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The original and only event safety and security seminar in North America

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Highest quality, most up-to-date Special Event training

Special Event Security Seminars is committed to providing the most comprehensive instruction and training to ensure the events you manage are as safe, predictable and secure as possible.

We only need to read the daily newspaper to understand that random acts of violence occur anytime and anywhere. Proper pre-planning for all safety and security issues and day-of-event on-site management is now more important than ever. Our seminars will offer many recommendations and proven solutions on how to save hundreds if not thousands of dollars per event.

Our Mission

It is our mission to keep you and your team up-to-date with the best skills to plan and manage special event security for your community. We are dedicated to you so that the events you manage are safe and secure while reducing liability and risk.

Our Instructors

Special Event Security Seminars believes that the best training comes from many perspectives rather than just one. Therefore, we have assembled a highly experienced staff that will provide you with an exceptional learning experience. We bring you the police perspective, city government's perspective, private security's perspective, the legal and technical perspective and the experience from various guest speakers.

This is a well balanced group that has received high accolades from all who have attended.

  • Mark Dallezotte, MA - Director

    Founder Of Special Event Safety Seminars

    Mark obtained his experience while working for the San Diego Police Department for 32 years. He worked on many assignments while on patrol, investigations and administration, but one assignment that peaked his interest was Special Events. During his tenure, he planned and managed thousands of events from some of the largest events the city had to many small scale events. He directed the police permitting process for all Special Events in the City of San Diego.

    Mark was responsible for security for numerous Charger, Aztec and Padre games, off road shows, international soccer games, Holiday Bowls, International Alcoholics Anonymous Convention, cultural events and hundreds of street festivals and major concerts. During the 1996 Republican National Convention, he was in charge of all logistics.

    Responsibilities included, the convention center perimeter security, host hotel security, command post location and setup, free speech (protest) site and setup, off site protest and parade permits, nuclear/biological/chemical agency coordinator, and prisoner processing center coordinator. Mark continues to remain active in the Special Events field and works many events in California and Hawaii in managerial and consultation positions.

    Mark currenly works as the Game Day Event Manager for the San Diego Padres

  • Gus Kontopuls, BA, QM

    Gus is the Chairman of the Board for Elite Show Services, Inc., the leading private security firm in San Diego. He is responsible for all aspects of the external and field operations regarding the company. This includes sales, marketing, assessing client needs, preparing bid proposals, analysis of jobs including pre-event planning, determination of staffing and logistics, contract negotiations, preparing budgets, client relations, public relations, dictating training content, and evaluation of events.

    Experience Over Time & Practice

    Gus has a wide range of experience in the field of Special Events. In his thirty-three years of experience, he has provided staffing to over 50,000 events at various fairgrounds, arenas, convention centers, stadiums and amphitheaters -- not to mention the untold number of street fairs, parades, marathons, carnivals, etc.

    For over twenty years, Gus has been called upon to be an expert witness in both Superior and Federal court cases. These cases dealt with special event security, facility security, crowd control and training techniques.

    Gus has served on numerous governmental and private boards and committees, including:

    • Terms on the state of California
    • Bureau of Security and Investigative Services Advisory Board
    • Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition
    • International Association of Venue Managers
    • Stadium Managers Association
    • CALSAGA
  • John L. Madigan, ESQ.

    Judge Madigan is currently an Associate Judge for the Intertribal Court of Southern California (civil) and a partner in a law firm in San Diego focusing on civil litigation (Serious Injury Trial Attorneys) for law enforcement/public safety officers and their families. He recently retired from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department where he was a legal advisor/attorney to the Sheriff and the Department. He is also a retired Captain with the San Diego Police Department where he worked in the Patrol Division, Investigations Division and Internal Affairs Division.

    John has been awarded more than 70 departmental and citizens commendations for such law enforcement incidents as the McDonalds Massacre, National Guard Stolen Tank incident, 1978 PSA Commercial Airline crash to name a few. He has been a Law Enforcement professional for more than 35 years, simultaneously practicing law as an attorney since 1991.

