Elijah Shaw of ICON Executive Protection & Harlan Austin of BodyguardCareers.com carved some time out of a busy work schedule to watch a private screening of Olympus Has Fallen, the new film from the Director of Training Day. What’s the verdict? Check out the 1-minute review on the video then meet me back here.
I can sum it up like this… The movie Die Hard, but this time in the White House. Only problem is, Die Hard did it better, much better. I tried hard to look at it like JUST A MOVIE, however, it was pretty hard to put aside the fact that it makes the United States Secret Service, DC Law Enforcement, The Capital Police, The Military –including the US Special Forces, all look like 3rd graders playing laser tag. Plus there were plot holes wide enough to drive a truck into. Wait, they did drive a truck into it. Uggh. Oh, and the Plane crashing and the Washington Monument collapsing “World Trade Tower-Style”… Uggh.
Just completed the September 5-day ICON Celebrity & VIP Protection Course! Thank you to the 24 students that crossed the finish-line and gave their time, attention and hard earned dollars to attend. It was great to have the attendees from various backgrounds, ages, colors & genders, meet in an environment that leveled the playing field. One of the major phrases I returned to time and again during the course is that “it’s a thinking person’s game“. You did not have to be the biggest or strongest or best shooter to gain the skills to make your mark on the Executive Protection Industry.
Tomorrow begins the next ICON Celebrity & VIP Protection Course and we’re all very proud to say we once again have a sold out class. Looking forward to the dynamic mix of seasoned professionals polishing their skills and newcomers just getting started in the industry.
Also very excited to have Dave Marris on board as a Guest Instructor this course. In the close protection arena his background is one who’s “been there, done that”, so we’re especially glad to have an active Operator take the time to help out.
Pretty certain the only sleep I get for the next 5 days will occur around the same time the paperboy is making deliveries, and end before he’s done.
So in the interest of national security (joke), I got my hands on the the full Today Show interview conducted by host Amy Robach. The interview is a excerpt from their recent segment with Bodyguard Careers on females in the Executive Protection Industry.
I know after the original piece aired there was a little bit of debate on if female newcomers in the industry should get that amount of exposure. My thought process is that the Today Show viewership for that week was 4,900,000, so that was 4,900,000 that got to hear something positive about our industry as opposed to “bodyguard writes a tell-all” or “Security Contractor Takes a Bribe in Iraq“. That type of positive exposure has got to be good for our community, and acts as a counterbalance to all the negative stereotypes.
Amy Robach of the the Today show does a segment on the rise of females in the Executive Protection industry. The show spotlights Executive Protection Agent Joanna Torrens and an all female class undergoing training in the profession. While obviously greatly condensed and edited for their morning demographic, I thought the piece was a good representation of the training, challenges and mindset women would need to undergo to succeed in the male dominated bodyguard industry.
Just got off a (LONG) 22 hr flight from South Africa. Touched down and received word that the Today Show piece we did in conjunction with Harlan Austin at Bodyguard Careers aired. I’ll get a proper post up later, but in the meantime, catch the segment.
And if your interested in learning more about the training (for males or females) click HERE.
The Circuit is a Magazine co-produced by the British Bodyguard Association (BBA) and the North American Bodyguard Association (NABA) who’s goal is to spotlight the role of Executive Protection & related fields to our community and the outside world. A full-color glossy with high production values, the publication is truly international, with contributors and readers from New Zealand to New Hampshire. In addition to being the Managing US Editor, I currently write an ongoing column entitled, “Keeping Your Edge”, which gives my opinions on a variety of topics that affect our industry. Take a look at some of the past columns from me as well as other valued contributors.
Icon Services Corporation is proud to again present our 5 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 Executive Protection industry.
“Your training is an invaluable tool to your industry. I was very impressed how close to realistic training you all 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.”
~ Special Agent Robert E. Jones / US Secret Service
For more information on attending the course click HERE.
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.
“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
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 Careersrecently did an article on avoiding scams and I’d recommend everyone check it out by clicking HERE.