2018 Annual Conference Recap

The 2018 CALSAGA Annual Conference was a success! The Agua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa team were great hosts and the food was delicious. Thank you to everyone who attended, our speakers and to our vendors and sponsors who made the conference possible.

CALSAGA Preferred Broker Tolman & Wiker sponsored our opening night President’s Reception on the West Lawn. As always, this event provided an opportunity for attendees, sponsors and vendors to network.

The general session kicked off with a legal update from CALSAGA Legal Advisor Barry Bradley. Anne Laguzza and Gary Bradley presented the session that attendees always enjoy: California’s Human Resource Challenges. For the first time, the event included a session tackling cannabis in California.

Conference attendees had the opportunity to hear from new BSIS Chief Darrel Wooand BSIS Deputy Chief Samuel Stodolski. CALSAGA looks forward to a great working relationship with the new chief.

As it is an election year, the program included the election of the 2019-2020 Board of Directors.

President: David Chandler

Northern California Vice President: Mark Tsuji

Southern California Vice President: Aleda Sebenick

Treasurer: Mark Miller

Secretary: Mike Smidt

Northern California Directors: Ashlee Cervantes and Chris de Guzman

Southern California Directors: Gary Bradley and Hugo Rodriguez

Our Vendor Hall sold out again this year. We appreciate the support of all of our vendors and sponsors!

Sponsoring Vendors:Tolman & Wiker, Silvertrac, TSIB, El Dorado Insurance Agency, Inc., TrackTik, Destiny Software, On Guard Apparel, Kwantek, UniPro International

Participating Sponsors: A.G. Spanos Companies, Agua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa, Allied Universal, Bradley & Gmelich, Custom Protective Services, E. & J. Gallo, First Security, G4S Secure Solutions, The Works Consulting

Vendors:American Bike Patrol, Aptonomy, BLine Security Training, Brookhurst Insurance Services, Certifix Livescan, Class VIII Research, DiBuduo & DeFendis Insurance Brokers, HUB International, Philadelphia Insurance Companies, Pre-Banc Business Credit, Robotic Assistance Devices, Symbol Arts, Team Software, Trackforce, Trikke

The Annual Awards dinner typically takes place on the last night of the conference; this year it was held on Wednesday allowing more to attend. Emceed by CBS Local Meteoroligist Patrick Evans, Officer of the Year, Medal of Valor, Lifesaving and Howenstein Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented. Thank you to Kwantek for presenting financial gifts to award winners. We were fortunate to have Al Howenstein in attendance to present the Howenstein Lifetime Achievement Award this year.

Lifesaving Award Recipients: George Oliver Carter, Sterling Simeon, Arleen Vargas, Michael Moise, Nichole Richter and Frankie Arroyo-Acevedo

Officer of the Year Recipient: Deantoine Dwanyne Washington

Medal of Valor Recipient: Jason Medford

Howenstein Lifetime Achievement Award: L. Earle Graham

At the event $1250 was raised for the CALSAGA Charitable Foundation. The purpose of the foundation is to assist severely injured officers as well as the families of officers killed in the line of duty throughout California. In addition, the Charitable Foundation honors and recognizes those who exemplify the best of our industry. Thank you to everyone who contributed!

Look out for the announcement about the 2019 Annual Conference coming soon!

Refreshed CALSAGA Training Materials Now Available

The refreshed CALSAGA catalog of training materials are now available for purchase!

AB2880 Compliant and BSIS Approved


You talked and we listened.

In July, we announced proposed pricing for the updated training materials. Thank you to the members who provided us with valuable feedback. Our Training Committee and Board of Directors took your input into consideration; please see the revised pricing structure below.

Initial One-Year Access:
$500 (PPO’s/PSE’s with 1-20 officers)
$600 (PPO’s/PSE’s with 21-50 officers)
$750 (PPO’s/PSE’s with 51 to 150 officers
$1500 (PPO’s/PSE’s with 151-250 officers)
$2000 (PPO’s/PSE’s with 251- 500 officers)
$2500 (500 to 1000 officers)
$3000 (PPO’s/PSE’s with over 1000 officers)
ASSOC / PSTF – $1500 Initial Payment

Renewal Fees for Year Two and Beyond:
$100 (PPO’s/PSE’s with 1-50 officers)
$150 (51 to 150 officers)
$250 (PPO’s/PSE’s with 151-250 officers)
$300 (PPO’s/PSE’s with 251-500 officers)
$400 (500 to 1000 officers)
$500 (PPO’s/PSE’s with over 1000 officers)
$300 Subscription Rate ASSOC / PSTF

All modules include course handbook, test, answer key and instructor’s presentation.


CALSAGA Training Materials are only available to purchase by CALSAGA members.

To purchase training materials, log in to your CALSAGA account at calsaga.org/login and click on the Training tab.

If you need assistance with logging in, contact Kate at KWallace@calsaga.org.


As a reminder, access to the CALSAGA Security Officer Training Database – a compliment to the CALSAGA Training Modules –  is included with your membership dues! Once you have trained your officers, the database allows you to track their training and to generate BSIS-compliant certificates. Click here to learn more or contact Kate at KWallace@calsaga.org.

