A while back I decided to research some causes to give back to, and the Spec Ops Warrior Foundation came up a few times from some very reputable sources.
I think their Mission Statement says it all.
“The Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides full scholarship grants and educational and family counseling to the surviving children of special operations personnel who die in operational or training missions and immediate financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel and their families.”
These guys run a class act and provide a vital service for those in the SF community who need it.
Minneapolis, MN September 8-12th 2010 – Icon Services Corporation present a five-day course of practical theory and hands-on training in the world of Celebrity & VIP Protection. If you are new to the bodyguard industry or a current operator looking to refresh and polish your skills, this course will offer excellent instruction into the professional side of Close Protection work. Taught by industry veteran Elijah Shaw, who in addition to his corporate clients, has traveled the world as the personal bodyguard of international public figures such as musical giant Usher, supermodel Naomi Campbell, and rap megastar 50 Cent, the course will offer real world problems, scenarios, and solutions from instructors that are currently active in the industry.
“Your training is an invaluable tool to your industry. I was very impressed how realistic the training was that you provide. Having been taught by the best, I can honestly state that I learned quite a bit in your class. There is always room for improving ones skill set, and your training definitely added to mine”.
Like most corporations, ICON goes after new business in a variety of ways, however during our 12 years of existence, our biggest impact has always come from word of mouth. A dedicated program that compensates for referrals is our way of saying thank you for continuing to mention our product & services. Simply put, send a lead that turns into solid business and we will issue a predetermined commission on the referral.
And while everyone might not have the inside scoop on the next American Idol, keep in mind that a variety of people and businesses use our agencies services for:
The 2nd Annual ‘JOEY’S RIDE’ to support the Autism Society of Minnesota
A day of Motorcycle’s, Live Bands, Cold Beer, Good Food, Good Friends and Good Times. Everyone is Welcome! (and don’t worry, you don’t have to ride a bike to come out.)Last years event was a huge success. Join us again this year. Featuring an extended ride, live bands, taco bar, raffles, drink specials.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that autism occurs in as many as 1 in 150 individuals in the United States. Autism is four times more prevalent in boys than girls and knows no racial, ethnic, or social boundaries. Supporting events like this helps enhance the lives of those living with the disorder.
Saturday, May 1st 2010
Tavern on the Ave. aka “Spanky’s” located at 825 Jefferson Ave. in St. Paul, Minnesota.
11:00am (10am Check-in)
4:00pm – 8:00pm
Kids 5 and under are free
* 100% of the proceeds go to the Autism Society of Minnesota
Learn the value of a durable suitcase and a portable steamer.If you are on the road for any duration of time, the case is going to take a beating and what’s packed in it usually will never be “ready to wear”.Of course if your lucky, the nicer hotels may do your ironing for you at no charge.
Remember: Reporters are not your friends (most times). Say something and you might be (mis)quoted, so its best to point them to a publicist or someone else in the camp. With that said, the worst person to be rude to is the media. You might not even get mentioned by name, but it could cast your client (and therefore potential future earnings) in a bad light.
For over the road travel try and purchase polo shirts in bulk. While some guys do the “white Tee” look, I lean more towards the black polo tops.You can pretty much find them at Foot Lockers everywhere. Inexpensive, quick to throw on (and fits well over a bulletproof vest if necessary).
Be careful what you eat, especially in a foreign country. Running back and fourth to an airplane lavatory is not fun. And let’s not even discuss tour bus facilities.
Always pack your own luggage!TSA security does not care who you work for. Also, for those of us who carry firearms, we also know the additional hassle of trying to check one in prior to boarding, so give yourself extra time.
Make sure you take advantage of all the frequent flier programs. An insider secret is that while outside parties usually make the arrangements and pay for the bodyguards travel, in most cases the actual traveler gets the mileage credit. A worldwide tour (provided your not flying private) could easily mean a few free roundtrip tickets when you finally do get some downtime.
Learn to tip (even if it’s with your own money). It’s going to make your job smoother with the public. Be it a restaurant host, a hotel bellman or a club bouncer you need to pull in for some additional backup, tipping will make the process of having your VIP truly treated like one go a lot easier.
Avoid Groupies. ‘Nuff said.
Find the hotel gym, not the hotel bar.In theory Close Protection Agents are on call, so you don’t want to be pounding a few down when something happens.
This is the most important one:Remember why you are there.Sure a tour means seeing new and exciting people, places and things, but the role of the Executive Protection Agent is to be the first line of defense in protecting your client from harm.Often in a tour setting you might find yourself playing several different positions just to make it all run smoother, but no one in our profession wants to be known as the person who was on the scene when something goes bad and couldn’t fix the problem. Or worse yet, was too distracted to notice. Learn more about tour specifics.