It’s been a hectic but productive month on this end. 15 days crisscrossing Australia on assignment followed directly by 15 days with my instructor hat on for the back-to-back ICON Celebrity & VIP Protection Course, and the ICON Advanced Executive Protection Course.
Even in the mist of doing all of this, I had planned to jump a flight and get to Baltimore to speak at the 2012 Protective Security Conference that is now ongoing. I spoke there last year and it was a blast interacting with the other attendees and speakers. Unfortunately, (or fortunately depending on your perspective) A major client scheduled an important event that involved quite a few moving parts and it because apparent that due to some of the complexities, I was personally needed on the assignment. Knowing full well how the last minute nature of the industry works, the host of the PSC were gracious enough to understand, and I will continue to give them my full support and plan on again being involved and in attendance next year.
One very cool post script to all of this was that I was able to use several of the past and present ICON Advanced Course Graduates on the multi-day Protection Detail. (They were after all the advanced course). From real world training, to real world experience.
In a perfect world that’s how the industry is supposed to work.