Have questions about membership? Contact Kris at Kris@calsaga.org.

Annual Conference Registration closes on Friday, October 12th at 6pm

Time is running out to register for the 2018 CALSAGA Annual Conference!

Registration closes on Friday, October 12th at 6pm.

Register NOW for the 2018 CALSAGA Annual Conference

Just what will you be missing if you don’t register for the conference?

A solid speaker lineup with brand new programming, an opportunity to hear directly from the new BSIS Chief, a sold out Exhibitor Hall full of vendors relevant to your business (many of whom offer discounts to CALSAGA members!), opportunities to network with your peers, and much more!

Your ticket includes all meals and events including the opening night President’s Receiption on the West Lawn and the Awards Dinner in The Show on Wednesday.
Please note that advance RSVP is required for the Awards Dinner. If you have not already submitted your RSVP for the dinner but would like to attend, please email Kate at KWallace@calsaga.org.

CALSAGA Board of Director Nominations and Annual Conference Registration Deadlines Approaching

Today is the last day to submit nominations for CALSAGA’s Board of Directors.

The deadline for nomination submissions is close of business on Friday, September 28th.

Read more about nomination criteria, voting and election timeline.


The Agua Caliente Casino Hotel & Spa hotel room discount for CALSAGA Annual Conference attendees has been extended to Monday, October 1st.

To book your room call group reservations: 800-854-1279.  Group name: CALSAGA or code: 1810CALSAGA

Have travel questions? We’ve got you covered!


Don’t forget, the Annual Conference will take place October 16th – 18th! Registration closes Friday, October 12th at 6:00pm.

Annual Conference Schedule and Registration Information

LEAPS Conference – Last Chance To Register – September 12th Symposium

A note from CALSAGA Legal Advisor Barry Bradley

Dear CALSAGA Members and Security Industry Professionals:

This is your last chance to register for Wednesday’s LEAPS Conference in downtown Los Angeles at the Historic Orpheum Theater.  Now in its 18th year, LEAPS is dedicated to bridging the gap between Private Security and the Public Sector.  Our three speakers for this half-day symposium will be the new LAPD Chief, Michel Moore, Department of Homeland Security’s Protective Security Advisor, Richard Mitchem, and CIA Operative (Antiterrorism) Darrell Blocker.

Please register for yourself and others.  There are seats available.  Please check out the LEAPS website at www.leapsla.org for more information about the program and to register on-line.  The cost is only $50 and it will be a great chance to not only meet the new chief, but to network with our colleagues. (There will be no walk-in registration.)

I hope to see you Wednesday morning, bright and early!

Barry A. Bradley, Esq.
Legal Advisor
CALSAGA

Notice of CALSAGA Board of Directors Nominations

CALSAGA is pleased to announce that the nominations period is now open for members who are interested in serving on the 2019-2020 CALSAGA Board of Directors. Elected Board Members will serve a 2-calendar year term on the Board of Directors, commencing January 1, 2019. The deadline for nomination submissions is the close of business, Friday, September 28, 2018.

The 11 Directors on the Board are responsible for the governing, operations, planning, and general business matters of CALSAGA. We are a non-profit corporation and are governed by our bylaws, articles of incorporation, and state law. The Board meets every other month and Directors must make a commitment to attend these meetings. It is largely due to the commitment of our Board members, and all other volunteers, that CALSAGA has been successful over the past 22 years in representing the security industry’s interests in California.

The nomination process and the election/appointment process are as follows:

Election and Appointment Phases:
The election and appointments are done in 3 Phases:

  • Phase I – Executive Committee: Will be voted upon by the membership, either electronically by email, or in the morning session on the first day of the Annual Conference on October 17, 2018 (see timetable below). Results will be announced on October 17, 2018.• Phase II – Northern/Southern California Directors: Will be voted upon by those members in attendance in the afternoon session on the first day of the Annual Conference on October 17, 2018 (see timetable below). Results will be announced on October 17, 2018

    • Phase III – Directors-At-Large: Will be appointed by the new Board of Directors after they take office in January 2019.

Available Positions
[Note: Candidates can submit nominations for both the Executive Committee and for the Northern/Southern California Director Positions. If a candidate is first elected to the Executive Committee, their name will be withdrawn prior to the Phase II vote for those Northern/Southern California Positions.]

Executive Committee Directors [Without regard to geographical location in California]:
President
Vice President
Vice President
Treasurer
Secretary
Directors
Northern California Director
Northern California Director
Southern California Director
Southern California Director

Non-Elected Appointed Positions
[Note: There is no election. These positions will be appointed by the new Board of Directors after January 1, 2019 at the first Board of Directors Meeting in January 2019. Submissions of Interest will be accepted prior to the January 2019 Board of Directors Meeting.]

Director-At-Large
Director-At-Large

Eligibility
Nominees must be a primary or secondary contact of a Private Patrol Operator, Proprietary Security Employer or Private Security Training Facility member-company of CALSAGA whose membership and dues was current as of September 1, 2018.

