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So You’re a Shooter…

Now I hate to crush a lot of peoples dreams by saying this, but so what if you are a shooter. Shooting is not an essential skill one needs to be successful in the executive protection industry. Time and time again you will hear heads of major companies and  executive services department say, “it is a nice skill, but it’s not what I am looking for”.  I am not saying that employers don’t want you to have a license to carry, it’s more along the line of,  you will rarely ever actually need to use your weapon, cause let’s be realistic when was the last time you heard of an executive protection agent or even a bodyguard drawing and firing their weapon here in the states?

You are ten times more likely to have a medical emergency with your client then you are to ever have the need to draw and fire your weapon. Now I know many of you think this industry is all about what a great shot you are, but it just isn’t. The thought of the possibility of firing your weapon is what makes this industry so sexy to many people. Being a shooter does not make you an executive protection specialist, it doesn’t even classify you as a bodyguard. That’s why here at ESI we place an emphasis on your soft skills. If you think that an executive protection school should be about shooting, you will be sorely disappointed. Get your range time in, make sure you have your license to carry, just don’t think for one minute that the job is going to always require you to draw that weapon and fire.

In this day and age the job requires one to be more observant. To be able to see an on coming attack and prevent said attack without the client ever knowing about it. This skill is known as situational awareness and is a vital tool to your success as an executive protection agent.



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Hard Skills: Medical

Speaking with those who are in the position to hire, I asked what do you believe is the most important hard skill? The response across the board was Medical!  Now what does that tell me, and what does it tell you? That there is not that much emphasis placed on shooting or martial arts. Like I said in a previous post, those skills are great to have but aren’t always what the employer is looking for.

Medical skills that are needed will vary by client.  In some instances a basic first aid certification will be all that you need, that is if your client is young, in fair health and is not susceptible to the party culture.  Now if your client is say middle aged, drinks heavily, is over weight and has heart problems you will most likely need an EMT basic or they might even want someone with nursing experience.  Don’t forget many families with small children are going to want some sort of medical certification as children are prone to injury.

Now here at ESI we make sure each of our 28-day resident students receive their basic first aid certification during their executive protection training as we see it as being fundamental to your career. For those who would like to upgrade from the basic first aid many local community colleges offer your basic EMT certification it can take you an additional six months. I have also had employers recommend everything from your basic CNA certification to a Tactical Combat Casualty Care certification. When you walk into this profession you are generally unsure of who your client will be. So it is recommended to go ahead and seek some extra medical training. 

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Posted by on October 4, 2013 in bodyguard, ESI, executive protection


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Hard Skills: What Are They?

In the Executive Protection industry, we often reference hard skills and soft skills but which skills are what and which skill sets do we really need? Hard skills, what exactly are they? Our hard skill sets include driving, shooting, marital arts and medical, pretty much anything that would be a response to an altercation or incident.

Which of these skill sets are most important to your client or your boss? Your boss is most likely going to place emphasis on medical and driving. Why, you might ask? Well it is more likely that your principal is going to have a medical emergency long before you will ever be required to draw and fire your weapon.

Driving is one of those must have skills. A large percentage of serious attacks happen in and around one’s vehicle, now this not just random statement but rather based on facts.  Just ask the guys over at Vehicle Dynamics Institute, who effectively teach one to stay and maneuver out of “The Kill Zone”.

Shooting and martial arts to hard skills that are your reactive skill sets, very rarely will you ever be required to use them while on the job. I always say that if you have to use your weapon you didn’t do your job correctly in the first place.  There are of course those principals that want you to be a skilled shooter, but the honest truth is you will likely never un-holster your weapon.

Let’s finish this week off by taking an in-depth look into each of these hard skills and find out from the employers if any of these skills are what they are looking for when hiring a new agent.


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Lucky Job Hunting by Brandon Delcamp

I was once told that “luck” is defined as the point in time where opportunity presents itself to a person that has prepared through education and training to take on that opportunity.  Further I can attest that the harder a person works, the luckier they seem to get.

Hard work we all get.  It is that first one at the job, last to leave mentality.  It is that drive where we seek to be productive, carry the heaviest load and see all of our tasks to the end.  I have seen a tremendous number of individuals that are this person, and yet when it comes time for the job hunt they fail to execute on the very practices that will make them a great candidate for the job.

Planning and Preparation: 

We do this every day in nearly every job and yet so often the only planning that goes into a job hunt is opening the classified section of a local newspaper in search of a specific position.  Planning should begin with a definition and identification of your skills.  You need to assess what you do well naturally, what you have been trained to do, what you have actually done, and how you can apply it to make you valuable in what potential positions.  Once you have answered these questions you are well on your way to having some of the content for your resume as well as defining what positions you would be well suited for.  The next piece of the planning stage is to identify who needs these skill sets and find out how to contact them.  In the information age the “classified” section of the newspaper has been replaced in many instances by the on line job board.  It is quick and that one stop shop for all of your employment needs, unless you are looking for a position that is niche in nature which is exactly what the bodyguard/EP/CP industry is.  Yes by all means look at the major job boards for postings.  Then seek out professional web pages, blogs, and groups having to do with the industry.  Once you have done all of that it is time to start looking at companies and corporations.  In some capacity every medium to large company will have a security department and the only place they may do their job postings may be on their own web site.  This can be a long slow process, and you may have to remind yourself right before you give up that someone else just gave up which means that next place you look could be that perfect job, and you may be one of a small group that even found the posting.  It Works!  Now a little hint on job hunter trade craft, when you find a job with a company you would love to work for out on open source track it back to the company and possibly their HR department’s list of job postings.  XYZ corp. may have widely distributed a specialist or management job posting and not the other three available jobs within the security department, and once you have tracked it down, it should go on a list of favorite sites to monitor, keeping an eye out for the one that is right for you.  Keep a tablet beside you as you search or open a word document so you can take notes as to where you found information, what dates you checked a given site and the status of any position that you may have applied for.

Application and Resume:  

Which brings us to the actual application process; you should start by taking a couple of the job postings and truly analyzing the job description, and requirements.   They may be listed as bullet points.  They may be in a run on paragraph of skills required.  No matter the format, mark each aspect or specific skill and take the time to evaluate what skills you have or most closely fill the need or skill set that is required.  Write this down and make sure it is incorporated in your resume.  The outline of a  resume you can find all over the internet, the real work is taking the relevant information requested by the employer and organizing it under headings of education, training, work experience, special skills and possibly introductions or closing that features your strongest skills or experience that will make you perfect for the position.  These skills are not going to be required for every position, and in some cases you may include them, just not highlight them.   I advocate never doing the same thing twice, so save every “Specialty Resume” you write and I have often taken the pieces of a given resume and copy and pasted them into one word document so that they can be easily accessed and reused in other resumes that you may need to create.  Another suggestion is that many companies use an individual application process where you fill in this very information in a formatted way.  Look at the format after you fill it in and use that as a model for your own resume.

Tracking and Follow Up:

This is a process, so be patient.  I have seen companies take weeks from posting a position to the first time they actually contact anyone.  Every company has a different policy on how they respond to potential candidates.  Some have a stock email that goes out immediately thanking you and letting you know they will call you if you are a good fit.  I think it is acceptable to send a follow up email and in some settings if you have a phone contact it is also acceptable to call.  I would also suggest you keep a list of all of the positions that you apply for.  The list should include the date of the job posting, the date you sent in your application/resume, any responses you have received.  It is difficult to get real feedback on why you are considered, and why you were disqualified so you will have to try your best to do some self-evaluation.  Is the resume/application presenting me at my best?  Are my skills fulfilling the requirements for the position?  Did I get better responses from a particular resume I am using and can I tell what is different about it that I can capitalize on and implement on other specialized resumes.  Once again in all honesty researching, writing and maintaining a great resume is a job in and of itself.  There is no quick fix beyond investment of time and self.

