Presented by Convergint & Product Partners

Join Convergint, Ashish Kakkad, Chief Technology Officer at San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, and industry leaders on October 4, 2023 to receive cutting edge information and guidance on how to keep campuses safe. This exclusive event will provide knowledge on how to integrate existing technology with the newest security solutions and how to fund the solutions for unique district needs.

This in-person event will connect communities with networking opportunities, highlight trends in school safety supported by PASS (Partner Alliance for Safer Schools), and much more. This is a unique opportunity for local school districts to learn how to manage people, processes, and technologies with a unified platform.

What’s included for the day:

  • Learning & connecting
  • Park Pass to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Wildlife Encounter
  • Free parking (voucher will be sent in the final reminder email)
  • Lunch

No Campus Left Behind: The Power of Unified Technology

October 4th, 2023 | 10 AM  – 2 PM PST


San Diego Zoo Safari Park

15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd
Escondido, CA


Ashish Kakkad

CTO, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

Ashish “Yosh” Kakkad is the Chief Information Officer for the Department. Ashish joined the Department in 2002. He was appointed as the CTO for the Department by Sheriff Bill Gore in 2013.

In his capacity as the CIO, he is responsible for managing the Department’s technology budget, and contracts as well as ensuring the technology roadmap aligns with the Department’s strategic goals. Ashish also oversees the Department’s Wireless Services, which is responsible for providing mission-critical voice communication to 116+ local, state, and federal agencies in San Diego and Imperial counties and over 20,000 active radios on the System.

Throughout his career, Ashish has led a tremendous effort on numerous large and complex projects that were hugely beneficial for the County and the Sheriff’s Department.

Before being appointed as the CTO, he was responsible for the regional data-sharing platform, actively utilized by over 70 local, state, and federal agencies in the County with over 12,000 active users. He is a US Air Force veteran and holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and MBA in IT Management.

Mr. Garcia currently manages the K-12 school business vertical in the United States for Physical Access Control Solutions at HID Global. He has over 20 years of experience developing full-spectrum safety & security solutions for K-12 districts that combine people, process, and products to deliver layered security based on quantitative and qualitative risk.

Michael Garcia

National End User Manager, HID

Michael Dixon

Strategic Account Executive, Genetec

Mr. Michael Dixon is a Strategic Account Manager at Genetec Inc. He joined security in 2006 coming from the TV and Film industry where he worked on popular TV shows like Renegade and Silk Stockings. He began his professional security journey at Insight Video Net as a Sales Engineer deploying Genetec Omnicast at over 2,000 schools in the greater New York area with IBM and the New York Department of Education. Since then, Michael spent 8 years rising through the ranks at Panasonic in the Public Sector to earn the role of National Sales Director. In 2014 he returned to the VMS platform that launched his career, and joined the team at Genetec. He is passionate about providing high tech tools to the public sector and K-12 market to help provide a safer environment for his fellow Americans.

Sawyer Lowe has been with Convergint for over two years. As an account executive, he has worked with numerous clients to develop roadmaps to sophisticated security solutions. Using threat assessments, budget management, and state of the art technology, Sawyer has guided clients to solutions specific to their situation to protect their people, property, and assets without sacrificing operational efficiency or excess funding.

Sawyer was born and raised in the San Diego area and graduated from San Diego State leading him to focus on security solutions dedicated to protecting the local community and schools. His focus on education has allowed him to become an expert in funding, grant writing, and developing an understanding of the unique challenges that schools face.

Sawyer Lowe

Account Executive, Convergint

Jordan Shaia

Account Executive, Convergint

Jordan Shaia is an Account Executive at Convergint who has been with the company for 4 years. Focused on the K-12 and Higher Education markets, Jordan uses his experience to ensure he offers the highest value and the best communication to his clients, colleagues, and partners. With a focus on integrity and a passion for life safety, Jordan has been able to accomplish great success within Convergint and through recognition by the individuals he works with.

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Who should attend?

Individuals within the K-12 industry specifically involved with security, life safety, facilities, information technology, emergency response, risk management, and executive decision making should attend this event.

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