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May
14
Tue
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT: Building Custom Solutions for Urgent Operational Needs
May 14 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Do you have unmet requirements that can’t be fulfilled with existing commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) items? Unmet operational requirements occur when a problem goes unidentified, the right solution doesn’t exist, or funding isn’t available. ADS’ team of experts and partner suppliers work tirelessly to research, develop, and integrate new products that solve a problem, leverage existing legacy systems and are easily procurable. In this class, bring your most challenging requirement and learn how ADS’ product development approach can serve you.

Graham Kessler

Graham Kessler

ADS, Inc.
Director of Product Development & Integration

In 2017, Graham Kessler came to ADS from Logos Technologies where he managed all phases of business development for Government research and development opportunities, as well as new and emerging ISR products for U.S. and International customers.

Kessler spent ten years at U.S. Joint Forces Command leading concept development and experimentation (CD&E) activities aimed at crafting future processes, organizations, and technologies. Prior to that, he served five years as an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Navy, with combat tours in support of Operation Southern Watch and Operation Desert Fox.

In his current role at ADS, Kessler is responsible for identifying, qualifying, and executing new product development and integration efforts within ADS’ core markets. ADS designed this effort to focus specifically on opportunities that support the development of innovative products in partnership with their existing supplier network.

CONTRACTS: Rapid Acquisition in Times of Crisis
May 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Recent crisis’ such as the Austin bombing, Vegas shooting, natural disasters, and rapid deployments, all have one thing in common—equipment was needed and FAST! Equipment that the DoD, military and federal agencies otherwise wouldn’t have or need access to. From Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC) and service-specific contracts to tailored solutions, learn how ADS leverages agile and flexible procurement solutions to meet your needs in a time of crisis.

Brad Anderson

Brad Anderson

ADS, Inc.
VP, Contract Management

Mr. Anderson joined ADS in 2003 as a key member of a staff of only 15 people. He has served in various functions throughout his career at ADS and currently has overall management responsibilities for the Company’s contract performance. Mr. Anderson has 10 years of experience in government procurement of operational equipment and prior to coming to ADS, ran another military sales business unit serving the Hampton Roads Navy and Marine Corps community. Mr. Anderson oversees both the management of ADS’ long-term contracts and the approval process of short-term contracts that are awarded on a daily basis.

S&L: Adoption of Battlefield-Proven Technology
May 14 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

What was once disarming a gunman has evolved into disarming an IED. Law enforcement’s call of duty is to keep innocent citizens safe and that can only be done with the latest technology and equipment. Active shooters, domestic terrorism, the proliferation of drones, and the home manufacturing of illicit drugs are a few examples of why the role of a first responder is even more dangerous than just a few years ago. In this brief lecture followed by a Q&A panel, attendees will learn how this landscape is predicted to change even more in the coming years and how to best equip their teams for the unexpected.

ADS Grotkin

David Grotkin

David Grotkin joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1991 and worked Newton Division. While assigned to Newton, David worked patrol and VICE. After five years with the department, David pursued a desire of becoming a military Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) specialist. Shortly after training David left the Los Angeles Police Department for a full-time career with the United States Army. While in the Army, David held every leadership position within EOD and was assigned to various EOD assignments. David has multiple combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, all supporting Special Operations. After a successful 20-year military career, David retired and transitioned into ADS Inc. as a Business Development Manager working with Federal agencies such as Department of Homeland Security to help develop equipment solutions. David started to work with State and Local law enforcement shortly after due to his background in law enforcement and as a bomb technician. Today, David is in charge of ADS’ Department of Defense Counter Improvised Explosive Device accounts working with program managers to develop new life saving equipment solutions.

May
15
Wed
LEADERSHIP: Becoming the Sheep Dog, Featuring Celebrity Guest Speaker Tim Kennedy
May 15 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

There are three types of people in this world: the wolf, the sheep, and the sheepdog. The wolf is violent, the sheep is passive, and the sheepdog is there to protect one from the other.