The Interview:

The interview starts the first time you hit send with a document you have prepared.  Be aware if there are special instructions as to how to send your application or resume then follow them to the letter.  I have heard of companies that throw out every applicant that did not put the correct reference word in the email they sent.  Every phrase, skill and statement will be analyzed for value, content and organization.  If you provide a contact phone number make sure you answer it professionally.  “What up Dude?”   Will definitely fall into the unprofessional category and reflect poorly on you.   Please think of your answering machine message as well.  It is a reflection of you.  Potential employers do not want to listen to your favorite music star or adult cartoon character while they are waiting for you to answer and they definitely do not want to leave a message concerning a job opportunity in this business for someone that has an unprofessional message on their answering machine/service.  Get a professional/basic email address for business use.  DynomiteMan127@xyz, or 1coolkitty@xyz may play well on the social scene, but they will fail miserably in the professional world.  The next hurdle is social media.  More and more employers are taking a look at the online profile of applicants.  If there are things that you would not want a potential employer to see make sure access is blocked or the content is sanitized.  Even better would be to keep a separate account strictly as a reflection of your professional image.  I recommend Linked in.   It is the social media of the professional, and a great place to network.

Wow, I want to take a second to point out that there are at least four areas where you may have put forth an image that would eliminate you as a potential candidate for a position and you did not even realize you were in the interview process!!!

Be prepared to speak with someone that would potentially call to do an initial phone interview.  Some companies like to make this very impromptu and informal, and others like to schedule a block of time and conduct a much more formal interview.  Either way take the time to look up “job interview questions”, there are many resources so that you can see what are likely the questions you will be asked and understand what they are looking for in an answer.  If possible role-play with a friend or family member or at the very least the person in the mirror so that you are prepared to field the potential question.  If the interview is unscheduled and informal, the interviewer should ask if this is a good time.  If it is not, be honest and let them know it is a bad time.  Then suggest a time that would be better.  You will not do a good job presenting yourself, and they will not want to listen if your children are playing loudly, or if you are in the grocery store.  If you set a phone interview be prepared just like you are about to walk in their office.  Have any reference material you may need close to hand, prepare any questions you may have about the job or company and I always keep a copy of the actual job posting as a reference as well.  At that point relax and be yourself.  You want to be prepared, but you want to let a little of your personality come through rather than just repeating the canned answers that your internet search produced.  Finally you may be invited to come in for a face to face interview.  Follow instructions, confirm a contact number for the interviewer, and write down the time and place.  Get an address and confirm the location in the building or complex.   Dress accordingly.  A neat, clean appearance in professional attire is a must.  Remember if you are applying for a position in this industry you are applying for a position of Trust.  You must in every way look the part of the consummate professional that can be trusted with the lives and safety of those around them.  Hold yourself to a higher standard than they will and you will be fine.  The actual interview is no different than the phone interview; they just want to see who you are and how you represent yourself, and how you will represent them.  Keep that in mind.   How you handle social interaction and what is appropriate is what will often make the difference.

These concepts are simple and because in many cases we look for a job for a relatively short period and then we are employed for months and even years before we go on the hunt again it is easy to lose sight of how much of a full time JOB, job hunting is.  We also forget that it is a process that requires planning preparation, active search and perseverance, follow up and execution.  None of this will happen while sitting on the couch with a TV remote or Xbox controller in your hand.  So we have come full circle.  If my theory that “The harder you work the luckier you will get,” holds true, then I hope you are all very lucky in your present or future job hunting endeavors.

As a quick disclaimer, if you find a job posting for a company you are unfamiliar with you must engage in a little due diligence.  Find out if the company exists, is it licensed, or incorporated in the state where the job op is.  And most of all if it seems too good to be true it probably is.  We plan to produce another article on this very process in the coming weeks.

Brandon J Delcamp


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Concerning The New Gun Legislation and PSD Training Here at ESI

We have had a number of questions concerning the effect of the new gun legislation on our classes.  ESI would like to address the new gun laws in Colorado and how they will affect students, and our training programs.  Bottom line is, in most cases it will not.   Magazine capacity as the legislation reads is not to be implemented on any existing magazines, or on those coming into the state with grandfathered magazines.  I will add that if that changes in the future we will continue to train using smaller capacity magazines and become more proficient at reloading!  Yes, we will adapt and overcome!  Next, ESI is not a Public College or University.  We are a Private School and the law to allow/disallow concealed carry did not affect us, nor will it affect us if the law is changed back.  The other two pieces of legislation are focused on sales, transfers and funding the background checks.  Both scenarios, though potentially more costly and time consuming in nature will primarily effect residents of Colorado.  Otherwise both of these can be addressed by planning ahead and dealing with the fees/paperwork etc. involved in purchasing weapons.  So at this point there will be little or no effect to the students of ESI, and how we conduct our training.  I would also offer that this legislation is a ways from implementation so it is likely not of immediate concern to anyone currently enrolled in the programs.


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To The End Of 2012 And To The Start of 2013 Here AT ESI

Where can I begin? I have been overly quiet as of late and have fallen behind on many duties here at ESI. There are a couple reasons behind the silence. We are one of the few schools in the industry where all we do is training, and that means for us here in the office  we must keep things running smooth, and boy was it ever chaotic towards the end of 2012! With fully loaded classes running through the fall and the First ever EPIC-LIFEFORCE CONFERENCE in December we had our hands full!  We have officially reached our calm before the storm and have a few minutes to relax and reflect.

2012 was a great year for our graduates and us! In addition, we know it will continue into 2013, as this is our 33rd year in business. We had one of our best instructors retire, Tony Pagni.  After 30 years of teaching, Tony Pagni resigned from ESI’s Shooting Staff. Tony learned his craft from some of the best in the shooting world: Lance Weber, Dick Barber, Clay Owens, and John Farnam. The last fifteen years with ESI, Tony was the Range Master and developer of ESI’s Course of Fire. His contribution to the quality of ESI’s shooting program is immeasurable and he passes on a great legacy for which he will be remembered. We will miss him dearly and wish him the best!

ESI’s Distance Education program went on-line at the beginning of the year thanks to the loving care and technology development from Brandy Erdman. With the CPS and CSS going on-line, we were able to reduce the price of the cost for our students making it easier and more convenient for our students to complete their goals.

Finally, I believe the most exciting event of the year took place, EPIC-LIFEFORCE. The conference was the first of its kind, uniting the two oldest and most recognized schools in the close protection industry Executive Protection Institute and Executive Security International and their Alumni! This year’s conference was held in Las Vegas and hosted by ESI, the focus this year was Security Response to Global Crisis. The keynote speakers included Cynthia Hetherington, The Hetherington Group; Filippo Marino Director, Executive Protection & Intelligence, McDonald’s Corporation; Beth Brown Manager, Corporate Command Center, Target; Charles Randolph, Director – Executive Protection & Intelligence, Microsoft Corporation; Rick Sweeney, President of Secfor International; Peter Dordal, Senior Vice President, Garda World.  These speakers brought us invaluable knowledge of how today’s security is changing to a global view and how we not only have to face man made threats but we must also have the proper responses to threats from Mother Nature. One theme that carried over from speaker to speaker is that critical thinking is a must for those working in this industry, being a great shooter is not enough. I will have video of the conference up here within the next 24 hours for those of you who were unable to attend.  In 2013, it will be EPI’s turn to host the EPIC-LIFEFORCE conference and they have chosen San Antonio as their location. It will be great to network once again with our brethren at EPI.

W e began building an electronic database of all of our graduates and anticipate we will have it finished here in the next month. Our hope is that with this database we will be able to assist our Alumni with networking and employment opportunities. We also decided to make ESI Alumni Association a free service to our graduates and students; the on-line network is full of job postings and great information about the security industry. If you are a graduate and would like to sign up for this now free service apply here .

