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The Circuit is the number #1 source of information on protection matters and is the industry-leading magazine for all security professionals who want to stay ahead of the game. If you're new to the industry or an old-school veteran, the Circuit is the place for you.
Through the podcast, we bring the stories and the contributors from the magazine to life.
For more information on all things Circuit related, visit us at: https://circuit-magazine.com

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The Circuit is the number #1 source of information on protection matters and is the industry-leading magazine for all security professionals who want to stay ahead of the game. If you're new to the industry or an old-school veteran, the Circuit is the place for you.
Through the podcast, we bring the stories and the contributors from the magazine to life.
For more information on all things Circuit related, visit us at: https://circuit-magazine.com

    Finding Friendly Forces – Secrets to Operating in Mexico & Beyond | Lee Oughton

    Finding Friendly Forces – Secrets to Operating in Mexico & Beyond | Lee Oughton

    When you think of Mexico you think drugs, cartels, extortion, kidnapping, murder, but what’s really going on under the hood? Navigating a new country and learning to effectively operate in completely foreign surroundings can be challenging for any CPO. That’s why it’s crucial that we get local knowledge and atmospherics from the operators that are out there on the ground.
    In this episode, we chat with Mr. Lee, Oughton COO of Fortress Risk Management and co-founder of the Kindness Games to get the inside scoop on operating in Mexico as an international EP provider. He will drop the ins and outs and the do's and don'ts of what to consider whenever you operate somewhere new.
    In this show, we’ll be discussing:
    Understanding the realities of operating in Mexico and avoiding the pitfalls.
    Adopting a low profile - does a CEO require a B6 armored vehicle?
    What you need to know about The Unions or Syndicados of Mexico
    Tips on finding support, friendly forces, and how to get the local community onside


    Tune in as Lee shares a wealth of gems with us and as he aptly puts it…
    “It's about understanding your environment - there's a lot of vulnerabilities, there are a ton of risks and you really need to bring your A-game every single day.”


    As always, drop us a comment or leave us a review to let us know your thoughts.


    More about Lee:
    Lee Oughton is a board-certified and recognized positive, proactive, and dynamic C-Suite Executive with a highly successful international career in security and risk management. He has a proven and successful track record working extensively within corporate and high-risk environments and adeptly navigating the lifecycle management of projects ranging from building company security infrastructure to vendor management. He is currently the COO Fortress Risk Management where he operates as a champion strategist building programs, and formulating policies and procedures designed to minimize exposure to risks, threats, vulnerabilities and associated consequences to enterprises. Lee utilizes his strong skills in communication and negotiation to influence high-level decisions and to build strategic relationships with executives, key decision-makers, customers, service providers, and law enforcement agencies.


    https://www.linkedin.com/in/lee-oughton-csmp®-92b716b8/ (Lee Oughton)
    https://www.for3s.com (Fortress Risk Management)


    More about the Circuit
    The Circuit team is:
    Phelim Rowe
    Elijah Shaw
    Shaun West
    Jon Moss


    Connect with Us:
    https://circuit-magazine.com/ (Circuit Magazine)
    https://mailchi.mp/the-bba.org.uk/bba-connect (BBA Connect)
    https://the-bba.org.uk/ (British Bodyguard Association)

    • 38 min
    The Inner Circle - The Secret to Success in Executive Protection | Simeon Rosset

    The Inner Circle - The Secret to Success in Executive Protection | Simeon Rosset

    There are many moving parts propping up the lifestyle of a Private family, included in this are PAs, butlers, drivers, nannies, and chefs. At any given time, there is no shortage of people surrounding the Principal. But how important are they to the protection team?
    The truth of the matter is that these lower profile people are often the most important personalities in the Principal’s inner circle. And importantly, they can greatly assist you in your job! Not only that, but your success as a protector will, in part, be determined by the relationships you can foster with the Principal’s household staff. By nurturing these relationships, you’re going to be privy to so much more information and it's going to come to you in a more timely and useful manner.
    Today, we are talking to Simeon Rosset, founder of the Rosset Butler school about that dynamic that exists between executive protection and the house team, including the pivotal role that butlers serve. We’ll be discussing:
    Who the butler is, where they fit into the hierarchy, and what their exact role and remit is?
    How to take advantage of a challenging work schedule and use it as an opportunity to build a mutually beneficial relationship.
    How to forge mutual respect and effective communication between all the different links in the chain.
    And if you still think the butler is just the guy who pours the drinks, then this episode has tons more eye-opening information that you most definitely need to hear.
    As our guest, Simeon Rosset, puts it “Apart you're good. But together, you can just do so much more!”
    As always, drop us a comment or leave us a review to let us know your thoughts.

