KEYNOTE - Bill Maheu SR

As Senior Director of Business Development in QCSS, William (Bill) Maheu is focused on developing business strategies for cybersecurity solutions, bringing biometric products to the Government market (including ultrasonic fingerprint products) and enabling government use of Qualcomm commercial technologies. Prior to joining Qualcomm in 2008, Maheu was a member of the San Diego Police Department for 28 years. During his tenure with the department, Maheu held many assignments including commanding officer and executive lieutenant of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team. He also directed several major projects, including the 2003 Super Bowl, the 1996 Republican National Convention, the 1996 Presidential Debate, the development of the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team, and the development of the Homeless Outreach Team. Maheu rose to the rank of Executive Assistant, Chief of Police. His responsibilities included the department’s day-to-day operations, its $400 million budget, the Professional Standards Section, Intelligence Section, Interoperable Communication and Information Technologies. Maheu graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police. Maheu and his wife, Jane, have been married for 35 years and live in San Diego, California.

Presentation summary: The Internet of Things (or Internet of EVERYTHING as Qualcomm calls it) is transforming the pace at which entire industries innovate. Bill will be touching on the challenges and implications of this transformation as well as Qualcomm's role in accelerating IoE across many verticals as well as what is out over the horizon. Tremendous opportunities exist to leverage the power of mobile and connectivity to improve physical security devices and reduce cost. However, in doing so, we have to be aware of the question “What is the security of our connected security device.” Bill will also touch on how to accomplish that. The convergence of biometrics, security, and mobile is the key to successfully providing a secure future. Qualcomm will also be demonstrating the first 4-finger mobile ultrasonic fingerprint scanner certified by the FBI.

Panel Discussion

Engage with industry experts on hot topics of the day in physical security. Discuss the key factors on how physical security technologies can be utilized to deliver safer environments. And examine those key physical security elements that connect every type of organization attending this event. Explain how to maintain a balance of appropriately implementing new technologies as force multipliers while preserving the quality and respect of our customers/citizens.

This panel includes:
  • Laura Hart, Vice President Business Operations, Qualcomm;
  • Mike Sannella, CCM AVP, Corporate Real Estate | Corporate Security, Vallecitos Water District, LPL Financial;
  • Scott McCartney, Project Director of the Large Stadium Initiative and Active Shooter Training Coordinator with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and Homeland Security;
  • SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman,
Laura Hart

In her current role as vice president of Business Operations in QCSS, Laura Hart leads a number of teams focused on developing business strategies for cybersecurity solutions, bringing biometric products (including ultrasonic fingerprint products) to the government sector and enabling government use of Qualcomm commercial technologies. She is a key member of the division's executive team, helping to set strategic direction and insuring the division is organized for success. Hart joined Qualcomm in 1997 as a program manager in Qualcomm’s Government Technologies division.

Prior to Qualcomm, Hart was the operations manager for Raytheon, leading a group that transitioned through several defense contractor consolidations including Hughes, Alliant Techsystems and Systems Integrated. She has more than 30 years of experience managing programs for both commercial and government customers. Hart began her career as a digital design engineer at General Dynamics Convair. She also worked for five years for Sverdrup Technology in Tennessee as a systems engineer and project leader.

For the past six years, Hart has been an active board member of the San Diego and Imperial Counties chapter of the American Red Cross. She has also been on the board of Make-A-Wish San Diego for one year

Born and raised in San Diego, Hart is a proud native of "America's finest city." She earned a BS in Electrical Engineering at San Diego State University where she also played on the women’s basketball team.

Mike Sannella

Mike Sannella is the Assistant Vice President of Corporate Security for LPL Financial and has over 20 years experience in physical security, corporate security, and business management. He is a certified business continuity manager and served as the chapter president of ASIS San Diego in 2011. In 2014 Mike was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for Vallecitos Water District in Northern San Diego County.