The start of our training season will be here in less than 3 weeks! Opening up with Corporate Security and Threat Management on March 3rd. CSTM really focuses on the issues of Global Crisis Management. The Program will cover Best Practices in a wide range of issues confronting corporate security personnel: Monitoring, Tracking and Responding to Global Crisis whether human or natural, Managing Threats to Employees, Property and Executives; strengthening the understanding of corporate security personnel of the core analytical concepts of criminal patterns, Link Analysis, Association Matrix, Time Lines and Flow Charts; learning interview skills of Deception Detection and Statement Analysis as well as clues to personality profiles and Handwriting Analysis; developing policies to mitigate Workplace Disruption and Violence and Managing Aggression and Pre-Indicators of Dangerous Behavior; finally, students will be introduced to Kidnap & Ransom practices. Mr. Duggan touts this course as the best course here at ESI. Immediately after CSTM begins our world renowned Executive Protection course which is followed up by the PSD Protective Operations.


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Buddyguards, A Dangerous and Growing Trend by Brandon J Delcamp

As the sales and marketing director for Executive Security International I have had a number of conversations with protective agents working in the industry that have little or no formal training.  They are filling the roles of close protection agents for celebrities, ministries, music artists and for the most part are getting by, but the, “what if” factor is frightening to say the least.  I queried one of these agents concerning the application of an “advance” his reply. . . . “An ad-what?”

Initially I was shocked, but after some consideration I realized that the people doing the hiring are not always educated as to what skill sets a protective agent should possess.  When hiring someone to protect them they rely on superficial skill sets.  These skills can be summed up in three questions that describe the base needs that most clients seek to fulfill.  Can I trust this person?  Will I feel comfortable with this person being around me at all times?  Do I “feel” they can protect me?   This is a trifecta of emotional motivators.   If the principal, or the person doing the hiring for the principal can say yes to the three questions above the person is likely to get the job, and as long as there are no incidents, they may even keep the job.   Look closely at the last question.  Does the client “feel”.  There are many reasons that the client can and will say, “Yes I do feel the person I trust will be able to protect me” regardless of whether that person actually has the training and skills to protect them.  Most commonly the agent may have known or had some connection to the client as a friend or family member.  Thus there is a personal connection or trust built into the relationship, and undoubtedly the associate hired as a body guard would do anything they can to protect the client.  The issue at hand is not the willingness, but the knowledge of how to protect a client.

Many of these protectors may have the reactionary hard combative skill sets that the public at large believes a bodyguard must have, but know nothing of the soft skills used by a Protection Specialist that will ideally mitigate the need of ever having to use their hard skills thus limiting exposure for the principal both physically and legally.  I have an example of a retired police officer that was the first choice of a new music artist to come on her first concert tour and provide her with close protection.  The retired police officer was her uncle.  He filled the basic needs of the client, he was her uncle and therefore trusted, and because he had law enforcement skills it was assumed by all that he had full knowledge of the protection business.  The uncle is the one that called me half way through that concert tour.  I truly admire the man, he did not let pride get in the way of admitting that his LE skill sets may be a great foundation for a Protection Specialist, but they were only a portion of what he believed he truly needed to operate within the EP industry and properly protect his niece.  After working with other protection agents and teams during the concert tour it became clear to the uncle that he did not fully understand the planning, coordination, protocol, and etiquette of the industry.

This would bring up two points that I feel we can all learn from.   Those in the industry that are struggling with finding a niche on a detail may bear in mind that; although they have a myriad of skills which appeal to those of us who are in the know, client relations and the ability to quickly develop a rapport with the client that is both comfortable, and professional while making them feel secure may be the missing ingredient to your success.  These clients are clearly placing great value on the trust and comfort level they have in an individual.  So much so that they are placing value on the base needs illustrated in the aforementioned questions without the knowledge of what skill sets are truly required.  Which brings us to the second point; there are many clients and untrained protective agents that need to be educated in the intricacies of protective services.  We should all be aware of the fact that there are those who simply do not know any better and it is the responsibility of everyone in the business to push education and training to promote the highest level of integrity and professionalism in this time honored industry.

In today’s information age people can go from average Joe to celebrity overnight much like the young lady on her first concert tour.  These individuals find themselves in need of many services that they have no experience in dealing with, overcome by events; the immediate need for security is often times filled by a close friend or family member that is “trusted”, but not trained.  The friend or family member that assumes the role of protective agent is well meaning and truly has the clients best interest in mind, but is also caught up in events and  doing their best.  The other situation that I have encountered was growth.  In one situation a prospective student called to council with me.  He was working (as a volunteer) at a mega-church.  When he started as an usher, there were only a few hundred people in a congregation that grew to nearly ten-thousand over a few years’ time.  He was an avid hunter and held a concealed carry permit and most importantly he was there and willing to take the position of protective agent for the pastoral staff and run the event security.

These scenarios may work out for a period, but it takes only one incident for everyone to realize that the well-meaning “buddy guard “needs training.  In some of the situations an “incident” has been the catalyst for them to seek training.  In other scenarios working different events and mixing with trained protective agents, the buddy guard/protective agent comes to the realization on their own that they are lacking the skills to give their principal the best.   The former police officer uncle and the gentleman working for the mega-church as a volunteer are both examples of this.  The intent was truly to provide the best service possible for the clients.  Fortunately they both realized that the responsibility had grown beyond their ability to deal with the potential threats and negative situations that could arise.

Some of you who read this may be in a similar situation where events and opportunity came before you could prepare yourself.  You realize that the threats are real and the scope of your job description may be greater than you ever expected.  Yet you may hesitate to pursue training wondering if you will be too far behind the curve.  The fact is that you have some real field experience and will get more out of whatever training you do because you immediately see how and where to apply the knowledge you get from the training.

I am sure that others of you have come across clients and agents in similar situations.  The fact remains that information and education is a critical component in elevating the standards of the protection industry.  Sometimes the cold hard facts are what these individuals need to hear.  This can be an unforgiving business with harsh, if not brutal learning curves and each of us walk out the door every day not just responsible for ourselves and the tasks we are given, but for the safety and security of human life.  We train seriously, and take our jobs seriously because it is not just what we do, but who we are.

Brandon J Delcamp


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February 20, 2008

Dear Sir:

I think it’s safe to say that John Paul Grauer and I are making very good headway in Security Operations with the Democrats here in Denver, We are now tasked with the Protection details for the Chairman, ( photo attached) and C.E.O of the National Party and hope to be very busy working the Conference here in Denver August 25-28.

It was amazing how many people in the Security Industry are familiar with the Outstanding reputation E.S.I. has!! I am convinced that I would not have made it this far without you and E.S.I.

With respect and thanks,
Cary D. Kern ( soon to be C.P.S.)
Denver, CO

P.S. The Governor’s aid offered to take this photo with his own camera, we did not solicit the photo.

Hi Mr. Duggan,

Good to hear you had some time down in the Keys. I will be spending Christmas down on one of the islands as well. My wife and kids will be flying in to meet up with me there. I’m currently the DL on a five man team providing security for a high profile family here in the states. I’ve hooked up with a company that I really enjoy working for and takes very, very good care of me.

Again, I am so thankful for my experience with ESI…it has opened many doors for me. In fact, my last contract over in Iraq was with SOC and I saw a message on the ESI facebook site that talked about the value of training at ESI and pointed out that SOC actually put it in their employment announcement.

You mentioned the Maritime Security program and this is an area that I am very interested in. I actually attended maritime school and held a 100ton masters license. I’ll look forward to seeing more about this.

Bill Rome

November 26, 2008

Attached is my first course, Fundamentals of Defensive Shooting. I am very excited about this program now. This course was simply amazing. I have had training in firearms and shooting in the past but this is like food from the gods. I will be enrolling in my next course sometime in the next month or so.

Thanks again Michael McHenry

Fonda, December 15, 2008

Just a personal question in regards to the Human Intelligence course. (Question directed to you, Martha, and Bob, and Jack)

The Human Intelligence Collection & Analysis course is probably one of the most interesting courses I have ever taken, and I have enjoyed it, but what is the philosophy behind the focus on espionage and use of informants?

