• Tuesday, October 17th
    7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    President’s Welcome Reception
    Wednesday, October 18th
    8:00 am – 8:30 am
    Registration Opens
    Continental Breakfast Exhibit Hall Open
    8:30 am – 9:00 am
    Annual Conference Kickoff, State of the Association
    David Chandler, CALSAGA President
    CALSAGA Social Media Update and Overview
    Kate Wallace, CALSAGA Communications Manager
    Conference Emcee, David Travers
    9:00 am – 11:00 am
    Legal Update Affecting the California Security Industry
    Barry Bradley, Esq., Bradley & Gmelich LLP, CALSAGA Legal Advisor
    Jaimee Wellerstein, Esq., Bradley & Gmelich LLP
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Exhibit Hall Open and Networking
    12:00 pm – 12:15 pm
    Buffet Lunch Served
    12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
    Under the Big Top – Report from Washington
    Steve Amitay, Executive Director/General Counsel, National Association of Security Companies (NASCO)
    California Perspective – Report from Sacramento
    Kelly Jensen, Sloat Higgins Jensen and Associates
    1:00 pm – 1:15 pm
    1:15 pm – 2:45 pm
    Active Shooter & Workplace Violence: Preparedness and Response
    Kelly Wilson, Protective Security Advisor-San Diego District US Department of Homeland Security
    2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
    Exhibit Hall Open / Afternoon Refreshments in Exhibit Hall
    3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
    Business and Leadership Speaker – Take Your Best Shot
    Ken Futch, Speaker / Author / Coach
    4:45 pm – 5:30 pm
    Exhibit Hall Open /
    Beer and Wine Refreshments
    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Networking Reception
    Thursday, October 19th
    8:00 am – 8:30 am
    Registration Opens
    Continental Breakfast
    Exhibit Hall Open
    8:30 am – 10:30 am
    California’s Human Resource Challenges
    Gary Bradley, Esq., CEO, St. Moritz Group
    Anne Laguzza, President, The Works Consulting
    10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    Exhibit Hall Open
    12:00 pm – 12:15 pm
    Buffet Lunch Served
    12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
    Fringe Benefit Compliance, Administration and Best Practices
    Brian Robertson, Executive Vice President, The Contractors Plan
    1:00 pm – 1:15 pm
    1:15 pm – 2:45 pm
    BSIS Update
    Chief Laura Alarcon and Clarisa Serrato-Chavez, Deputy Chief DCA-Bureau of Security and Investigative Services
    2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
    Exhibit Hall Open
    Afternoon Refreshments in Exhibit Hall
    3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
    Managing Generations
    Anne Laguzza, President, The Works Consulting
    5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
    Final Comments and Conference Close
    David Chandler, CALSAGA President
    6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    Awards Dinner
    Recognition of Outstanding Achievement Awards Conference Close

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  • David J. Travers
    President Guardian Security Agency and Securicorp

    David Travers’ career has been multifaceted. Early on he served as a Per Diem Undercover Narcotics Officer, an operative for a Private Investigator, and a volunteer, then full time Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician. Moving on to the business world, Mr. Travers has been a Regional Sales Representative, Sales Trainer and National Sales Manager. In 1983, Mr. Travers and his wife, Judy, purchased a medical temporary help company that provided Respiratory Therapy professionals to hospitals throughout Northern California. In 1987, Mr. Travers decided he needed to give back to the community and joined the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department as a Reserve Deputy. There he served with the Mounted Unit and achieved the rank of Lieutenant. In 1992, at the request of the Contra Costa County Undersheriff, he left Alameda County and joined the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department as a Reserve Deputy and earned his P.O.S.T. Level 1 Certificate in 1993. Mr. Travers served as a Level 1 Reserve and Per Diem Deputy for Contra Costa County for thirteen years, retiring in 2005.

    In 1992, Mr. Travers expanded their company by starting Guardian Security Agency. Soon after entering the Contract Security field, he saw first hand the issues and problems confronting the industry. Being one that was a doer rather than a watcher, Mr. Travers made it a point to get involved at a higher level and in 1994 joined Al Howenstein’s newly formed CALSAGA. In 1995 Mr. Travers was appointed to CALSAGA’s Policy Advisory Board. When Mr. Howenstein decided to disband CALSAGA, Mr. Travers, along with several other individuals in the security community determined that the idea was too good and too important to go away. They then arranged for a meeting of interested parties and the current CALSAGA was formed in 1996 and Mr. Travers was selected to be the first Northern California Vice-President. He served in this capacity for three years and was then elected as President in 1999, a position he filled for two terms. In 2001, Mr. Travers served on the CALSAGA Board of Directors as the Region 2 Director. At the same time he was appointed to the Bureau Chief’s Policy Advisory Board of the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, Department of Consumer Affairs. Mr. Travers was then re-elected in 2002 as Northern California Vice-President where he has served until 2010. Mr. Travers also served as CALSAGA’s Legislative Chair from 1996 to 2003, where he was instrumental in passing such legislation as the FBI Bill, the elimination of the Temporary Guard Card, and the Training Bill. He also helped lay the groundwork for the Proprietary Security Officer Legislation that was passed within the last few years. In 2010, CALSAGA honored Mr. Travers with the Al Howenstein Security Professional of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award. This prestigious award is only given to those who have made a consistent and major contribution to improving the security industry statewide. Mr. Travers continues to participate within CALSAGA in his capacity as a Past President advising the current President, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.