Scott McCartney

Scott McCartney is the Project Director of the Large Stadium Initiative and Active Shooter Training Coordinator with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and Homeland Security. The initiative is based on the premise a majority of stadiums are owned by municipal or local governments, and therefore security varies from facility to facility. This program explores commonalities of large stadium/venue Homeland Security preparedness issues and assists in developing strategies for enhancing prevention, response, and recovery capabilities. He earned national recognition as a Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Mr. McCartney was invited to testify before the Congressional Committee on Homeland Security on the importance of collaborating with Venues, Colleges and Universities regarding the need to prepare for respond to and recover from national incidents and disasters. Mr. McCartney also discussed the importance of having evacuation plans in place at mass gatherings. Mr. McCartney has been advising and an instructor for NCS4 since 2007 and TEEX, providing subject matter expertise in writing curriculum taught by both. Scott has served as the Office of Emergency Services Spokesperson in the State Operations Center (SOC) Joint Information Center (JIC) and the Joint Field Office JIC for the 2007 Southern California Wildfires.

Mr. McCartney works in Law Enforcement with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. Mr. McCartney is the Public Safety Director of the California Capital Airshow and has held the positions of Traffic Chief and Incident Commander. In these roles his leadership and overall management has gained world recognition for outstanding public safety. He was presented the “Key to the City” of Rancho Cordova for his continued expertise for the California Capital Airshow. Mr. McCartney has also advised the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) on various Public Safety issues. He is a subject matter expert advising California Police Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.). Mr. McCartney served as a Critical Incident Hostage Negotiator Team member for the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department. Mr. McCartney also works on CALFIRE IMT #6 as the Law Enforcement Liaison and is a member on the California Incident Command Certification System (CICCS) Task Force as a Law Enforcement advisor. He has supervised many critical incidents as well as planned and implemented several large events. Mr. McCartney received his Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication from Oregon State University.

Chief Shelley Zimmerman

Shelley Zimmerman was appointed as the City of San Diego’s 41st Chief of Police on March 4, 2014 and serves as the first female Police Chief for the San Diego Police Department. Chief Zimmerman oversees the eighth largest police department in the nation. Annually the department receives 1.3 million calls into their communications center and is distributed to nine patrol commands, two investigative commands and a traffic division who are responsible for handling within the 340 square miles of the City of San Diego.

Chief Zimmerman began her career in public service on October 21, 1982. She has worked many of the San Diego Police Department’s patrol commands and has extensive investigative experience. Some of Chief Zimmerman’s prior assignments have included Vice, Narcotics, Internal Affairs, Multi-Cultural Community Relations Office, the Mayor’s Executive Protection Detail, the Narcotics Task Force and the Field Lieutenant position. Her previous assignment as Assistant Chief of Neighborhood Policing included the Regional Police Academy, Backgrounds, In-Service and Field Training, Juvenile Administration, the Police Range, Volunteer Services, Information Services, Communications, Crime Analysis, and Human Resources. Chief Zimmerman was also the Department’s liaison with the Gang Commission, STAR-PAL, the San Diego Police Foundation, Crime Stoppers, Labor Relations, the Hotel/Motel Association and the Chief’s Community Advisory Boards. In doing so, Chief Zimmerman continues to build trust in relationships with the community and police.

Chief Zimmerman has assisted in the security planning for several large events in San Diego such as the International Association Chiefs of Police Convention, Major Cities Chief’s Conference, Super Bowl, Republican National Convention, major conferences and the 4th of July Independence Day holiday at the beach, where more than one million local and visitors alike come to enjoy each year.

Chief Zimmerman is a member of the San Diego County Police Chiefs’ and Sheriff’s Association and is a board member of the Girl Scouts of San Diego and STAR/PAL. She has received numerous awards and citations throughout her career which has included the San Diego Press Club Headliner of the year award for her undercover work, the San Diego Business Journal’s Woman Who Mean Business Exemplary Award for her civic involvement with both the business and residential communities, the San Diego Police Foundation Women in Blue Award for her commitment to making San Diego one of the safest large cities in the United States and the Gold Key Award from the Hotel/Motel Association for her commitment to the Hospitality and Tourism Industry.

Chief Zimmerman was born in Cleveland, Ohio and is a graduate of The Ohio State University, with a degree in Criminal Justice. She is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, FBINA #241. In addition, Shelley is an avid sports fan and often participates in athletic charity fundraisers.