I was recently asked how I got into the executive protection field, and after thinking about it for a little bit…here is my response. I was a police lieutenant in Mason, OH and was assigned as the Incident Commander for the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament. This is a very large tournament that is played in Mason each year and draws all the biggest names in the world of tennis. While coordinating and planning the police response for this event I had the opportunity to meet and work with Mike Wylie and Matt Warken. Mike was the security manager and Matt is the player protection manager. The tree of us were able to work extremely well together and looked for ways to help each other. I started using police officers to assist Matt with the movements, and autograph signing events, involving high-profile players. This involvement immediately sparked my interest in protection, and I enjoyed working with these guys who did it so well.Continue reading “How I got into the executive protection field”
When YOU have attended EPI’s (Executive Protection Institute) world renowned seven-day program the networking opportunities are all around you if you take time to take advantage of it.
When YOU have attended EPI’s (Executive Protection Institute) world renowned seven-day program the networking opportunities are all around you if you take time to take advantage of it. Don’t stop training, attending seminars, and EP social events. Many employment assignments come about because of personal relationships developed over time. During the seven-day program you will be partnered with other students from around the globe. You can learn from the real-life experiences of professionals from entry level attendees to 20+ year professionals. It is amazing how a small 20-minute conversation can lead to a lifelong friendship and make connections to new professional experiences and long-term friendships.
After knowing about EPI for a very long time I finally reached the point to attend and come out of class 84. After the knowledge and instruction my biggest regret was that I didn’t do it sooner. I started my networking locally and while traveling making most contacts to local ASIS chapters. I got my first “gig” through a good friend who is a local police officer. It was for an up-and-coming regional Latina singer who was having some stalker issues from an obsessed fan, getting her to and from her events and identifying this individual. Doing this detail brought me into contact with other performers and their event managers which led to another performer for whom I still currently provide protection. My various law enforcement contacts have also opened the door to some political activities which I give credit to my attending EPI, the senator’s protection detail was very impressed with the skillset I had obtained.Continue reading “Testimonial”
I want to take this opportunity to provide you with a few comments and to say thank you for the extraordinary Executive Protection Institute (EPI) course experiences I had a few weeks ago. As you’ll note, I give high praise to your courses and people, not because I think it’s what you all want to hear, rather it’s because you and your program have earned and deserve every word of praise given, and probably more.
The exceptional instruction I (we) received, the caliber of students that your program attracts, the type of people I met who work in the field (instructors and students), the feel I got for what it would be like to work in the field of protection, and the incredible network that I feel I now have access to, just by having completed your Providing Executive Protection Program, has not only instilled excitement within me, it has inspired me to learn as much as I can, as well as pursue working in this field,… after having worked as an engineer/investigator for the past 15+ years.
I attended your Providing Executive Protection, followed by Protection Response Tactics, and then the Protector’s Pistol Course. Each course was exceptionally well planned and taught, and provided me, as well as my classmates with an extraordinary learning experience. Your teaching (facilitation) philosophy coupled with your very diverse and highly experienced security operators who taught the course modules, as well as my fellow students, are what made my learning experience extraordinary. I came into your courses with no protection experience, but with a number of years of teaching experience (physical techniques to groups of 6 to 100, and undergraduate and graduate level engineering courses), and without a doubt I can say that you guys rock!
The evolution, distillation, and streamlining of the material and how it is presented, the course planning and logistics of actually putting on the courses, and acquiring the very talented and approachable instructional and administrative staff, all of whom have gone through the 7-day PEP course (I really like that) no doubt have required significant effort and time, both of which are apparent and are hugely appreciated!
Thank you all for what you have put into your program, which truly is exceptional.