    More about Simeon Rosset
    Simeon’s career begun more than 20 years ago at Leeds Castle where he worked as Head Butler. Since then, he has gone on to work as an exclusive international Butler working in castles, shooting estates, super yachts and palaces across Europe, while serving “A” list celebrities, royalty, Dukes and Duchesses, and oil company tycoons and bankers. Simeon is now the owner and Head Butler at Rosset Bespoke Butlers and Rosset Bespoke Butler School.


    https://www.linkedin.com/in/simeon-rosset-5447432b/ (Simeon Rosset)
    http://www.rossetbespokebutlers.com/ (Rosset Bespoke Butlers)


    More about the Circuit
    The Circuit team is:
    Phelim Rowe
    Elijah Shaw
    Shaun West
    Jon Moss


    Connect with Us:
    https://circuit-magazine.com/ (Circuit Magazine)
    https://mailchi.mp/the-bba.org.uk/bba-connect (BBA Connect)
    https://the-bba.org.uk/ (British Bodyguard Association)

    • 29 min
    Technical Threats in Executive Protection – Someone Else’s Responsibility or Time to Up-Skill? | Christian West

    Technical Threats in Executive Protection – Someone Else’s Responsibility or Time to Up-Skill? | Christian West

    As a protection specialist, do you need to understand the technical threat posed to your client of an increasingly connected world? Does this fall within your lane or is it someone else’s responsibility?
    Whether it’s on you or someone else on the team, some responsibility still rests on your shoulders because you need to be able to identify the threat so that you can be part of the conversation to communicate how to mitigate or eliminate it.
    This week we’re joined by Christian West to join the debate on this emerging area of challenge and opportunity for EPs. We’ll discuss whether this is a skill that should be outsourced to an in-house expert or whether EPs need to upskill their technical ability? We’ll also be looking at the tech inside the principal's home along with stationary threats as well. We’ll be covering:
    · What do the uninitiated need to know about the T-EPO role and how can we work smarter?
    How do we overcome the inherent resistance to technology and ensure that we bring the rest of the industry along on the ride?
    What threat vectors have emerged with UHNW’s working from home and how can tech help to overcome that?
    Given the speed of development in the tech sector, where are we going to be in 5 years’ time and how can we prepare?
    “We can't stop development. So, let's figure out a way of working with it.”


    More about Christian West:
    Christian West has developed and managed protection programs in more than 130 countries for high net-worth and Fortune 500 clients and has also directed security efforts for world tours for major artists and the world’s largest IPO.
    In addition to his ongoing efforts to professionalize the executive protection industry through leadership roles in ASIS and the IPSB, Christian is a sought-after executive protection trainer and security advisor in Europe and the United States. An active blogger who has written dozens of blogs on executive protection, he is also the co-author of two Amazon best-selling books on executive protection: Corporate Executive Protection: An Introduction for Corporations And Security Professionals and Public figures, Private Lives: An Introduction to Protective Security for High Net Worth Individuals and Family Offices
    https://christian-west.com/ (Christian West)
    https://www.ep-ramblers.com/ (EP Ramblers)


    More about the Circuit
    The Circuit team is:
    Phelim Rowe
    Elijah Shaw
    Shaun West
    Jon Moss


    Connect with Us:
    https://circuit-magazine.com/ (Circuit Magazine)
    https://mailchi.mp/the-bba.org.uk/bba-connect (BBA Connect)
    https://the-bba.org.uk/ (British Bodyguard Association)

    • 39 min
    Beyond Access Control – Securing the perimeter of your principals defense | Lee Odess

    Beyond Access Control – Securing the perimeter of your principals defense | Lee Odess

    Principals on the move are constantly entering and exiting spaces, making access control to safe spaces a top priority. Protective coverage now extends to ill will and ill health! If we don't understand the whole dynamic of how one system operates and integrates with another, we won't be able to communicate what we need to properly protect the client.

    As protectors, we're responsible for 360 degrees of coverage for the client. Joining us on the show this week is leading industry expert Lee Odess who’s going to help us get to grips with this increasingly important subject.

    In today’s show, we talk about:


    How we’re seeing a shift from access control to access care. But what does that mean anyway?

    The new parameters of access control have extended beyond the building and getting inside. So where are the new boundaries now?


    With a focus on the health status of people coming on site, personal protection is not just protecting the client from bad people. It’s also about protecting their health.


    Because of the pandemic, access control has become flavor of the month, going from back office to front line! So, like it or not, it is now something you need to understand and be up-to-date with and on the cutting edge of.


    As always, drop us a comment or leave us a review to let us know your thoughts.