Featured celebrity speaker, Army Green Beret, and UFC ranked middleweight fighter, Tim Kennedy, will speak about how to overcome fear, how to get up and learn from losses, how to recognize strengths and weaknesses, and how to become the sheepdog.

Tim Kennedy

Featuring Celebrity Guest Speaker Tim Kennedy

Tim Kennedy is best known as an American professional mixed martial artist with an 18-6 record for the UFC in the middleweight division.
Tim is an active Special Forces operator with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as other locations around the globe–having been awarded a Bronze Star with a Valor distinguishing device during one of those deployments. After amassing a 30-1 amateur record, Kennedy made his professional debut in August of 2001. He has won eighteen professional bouts since then, often interrupting his fighting career for his military obligations. Aside from being a talented fighter, dedicated soldier, and rising star, Kennedy has dedicated his time and money to various philanthropic activities including Soldiers’ Angels, The Green Beret Foundation, and Team Rubicon.

Your Requirement Shouldn’t Scare You
May 15 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

ADS’ team of subject-matter experts scout the defense landscape for the latest trends, technology, and equipment to anticipate your needs long before you need them! We partner with agencies to offer quick, efficient obligation of your funds for your equipment requirements in today’s DoD budget environment. Whether you’re procuring strength training equipment or extreme cold weather gear, we are your one-point source for rapid acquisition.

Brad Anderson

Brad Anderson

ADS, Inc.
VP, Contract Management

Mr. Anderson joined ADS in 2003 as a key member of a staff of only 15 people. He has served in various functions throughout his career at ADS and currently has overall management responsibilities for the Company’s contract performance. Mr. Anderson has 10 years of experience in government procurement of operational equipment and prior to coming to ADS, ran another military sales business unit serving the Hampton Roads Navy and Marine Corps community. Mr. Anderson oversees both the management of ADS’ long-term contracts and the approval process of short-term contracts that are awarded on a daily basis.

Jul
10
Wed
MEDICAL: Stop the Bleed, by the Raytom Group
Jul 10 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Stop the Bleed is a fully-accredited course designed to educate the public on how to effectively reduce blood loss in an injured patient. In light of the recent Virginia Beach tragedy, the Raytom Group and Phokus Research Group are partnering with Tactical Medical Solutions and Z-Medica to teach Stop the Bleed to attendees. Any and all skill levels are welcome.

  • Identifying different types of bleeding
  • Methods to control these types of bleeds
  • Treating the patient post bleeding control
  • Basic, advanced, and field craft methods to control difficult bleeds
Jason Funaro

Jason Funaro

Founder, Raytom Group
Jason Funaro is one of the founders and lead instructors of The Raytom Group. He has over 15 years of experience both as a civilian field Paramedic and TacMedic. He served over 8 years in the U.S. Army as a riflemen. Jason later worked as a lead medic on the State Department Ambassador Details HTP team in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Stop the Bleed, by the Raytom Group
Jul 10 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Stop the Bleed is a fully-accredited course designed to educate the public on how to effectively reduce blood loss in an injured patient. In light of the recent Virginia Beach tragedy, the Raytom Group and Phokus Research Group are partnering with Tactical Medical Solutions and Z-Medica to teach Stop the Bleed to attendees. Any and all skill levels are welcome.

  • Identifying different types of bleeding
  • Methods to control these types of bleeds
  • Treating the patient post bleeding control
  • Basic, advanced, and field craft methods to control difficult bleeds
Jason Funaro

Jason Funaro

Founder, Raytom Group
Jason Funaro is one of the founders and lead instructors of The Raytom Group. He has over 15 years of experience both as a civilian field Paramedic and TacMedic. He served over 8 years in the U.S. Army as a riflemen. Jason later worked as a lead medic on the State Department Ambassador Details HTP team in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Counter UAS—The Rise of Commercial Threats
Jul 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Unmanned Aerial System’s (UAS) availability, affordability, and technology has surged. As unfriendly individuals, groups, and countries gain access to this technology, the need to develop useful countermeasure systems that are versatile, scalable, and available today, continues to rise. This course helps attendees carefully consider potential roadblocks to procuring effective solutions in a timely manner.

