Elijah Shaw and the folks at ICON are putting on another set of training courses. Knowing that he designs these around his WORK schedule, I thought I’d take a moment to present a few facts. As a side note – someone who works in the industry runs a successful Protective Service business, teaching the skills needed to find employment – What a concept.
FACT: For years now and up to the present moment, Elijah works with celebrities, many of whom I’ve never heard of, (it’s an age thing) but their fans have.
FACT: Elijah works with VIP’s, remember what the initials stand for. Some of these Individuals I’ve met personally and because of their positions understand the true nature of protection services. They are educated consumers of protective services, they know what they need and I have witnessed that those needs are factored into the ICON curriculum.
FACT: Elijah is not teaching it out of a book or from memories of ancient history, Elijah and his guys frequently work all over the world. Elijah conducts Executive & VIP Protection operations throughout the globe, which is different than Private Military Contracting (PMC). A good portion of ICON’s work is overseas – there’s more to overseas work than PMC, which means there’s more to training than PMC training. VDI conducts six to eight overseas programs a year; we know the value of integrating those experiences into a training program. IF you want contemporary training those facts might help you in making your decisions.
Here’s another fact you might not know: Elijah’s client base is assumed to be “Celebrities” because they are in the public area and he understands marketing. What you may not realize is, he also works with several Fortune 500 companies and other “Corporate” style clients. He did work associated with the 2008 Democratic & Republican Conventions, and as I understand it, will be playing a role in the upcoming ones this year. Most people train to work, so if you are going to learn from, or be associated with an organization, it might make sense to get to know individuals that do what they teach, and have the ability to put others in like positions.
It is for these FACTS that I will be doing a virtual classroom at the ICON program - Larry Snow will also be contributing to the classroom discussion via Google +.
For information on the instructor and his classes, visit Elijah Shaw’s website at