I am glad it is part of the ESI training program, but I was just curious as to how it all fits in with the Executive Protection. This course focuses on the espionage aspects, and how to manage agents. I personally love this particular course, and will likely re-read it in the future, as well as research other avenues of the subject.

It has helped create much more depth to me as an investigator, and will undoubtedly benefit me in the future.

Jeffery Brown Licensed Private Detective, KS, OK, TX, IA, NE, WI, IL, KCMO, NJ, NY, PA “Former Kansas Law Enforcement Officer, Investigator, Sgt., Chief of Police”

ACI-Association of Christian Investigators Kansas State Director, ESI-Executive Security International Alumni Member IAAI-International Association of Arson Investigators Member, NLLI-National League of Licensed Investigators Member, NLLI Cold Case Team Member, NLLI Regional 4B Director


Let me try to address your question about the connection between use of informants and protection work by giving the background story. Some ten years or more ago, we had several cases of ESI graduates working for different enterprises that had major threats. One of them was a medical research and instrument manufacturer. There was hard evidence of a conspiracy to place bombs at the national office, so our graduate on location decided to implement a proactive intelligence operation by infiltrating the organization. The agent not only collected information, but he recruited an informant who did not endorse the conspiracy, or at least they had major reservations about its possible outcome. The story ended well. The company personnel along with the police were on location at the factory when the bomber planted a pipe bomb. She was arrested and convicted….she didn’t serve much time because there was no loss of life or property.

This incident and several others convinced Martha and I that while it is a rare set of circumstances to apply these concepts to executive Protection, when it arises, you need a different set of skills. This skill set, of course, come directly from Federal agencies, which is where we collected the study material for the course and the Protective Intelligence Program.

Hope that this helps, and take care,

Bob Duggan

August 7, 2008


Hope your doing fine. Just wanted to send you a email and say hi.   Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend the conference this year.
I’m working a high threat witness protection detail since last November and
we travel a lot. I wasn’t able to get the time off.  Kent Moyer is going
this year. Last year’s conference was awesome for me, seeing you and all the
ESI graduates, the NETWORKING ,classes etc….

A day doesn’t ever go by, that I don’t stop and thank God, for what you and all of ESI has done for me, in being the stepping stone into this incredible field. I’m the luckiest man alive, I’m cancer free and doing the one thing in life I love doing, executive protection.

GOD BLESS ..hope to see you next year, your student and friend

Mark Driscoll class of  ’97

July 24, 2008

I would like to thank all the ESI Staff Board Members and everyone involved in helping ESI to be a fulfilling, life changing experience!  This all started with Las Vegas last year. I went to the conference not knowing a soul. I wanted to check out what types of people are associated with ESI. I then attended residence training in SEPT 07 and it was one of the best
experiences of my entire life. I went on my 1st detail in DEC. 07 with WCES and since then I have been fortunate to have earned more (quite a bit more) than what I paid to ESI. I am still financing my distance ed and am enjoying the info that I am learning.   Had I not gone to the conference I wouldn’t have made the networking connections that helped me get the details. I am strongly encouraging everyone to go to the conference. Also participate in the speed steel plate challenge shooting match on the 8th.  I sincerely thank all of you.

Ellamarie Richmond Northern California, Class of ’07

Dear Mr. Duggan,

I’ve considered it a privilege to be associated with you and ESI under all conditions in the past but never so much as now. I’ve been persistently promoting EP and security initiatives in my flight department for 3.5 years and I’ve really feared that my advancement would suffer because of it. I now find myself in Savannah GA at Gulfstream 450 & 550 school. Following my heart has proven to be a wonderful success.

It has been my hope to demonstrate to the corporate aviation community the mutual benefits of diversified “executive services” for flight crews. I will now be able to add the latest Gulfstream aircraft to my current lists of Boeing, Falcon, Citation and Learjet aircraft as well as my experience as an aircraft mechanic, EMT and CPS. It is my intention to use the credibility of this experience to help others relate with the potential that they possess and to pursue similar combinations of skills. EP is a central element in the services I provide. You can’t imagine how thrilled I was when John Paul and Carey told me about your offer to use us as a satellite member of your school.


Whatever your vision for using our organization is I would be privileged to participate. Instruction and mentoring is an important part of where I want to go in my business. I will endeavor to advance your initiatives and mine in such a way that ESI and the EP community thrives. I welcome discussion regarding how best to advance your interests and mine without allowing them to conflict. I see no problems but I want to have open, honest and successful rapport with you. The demand for EP and private jet services are truly immerging right now and I know that we can make a great difference in meeting those needs.

I regret that I won’t be back in Colorado until early July so I’ll miss the luncheon you’ve invited us to at your place but I look forward to the next opportunity to visit with you. Again, thanks for everything.


Mike Turner

March 27, 2008


shoot me that info we discussed and I will follow through with some personal advice….I also realized that it may benefit others to reply to the group as well.

Both responses posted on the ESI Network, prior to mine are 100% dead on. The situation as I view it on the ground in Baghdad is very complicated and the advice given by Mr. Collins and Mr. Sutton is accurate and relevant.

Currently PSD or WPPS work is very difficult to get without 1) a strong Military or LE Background, 2) Getting pretty lucky, or 3) Knowing someone. Sometimes it takes all three. That is the reality from my viewpoint sitting here.

Mr. Collins is dead on with regards to the WPPS Program. BW has had some challenges on the ground recently and now would probably be a good time to submit a bio and see where that goes. I would also Submit a Bio to Dyn and TC as well. Obviously the DOS has very strict guidelines with regards to the qualifications, and that mostly means either Military or LE. If you do qualify it can not hurt to apply.

When I first started looking for contract work I got the best piece of advice I have yet to receive, and I will pass it along:

  • Don’t put all your eggs in one basket!!
  • Closely followed by…
  • A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush!

As far as your primary question regarding the ESI training, I will say this. It seems to me, based on all the information that I have and hear, that the ESI program is the most comprehensive, well run program that you could attend.

Is it going to get you a prime PSD or WPPS slot in country? Maybe, maybe not. But it will certainly PREPARE you for the job, and will set you apart from the other thousand résumé’s that the big companies receive every day. That, combined with your other training and experience, may be enough to get your foot in the door.

I attended the ESI EP program 21 years ago, and to this day it remains the best ‘core’ training I have ever received. Even if you never get a contract job overseas, you will value that training for the rest of your life. If you can afford it then do it.

The one thing that I can not stress enough, is that in this business, you absolutely must NETWORK!! It doesn’t matter of you are the most High Speed Low Drag Delta SEAL SF guy on the Planet, you still need to network. That is where I think ESI will pay off the most.

Everywhere I go I hear about how the ESI Alumni Association takes care of their own. That is part of the reason I joined back up after some 2o years away, because I realize now more than ever that it is not only what you know, but also who you know.

When you are in a high risk environment such as the sandbox, there is nothing more important than knowing your Team member has your six. Vetting is crucial to getting a good gig, and the contacts you will make at the course, combined with the training and experience you will receive, will set you for success. What you do after that is up to you!

Good Luck… Stay Safe.

Sean McDaniel

March 8, 2008

Hi Grady,

While am not currently active in the EP field, I do have 7 years active military background (3 Army + 4 Navy). I also attended both the EP Advanced and The PSD Spec Ops courses through E.S.I. I found E.S.I. to be top notch. The course modules are absolutely chocked full of information. The “Stalker and Dangerous Human Behavior Course” for example is cutting edge. It is a perfect dove tail into E.S.I.’s summer conference on Aggression Detection.

Also, courses like “Human Intelligence Collection” can be used for things other than just EP work; for example, doing “legal” competitive intel research that can assist in building a strong investment portfolio.

