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Cutoff Deadline Date: 12 Midnight on 04/22/2019
Group Name = NCIAI Intl Assoc of ID
Group Code = NAI

Any reservation requests made after the reservation due date of 04/22/2019 will be accepted on a space available basis at the prevailing rate. At reservation due date, all unused rooms and suites will be automatically released for general sale. All group attendees will be responsible for their own room, tax and incidental charges

Room Rates:
Two Queens: $118.00
King: $133.00
Loft Suite: $118.00
Villa- 1 bedroom: $133.00
Villa- 2 bedrooms: $164.00

ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT RESERVATION INFORMATION
- Call Toll-Free: 1-844-330-0296 (24/7) and mention the group name: NCIAI Intl Assoc of ID in order to receive the special group rate.
- For In-House reservations attendees can call our local number 828-285-2603 and mention the group name: NCIAI Intl Assoc of ID.
- Book online by visiting www.ashevillecp.com. Group Code: NAI
- You may use a direct online booking link (not mobile compatible): DIRECT HOTEL RESERVATION LINK
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Joe Kenda, Homicide Hunter
Joe Kenda With the Colorado Springs Police Department where he eventually became a detective. He worked in the C.S.P.D. homicide unit for over 19 years and eventually led the homicide department. "I loved the work," he said. "My wife – not so much." Detective Kenda investigated 387 homicide cases, solving 356, a closure rate of 92%. He credited his ability to close cases to being a student of human nature, and being good at telling when people were lying. In 1990, he investigated the case of a woman named Dianne Hood who was murdered at a lupus support group meeting by an attacker who took her purse. According to Kenda, the case "met the standard for a Hollywood plot" and received a great deal of media attention, including a People magazine story and several books.

Near the end of his career, Kenda's wife became convinced that he would be murdered on the job. She confronted him about it one night after he came home late from work. His family moved to Falcon, Colorado in 1993 and he retired three years later. For the next several years, Kenda was unhappy with retirement and went through a withdrawal stage. Kenda then worked as a special needs school bus operator for a decade starting in 1998.

In 2008, Denver television series editor Patrick Bryant had worked as a free-lancer for several production companies for over ten years, having edited over two hundred episodes of various series on networks including Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, HGTV, Food Channel and TLC. Years prior Bryant had lived in Colorado Springs and worked at a local TV station when Lt. Joe Kenda was in charge of the Major Crimes Unit. Bryant had interviewed Kenda as part of a TV special about the local drug trade tied to a rising homicide rate. Kenda left a lasting impression on Bryant as a great interview subject. In 2009 Bryant contacted Kenda to discuss the possibility of developing a TV series built around his career as a homicide detective. Kenda was slow to respond, but eventually struck an agreement to pursue the development of the series with Bryant. A 5-minute sizzle reel created by Bryant and Kenda was shown to FOX21 Studios in Los Angeles, who shopped the series to multiple TV networks. It was acquired by Investigation Discovery in 2010, and went into production in February 2011.

Kenda surprised television producers when they asked him to read a script. He refused, stating, "I'm not an actor. I'm a policeman. If you want me to tell you about this case, I will. If you want me to read that, get somebody else." He spoke off the cuff for 15 minutes without a script, and the producers were enthralled. Since then he has been working without a script. The series was titled Homicide Hunter: Lt Joe Kenda, becoming a top viewer ratings performer.

Kenda gave producers 30 of his past cases to read, and they picked the ten they believed were most suited for television audiences. The first season was shot in Hollywood, but all re-enactments since have been filmed in Knoxville, TN and the surrounding area. Kenda admits he looks over the case files before shooting, but said his memory is "absolutely perfect". Each episode takes four hours to shoot. He has been humbled by the success of the show, which has been renewed for an eighth season and has aired throughout the world.
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