    More about Lee Odess


    Lee has been labelled as one of the 2020 IFSEC Global influencers in Security and as an uber-networker by the Washington Post, Lee Odess has over 18 years starting, building, and leading businesses with an exceptional track record for sales growth and marketing effectiveness.
    Lee is the author of the book "The 6 Phase Changes Shaping Access Control." And he launched the site: www.securityindustrymetrics.com which provides a fresh take on data and insights in the physical security industry.
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/leeodess/ (Lee Odess)
    https://www.group337.com/ (Group 337)


    More about the Circuit
    The Circuit team is:
    Phelim Rowe
    Elijah Shaw
    Shaun West
    Jon Moss


    Connect with Us:
    https://circuit-magazine.com/ (Circuit Magazine)
    https://mailchi.mp/the-bba.org.uk/bba-connect (BBA Connect)
    https://the-bba.org.uk/ (British Bodyguard Association)

    • 32 min
    Situational Awareness in hostile and remote environments | Thomas Pecora

    Situational Awareness in hostile and remote environments | Thomas Pecora

    If you’re caught by surprise in an ambush site, you’rehistory. Before an attack happens, there are clues in the environment that can help you beat the surprise factorand increase your chances of survival tremendously.

    This week’s guest is Thomas Pecora, former CIA, author of the book Guardian and an expert in situational awareness and counter-ambush. Tom shares knowledge from his 24-year CIA career and explains how incorporating principles of staying under the radar and stealth helped the CIA to improve its protective mobility.

    In this episode, we discuss:

    ▪ How the ‘bad guy’ thinks, operates, and the tacticsthey use.
    ▪ How to hone situational awareness skills and pick up on the patterns of life when entering a new country.
    ▪ How to incorporate situational awareness skill sets into your everyday life.
    ▪ And, how to come out on top even without the backing and resources of an intelligence agency or a modern military.

    This should be a great episode for anyone working overseas, particularly those working in hostile environments. But also for executive protection professionals everywhere!

    As always, drop us a comment or leave us a review to let us know your thoughts.

    More about Tom Pecora:
    Thomas (Tom) Pecora is a former CIA Senior Security Officer who retired after 24 years of protecting Agency personnel. He managed large security programs and operations in Africa, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and in various conflict zones. He has over 30 years of experience in protective operations, crisis management, personnel/physical security, and counter-terrorism. As Director of Pecora Consulting Services, he provides security vulnerability and threat assessments, as well as personal safety and crime prevention/avoidance skills training. He is also a published author and has written a memoir entitled “GUARDIAN – Life in the Crosshairs of the CIA’s War on Terror.”
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomas-pecora-sas-mp-053b503a/ (Thomas Pecora)
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1642930474/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8andtag=poshilpre06-20andcreative=9325andlinkCode=as2andcreativeASIN=1642930474andlinkId=2446c7963d66eba8e8f5867e6475e384 (Guardian - Life in the Crosshairs of the CIA's war on terror)
    More about the Circuit
    The Circuit team is:
    Phelim Rowe
    Elijah Shaw
    Shaun West
    Jon Moss


    Connect with Us:
    https://circuit-magazine.com/ (Circuit Magazine)
    https://mailchi.mp/the-bba.org.uk/bba-connect (BBA Connect)
    https://the-bba.org.uk/ (British Bodyguard Association)

    • 39 min
    Networking for the Modern Protector – How to Transform Your Career | Craig McKim

    Networking for the Modern Protector – How to Transform Your Career | Craig McKim

    Take a minute and see how you react to the word “networking.” If you cringed, rolled your eyes, or had some other visceral reaction, you are not alone. Almost all working professionals have a negative attitude towards networking and see it as a “necessary evil.”
    But our guest this week, Craig McKim, has a lot to say that may change your mind. After more than a decade working in the security industry, Craig's a-ha moment came when he realized he could capitalize on his desire to help others and combine it with his natural ability to make deep connections. Today, he is known as “Mr. Networking” in the security industry and he’s here to help us deep dive into this sticky, love/hate subject.




    In this episode, we reveal how:

    Everything you want in life is tucked away somewhere in your network—you just got to go find it.
    If you don’t have leads on jobs then you probably aren’t having enough conversations. Because ultimately, you don’t know where conversations are going to lead, so you need to have them!
    How to use your network to become a greater asset to your principal or organization.
    And how thinking outside the box to expand your network beyond your function and industry gives you a cutting edge.

    Like it or not: Networking is an asset to the modern protector so use it to your advantage. With all the resources available, reframe and broaden your definition of what it means to network.


    As was said, “you need to be credible before you can be incredible” so get out there and interact, engage, and share!

    As always, drop us a comment or leave us a review to let us know your thoughts.

    More about Craig McKim:


    Craig is a business development and networking trainer who teaches sales teams, executives and entrepreneurs how to build long-term business relationships to have a pipeline of referral partners to continue to grow their opportunities, business, and income.


    LinkedIn: Craig McKim https://www.linkedin.com/in/craig-mckim/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/craig-mckim/)
    Website: https://www.craigmckimbizdev.com/ (https://www.craigmckimbizdev.com/)


    More about the Circuit
    The Circuit team is:
    Phelim Rowe
    Elijah Shaw
    Shaun West
    Jon Moss


    Connect with Us:
    https://circuit-magazine.com/ (Circuit Magazine)
    https://mailchi.mp/the-bba.org.uk/bba-connect (BBA Connect)
    https://the-bba.org.uk/ (British Bodyguard Association)

    • 30 min

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