Category Archives: Event Security

Icon CEO, Elijah Shaw Featured in St. Paul Pioneer Press

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The St. Paul Pioneer Press recently conducted a profile piece on me in their Business Section entitled The Other Corporate Securities. The focus of the story was to illustrate the complexities (and hurdles) of operating in both the Celebrity Bodyguard and Corporate Protection markets:

“Elijah Shaw has been preparing for the Republican National Convention for about a year. The big event is a vehicle for connecting his small business to some of the largest Fortune 500 companies — meaning more business for him.

The security and investigations company owner’s pitch: Companies need to start thinking about security now, because if they wait before locking something in, the prices at other companies will go up and the quality of services down.

Shaw persuaded seven of these companies to use his St. Paul-based firm to secure their dinner parties, cocktail parties and individual events during the convention and to vet the support staff hired for the events to avoid unpleasant discoveries at a point when there’s no turning back.

“If you’re hosting a Republican who is big on border patrol,” he said. “You don’t want to find out that half of your cook staff are illegal immigrants.”

To read the full article click HERE.

What Event Planners Need To Look For In Security

with the 2008 Democratic & Republican National Conventions right around the corner, Event Solutions Magazine recently asked me to write a column for their readers discussing the various types of security concerns savvy planners should be aware of when putting on events of various sizes. Below is an excerpt from their March 2008 issue.

“Often when [event] planners begin their work, security arrangements are relegated to the bottom of the to-do list. But when security becomes an afterthought, procedures are put into place that creates headaches such as bottlenecks at entrances and exits. It’s easier for security to be proactive rather than reactive, so build a relationship that fosters early communication between you and security.

In the wake of post-9/11 terrorism concerns, longer lines at the airport are understood but no client wants to endure long lines at a corporate event. So security planning, like successful event planning, comes down to the details.

The most important part of a security professional’s job is in the risk assessment phase i.e., what disaster could possibly happen and how could I prevent it? An experienced security coordinator will ask you for the big picture, then start cutting the pie into smaller segments, such as physical security, crowd control, loss prevention, first aid and disaster preparation. Even if your venue has some form of security on-site, you may be wise
to bring in your own security team to monitor guest lists, VIP speakers and the cash box.

If you’re dealing with VIPs who travel with their own security, discuss with their security the run of show and special needs the VIP may have.”

Managing an event amongst all the chaos is not an easy job neither for the wedding planners nor the security, but despite all this it is their duty to take care and manage everything. If you are in the market and are searching for a trusted event planner, then click here.

To read the full article, click here.

Event Planners can also subscribe to and receive the latest issue of Event Solutions (For Free) by visiting: www.event-solutions.com/register

Elijah Shaw, CEO
Icon Services Corporation

ICON CEO, Elijah Shaw Interviewed on security for the 2008 RNC

From an interview conducted earlier this year with KSTP News regarding security concerns raised by the upcoming 2008 Republican National Convention. The RNC will be held this year in St. Paul, Minnesota which is incidentally national headquarters of Icon Services Corporation. (But in the interest of bipartisanship, we’ll be at the DNC in Denver as well.)

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 45 min interview to a 120 second sound bite.  Welcome to the information age.

For more dedicated information on the two events visit RNCSecurity.com and DNCSecurity.com

Elijah Shaw Profiled In Meeting And Events Magazine

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I was recently profiled in the December issue of Minnesota Meeting & Events Magazine, whos primary audience is planners and decision makers who bring major events into the state.   As many may be aware,  Minnesota is hosting the 2008 Republican National Convention and my team and I will be providing a variety of security and investigative services.   

 The article, entitled In Good Hands, delivers quick sound bites on the past major events i’ve coordinated security for, my advice for event planners and some of the major projects my agency has coming up in ’08. 

Click here to read the article.