    Mr. Travers continues to actively work daily in the security industry, running Guardian Security Agency and Securicorp, where he serves as Qualified Manager. He has been happily married for 45 years to Judy, his wife and business partner. He is also delighted that his daughter, Heather, has joined that company and works daily with them so he can, at some point, pass the baton to her.

    Barry Bradley, Esq.
    CALSAGA Legal Advisor Bradley & Gmelich LLP

    Being an employer in California is challenging. Being an employer for the private security industry is especially challenging. With the ever-changing laws and court rulings, companies have to be vigilant in order to avoid lawsuits and licensing violations.

    Come and enjoy a lawyer who you might actually like! (Stranger things have been known to happen.) You will walk away either happy you learned something, petrified from what you did learn, or maybe a little of both. (Bring your Tums.)

    Barry A. Bradley is the Managing Partner of the 25- attorney law firm of Bradley & Gmelich LLP, located in Glendale, California, where he heads up the firm’s Private Security Team. A former Deputy District Attorney (Hardcore Gang Prosecution Unit), Barry’s practice concentrates on licensing, transactions, as well as defending cases involving negligent security, wrongful termination, wage and hour class actions, and assisting clients in avoiding liability through proactive, preventative measures. The firm acts as general counsel for many security companies in California. Barry is Legal Advisor to the California Association of Licensed Security Agencies, Guards & Associates (CALSAGA), and is an active member of ASIS International, among other security groups.

    Jaimee Wellerstein, Esq.
    Bradley & Gmelich LLP

    Ms. Wellerstein is an experienced litigator with a broad spectrum of experience upon which to draw. As the head of the firm’s employment team, she concentrates her practice in representing employers in all aspects of employment law, including defense of wage and hour class actions, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and wrongful discharge lawsuits. She also provides employment counseling and training in all of these areas. She routinely represents employers in federal and state courts and in arbitration proceedings throughout the state, as well as at administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, the United States Department of Labor, and other federal and state agencies.

    As a civil litigator, Ms. Wellerstein has represented clients from Fortune 500 companies to governmental agencies to small businesses throughout each stage of litigation. In addition to her employment law experience, she has honed her expertise in cases involving general tort litigation, premises and products liability, security guard litigation, public entity work, and contract disputes.

    Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Wellerstein was a legal intern at Break the Cycle and developed materials for the legal education program, “Ending Violence: A Curriculum for Educating Teens on Domestic Violence and Law,” which she co-taught in high schools and juvenile halls throughout Los Angeles County. Ms. Wellerstein also served as an Extern/Certified Law Clerk for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office where she conducted hundreds of preliminary hearings.

    In her spare time, Ms. Wellerstein enjoys playing tennis, reading, drawing, taking her dogs to the dog park, and spending time with her family.

    Steve Amitay, Esq.
    Executive Director/General Counsel National Association of Security Companies (NASCO)

    Stephen (“Steve”) Amitay is Executive Director and General Counsel for the National Association of Security Companies (NASCO), the nation’s largest contract security association. Headquartered in Washington D.C., NASCO is the recognized national voice and advocate of the contract security industry and NASCO members employ more than 450,000 security officers across the nation.

    Mr. Amitay started with NASCO in 2006 as the association’s Legislative Counsel, and since then, Mr. Amitay has led a wide variety of NASCO efforts related to federal and state governmental use and regulation of private security. Mr. Amitay also works to increase awareness and understanding among policy-makers, the media and the general public of the vital role that private security plays in safeguarding people, property and assets and preventing crime and terrorism. He has testified numerous times before Congress and is frequently consulted by the media on private security related issues.

    Mr. Amitay represents NASCO on the DHS Emergency Services Sector Coordinating Council (ESSCC), the U.S. Chamber National Security Task Force, and with the International Association of Security and Investigative Regulators (IASIR). He also works closely with NASCO member legal counsels and outside legal counsels on labor and employment cases and issues that affect contract security companies.