    Experience, Education & Practice

    Judge Madigan holds an Associate of Science Degree in “Criminology”, a Bachelors of Science Degree in “Law” and a Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. During his legal studies, he was a judicial extern for the Fourth District Court of Appeals in California, an intern for the San Diego City Attorney’s Office and on the National Deans list. He is a Professor of Law at three local colleges in San Diego, including the “Regional Law Enforcement Training Institute”. He is a consultant/expert for the Technical Advisory Service for Attorneys. He is also a “Certified” litigation professional in Public Employment Litigation by Americans for Effective Law Enforcement and a trained “Mediator”.

    Throughout his law enforcement and legal career, Judge Madigan has been involved in hundreds of law suits from the investigation stage to the prosecution or defense of those actions, including appeals. He lectures throughout California and the United States in the area of civil liability.

    Associate Judge, Intertribal Court of Southern California Legal Advisor/Attorney, San Diego Sheriffs Department (Retired) 2011 Captain, San Diego Police Department (Retired) 2000.

  • Ann Sasaki, Ph.D.

    Dr. Ann Sasaki-Madigan recently retired as a Deputy Chief Probation Officer with the San Diego County Probation Department overseeing upwards of 500 officers and professional staff in a department of over 1300 + employees. She oversaw all institutional operations for juvenile and adult offenders and was responsible for the development of all counseling, crisis intervention, substance abuse treatment, life skills/behavioral training and educational programs. Dr. Sasaki-Madigan also developed the Use of Force, Officer Involved Shooting, and Violence in the Workplace policy and procedures and supervises departmental training development in these areas.

    Experience, Expertise & Education

    Dr. Sasaki-Madigan was formerly the Inmate Services Division Manager with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, a division of over 130 personnel and budget of over $16.3 million. She led the Departments inmate reentry efforts and advised the Sheriff on mental health issues within the State of California and San Diego County for his appointment to the state Mental Health Services Act Commission.

    Dr. Sasaki-Madigan has worked in the fields of criminal justice and corrections for over 15 years, as an administrator, Deputy Probation officer, and therapist, facilitating groups and trainings in the areas of domestic violence, substance abuse, anger management, parenting, sexual assault, crisis intervention, cultural awareness, and behavior modification.

    She collaborates and partners with agencies such as:

    • The California Departments' of Health and Human Services
    • The Office of the Attorney General
    • The Bureau of Indian Affairs
    • County Mental Health
    • Health and Human Services
    • Alcohol and Drug Services
    • The County Board of Supervisors
    • The District Attorney’s Office
    • San Diego County Probation
    • San Diego Police Department
    • Carlsbad Police Department
    • Chula Vista Police Department
    • Oceanside Police Department
    • National City Police Department
    • SANDAG, and many community based organizations.

    Dr. Sasaki-Madigan holds a B.A. in psychology and criminal justice, a M.A. in psychology, and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology. She is an adjunct faculty member at Mira Costa Community College, as a professor in the criminal justice and human services fields, and instructs for the Center for Police Organizational Studies in the area of crowd psychology. Dr. Sasaki Madigan is also President of The Madigan Group, a company that provides training to law enforcement, probation, educators and military personnel.

  • Carolyn Wormser, MA

    Carolyn is the Director of Special Events for the City of San Diego. As Director of Special Events, Carolyn works with community groups and civic leaders to implement more than 600 citywide activities each year ranging in scope from major festivals and parades to athletic events and neighborhood celebrations. She has also represented the City of San Diego on the Host Committees for major national and international events such as the America's Cup, Major League Baseball's All Star Game and the National Conference of State Legislators. She also served as the liaison for city operations related to the several hundred special events which took place during the 1996 Republican National Convention.

    Carolyn is frequently called upon to speak at conventions and conferences throughout the United States and Canada. She is an expert in the management of Special Events.

  • Raphael Cimmarrusti

    Raphael Cimmarrusti is a Sergeant with the San Diego Police Department. He has been serving the department and community for over 29 years. Raphael’s current assignment is with the Special Events Unit where for the past six years where he is one of two operations sergeants for the unit.

    The San Diego Police Departments Special Events Unit handles approximately 1,100 events a year.  Raphael is responsible for the planning, coordinating and managing of police personnel for most of these events. These include all events at Petco Park (81 home games, concerts, festivals), events and conferences at the San Diego Convention Center, and numerous festivals, concerts, parades, carnivals, marathons, walks and much more throughout the City.