Executive Committee Nominees must also have served in some other prior leadership capacity, either in another Board position (Regional Director or Director-at-Large) or chaired a CALSAGA Committee. The Board may waive these requirements if petitioned.

Please contact the CALSAGA office for a copy of the by-laws setting forth the specific requirements if you have additional questions.

Nomination Process
Self-Nominations are accepted, as are nominations for another CALSAGA member. To issue a formal nomination, please email the following information to the CALSAGA team:
Your Name
Name of Nominee and Company
Nominated Position

Nominations can be sent to our Association Manager, Kris Smidt at kris@calsaga.org and must be received no later than the close of business on Friday, September 28, 2018.

Once verified for eligibility, nominees will be contacted by the CALSAGA Nominations Committee, and each nominee will have the opportunity to submit a 200-word statement for distribution to membership on Monday, October 8, 2018 (Candidate Statement Submissions must be received at kris@calsaga.org by 5:00pm Friday, October 5, 2018).

Voting
Each company that is eligible will have one vote. Company members are responsible for determining who will cast their vote.

Paper ballots will be distributed to all voting members in attendance at the 2018 CALSAGA Annual Conference and Exhibits on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Alternatively, electronic ballots will be issued on Monday October 8, 2018 along with the statements prepared by those seeking election. Members not attending the CALSAGA Annual Conference may vote by email. Electronic votes must be received no later than close of business on Monday, October 15, 2018.

Ballots will be collected and tallied (along with all electronic ballots that were received by the October 15th deadline), at the Annual Conference. (See timeline below.)

Announcements will be made for the 2019-2020 Board of Directors on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 during the Annual Conference and Exhibits.

ELECTIONS TIMELINE
The schedule of the voting process is as follows:

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:
Nominations Committee Chair and CALSAGA Legal Advisor
Barry Bradley
bbradley@bglawyers.com
818-243-5200
CALSAGA Association Manager
Kris Smidt
kris@calsaga.org
714-824-7015

This is your last chance.

The last day to submit nominations for our annual awards is this Friday, August 31st.

Brian Cotton of Patrol One was among the recipients of the Lifesaving Award at the 2017 CALSAGA Annual Conference.

Help us honor and recognize deserving security professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Awards to be presented include the Valor Award, the Lifesaving Award, the Security Officer of the Year Award and the Al Howenstein Lifetime Achievement Award. The winner of each award will be invited to attend the Annual Conference for the awards ceremony. Award presentation will take place at the Awards Dinner on Wednesday, October 17th.

The CALSAGA Valor Award is reserved for those who demonstrate extraordinary judgment and performance of his/her duties during an emergency. Click here for the nomination form.
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The CALSAGA Life Saving Award is reserved for those who saved the life of another person. Click here for the nomination form.

Dylan Noel of Rank Investigations & Protection was presented with the Medal of Valor Award at the 2017 CALSAGA Annual Conference.

The CALSAGA Security Officer of the Year Award is given to an officer who, during the year, has either performed a heroic act involving circumstances where the officer risked his or her life to save another person, or the officer performed a routine task in an exemplary manner. Click here for award criteria and the nomination form.
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The Al Howenstein Lifetime Achievement Award (AHLAA) was originally presented at our Annual Conference in 2008 to Al Howenstein, a founding member of CALSAGA and tireless industry ambassador. Mr. Howenstein, who is now the Award namesake, has dedicated his career to advocating on behalf of the private security industry and has played a key role in forging relationships between CALSAGA and other key influencers in the private security industry, the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services and members of the California Legislature. Click here for award criteria and the nomination form.

A ticket to the Awards Dinner is included with your Annual Conference registration. Click here to register for the conference.

Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

Do you know someone who deserves recognition? Don’t let the opportunity pass you by!
The deadline to submit nominations for our annual awards is fast approaching!

Each year CALSAGA honors deserving security professionals at our Annual Conference. Awards to be presented include the Valor Award, the Lifesaving Award, the Security Officer of the Year Award and the Al Howenstein Lifetime Achievement Award. The winner of each award will be invited to attend the Annual Conference for the awards ceremony.

The CALSAGA Valor Award is reserved for those who demonstrate extraordinary judgment and performance of his/her duties during an emergency. Click here for the nomination form.
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The CALSAGA Life Saving Award is reserved for those who saved the life of another person. Click here for the nomination form.
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The CALSAGA Security Officer of the Year Award is given to an officer who, during the year, has either performed a heroic act involving circumstances where the officer risked his or her life to save another person, or the officer performed a routine task in an exemplary manner. Click here for award criteria and the nomination form.
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The Al Howenstein Lifetime Achievement Award (AHLAA) was originally presented at our Annual Conference in 2008 to Al Howenstein, a founding member of CALSAGA and tireless industry ambassador. Mr. Howenstein, who is now the Award namesake, has dedicated his career to advocating on behalf of the private security industry and has played a key role in forging relationships between CALSAGA and other key influencers in the private security industry, the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services and members of the California Legislature. Click here for award criteria and the nomination form.

Nominations must be received by August 31st. If you have questions, please contact Kris Smidt kris@calsaga.org or Kate Wallace kwallace@calsaga.org.