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ICON CEO, Elijah Shaw Interviewed For Portfolio Magazine

CONDÉ NAST PORTFOLIO Magazine did an informative article on what executives need to know and expect when choosing an Executive Protection Firm. Entitled, Covering Your Assets, the piece written by Susan Karlin is meant to educate Executives and Security Directors on what to screen for when hiring a bodyguard.

Below is an excerpt from the article.

According to Elijah Shaw, whose St. Paul, Minnesota, firm Icon Services has guarded many corporate and celebrity clients, most security personnel come from military or police backgrounds, but that experience doesn’t fully translate to an executive-security job without going through special training.

“Sharpshooting or arrest experience may come in handy, but it’s not the main focus, which is to keep your client out of harm’s way and make his day go as smoothly as possible,” Shaw explains. Shaw says that top schools for executive-protection training include Executive Security International, Trojan Securities International, and R.L. Oatman & Associates, so it’s a good sign if an agent has attended one of these programs.

“Some firms can spend a lot of money on marketing and hype, like recruiting a couple of pedigreed security figures as marketing tools but assign the executive a person with less experience,” Shaw adds. “So you should check out the credentials and chemistry of the specific person assigned to guard you. After all, this could be someone who might one day have to put his life on the line for you.”

Click on the above link to read the full story.

To accompany the print article, Portfolio.com also conducted a video interview that highlighted more of my personal opinions on the word of private security. Click on the player to watch the video.