Creighton Holt

Creighton Holt

ADS, Inc.
UAS Strategic Business Development Manager

Creighton Holt serves as the ADS UAS Strategic Business Development Manager, assisting Naval Air Systems Command, United States Special Operations Command, industry-leading UAS and CUAS manufacturers, and ADS teammates in the requirements, procurement, and sustainment of UAS and CUAS. Creighton began his employment at ADS in 2011 after retirement as a Commander in the United States Navy. During a 20 year career, Creighton flew H-3 helicopters, F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornets- including flying the first combat missions of the war on terrorism into Afghanistan in 2001 from the deck of the USS CARL VINSON. He also served as a squadron Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer and a flight instructor. Creighton selected as an Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer while serving as the Chief of Air Requirements at United States Special Operations Command- working airborne ISR and tactical lift requirements and acquisitions for national and theater special operations forces. He also served as the USN’s Joint Strike Fighter Sustainment and Logistics Requirements Officer. Creighton is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, the USAF’s Air Command and Staff College, and the Joint Forces Staff College.

Rapid Acquisition in Times of Crisis
Jul 10 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Recent crisis’ such as the Austin bombing, Vegas shooting, natural disasters, and rapid deployments, all have one thing in common—equipment was needed and FAST! Equipment that the DoD, military and federal agencies otherwise wouldn’t have or need access to. From Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC) and service-specific contracts to tailored solutions, learn how ADS leverages agile and flexible procurement solutions to meet your needs in a time of crisis.

Brad Anderson

Brad Anderson

ADS, Inc.
VP, Contract Management

Mr. Anderson joined ADS in 2003 as a key member of a staff of only 15 people. He has served in various functions throughout his career at ADS and currently has overall management responsibilities for the Company’s contract performance. Mr. Anderson has 10 years of experience in government procurement of operational equipment and prior to coming to ADS, ran another military sales business unit serving the Hampton Roads Navy and Marine Corps community. Mr. Anderson oversees both the management of ADS’ long-term contracts and the approval process of short-term contracts that are awarded on a daily basis.

Control Stress Response
Jul 10 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Did you know evolutionary mechanisms designed to cope with stress can strangle performance? In this session, participants will learn about the physiology behind feedback loops that exist between the brain and breath, how the body reacts to stress, and practical tools to redirect behavior patterns in high-stress situations.

Rob AoB

Rob Wilson

Human Performance Specialist

Rob Wilson comes from a formal education in manual therapy with 15+ years of experience as both a practitioner and teacher.

In the past decade and a half, Rob has had the good fortune to work with an enormous variety of athletes ranging from amateur, nationally and internationally ranked athletes in everything from powerlifting and sailboat racing, to individuals in the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Program.

Rob truly enjoys working with the tactical communities of the U.S. Armed Forces. Over the course of his career, he has had the honor to help serve many active duty service members and veterans, through both his private human performance consultation work and through groups like the Resiliency Project—which seeks to further the resources available to military groups.

Prior to creating the Art of Breath series with Brian Mackenzie, where they work closely with Stanford Universities Neuroscience department, Rob was an original member of the world-renowned MobilityWod staff under the direction of Dr. Kelly Starrett. Dr. Starrett and MobilityWOD were influential in Rob’s development as a professional in the human performance sector.

Rob is a passionate teacher to the core. Throughout the course of his career as a manual therapist and coach one thing became abundantly clear; it’s better to teach a person to fish. Without education, athletes are left to unknowingly repeat patterns of behavior that may not be pursuant to the actual desired outcome. That is to say, the best remedy is often learning. Rob’s journey is about developing a deeper understanding of human performance to better serve those who wish to actualize their potential.

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