The strongest advantage to E.S.I.’s courses however, are the instructors. I had the good fortune to attend the EP advanced when Jack McGeorge was the instructor for the Bio-terror portion of the resident training. Jack is renowned as one of the top 2 or 3 experts in this field. During both the EP Advanced and the PSD resident trainings, the staff included real experts with extensive real world knowledge in the field–Mike Green and Pete Dordal are both active in Iraq and Afghanistan, and both come from Special Forces backgrounds and they were the lead instructors for the PSD resident training. In addition, I had the distinct privilege to work with Joe Bannon, Tony Pagni, and Barry Wilson just to name 3 of the E.S.I. instructors. These three men were present at both of my resident training experiences at E.S.I., and I must add that all the instructors at E.S.I. were more than just excellent instructors, I also found them to be truly fine human beings as well.

Another thing to consider Grady, if you are “comparison shopping” are the little extras that often are the difference between an outstanding experience and a so-so experience. When it comes to these little extras, E.S.I. is tops. For example, Joe Bannon offered after hours knife fighting classes that I would have expected to pay a few hundred dollars for if offered as stand alone modules. Also, don’t under estimate the actual class members you will meet. In the Spec Ops resident training we had a team that were in the class who were actual medic experts and dog handlers. They gave a mini-seminar on the dogs that was very rewarding. Finally, check out the E.S.I. main staff, Fonda, Martha, Brandy, Tom, and in particular the founder, Bob Duggan. Check out Bob’s bio. This will open your eyes for sure.

Good Luck,

Mike Osborne

Good morning,

I simply wanted to drop ESI and staff a quick note on my developing career since graduating from ESI in May 1990. Upon graduation, I went back to Vermont and very quickly (and with nothing but luck and being at the right place at the right time), secured a protective detail position with the band Guns N’ Roses on tour. Upon completion, I immediately interviewed and secured a position assisting with protective coverage for a visit from the Dalai Lama of Tibet for a speakingengagement at a local University. Once again, upon completion, I interviewed and secured a long term position on a protective detail for the Rockefeller family of New York (Laurence & Mary and immediate family). This position I held for a little over 12 years. From there, I joined Tactical Intelligence & Investigations, LLC., out of Orlando, Florida, working as an independent contractor for protective assignments. After some success with Tactical, a few contracts “fell though” and I found myself once again anxious for work (paycheck!). I’ve recently relocated to California and currently employed with Gavin de Becker & Associates and their Protective Security Division, and enjoying my new challenges and teammates on the job. Obviously, this all started with my enrollment and graduation from ESI, and I just wanted to send a short, informal letter of thanks. I’m always looking to assist with and grow in theprotective field, so should ESI be looking for coverage for assignments/work, please don’t hesitate to contact me, and once again, thanks for everything!

Sincerely, Tim Gould

Hi Guys,

This is P.J. Marrero at Scottsdale Arizona. I just heard about the attempted Pirate attack at sea. I thought about our little team at Security at Sea. Tell Bob, he was always ahead of his time. I have seen how ESI has grown though out the years, and I wanted to say I have always been proud to be a graduate of ESI. Keep up the good work and may we have a chance to sit across from each other again, if it be the will of the Creator. Peace to all.

Paul Marrero, Graduate ESI Yacht Maritime Course.

Hi Bob.

I just want to say a heartfelt thank you for your dedication to this amazing profession. Every time I move up or laterally within this profession I have ESI and ultimately you to thank for your vision so many years ago of what this profession could be. I have just moved into thesenior protection specialist role within our corporation, responsible for foreign advances and protection of our executives and staffinternationally.

Our alumni network and ESI training programs, continue to be the backbone of success as our profession heats up.I have worked with many security professionals over the years and their different “schools” of training. I consistently find professionals in all areas however, the training and support provided by ESI continues to allow me to provide competent, professional services within our corporation.

Have a great day Bob, and thank you for dedicating your life, so that I, and others can continue to live our dreams.

Darrin Raymond

October 4, 2001
ESI has filled a personal void by providing me a super course of instruction in Executive Protection. No other EP related course or period of instruction on this complex art has even come close to fulfilling my needs in such an in-depth manner. This alone would be worth the cost of the program, but when coupled with the professional points of contact encountered in this unique field, it must be considered a bargain.If you are serious about breaking into this field of work, attend and earn your Certified Protection Specialist credentials through ESI.

“Hersh” Hernandez, C.P.S.
LT COL.US Marine Corp (Ret)
U.S. Embassy Monrovia
Africa Regional Director

September 14, 2001
Hello, Bob, Martha, Fonda et. al.

Since last year I work at the U.S. Consulate General in Curacao as a security investigator. I conduct advances and security escorts for the CG and Vice Consul, collect intel from public sources to inform DoS and DoD personnel on local situations and do background investigations as well, besides organizing and conducting special courses for the local guard force. So far, it’s a lot of fun.

I even had the opportunity a few months back to do two classes onprotective detail operations for the local police’s Special Response Unit! I may have new opportunities as well, among others with the local militia. I cannot tell you how happy I am to have enrolled in your courses, and to have been accepted as a security professional from day one the moment I returned to Curacao. It really says a lot about ESI’s reputation and I thank you for having accepted me as a student in 1999! I have not regretted taking this career step!

We’ll keep in touch.
Docco Engels.

November 3, 2000
Greetings Bob andESI Staff,

For any of you seeing dollar signs in your head, the security industry is already a staggering 100 billion dollar industry. The forecast for the next 10 years is that it will be close to a 200 billion dollar industry. With that comes the need for highly trained agents with professional skills, business skills and technical skills related to the industry.

If you’re thinking of starting a career in executive protection or protective intelligence please take the time to research what is out their for you.I can assure you that you will find only one school that has a firm grip in training executive protection or protective intelligence agents on the private side. That school is Executive Security International (ESI) located in Aspen, Colorado.

I have been assigned to a mayor’s protective detail for two years. Training for us is a luxury, when in fact it should be a necessity.Working in the State of California, I have only found two schools on the government side to be able to attend before coming to ESI.These two schools offered between 3 to 5 days of training.Their only prerequisite is that your duties involve protection of a public official.This is not to say the schools are inadequate but you just cannot learn something for several days and have no follow up training to continue the process.Eventually, I went in search of additional training on the government side with no success.However, what I did find was ESI on the web and after speaking with one of the owner’s by the name of Steve Bigelow, he challenged my research of other schools and defended the ESI position as the cream of the crop of executive protection training schools.Steve further addressed how ESI is able to offer several types of diplomas or certificate do to their programs being approved by the Colorado State Commission on Higher Education.

Since that conversation, I have completed an Advanced Executive Protection Program that includes 450 hours of distance education and a 150-hour (17day) resident training course.After the training I was encouraged to obtain my E.M.T. certification.Not only that, I want to continue to update my knowledge through several other programs they have to offer.

If you are interested, let me say to you that the training is challenging and rewarding.The courses are not cheap, yet they are affordable and ESI is willing to work that out with you.You can not put a price on training that is up to date and stays in a progressive mode like that of ESI.I believe that because I have met some of their graduates from 5, 10 and 15 years ago that have been successful in all aspects of the executive protection field.Some of these graduates own and operate multi-million dollar security companies.Not surprising, that gave the training with ESI as the catapult to their success.

I truly believe that ESI is the best school on the private side of the executive protection industry.Overall, the only other training that is equal to or surpasses that of ESI would be training given to anyone assigned to dignitary protection units in the federal government such as the Secret Services and State Department.

The point of this testimonial is to say that if you want to be the best at what you do then do not, I repeat, do not accept training that only gives you a limited resources or backing.

That’s why I’m proud to say that I’m a graduate of ESI.

Best Regards and Success
Douglas L. Jones,
Mayor Protection Detail,
Los Angeles, California

May 2000 Graduate

P.S.Bob, I will use this little saying to someone interested in hearing my thoughts about my ESI experience, “Your success will depend on your motivation and dedication but the knowledge and innovation will come from ESI.

December 8, 2000

Dear Bob:

The arrival of this package (with this letter) marks the completion my first program with E.S.I. I would like to use this letter to give appreciation to you and your staff, and to communicate my enthusiasm for the course I have completed (hopefully to academic standards).

