Ask former Omaha Police Officer Dan Clark, now chief protector to Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett.
via the Omaha World Herald:
“It was a chance meeting in a midtown bagel shop that led Warren Buffett to a business pact with a hometown cop who for 17 years now has handled the Oracle of Omaha’s personal security.
At that time, Dan Clark was a young Weed and Seed officer patrolling Omaha’s north side. He happened to lunch in the same spot as Buffett’s daughter, Susie, who was bothered by breaking news that Wisconsin bank robbers had plotted to kidnap her father.
Susie Buffett asked the uniformed Clark why police wouldn’t have informed her family earlier. Clark recalled telling her that he was not privy to details, but that the Buffetts should have been contacted.
Before he left, Clark offered his private security services — and shortly afterward, he was hired to protect the famed CEO of Omaha’s Berkshire Hathaway.”
For the full article, click HERE.
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.
Next course, January 5 – 9th, 2011
From the Archives:
Anybody who knows me personally knows there has been kind of running joke about my *alleged* resemblance to a certain actor…Well a few years back I had to escort a client to what was at that time the reception to the wedding of the year. Security was pretty tight with multiple checkpoints and roadblocks leading up to the site of the event. The paparazzi took advantage as best they could of the roadblocks and scrambled over themselves to get shots of whoever they could arriving. It was a little bit of a feeding frenzy as one shout of recognition lead to 100 flashbulbs going off at once. Mistakes are bound to happen and well…
and scroll thru the first couple of arrival photos, you’ll see what I mean =)
A very small sampling of the drills that go into honing skills in the Executive & VIP Protection Industry. These are the building blocks that create the total package that clients, Detail Leaders and decision makers are looking for.
The guys that attended the recent training course were from all backgrounds and walks of life, but I think what was so impressive is that regardless of their pedigree’sthey put their egos on the shelf (well mostly) and engaged in the physical and mental exertions that form muscle memory. Continue on that path and at when the moment of truth comes, your actions (or reactions) are on autopilot.
For more information on ICON Executive Protection Training, click HERE.
Looks to be a great group of guys this class. Everyone showed up on time and ready to work. By the end of the day you could see the exhaustion, but I feel if your going to invest your time and hard earned cash, the payout should be worth it. Correct?
To learn more about future ICON Celebrity & VIP Protection Courses, click HERE
Gail Posner, the wealthy daughter of Victor Posner, died at age 67. In her will she left approximately 10 Million to her daughter. And while that’s an amazing story, particularly for our profession, like everything else there’s more to it. Ms. Posner, might have been, well, slightly “off” before her death, as she also willed the largest portion of her inheritance (around 20 million) to her household staff so that they can care for her 3 pets??? Her only son, got pennies.
I’m thinking this one is going to court.
Read the strange story HERE.
South Africa Times Reports: South African intelligence services have been accused of being slow to react to warnings of terror threats to the 2010 World Cup
The US Congress counter-terror caucus was briefed on threats to the tournament. Ronald Sandee, director of the NEFA Foundation, warned the US Congress that:
- Pakistani and Somali militants are running terror training camps in northern Mozambique;
- Trainees from these camps may have crossed into South Africa to join or form cells planning World Cup attacks;
- Surveillance and strike teams planning attacks are well established in South Africa. Terror groups involved include al-Qaeda and their Somalian allies, al-Shahaab
- Simultaneous and random attacks are being planned during the World Cup
On Wednesday, the National Joint Operational Centre was activated at an undisclosed military base in Pretoria. It is co-coordinating the deployment of all South African security and intelligence structures to ensure a safe World Cup, including 24-hour protection of teams and officials.
According to two insiders, a watch-list of 40 terror suspects has been drawn up. Police have neither confirmed nor denied the arrest or watch-list.
For the full story: Click HERE.
It’s tough finding the balance between safety & security along with access & convenience at a world sporting event such as the World Cup. Lot’s of moving parts, lots of players. ~ES
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While you won’t find them at Macy’s or Saks, Colombian designer Miguel Caballero has created a polo shirt “resistant” to rounds from an Uzi machine gun. Mr. Caballero claims to have outfitted dignitaries such as President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, and President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia. I could see the demand from both of these guys.
The shirt comes in multiple levels of protection:
Level 1 IIA: 9mm / 40 Smith and Wesson FMJ
Level 2 II: 9mm / .357 Magnum / 38 Super / Mini Uzi submachine gun
Level 3 IIIA: Uzi machine gun / MP5,MP9 submachine gun / 44 Magnum SJHP / Stab-proof
And of course the price $, 4000 USD.