CAL SMACNA’s 54th Annual Convention

Our 54th Annual Convention will be at the Monarch Beach Resort on April 15-18, 2020. The Monarch Beach Resort Perched on a golden hillside overlooking the azure waters of the Pacific, Monarch Beach Resort is Orange County’s most luxurious coastal playground. Our AAA Five-Diamond sanctuary offers guests an array of exclusive activities and inspiring experiences that embody Southern California’s serene coastal lifestyle. From championship golf links and restorative spa services to water sports and celebrated dining, discover the allure of Orange County’s premier luxury resort.

Chris Bertish
Dream It. See It. Believe It. Achieve It.
Limitless! The SUP Crossing Story
Saturday, April 18, 2020, 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

There has never before been a solo expedition so wild, extreme, and hazardous that Red Bull, National Geographic, and the New York Times said it “Redefined Adventure!” But not only did Chris Bertish’s incredible Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) Crossing transcend the limits of what was thought to be humanly possible, it was completed for an incredible life-changing purpose that directly impacted and inspired millions around the world. 

In March 2017, Chris completed his most daring challenge yet by becoming the first person to cross the entire Atlantic Ocean (over 7,500 km) on a SUP over 93 days and 93 grueling nights, solo, and unsupported. In doing so, Chris dared to achieve what most perceive to be impossible. 

In everything that he does – from inspirational speaking around the globe, to breaking world records in Big Wave Surfing and SUP – Chris shifts boundaries and shatters perceptions of what is possible. His mantra – Dream It. See It. Believe It. Achieve It. – defines his approach to success across multiple sports and as a respected visionary, author, filmmaker, environmentalist, philanthropist, and businessman. His philosophy is one of positive change, starting with ourselves and how we can make an affirmative difference in our lives, our business, our communities, and the world around us. 

In Chris’s latest and most impressive talk yet, which is receiving standing ovations globally, Limitless! The SUP Crossing Story delivers a spellbinding and captivating narrative complemented by a powerful audiovisual presentation that will blow you away.

On April 18, 2020 Bertish will share his incredibly captivating stories, lessons, and learnings which will inspire, educate, and motivate you!  

Kris “Tanto” Paronto
Bottom Up Leadership and How it Saved Lives in Benghazi
Thursday, April 16, 2020, 8:30 AM – 10 AM

Kris Paronto“Tanto” as he is affectionately known in security contracting circles, is a former Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment and private security contractor who has deployed throughout South America, Central American, the Middle East, and North Africa. He also worked with the U.S. Government’s Global Response Staff conducting low profile security in high threat environments throughout the world. 

Paronto was part of the CIA annex security team that responded to the terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, helping to save over 20 lives while fighting off terrorists for over 13 hours. Paronto’s story is told in the book 13 Hours, written by Mitchell Zuckoff and his five surviving annex security team members, and in the 2016 major motion picture of the same name. 

On April 16, 2020, Paronto will discuss how his experiences in Benghazi that taught him the importance of being able to depend on and trust his team, especially in times of major crisis. From combat to business, he shares techniques, stories, and lessons he learned from having a strong team under fire.