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VIP Protection Training Targets

ICON VIP Protection Target
ICON VIP Protection Target

Icon Services Corporation is proud to announce our new line of full-color Custom Paper Targets.  Produced in an exclusive agreement with America’s largest manufacturer of paper targets for shooters; the ICON VIP Protection Target Line is the first of it’s kind to present a challenging shooting target created by professionals in the Executive Protection Industry.

The targets themselves will provide Executive Protection Agents, Law Enforcement, Military Personnel and avid marksmen around the world, high quality targets designed to hone the shooters skills in a simulation of true-to-life events.  The initial series of 6 places the shooter in a variety of scenarios such as confronting a hostage taker on a private aircraft or protecting your client from a gun-wielding stalker as she exits the vehicle.

For more information or to order targets click HERE

Bodyguard Training

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Day 1 complete.

So far the class is an interesting mix of individuals already in the industry and newcomers, current law enforcement and ex-military.   Should be interesting to see how this dynamic plays out.

For more information on the ICON Celebrity & VIP Protection Course, click HERE

Corporate Takeover Magazine Interviews ICON CEO, Elijah Shaw

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It’s always kind of cool when your a fan of someone’s work and realize you are on their radar as well.  That was the case of  me and The Corporate Takeover, which describes itself as a “business magazine and lifestyle dossier for the modern gentleman”.   I’d say I’m pretty modern so I could see the fit, but I was surprised when I found out the managing editors were already familiar with my some of my work.  Several weeks later, a interview was set up which covered a wide range of topics from politics, to economics to  staying sane in the pressure filled world of the Executive Protection Industry.

Corporate Takeover:  How do you prepare for high risk assignments that take you to countries where there’s an increased threat of violence? And at one point would you have to say to a client, ‘Ok, this is too dangerous’ and advise against visiting a certain location?

Elijah Shaw:  The high risk assignments are where you really need to be focused. 90% of the job is in the planning, so you take care to minimize your clients exposure to harm. Depending on the type of client, resources might go from unlimited to a shoe string budget, so you just have to make due with the hand you are dealt. There are times, for example, when an entertainer has to make a public appearance, even when faced with a higher threat level, and the recommendations I make leads me to butt heads with other decision makers. Sometimes you can’t get away from that, but that is ultimately why a service like mine is used.

For the full interview, click HERE.

Bodyguard Training Course

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Celebrity & VIP Protection Training Course

(November 11-15 2009)

Icon Services Corporation is proud to 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. 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. For more information, including a course description, click HERE.

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The Icon Celebrity & VIP Protection Course is a must for anyone looking to break into the industry or for those already actively working in the field that just want to stay fresh and sharp. Industry insiders will tell you that consistent training is paramount to being hired and successful in the EP business. I have graduated from their courses and I use the skills learned everyday while providing protection. The instructors are top notch in the industry.”

— Sean Ernest, PPS
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Executive Protection Training: Day 1

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Day one of the Icon Celebrity & VIP Protection Training Course completed.

Building blocks.

4 more days to go…

For information on the next training course, click HERE.

Train to be a Bodyguard

Students work on hand-to-hand drills in the training square.
Students work on hand-to-hand drills in the training square.

Celebrity & VIP Protection Training Course

(August 26-30 2009)

Icon Services Corporation is proud to 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. 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. For more information, including a course description, click HERE.

**2 weeks, 1 slot left.  Contact us today to attend.

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The Icon Celebrity & VIP Protection Course is a must for anyone looking to break into the industry or for those already actively working in the field that just want to stay fresh and sharp. Industry insiders will tell you that consistent training is paramount to being hired and successful in the EP business. I have graduated from their courses and I use the skills learned everyday while providing protection. The instructors are top notch in the industry.”

— Sean Ernest, PPS
Icon Celebrity Protection Alumni 2.08

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Avoiding Bodyguard Training & Employment Scams

I recently learned about a certain website that has been marketing themselves as offering the training courses taught by me as well as several of my peers in the industry.  The kicker is, they give the impression that they are teaching these classes &  lure potential students in by giving them the illusion of guaranteed jobs after the successful completion of the course. 

To add insult to injury, they put their fee on top of the existing course fee, meaning that the class you could have signed up for directly is now several hundred dollars more.  

Needless to say they’ll be hearing from me. *Personally*

Unfortunately, scams like this are nothing new to the Internet, it’s just now starting to make it’s way into the Executive Protection industry.   People prey on unsuspecting individuals by promising them things that are almost too good to be true.  You know what they say, if it sounds too good, it usually is. 

My good friend Harlan Austin at Bodyguard Careers recently did an article on avoiding scams and I’d recommend everyone check it out by clicking  HERE.

ICON VIP Protection Course
ICON VIP Protection Course

Mexico Reports a 30 Percent Increase In Bodyguards

Mexican daily El Universal reports several indicators of the endless spread of violence in Mexico today. First, private companies are now spending more than ever on private security. The number of business people using bodyguards has increased by 30 percent this year over last, and the year is not over. The old bodyguards are not good enough either: firms are hiring foreign consultants with special military training to create more sophisticated cadres. Click on the highlighted text for the full story.

Mexico is a tough place to operate in, but for those with the skill sets there are increased opportunities in our industry. The world of Executive Protection isn’t just Hollywood and Iraq.

Around the World in 30 Days

From China to the DNC to the RNC to the NFL Kick-off to LA to the Obama/McCain Service Forum in NYC.  It’s been a crazy 30 days.  Thanks to everyone at ICON that kept the plates spinning to make the assignments a success, and keeping all the clients happy. 

Now back to the moutain of paperwork that’s accumulated.  uggh.</p

Guarding The Olympic Stars

“Next month, a delegation of nearly 1,200 U.S. athletes, coaches and support staff will make their way to Beijing, China, for the Olympics games. Behind the scenes, United States Olympic Committee Chief Security Officer Larry Buendorf will be keeping a close eye on the games, making sure that the four years he’s spent making security preparations with local authorities keep the Olympians and their handlers safe.”

Read the full profile at SecurityInfoWatch.com.

~ Mr. Buendorf assisted with foiling an attempt on President Gerarld Ford, moving in front of the then President and his attacker with a gun.