    Many events the San Diego Police Department Special Events Unit manages are attended by a wide range of audiences where the attendees are both local and international. Examples include five days of Comic Con, Rock and Roll Marathon, San Diego Pride Festival/Parade and multiple large venue concerts.

    In 2016, Raphael was one of the lead coordinators and managers of the Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star game hosted by the City of San Diego.  Along with the MLB Fan fest, Homerun Derby and the All-Star game, Raphael also handled ancillary duties involved with MLB and coordination with the FBI and Homeland.
  • John Leas

    John Leas served as Director of Security for the San Diego Padres Baseball Club.  His duties included developing and managing safety and security policies, procedures and special operations plans for Major League Baseball games and special events at Petco Park.  Beyond 81 home games each season, Petco Park hosted several high profile events including Taylor Swift, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Paul McCartney, SuperCross, Monster Trucks, American Idol and the USTA Davis Cup. 

    John set performance standards, directed personal safety and security awareness programs; crisis response/management and business continuity plans; workplace violence prevention; disaster preparedness plans and directed daily operations of 24/7 Security Staff, Event Security Staff, and other third-party contracted relationships. Business partners included the City of San Diego Police and Fire Rescue Departments, Metropolitan Transit System, Ace Parking, local, state and federal law enforcement agencies (Sheriff, FBI, DHS, ICE, TSA).  John served as the primary point of contact for visiting dignitaries, their protective services details and oversaw high profile player visits in local and international communities.

    Prior to joining the Padres in February of 2011, John worked for the San Diego Police Department for 31 years.  Rising through the ranks to Police Lieutenant, John supervised and managed many high profile units including Gangs, Robbery, Narcotics Task Force, Regional Auto Theft Task Force, Special Events with leadership roles in the Chief’s Office, City Council Liaison, Training Division, Motors and Mayor’s Executive Protection Detail.  He lead management roles in the 1996 Republican National Convention, 2001 Biotech Conference, several Presidential motorcades and the Police Department’s Emergency Operations Center.

    John has received numerous awards including National Committee on Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4)’s Major League Baseball Professional of the Year (2015), Security Magazine’s Top 500 Leaders (2013, 2014 and 2015), ASIS Security Professional of the Month and is sought as a guest speaker on professional sports safety and security topics across the nation.  In addition to teaching Special Events Safety Seminars, John serves as Adjunct Instructor at the San Diego Regional Public Safety Training Institute and Lead Instructor with the Teen Youth Driver Safety Program B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe).

  • Joe Ramos, B.S.

    Joe is a Captain with the San Diego Police Department and began his career in 1988. He attended San Diego State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.  

    Joe’s experience with the San Diego Police Department includes supervisory positions as a sergeant and lieutenant overseeing the Gang Suppression Team, Beach Team and SWAT team. Since becoming a member of the San Diego Police SWAT Team in 1993, Joe has been involved in dozens of critical incidents as an Operator, Team Leader, Emergency Negotiations Liaison Sergeant and SWAT Commanding Officer. Over the years, he has worked with local and federal agencies during the planning and management of both small and large scale events. From political events such as the RNC and Presidential debates, to sporting events such as the Super Bowl and World Series, Joe has played an integral role in the security and operational planning for these events.          

    Joe is an instructor for the San Diego Regional Police Academy and the San Diego Community College District. He provides instruction for academy recruits and newly promoted supervisors in Critical Incident Management, Homicide Scene Management, and a host of other supervisory courses.   In 2001, Joe was responsible for the development of San Diego’s Active Shooter and Rapid Deployment plan. Since that time, he has trained thousands of officers from local, state, and federal agencies in the response and management of Active Shooter incidents. Joe has presented this topic to numerous statewide conferences and to Special Event Safety Seminars. Joe regularly meets with staff from amusement parks, schools, churches, and hospitals to discuss emergency responses at their facilities.

    Joe is currently the Commanding Officer of San Diego's Northeastern Division.  At 103.8 square miles, Northeastern is the largest geographical division in the City and is home to over 234,000 residents.

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