Another successful CALSAGA conference is in the books! The 2016 CALSAGA Annual Conference took place October 19-21 at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort in Rancho Mirage, CA.1

Elections for the 2017 – 2018 CALSAGA Board of Directors took place on day one of the conference. Congratulations to our new and returning board members: President, David Chandler; Treasurer, Mark Miller; Northern California Vice President Mark Tsuji; Southern California Vice President, Aleda Sebenick; Secretary Mike Smidt; Northern California Directors Jim Diaz and Chris DeGuzman; Southern California Directors Gary Bradley and Bill Markson. Additionally, two Directors at Large will be appointed by the board in the new year.


Past President David Travers returned as our emcee and, as always, the agenda was packed with pertinent industry information! Highlights include the informative and entertaining session “Conflict Management for Security Professionals” with Retired NYPD Sergeant Antonio Alfonso and former US Secret Service Janine M. Paul. BSIS Chief Laura Alarcon and Deputy Chief Clarissa Serrato-Chavez provided a bureau update as well as dedicated time to answering members’ questions.


We are very thankful to our sponsor and vendor partners that make it possible for us to keep attendee costs down while still offering a great program! 2016 Conference sponsors included Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services, El Dorado Insurance Agency, Costanza Insurance Agency, Kwantek, Silvertrac, On Guard Apparel, A.G. Spanos Companies, StaffPro, The Works Consulting and Heffernan Insurance Brokers along with several other participating sponsors. CALSAGA asks you to please consider these partners when making business decisions.

Thanks to the efforts of Charitable Foundation President David Travers and Region V Co-Director Lorraine New and the generosity of our attendees $4510 was raised for the CALSAGA Charitable Foundation.


KESQ News Channel 3 Anchor Bianca Rae served at as the Master of Ceremonies for the CALSAGA Awards Dinner on day two of the conference. At that event we had the honor of presenting Mario Hernandez of AlliedUniversal Security Services with the Medal of Valor Award. Officer Hernandez was the sole on duty during the December 2015 terrorist attacks in San Bernardino. We thank him for his bravery and for exemplifying the traits of an outstanding security officer. In addition, we were able to recognize the Security Officer of the Year and present three Lifesaving Awards.

Details about the 2017 CALSAGA Annual Conference we be released soon. We hope you will make plans to attend!