Restart your engine everyday

The pool of qualified specialists gets bigger everyday. The competition among protection specialists is very overwhelming for each lone wolf out there waiting for the next call. Those of you who are in high demand are among the fortunate few but you should never think that you are that good that some new guy/girl can …

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Meeting, talking and endorsements

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One of the most lucrative markets in this industry is the GEAR! Just last week many specialists, operators, weekend warriors and the like traveled to Las Vegas to attend Shot Show 2012. Vendors from all over the world set up hi-tech booths to sell their wares, introduce the newest high speed gear that they convinced …

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How can they possibly know that?

If you have ever been called in by a client’s meeting planner or a contracted meeting planner to go over or get briefed on an event you will know what I am about to talk about.  Many, if not most of them, have limited expertise with security protocols or recommendations.  Too often  they will tell …

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Project Protect Liberia

Before I get started on this blog I want to apologize to my mentor Paul Viollis, Ph.D of Risk Control Strategies for forgetting to post his book as one of the “must reads” from yesterday’s blog.  I inadvertently forgot to add him in the blog even though I had it written on my notes.  Paul’s …

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The must reads from my perspective

There are many books out there that are good reads.  We choose books to read for various reasons.  Some of us read specific books to learn from experts, we read for reference material, we have favorite authors and then wee read to vicariously put ourselves in the place and position of the characters. Growing up …

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It’s not just the advances

There is a trend that I am hearing when I speak to new specialists in the industry. When I refer to “new” I am talking about men and women within the last 5 years that have entered this industry and that is the hoopla and misrepresentation of the advance work. Before I get started, I …

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The fumble, the kick, the threat

The realization of threats against athletes who are perceived by fanatics (aka-fans) as well as those embedded in the gambling spectrum is mainly an anomaly in the United States. As you travel abroad there are horror stories of how players were tortured by Uday Hussein and the murder of the Colombian soccer player Andres Escobar. …

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What defiles the Executive Protection Specialist-When a good guys go bad.

Yesterday I received a tweet from Tommy Smith, a recent MTMS executive protection course graduate and current BPI Security Executive Protection Specialist. The tweet asked, “What defiles and executive protection specialist?” Immediately I thought the infamous auto correct switched the word “define” to “defile” and to be quite honest no one has ever asked me …

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Working abroad-What not to take for granted

I want to stay on this topic and broach an area that you could easily take for granted while preparing to work abroad. Many foreign underdeveloped countries do not have rental cars like we are used to here in the United States. Many countries that do have rental car companies are still not what we …

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Using the locals

When I blogged about Oprah Winfrey’s situation in India I touched a little on issues you can have by using local official help.  I am referring to the local police, military etc..  Let me start by saying this, there are times when you will not have a choice but to include or use local national assistance.  …

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