    Additionally, for the past fifteen years, Mr. Amitay has been legislative counsel to ASIS International, the world’s largest association of security professionals. It was through ASIS that he first got involved with NASCO during a successful joint effort to enact the Private Security Officer Employment Authorization Act of 2004, which granted federal authority to security officer employers to request FBI checks on their officers. Through his work for NASCO and ASIS International, Mr. Amitay is involved in many issues at the intersection of government policy and security.

    Previously, Mr. Amitay worked at a lobbying firm where he specialized in Internet intellectual property issues and he started his career in Washington as a professional staff member on the then Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. Mr. Amitay has a B.A. from Columbia University and J.D. from Georgetown University, and is a member of the Maryland and D.C. Bars

    Kelly Jensen
    Partner Sloat Higgins Jensen and Associates

    As partner, Kelly Jensen brings over 20 years of political and policy experience to Sloat Higgins Jensen and Associates. Previously, Mr. Jensen served as chief legislative advocate to the California Chamber of Commerce where he managed lobbying efforts on a wide range of issues including environmental regulation, employee relations, tort reform and insurance.

    Before working with the Chamber, he served in a variety of roles in the California State Senate including chief of staff to the Democratic Senate Majority Leader and staff director to the Senate Judiciary Committee. After graduation from the University of California, Irvine, Mr. Jensen worked as a district aide to Congressman Howard Berman.

    Mr. Jensen has worked on over 20 Democratic campaigns. He has very strong ties to the Latino and Moderate Democratic Caucuses, having worked for three Latino office holders.

    Kelly Wilson
    Protective Security Advisor-San Diego District US Department of Homeland Security

    Kelly Wilson is a Department of Homeland Security Protective Security Advisor (PSA) assigned to Southern California, and previously the National Capital Region. She serves as a security and resiliency subject matter expert and is the link between State, local, tribal, and territorial organizations and DHS infrastructure mission partners. PSAs perform vulnerability and security assessments on a variety of Critical Infrastructure to identify security gaps and potential
    vulnerabilities as well as coordinate training and supports special events and incident management.

    Kelly was a District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency Branch Chief and oversaw the District’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Program, was the Chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Critical Infrastructure Protection Regional Programmatic Working Group, and provided subject matter expertise and guidance on the District’s fusion center move to the agency. Previously, Kelly served in the United States Army with an overseas tour supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, was a Maryland State Trooper, and served in two state and local fusion centers, The Washington Regional Threat Analysis Center and the East Bay Terrorism Early Warning Group.

    In 2006, Kelly was a nominee for the International Association of Chiefs of Police-Parade Magazine Police Officer of the Year Award, and was named Trooper of the Year in 2001 for the Maryland State Police Forestville Barrack. Kelly is a graduate of the University of Phoenix, John Sperling School of Business with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management.

    Ken Futch, CSP, CPAE
    Speaker / Author / Coach Ken Futch and Associates

    He may not be the poster boy for firearms safety, but he sure can tell a story. Meet Ken Futch, professional speaker, humorist, career coach, author and survivor of his own life. As president of Ken Futch and Associates, an Atlanta-based training company that teaches organizations and individuals how to turn situations into opportunities and opportunity into success, Ken has trained more than 100,000 people in seminars held throughout North America and Europe.

    Ken founded his company in 1986 after 11 years in sales and management with at&t, where he bested a group of 6,000 salespeople to become the No. 1 revenue producer, which led to his selection as the top instructor at at&t’s prestigious National Sales School in Denver, CO.

    A past president of the Georgia Speakers Association and a former Toastmasters International humor champion, he delivers more than 100 high-impact programs each year for such internationally recognized companies as Aflac, Coca-Cola, GE, Lockheed, PepsiCo, Sony, USF&G, Volvo and, of course, at&t.

    Though he counts his education as starting at his father’s ESSO station in his native Burgaw, N.C., Ken graduated from the University of North Carolina with a bachelor’s of science in business administration.

    A believer in lifelong learning, he has worked through the years to continue his education. After being drafted out of college into the U.S. Army, Ken graduated from Officer Candidate School and successfully served as a combat platoon leader in Vietnam. And in 1993, he earned the designation of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) from the National Speakers Association, a five-year education and experiential process.

    He is the author of Take Your Best Shot, a book that uses his most famous mishap—accidentally shooting himself in the head—as a springboard for teaching readers how to “turn situations into opportunities.” Published in 2005, the book weaves Ken’s multiple experiences into a tapestry of career and life advice.

