Building Custom Solutions for Urgent Operational Needs
Jul 11 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 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.

Your Requirement Shouldn’t Scare You
Jul 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 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.

State & Local: Adoption of Battlefield-Proven Technology
Jul 11 @ 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 the 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.

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