First of all, I have had the fortunate life changing experience of meeting and getting to know many of the support staff, instructors and associates of E.S.I. over the past couple of years. While I had hoped that describing my experience with E.S.I., as a life changing experiencewould convey my enthusiasm – it may not fully. To better explain; I have had the goal, dream, hope and desire since my teen years to become a �bodyguard�. It was through my extreme interest and pursuit of that goal that I learned the better phrase: personal protection specialist. However, it was you and your staff that fully defined for me all that is personal and executive protection. That is not to say I fully understand the concept of personal protection, but what E.S.I. has given me has put me on the path and fueled my enthusiasm for accomplishing my goal.

I would directly like to thank Fonda, Steve, Martha and each instructor from my Resident Training for everything they did to assist me. Bob, you are truly fortunate to have such a great staff. While I still have a great deal to learn, I will direct my continuing pursuit of knowledge and increasing my abilities toward each of them, and E.S.I. as a whole.

Anyone wishing to enter the field of protection would benefit monumentally by attending courses with E.S.I. � I now know this first hand. I would and have encouraged anyone with desire to enter into protection work to seek out the many schools of interest available today. When they have exhausted their search they will undoubtedly be drawn by reputation, graduate success and experience directly to E.S.I. They would then be in for a truly life changing experience.

While my full intent is to continue with additional programs with E.S.I., next with Intelligence Operations and eventually an Associates Degree, I feel E.S.I. has given me the tools to begin my pursuit in the field with confidence and ready ability.

L. �Jesse� Silva

PS Bob, I hope you don�t mind me borrowing �life changing experience�, but after all you were right.

November 20, 2000
(from a postcard)

Hi Bob, JJ, Steve and Fonda

I wanted to wish everybody at ESI a Happy Healthy Thanksgiving. I am here in Japan on a one month assignment – again. I will always be grateful for the training I received at ESI for all this would not have been possible without it.

Thank you, Godbless.
Mark Driscoll

June 21, 2000

Dear ESI Staff Members:

Having completed the Resident Training Course in Aspen this past September, I felt compelled to thank everyone for such an enjoyable opportunity. It was for sure one of the best learning experiences of my life. I did want to write and give my impressions so that future sessions might be refined and built upon.

First and foremost, I felt the quality of the instructors was second to none. Not only did each of them share the ESI philosophies, but were also willing to go the extra mile to spend extra time where needed. I was so impressed by the caliber of every instructor and his/her accomplishments in the real working world. They each taught according to what has worked for them as opposed to just repeating some written guidelines. Even though some may consider the cost of the session expensive, the quality of the instructors is well worth the added cost. …

(Excerpt from four page analysis of his experience at Resident Training in the Fall of 1999)

Joseph Piccolo
Columbus, Ohio

Question for Mr. Duggan
Wed, 10 Mar 1999 21:40:00 -0600
James Gerardi <

Dear Mr. Duggan,
I will be enrolling in your Associates Degree program this April after much thought and research. I have found your school to be the best choice for several reasons. First of all, the ability to earn a degree in combination with the practical skills makes a person much more valuable in the job market.

Secondly, the range and depth of topics included in your programs exceed all of the other schools. Finally, the reputation of ESI was well known and respected by those members of the Executive Protection field that I interviewed.

The question I have for you is this:
In the article “A MARTIAL ART FOR BODYGUARDS”, you wrote this sentence:
“ESI is currently developing the third and fourth year curriculum that will lead to a Bachelors of Arts Degree with an emphasis on security management, audio countermeasures, casino gambling, and fraud investigation.” I gather from the article that this was written sometime in 1996 and I was wondering if this project is still in the works?
Thank you for your time and I look forward to meeting you for Resident

James Gerardi
Woodstock, IL

I look forward to having you in the program. I think that you will find it will meet your expectations. If it does not, I want to hear about it. It appears that you did all the research, and, naturally, I agree with your conclusions. I am curious, however, who you compared us with before making your decision. This may not affect the situation, but I am always taking a close look at what improvements we can make in the content of our courses as well as our presentation….I just posted two new Module Courses in that last few weeks.

I am also aware that many “schools” out there copy ESI, and it sharpens our focus in the way we present our program. An example of this is two years ago, no school talked about Low Profile Protection Details, Counter Surveillance or Covert Security in connection with Executive Protection. Now, they all talk about it.

To answer your question. We have developed the third year which is Intelligence Program, but the fourth year in Security Management and other specialization’s is a way off yet. Getting the BA accreditation is quite a leap for us. Keep in touch with us on it, but I don’t expect to achieve BA accreditation for a few years.

Thanks for writing. See you in the program
Bob Duggan

January 24, 1999

Dear Mr. Duggan,

Just a note to let you know that since we last spoke I have been working with Kroll Associates in Brazil conducting investigations and security consulting. If there is anything that I can help you with please let me know. I hope all is going well with you and ESI.

Best regards,


Wed, 16 Dec 1998 16:36:46 PST

Bob Duggan

Just thought I’d let you know that I’m on the Governor’s Security Unit now so things are going great! Drop me a line when you can. I’ll talk to you later.

Larry Schemansky

Date: Monday, May 03, 1999 9:18 AM
Subject: Information on Bombing of Banker Alfred Herrhausen

Hi Bob,

Just to let you know that things are going great here in Michigan on the Governor’s Security Detail. The training that I’ve received at ESI is always in the back of my mind while I’m working. I’ve been working and traveling more in the last several months than in the past 21 yrs with my department. I just caught the tail-end of a show that was talking about a bombing of a German Bank President Mr. Herrhausen by the RAF. I’ve searched the web and have not come up with anything on that as of yet. I guess I am interested in this one because he did have a quite large protection detail at the time Any information would be appreciated. Thanks….

Larry Schemansky

July 23, 1998

Greetings Bob Duggan,
It’s been at least a year since I’ve had any mail from ESI. It was not until recently that an associate told me about your website. Very impressive! One of the nicest websites I’ve seen. I look forward to getting deeper into it and seeing all it has to offer.

I am still with the Chevron Corporation at our corporate headquarters in San Francisco. In my position as a Corporate Security Representative (investigator) my primary function is internal investigations and security consulting to all of Chevron’s 100 plus subsidiaries. I’ve had the pleasure of doing some international work for the corporation, and yes, I’ve done my fair share of executive protection details as well. Just since the first of this year several of my more interesting details involved close support with the Secret Service and the California Highway Patrol (now our state police force). Dignitaries covered were the President of Kazakstan; the president of the Kazakstan National Oil Company; the governors of the States of California and Oklahoma; and two US senators. All of these were separate details. All had unique needs and concerns. All were learning experiences.

The Kazakstan presidential detail was especially amusing, I’ll be happy to write you with details if you would like to know, and if you think the lessons learned may be of benefit to future students and academy graduates (Murphy is alive and very, very well . . .).
In any case, my management was very interested in the course work I had completed from ESI and I believe it had a lot to do with my obtaining the wonderful position and responsibilities I now hold. I have been with Chevron for over 10 years now and have used many of the skills the academy has taught me. I just wanted to write and say hello . . . and thanks!

Final thought: if you think it may have some value, I would be more than willing to write an article of my experiences since taking the ESI course. I’ve had some pretty unique experiences in the corporate world. Perhaps it would be of some use somewhere in the academy curriculum. Take care, best wishes to you and all students, grads and staff.
Jim Magdaleno, CFE
Chevron Corporation
Corporate Security

July 3, 1998

Bob Duggan,

I enjoy checking up on ESI on the Internet. Every time I look at your latest Web Page, I am proud to be a graduate of the Bodyguard school in Aspen. ESI changed my life and saved my life and truly saved mine.

I believe that ESI has touched many people, but could never come closer than I am with this training. Several people have questioned me about what it is like to take someone’s life, or even try to explain what it is like to be involved in a situation in which you have no control over and you pray that you never have to deal with it again. I simply remind them that your body and mind can only react according to the training that it has be given, and after fifteen years of police training, I can truthfully say that ESI was the only training that helped me survive a gun fight that was never planned.

