Conversations In Close Protection is a podcast about the Executive/Close Protection industry. We use the podcast to enhance discussions about the industry and promote values, information and education within the Close Protection Community and try to have fun doing it!
Clarity, Integrity and Communications: A Conversation with CSO Wendy Bashnan
From a desire to enter the sportscasting arena, Wendy Bashnan quickly pivoted to a life in Law Enforcement fueled by a desire to be in Diplomatic Security. Wendy takes a career worth of experience and talks to the team about what she learned and how she used those lessons to pivot into a corporate security leadership role with a Fortune 500 organization. Grab your pencils and get ready...
Being Water: MMA Champion Eric Utsch on becoming a Protector
Humbleness, gratitude, honest self-assessment, and a desire to learn are all things anyone starting in the security industry should keep forefront of their mindset. But what if you already have a successful career and four world MMA world championship titles? The famous martial artist Bruce Lee said, "If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves." MMA Champion-turned-protector Eric Utsch talks to CiCP about what he has brought with him as a new protector and what he has left behind. It is an excellent conversation about mindset, honing your skillsets, and being open. Grab your pencils for this one, as Eric delivers some great advice, philosophy, and tips.
Shop Talk: July 2022
Summertime is here, and it continues to be heated in the security field. With half the team on the road, it's a caffeine-fueled deep dive into the issues. Including the NYC nuclear attack public service announcement, the late John McAfee's bodyguard's legal matters, large retailers shuttering stores over safety concerns, perceptions about risk mitigation, and more. Join the conversation and give us your thoughts at email@example.com
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CiCP Archives: Bryan Flannery
In this archive edition, the team is joined by Bryan Flannery for a special episode discussing managing the protective environment within a house of worship and religious organizations. Bryan is the President of Foresight Security Consulting and the President of the Northwest Chapter of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP). He has extensive experience in both the government and private sides of security, protection, and threat assessment and advises multiple religious groups on their protective footprint.
Polymaths: CiCP on the Sum of Your Business Pod
Motorcycle showman Evil Knievel said, "I think if you have ability and talent in one way, you have it in all ways. I'm not a jack of all trades; I'm a master of many. I don't feel there is anything I can't do if I want to."~ Being a multifaced lifelong learner is one element in many successful practitioners and leaders. Listen to the team breakdown "The Sum of Your Business" host Tim Flood's discussion with Chuck about polymaths. - Give us your feedback firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission Ukraine: Brad Shepherd
The team caught up with former US Army Ranger, Protective Security Detail Operator, and Corporate Security Specialist Brad Shepherd in Ukraine, where he is operating to deliver needed medical supplies and training resources. With connections to Chris and Chuck, he details how he came to serve in Ukraine (and many other global hotspots), what it takes to work there, and his current observations. It's an excellent conversation about using your network, maintaining awareness, and having a flexible mindset. Join us!
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