November 2016 – President’s Newsletter by David O’Carroll
On behalf of the Illinois IASIU board we want to start off by thanking all of you who attended our golf outing as this has been the 23rd Year we have hosted this event with proceeds benefiting charities. This is always a great opportunity to network with other professionals within the SIU community. The charities that benefited are Misericordia Homes (misericordia.org) and Camp “I Am Me “ – Illinois camp for young burn survivors.
On November 18, 2016, we are pleased to announce that Rick Meza from Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale who will present on “Tips from a Former Inspector General”. Ricardo Meza has tried over 30 federal trials, most to a jury. His background includes spending more than 10 years as an assistant United States attorney, working in the Northern District of Illinois and the Western District of Texas. Ricardo’s experience gives him a deep context for his litigation work, which includes handling complex litigation, internal investigations and white-collar criminal defense. His experience with high-level investigations lends a unique perspective for corporations, universities or public entities who may find themselves in need of an external investigation. Those situations may include allegations of fraud, conflict of interest or financial or personal improprieties. Ricardo also advises those who are facing inquiries from federal agencies regarding allegations of wrongdoing.
As Illinois’ executive inspector general from 2010 to 2015, Ricardo led his office in hundreds of investigations related to waste, fraud and abuse. He had investigative authority over the office of the Illinois governor, 40 state agencies, 250 boards and commissions, nine Illinois public universities and four regional transit boards, as well as private vendors conducting business with those entities. His investigations covered employment, official misconduct, hiring improprieties and procurement. Ricardo’s reputation for fair and thorough work benefits clients who may need to quickly get to the bottom of a difficult situation. As always, we hope that you are able to bring back as much good information from this presentation and will be able to tell those who are not able to attend what new information is being passed on regarding our daily battle against insurance fraud
This is YOUR Chapter and you have a dynamite Board serving you. I know that you all will continue to support the Chapter as we move ahead in the coming years and continue to grow and serve our members. Thanks to all of you for all that you have done and will continue to do..
As a reminder, please mark your calendars for the meeting dates shown on the website so you are sure not to miss a meeting. Keep in mind that our bi-monthly meetings are held in January, March, September and November on the third Friday of the month, that the Annual Seminar which will be in June this year and followed by our annual Golf Outing this year to be held in September at the Bloomingdale Golf Course. The Board hopes to see all of our members at the meetings.
Thanks to ALL who make this Chapter the success that it has been and for your support as we go forward. It is YOUR involvement that makes this Chapter what it is.
If you would like to send David a personal note regarding this President’s Corner, feel free to email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org