I am presently a licensed Private Investigator, and specialize in Executive Security. I will never forget what I learned in that short period of time in Aspen.

Respectfully yours,

Edward Vince
Metairie, Louisiana

December 20, 1998

Dear Fonda

Dreams to come true! I am presently employed as an adjunct agent for CSB Battery Technologies.

I have just completed two big details, in San Diego, Los Angeles and Mexico, for which I received praise from the President and the Director of Security, Carl Mountain. What a Great experience!

These were six men details and among them were agent Jeff Modell and detail leader Victor Folia, two ESI graduates. Incredible team!

CSB does not have a big employee turnover, since its agents are happy and Mr. Mountain is known to be one of the finest directors of security in this field. Therefore, it is quite uncertain as to if and when I may become a full time agent.

Please show this letter to Mr. Duggan. This would not have been possible without your help and the greatest training I received from ESI.

I wish you all a Happy Holiday Season.

Forever grateful
Mark Driscoll

February 16, 1998
Dear Bob

I had the honor of attending resident training in the Fall of 1997. At the time, I was preparing to enter the Active Air Force Reserve as a member of a newly formed Security Forces unit at Westover Air Reserve Base, in Chicopee, Massachusetts.

I have been fortunate in that one of my duties is to work on an intelligence team for anti-terrorism. I write this letter to you to inform you that your “Profiles of Terrorism & Violence” course has played a decent part in my work ethic – to the point that I have made corrections to some Air Force doctrine that we employ. I also want to note that the ESI Web Site is listed by one of the Air Force Schools (teaching anti-terrorist measures) as a source of information! Whether you are aware of this or not, I am not sure, but it brought a smile upon my face to make notice of the fact.

It was great to work with you and the ESI cadre during Resident Training, and Fonda is a constant help while I finish up my Home Study (between and during deployments). Please Keep up the excellent training that your school offers. Any correspondence should be sent to my personal address in your files.


Charles Thomas, SSGT
439th Security Forces Squadron, USAFR

August 29, 1998

Charles Thomas
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 1998 09:22:07 EST

Hello Bob!

I kind of lost contact with you. ………

Earlier this week I received my ESI credentials – a long time coming, but entirely worth it. Everything that I’ve studied through ESI applies with what I’m doing now. I think my best advice that I would give to ESI students would be to look into the military as part of getting into executive protection – even in the Reserves or National Guard; There’s a lot of schools, courses and contacts that otherwise would be unavailable anywhere else, and ESI falls
right in line.

Keep in touch.

Ssgt Charles Thomas, cps

August 11, 1998

Dear Mr. Duggan:

My name is Adalberto Fuentes, former student of ESI 1990. One year after my graduation I had a full-time protection specialist job in a bank in Puerto Rico were I live. Being a student of ESI gave me the confidence I need to do the job right without any situation arising.

Recently the Government of Puerto Rico decided to sell the Telephone Company to GTE and a Local Investors who is lead by my Protectee. The Sale of the Telephone Company had many negative reactions from people who were oppose to the sale, including left wing groups such
the Ejercito Popular Boricua also known as “Macheteros”. Our Bank became a target and my protectee was the main target. We received direct threats from the Macheteros and Other groups. We also had bombings, sabotage and vandalism at our other branches. The situation was tense during the process of the sale and approval of the Government.

Thanks to ESI training I had the ability to handle the situation with confidence and contribute with the protection section for better ideas of protection and safeguarding the executives of the company. The threat is still there and I am still on guard as always!

Thanks for having a complete and professional school of Security and Intelligence. I feel proud to be part of that school. Keep-up the good job!! Also thanks for including a Spanish program in your school!

Adalberto Fuentes, PPS
Banco Popular of Puerto Rico (afuentes)


I feel having gone through ESI, I acquired the best education in close protection theory and tactics available outside of government training. ESI offers the most comprehensive training available to the private sector. I have received positive feedback from employers and potential clients in reference to ESi as an institution and training academy. I also believe that this profession chooses its practitioners rather than its practiticianers choosing the trade. Only those professionals willing to make continual sacrifices to further their training and knowledge will succeed. To quote the author of the book, Keep “Em Alive”, Paul Elhanan, “Here, anyway, is an introduction to the unique world of diehard romantics and stubborn fools who still believe they can save at least a reasonable chunk of the world by such unfashionable means as courage and selflessness.”

Steven Hastings
Class of 1995

Dear Mr. Bob Duggan:


I write this letter to Thank You, and let you know that I appreciate your school and the work that you have put into it. I am currently a student, just under half way through the home study course. I have found course, thus far, to not only be informative obviously, but also interesting and eye opening. One of the aspects of the course that I like, is the information seems to be in a logical format as well as being directly applicable. It is intelligently done without being aloof. Sometimes the information does seem a bit over whelming, however, that is the nature of the beast. The only point of the course that I do not find entirely enjoyable, is the great amount of reading that must be done. While I was going through high school, and then the Marine Corp, I was not much of a reader. I have begun to read more within the last five years or so, but do find it somewhat of a challenge to engulf large quantities of information at a time. Within the course I am concentrating on learning, absorbing, and retaining the information. I have found, surprisingly, that I am not only doing, grade wise, much better than I thought I might. But also that I seem to be learning the information fairly easily. Much more so than I thought I would have. I look forward to completing the Advanced Executive Protection program. Also, to meeting yourself and the rest of Executive Security International staff. Thank You once again. Continued success, and God’s speed. Sincerely,

Rod Noll Student
future Executive Protection Specialist

Bob Duggan,

“This letter is to recognize one of your former students, Preston Ellis. I have been a professional bail bondsman for four years and over the years I have found that I have needed assistance in apprehending bail bond violators.

“In mid-November, 1986, Mr. Ellis and I were introduced through a mutual friend. This friend informed me that he knew of someone who had just returned from a school for security specialists and had received training in the areas of defensive driving, use of firearms, and hand-to-hand combat. When I was told that the instruction was only two weeks in length, I was a little hesitant to believe he could possess a thorough competence of such skills. Primarily out of curiosity, I hired Mr. Ellis on a part-time basis. After one short month, however, I realized such thorough competence was possible and I quickly hired him on a full-time basis.

“In the past four years I have worked with police officers, ex-police officers, and active and inactive military personnel. None have demonstrated the skills or degree of professionalism to the extent Mr. Ellis has shown. As of June 30, 1987, Mr. Ellis has to his credit 60 arrests, with 50 of these being felony arrests. These facts reflect my growing opinion that ESI is a top security-defense school in this nation and has tremendous capability and success in training top professionals in this field.

“I realize that I am just a stepping stone in Mr. Ellis’s career, and genuinely feel that he will go far in his goal of a top-notch executive security specialist. He will be leaving North Carolina within the next year to pursue this goal in Washington, D.C. Therefore, I want to take this opportunity to commend your school. I am enjoying working with one of your graduates.

Billy R. Boykin
Billy R. Boykin Bonding Co.
Wilson, North Carolina

“I am a professional in the field of law enforcement and proud that my present assignment of security is at my State Capitol Complex. My prior experience was with the Governor’s security unit. The knowledge, in-depth concepts and workable skills ESI presented me, sharpened and highlighted my abilities and I say, it made me more of an asset to my state.

“To all those in the law enforcement, security and executive protection fields; seek out ESI’s programs, the experience and proficiency gained may someday save a life, quite possibly your own.”

Trooper Tony Murphy #879
State Capitol Security
Conn. State Police

“I’d like to thank you and your staff for all the training and assistance that you have provided me with. I am currently employed as the General Manager of this Private Detective Agency. A job which I may not have gotten without the guidance from Hawk (Jonathan Hawkins, ESI Placement Director). While considering enrollment into ESI, many people were skeptic as to if you were just going to take my money, train me, and then kiss me good-bye. However, I have been finding out more and more about the recognition that ESI has as a school that fulfills what it promises.”