    Gary Bradley, Esq.
    CEO St. Moritz Group

    Gary J. Bradley, Esq. has over 30 years of legal and business experience. He currently serves as the Chief Legal Officer for St. Moritz Security Services, Inc., where he has both legal and operational responsibilities. He was formerly a partner at the law firm of Bradley & Gmelich where he lead the firm’s employment litigation and counseling, and business transaction teams. He specialized in class actions, PAGA claims, entity formation, acquisitions, and regulatory and administrative compliance. He served as general counsel for numerous small and mid-size companies advising on issues of wage and hour compliance, benefits administration, and human resource matters. He routinely represented employers before the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and the United States Department of Labor.

    He has lectured throughout the United States in the areas of wage and hour and human resource issues as well as business entity regulation and compliance. He has presented numerous times at the ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits and is a frequent presenter at conferences held by California Licensed Security Agency Guards and Associates (CALSAGA). He is also a guest lecturer and member of the Advisory Board for the California State University at Dominguez Hills, Human Resource Management Training Program.

    He attended San Diego State University (B.S., 1984), where he was named the most outstanding graduate in the Criminal Justice Administration/Public Administration department. He earned his J.D. degree (1989) from Southwestern University School of Law.

    Anne Laguzza
    President The Works Consulting

    Anne Laguzza is the President of The Works Consulting. As a seasoned business executive with human resources management, leadership development, and organizational development experience, Anne works with clients from a variety of industries to develop better systems, maximize employee productivity, and enable management to focus on business growth.

    Prior to founding The Works Consulting in 2001, Anne served as the Regional Human Resources Director for a Fortune 500 distribution company where she led a merger transition team and was responsible for strategic planning, implementing new policies and procedures, workforce restructuring, compensation structures, and integrating the work cultures for over 600 employees.

    In addition, Anne was formerly the Human Resources Director for a Southern California security guard company where she developed the human resources operations and an employee retention program. She was also the Human Resources and Training Director for a start-up entertainment company where she organized and implemented a company-wide change management program that involved new company direction and strategic planning. Prior to her work in the entertainment industry, Anne served as the Regional Training Manager for a nationwide retailer where she developed and launched a multi-state training program for human resources managers as part of a corporate expansion project.

    Anne earned her Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from Antioch University, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside. She is an active member of the Society of Human Resources Management, and advisory board member for Arthritis National Research Foundation and for California State University Dominguez Hills, Human Resources Certificate program. Anne has taught management courses at Long Beach City College and California State University, Dominguez Hills, and volunteers at non-profit organizations teaching interviewing skills to adults seeking re-entry into the workforce.

    Brian Robertson
    Executive Vice President The Contractors Plan

    As executive vice president of Fringe Benefit Group, Brian Robertson is responsible for business development with a focus on expanding the company’s channel partner relationships with new and existing business partners. His goal is to create and/or strengthen Fringe Benefit Group’s partnerships with payroll software firms, brokerage firms, trade associations and insurance carriers. Brian has been with Fringe Benefit Group since 1994, when he joined the company as a regional sales director. During his tenure at Fringe Benefit Group, he has successfully launched several new product lines, including a variety of voluntary and employer paid insurance products for hourly workers.

    A frequent speaker and author on benefits trends issues and trends, Brian serves on the Board of the Council of Employee Benefits Executives (CEBE), the Editorial Advisory Board of Benefits Selling magazine, and is a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) and the Council for Insurance Agents and Brokers (CIAB). He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and enjoys spending time with his four children and granddaughter.

    Chief Laura Alarcon
    DCA-Bureau of Security and Investigative Services

    Laura Alarcón was appointed by Governor Brown as the Chief of the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) on May 29, 2013. She officially began serving in this capacity on June 17, 2013, and on May 8, 2014 the California Senate confirmed her appointment. Prior to coming to BSIS, Laura was the Deputy Legislative Director with the Department of Insurance under Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and served as Legislative Manager under Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner. She also has served as the Government Claims Manager at the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board and Policy Manager for the Department of Social Services Fraud Bureau. Previous jobs she held with the Department of Consumer Affairs include Associate Management Auditor and Headquarters Manager for the Division of Investigation

    Clarisa Serrato-Chavez, Deputy Chief
    DCA-Bureau of Security and Investigative Services

    Clarisa Serrato-Chavez was appointed as Deputy Chief of the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) on March 13, 2013, where she is responsible for overseeing BSIS’ licensing, policy and administrative activities. She recently worked on the two-year project to develop BSIS’ BreEZe platform. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Chief, she served as the Manager of the Bureau’s Policy and Administration Unit. Clarisa also has served as a lead analyst for the Department’s Complaint Resolution Program where she was responsible for resolving consumer complaints against licensees of the various Department’s boards and bureaus.

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