A few years ago my good friend Harlan Austin from Bodyguard Careers wrote an interesting and thought-provoking article on the need for more female bodyguards and how they can find a place for themselves in a competitive market. Fast forward to 2010 and the questions still needs to be asked, “Is there still a shortage of women in the industry?” Taking a look around I’d say yes, but things are changing and the need is still there. Women are also increasing their exposure which means that clients are starting to request them. More and more women are finding work in the field, and that’s a trend that as an employer and trainer I’d like to see continue to increase.
The future looks bright.
Mr. Austin’s original article on the shortage of female bodyguards:
“More and more, female BODYGUARDS are being sought after by women celebrities. Because executive protection has been a male-dominated field, there is a lack of female talent from which women celebrities have to choose. Harlan Austin, President of BodyguardCareers.com attributes this shortage to the ongoing perception that “size matters.”The simple fact is that a successful bodyguard should never have to use violence or draw a weapon. The belief in “brawn over brains” is a misconception. With that in mind, there’s no reason to doubt a woman can successfully manage the job.There is also a “boys club” attitude towards the field of Executive Protection, simply because the pools from which an bodyguard is selected has traditionally been from a male-dominated workforce; law enforcement, military personnel, martial arts and the like. Because women have now been more integrated into these traditionally male careers, they too, are candidates worthy of consideration for careers in executive protection. ”
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:
ICON presents a fast paced comprehensive course for intermediate to experienced shooters. Taught by our highly qualified instructors, this two day course is open to the public and will prove a dynamic experience into the world of offensive/defensive shooting using a combination of classroom, drills and extended live fire exercises. In addition, an optional 3rd day is offered to members of the Executive Protection Community so that they may enhance their skill set. Limited seating available.
Shooting From Cover
Engaging Multiple Targets
Shooting on the Move
Shoot/No Shoot Scenarios
Walking Drills (EP Module)
Shooting in a team dynamic (EP Module)
Client Cover & Evacuation (EP Module)
Embus & Debus Engagements (EP Module)
Students will be evaluated on fundamentals, speed, and accuracy. As an added bonus, the “Top Gun” award will also be presented in the form of a free Glock 9mm firearm sponsored by Glock.
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
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
ICON is happy to announce that our Corporate Website’s Photo Page is now live. We invite everyone to stop over and check it out. To kick things off, we put up exclusive photos of the recent Celebrity & VIP Protection Course. So follow the link HERE, then come back and leave a comment and let us know what you think.
p.s., the next Training course is May 6-10, 2009 so if your interested in attending, you only have a few days left to register.