“I am so pleased with the training and assistance that ESI has given me, that I am making plans to return for the Intelligence Gathering course.”

Gerald T. Pfingsten
ESI Graduate

“I have some good news. I was selected to be head of security for an import export company out of Canada. Your school was worth every dime. In briefing your new students I would suggest that you tell them that along with an ESI Certificate, they should have experience and if possible a college degree. Thank you for letting me attend you school. It’s made all the difference in my career and my life.”

Kenneth Peays
New York
ESI Graduate

“As a result of my attending and graduation of this school, I feel it would be in the best interests and be extremely profitable to the Marine Corps to send personnel from the following Units to attend this school: Military Police, PMO; Marine Security Guards; Marine State Department personnel; Marine Barracks personnel; Reconnaissance Marines; any Marine required by the Corps to have substantial training in counter-terrorism; drivers of general staff vehicles in the U.S. and overseas.”

“The training techniques for all phases of the course should be carefully screened by the Marine Corps. The methods in which the ESI instructors taught their material was very successful. The instructors were top-notch professionals in every aspect of training in and would stand up to military standards for teaching in a school. In two short weeks the students were at high levels of proficiency in all the security related subjects. ESI’s teaching technique called “Reality Therapy” should be indoctrinated into the Marine Corps.”

Authorized excerpt from U.S. Marine Corps officer’s
evaluation of ESI Executive Protection Program


“As a professional in the field of Executive Protection, obviously I’m very interested in anything which pertains to this valid, respected career. With several years of experience behind me, I was skeptical of the school. Until ESI, I had never found a useful source of information or training. When ESI came to my attention, my first step was a thorough background investigation with input from law enforcement contacts, the Better Business Bureau, and several West Coast colleagues. The school passed this scrutiny with “flying colors.”

“Even so, at registration, I was still skeptical. I was dead wrong! The caliber of the staff, training, information, and even the students, was extremely professional … useful, current and tense. In the no-nonsense reality of this field, any security conscious person or corporation would be well advised to take a serious look at the programs offered by ESI.”

William D. Colansinski
Detroit, Michigan
ESI Graduate

“The 15-day training program is outstanding. I had worked as a bodyguard before going to ESI so I thought I knew what a bodyguard’s job was. I couldn’t have been more wrong! I learned so much it was incredible. They have great instructors and I believe ESI to be the highest rated bodyguard academy in the United States.

“After the second month of the first job I got, I had already made back the money it cost to go to ESI.”

“I have to be honest with you: like any job, you have to sell yourself, but security is one of the fastest growing professions there is!”

As for the wages, you should expect to make between $30,000 to $80,000 per year. At the job I have now I started at $30,000 and a free house and I have now been promoted to Director of Security and got a raise to $50,000, a free house and a car. I have only worked here for two years now. So you can see, any time you invest in yourself it always pays off down the line.”

Bob Anderson
ESI Graduate
Seattle, Washington

“I have been a police officer for fourteen years and a training officer for ten. I have been to every kind of training, both federal and state, that is available to an officer with my department. I learned more during the last two weeks at ESI than all the previous fourteen years! I just wanted to say that to the class before I left.”

C.W. McCollum
Davenport, Iowa
ESI Graduate

“I am a graduate of your April-May ’88, writing primarily to tell you how proud I am to have had the opportunity to attend your training. It has already helped me maintain a level of professionalism in the eyes of my peers that exceeds the standards of existing companies here.”

“Having been in business since just June of this year I have already worked 3 protection details. Most recently I provided protection at the Black National Baptist Convention for a close associate of Bishop Desmond Tutu, of South Africa. Presidential Candidate Jesse Jackson made an appearance, complete with Secret Service detail. I stood near one particular Secret Service Agent while the speeches were under way. Obviously our movements and actions were nearly identical with respect to our clients. Later at a private meeting between our clients, the same Agent approached and inquired about my training. I gave him a brief description of my training and experience and he was visibly impressed, stating that the only people he has seen previously that carried themselves and reacted the way I had were members of his own agency and other federal agents.”

“I believe in your training. I believe I had the best training available, anywhere!”

Ron Westcott
Kansas City


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Training at ESI – The Stalker Program by Tony Scotti

I recently visited the Executive Security International (ESI) Stalker Training program in Grand Junction Colorado. The Stalker Program is a part of ESI’s Executive Protection Residency Program. As I walked into the classroom the first thing I noticed was the use of computers as a method of communications and instruction. ESI requires students to bring a lap top to the program and supplies them with a thumb drive that has the lessons and power points. As the instructor give their presentations students follow along on their computers. It was one of those “Why didn’t I think of that” moments.

These are my observations of the Stalker program. The subjects include:

  • Threat Assessments
  • Threat management
  • Surveillance Detection
  • Advances
  • Moving the Principal
  • Security Surveys

None of the above is new to the world of EP Training but it is how the program is packaged, presented, and students tested that is unusual in the industry and impressive.

The students are split into groups and are assigned to do advances on hotels, restaurants and the airport, produce a plan, present their plan to the instructors, and then implement the plan. This part of the program frankly is what most of the other programs teach, but where this program differs from others I have observed are the time factor, and the interaction between student and instructor.

The length of program allows the students ample time to complete the task. There is a lot of communications from instructor to student. After every field exercises the students huddle up with their instructors to review the exercises, they go over the good and the not too good. The not too good is analyzed, dissected and lessons learned are discussed, and the students go back out and do it again. Since the instructors are been there done that guys, the lessons learned are real and often taken from their experience – good ones and bad ones, makes for one hell of a teaching tool.

Prior to the above students are split into groups and assigned to a client who is a victim of a Stalker. The teams get a series of letters. These are REAL LETTERS that were sent to REAL PEOPLE, who have or had a REAL THREAT.

Students use their Threat Analysis training to provide a preliminary risk assessment, and then use their Threat Assessment training to single out the one letter that is an imminent threat

Once they identify the letter that represents a threat to their principal, they go through a series of role playing exercises. Using investigative tools and additional role playing they zero in the stalkers. By asking the correct questions during the role playing exercises students will eventually be able to identify the stalkers address, their criminal history, and a myriad of information that will help them to protect their client.

There is an extensive use of role player, at times I had to remind myself that they were role players. The role players are “The stalkers” – the client – a handwriting expert – a Sheriff and a Psychologist. Again they have ample time, and coaching from the instructors to achieve the standard that has been set. But it’s not just the role players, the time and the instructors it is also the logical systematic order in which it unfolds.

The conclusion is the threat assessments and management reports that each student (not group) must submit and is graded on. I read one and have to say it was one of the best I have have read, not just from a student, from anyone.

In the Stalking program ESI creates a learning environment that gives the student the time and coaching to reach a predetermined standard, then measures to assure they have reached that standard. The attention to detail, the realism, and the role playing is more than I can put into an article. I did not witness the entire program, but there seems to be a training philosophy that emphasizes “team building under stress” that runs through the entire Executive Protection Residency Program. A short article like this simply cannot do this program justice.



Training To A Standard

It’s just what we do!

In leaving a school or training seminar a student should have a command of the information that they just learned and a good idea of their own competency in applying the skill sets that they just acquired.

Training to a standard is about establishing the end goal, or identifying what skill sets are to be imparted during the training event.

Often undervalued is the instruction phase. The instructor must have a solid grasp of the subject material. The instructor should know how to apply the skills and have a successful track record of applying the skill sets included in the subject matter. Finally the instructor should possess the skill sets of “an instructor”. An individuals knowledge and experience is of little value if they are not skilled at imparting the information to the student.

Finally there must be a measurement of the capacity to which the student mastered the knowledge of the material and also a measurement of how well the student can apply the knowledge. If a student is trained to a standard, they will leave the school knowing the material, and know how effective they are at the application of the information.

A good school will also look at the results of the student measurement to evaluate the effectiveness of the instruction. Training to a standard insures that the best instruction must be maintained, subject matter and skill sets are clearly defined, and employers can expect consistent competency from the students of that school.


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