs, CO


  • Guest registration for all 3 days, to include Cynthia Hetherington's seminar (July 24-26, 2019)
  • Guest registration for two-day conference (July 25-26, 2019) (Does NOT include Cynthia Hetherington's seminar)
  • Guest Registration for Cynthia Hetherington's Seminar, July 24, 2019
  • LEO/GOV registration for Cynthia Hetherington one-day seminar (July 24, 2019)
  • LEO/GOV Registration for three-day conference, to include Cynthia Hetherington's seminar
  • LEO/GOV registration for two day conference (Does not include Cynthia Hetherington's seminar)
  • One-day registration for Cynthia Hetherington's seminar
  • Two-day conference registration for July 25-26, 2019
  • Three Day Registration to include Cynthia Hetherington's Seminar, plus two-day conference


Come celebrate NATIONAL PI DAY with us on this conference kick off July 24, 2019 with our regular conference commencing July 25 & 26th.

2019 Rocky Mountain Private Investigators Conference: July 24-26, 2019

Held at The Antlers Hotel

4 South Cascade Avenue

Colorado Springs, CO 80903


This promises to be the best year yet. Our pre-conference speaker is the renowned Cynthia Hetherington, presenting the latest and greatest on the ever-growing field of OSINT (open source intelligence.) This field of investigation is becoming essential in many different cases.

Amenities include a sponsored cocktail hour, a hospitality suite, plenty of time for networking and meeting new colleagues- and the conference will finish up in time for you to enjoy the weekend in Colorado Springs.

Here are some conference highlights:

July 24th

Cynthia Hetherington: Advanced Online Investigations

As an investigator, social media platforms and search engines are important tools for tracking down facts and following leads. This class expands your general knowledge of social media platforms and search engines, allowing you to create thorough reports for your clients.

At the conference, we will go beyond identifying targets and locating their social media accounts. Participants will learn how to open every aspect of social media to explore where key information can be hidden or overlooked. You will identify which search engine to use, when to use it, and what results you should expect from each by conducting hands-on advanced Internet and social media searches. We will also evaluate and review several free and fee-based resources on the market for locating unique information and monitoring social media. Upon completion of this course, investigators will be able to conduct advanced search strategies; utilize social media search tools; and incorporate free and fee-based alert services and monitoring tools into their investigations.

July 25th

Jane Cracraft

After 20 years as a reporter for The Denver Post, Jane Cracraft spent 22 years as a legal investigator. She has interviewed more than 10,000 people. Her specialties included criminal defense, personal injury, sexual harassment and intellectual property cases. Jane Cracraft was president of PPIAC 1990-91. Active in NALI, she served on the CLI testing committee and was editor of the quarterly journal The Legal Investigator. Jane Cracraft is a CLI and a CCDI.

In 2007 she received the annual “Investigator-Philosopher” award from the Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council for leadership in the field. After retiring as a PI, Jane Cracraft continued as associate editor of PI Magazine for a total of 12 years. Now fully retired, she lives in Colorado and Arizona and travels extensively. 

Amber SchroaderCEO & Founder, Paraben Corporation

Smartphones & the Apps that Rule Them

Smartphones are more than just messages and phone calls they are the Apps that rule their data. Understanding the process of these devices and the data they contain can provide you greater insight to your suspects. As many users have moved to third party Apps to be able to attempt to hide data from potential investigations learning the process to turn over the data in these apps for information is critical. In a sea of millions of Apps it is important to learn how to find the App and then view the data in a parsed and unparsed form.

Throughout the past two decades Ms Schroader has been a driving force for innovation in digital forensics. Ms. Schroader has developed over two-dozen software programs designed for the purposes of recovering digital data from mobile phones, computer hard drives, email, and live monitoring services. Ms. Schroader has taught and designed the established protocols for the seizure and processing of digital evidence that have been used by numerous organizations throughout the world.  Ms. Schroader has coined the concept of the “360-degree approach to digital forensics” as well as started the momentum and push to the “Forensics of Everything-FoE” with her focus to unique problems in digital evidence and solutions in the area of IoT devices. Ms. Schroader has been a huge industry influence in pushing for a big-picture consideration of the digital evidence and the acquisition process and analysis techniques used.  An accomplished curriculum developer and instructor; Ms. Schroader has written and taught numerous classes for this specialized field as well as founded multiple certifications.  Ms. Schroader continues support through book contributions and other industry speaking engagements.

More speaker bios and topics coming soon!

Questions? Email training@ppiac.org

Registration Options

Guest registration for 3 days (July 24-26)  $575.00

Guest Registration for 2-day Conference $300.00

Guest Registration for Pre-Conference (July 24th) $300.00

PPIAC/PSACO Registration for 3 days (July 24-26) $450.00

PPIAC/PSACO Registration for 2-day conference $225.00

PPIAC/PSACO Registration for Pre-Conference (July 24) $225.00

Ask us about the LEO/GOV discount! (training@ppiac.org)


July 23, 2019:

 Hospitality suite open                                                                        6:30 PM

July 24, 2019:

Pre-conference full-day training: Open Source Intelligence

Cynthia Hetherington                                             8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Break                                                                      10:00 AM-10:15 AM

Cynthia Hetherington                                           10:15 AM-12:00 PM

Lunch Break                                                            12:00 PM-1:30 PM

Cynthia Hetherington                                                1:30 PM-3:00 PM

Break                                                                          3:00 PM-3:15 PM

Cynthia Hetherington                                                3:15 PM-5:00 PM

Cocktail Reception                                                    6:00 PM-7:30 PM

Hospitality suite open                                                             7:30 PM

July 25, 2019:

Registration                                                                            7:30 AM 

Welcome/Announcements                                       8:00 AM-8:15 AM


JP Moore

Ethics and Current Legislation                                8:15 AM-9:30 AM

Break/Vendors                                                           9:30 AM-9:45 AM

Jane Cracraft    9:45 AM-11:15 AM 

How to Approach Reluctant, Hostile and Adverse Witnesses    

PI Magazine                                                            11:15 AM-12:00 PM

Investigator Equipment Demonstration

Lunch                                                                        12:00 PM-1:30 PM

Amber Schroader

Smartphones and the Apps that rule them             1:30 PM-3:15 PM

Vendors/Break                                                           3:15 PM-3:30 PM

Sheila Wysocki                                                          3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Podcasting, the Next Investigative Tool   

Hospitality Suite open                 5:00 PM-6:00 PM/reopens 9:00 PM

July 26, 2019:

Registration                                                                             7:30 AM

Darren Cantor                                                            8:15 AM-9:45 AM

Ethical Situations and the PI

Sam Petitto                                                              9:45 AM-10:45 AM

(Topic TBA)

Break/Vendors/Checkout                                     10: 45 AM-11:00 AM

Speaker and topic pending                                  11:00 AM-12:30 PM

Lunch                                                                        12:30 PM-1:45 PM

Speaker and topic pending

                                                                                   1:45 PM-2:45 PM

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