The Executive Protection Lifestyle Podcast hosted by Byron Rodgers takes the brand to another level by educating security practitioners and opening the world of private security up to the public.
In this podcast You will experience the private sector in a way that you never have before. The podcast is highly educational focusing on the most salient protection tactics while being careful not to forget the foundational principles that make us great at what we do. You will meet and become acquainted with various industry professionals who are making a difference in the protection game and you you will benefit from a behind the scenes look at the reality of the lifestyle behind the job that is only 1% of the security industry. While it can be a very glamorous and exotic lifestyle, the requirements to survive the lifestyle and achieve professional success can be crushing and many who attempt success in this industry fail as a result of various on scene after balls. This podcast will help professionals overcome those obstacles and mitigate risks to both their professional and personal lives as we talk about the lifestyle behind the game of executive protection.
Whether you are a civilian, you are in law-enforcement or the military, we believe this podcast has something for you because on a very basic level we are all protectors of the people we love and things we believe in on a daily basis. The truth is simply that there is so much more to this than meets the eye and if you really want to be good at what we do you must know that it’s more than just a job, this game requires a lifestyle. So please listen enjoy and take your protection game to the next level by enjoying the show.
One mind many weapons
Season 2EP 31: A Servant's Heart
Sandile is a very close personal friend and an amazing executive protection agent. I’ve literally watched him work his way up the ranks using the secret weapon of service in order to gain enough ground to accomplish his goals. No matter what the obstacles have been in his way, he has overcome them through sheer determination, focus, and the maintenance of an unparalleled servant's heart.
Being willing to do whatever needs to be done in order to contribute to the team allowed him to carve out a position for himself time and again right in front of me as we’ve conducted operations all over the world. Fortunately, now it is his time to lead, shine and show others what can be possible for absolutely anyone who is willing to truly apply themselves and do what’s necessary to become the type of person you can acquire success within our private security industry.
It’s with great honor that I have him on the show and that we have this conversation in front of you. This conversation talks about one man and his struggle to join a high-powered executive protection team from across the globe and how that journey has blossomed into the things he’s doing now to improve the lives of others. Enjoy!
Season 2 EP 30: Humanization of the Protector
Chris Story is a very well-known name within many high circles of our industry. He wouldn’t think so but he has an impressive background with time in special military units, contracting, and other great accomplishments. He has climbed the ladder of success in private security in order to be seen as a very valuable instructor and industry leader. He has shared the stage with other professionals at the top of our industry at a number of well-known venues. But what I truly appreciate about Chris Story more than all of that is his ethos of humility and practicality. Beyond those values, I also feel that I detect in him a genuine desire to assist others and make contributions to their professional careers. With a good sense of humor that is sometimes a bit cynical but effective in helping us to not take ourselves too seriously, Chris leads by example and actively instructs private security professionals on how to achieve success in many areas. We are fortunate to have him and it was an honor to spend this time with him on the podcast. This episode is packed with a lot of knowledge from the game but also some considerations for the times we now face. ENJOY!
Season 2 EP 29: Earn Your Respect
Anton Kalaydjian is one of those rare executive protection kingpins who has built his organization out of the values codes of honor and brotherhood. I see this more when it comes to professionals that have a gritty background with regards to the streets but I don’t know that much about Anton‘s past.
What I do know is that he has been willing to go all the way to protect his teammates and his clients on multiple occasions and as he has proven during his time with 50 Cent where he was shot while dealing with a gunman in a consequential altercation. These types of employers and individuals in this business are the real deal and in many ways, I’ve found that people like Anton are becoming more and more rare.
He’s a wealth of knowledge with regards to the celebrity protection game and has been a dominant player am Down south in Miami and Florida for quite some time. Antoni s the type of agent and business owner I can respect both on a professional level and on a personal level based on what I gathered from our conversation.
In this video we talk about his real-life encounters with combative situations on the job, what it takes to make the transition from bouncer to BodyGuard, what it takes to be successful in the executive protection industry, and what it takes to gain respect on a high power team working with a list of acting and singing talent. If you’re in the game you’ll love this podcast. Much respect to Anton and his agents with the guardian, they are doing good work.
Protector by nature and by trade
Season 2 EP 28: Edgeworth
We live and now are required to work in a world where we must learn to deal with the reality of the digital age effectively. This means our security measures must also fully incorporate strategies that prepare us for additional and some unforeseen factors brought to bear as a result of the new digital landscape.
Many professionals have been looking for ways to keep up with the changes and additional vulnerabilities and risks brought to our clients through the digital realm we are now all in contact with. During my own personal career, I’ve also been looking for answers not only to help me keep up but place me in a position of advantage with regards to anything that happens concerning my principles and clients digitally. I must say that at the time of this podcast episode and as I write this I’m very happy to cross paths with two former Marines that have been together within a company Naman Edgworth to present a number of digital solutions to myself and my clients that are proving to truly be invaluable.
What I also find invaluable is the character with which they do business, being a Marine and always having a personal bend toward troop welfare and the ethos of honor, courage, and commitment; I always find it very refreshing when I find other individuals who conduct business in the same manner. With Kenneth Young at the head of the company and Chad Brockway as the VP Edgeworth security has been able to do a number of things digitally that I believe the whole entire industry should know about.
Not only on the side of open source intelligence but also with regards to artificial intelligence behind the camera systems we’ve all been watching for so many years. This episode has a lot of potentials to change the game… Enjoy.
Season 2 EP 27: A Servant - Discretion is the greatest part of valor
Bazzel Baz has emerged to be one of the most special men I have interacted with in a very long time. A true warrior of the physical and spiritual kind. Individuals like him are of the rarest breed in my opinion and experience and I can only hope that as I evolve and mature, one day I can join the ranks of these great men.
Bazzel has lived the life of a warrior and has done everything from CIA special operations leadership roles to Marine Corps Unit leadership roles to even having a career in Hollywood. The question I think that is posed to a man after he has climbed most of the mountains he has seen and survived many battlefields that have swallowed up so many of the best of us is simply what fight do I contribute to next? What battle may I be honored to participate in and what adversity deserves my attention given the skill sets and experience a warrior like this acquires on his journey.
So these days Bazzel Baz finds himself leading an elite organization rescuing children called “Association for the recovery of children” (ARC).
This organization is the real deal, not the type of place you just give money to so you feel better and can sleep better at night but rather the type of place that puts boots on the ground and snatch the children from pitch-black darkness.
We’ve got more than an epidemic of children missing in America and around the world and they’re being sold into modern-day slavery but you won’t hear anything about it in the media because they’re so busy causing social disruption over trivial issues that are designed to weaken the public. We live in an age of modern-day child sex slavery and I’m honored to be connected to a man who, by the grace of God, has to do his part at ending legitimate modern atrocities. We talk about everything in this episode from the current state of America to Bazzl‘s CIA operations and about the work that can be done for our children being stolen and sold to the highest bidder on the black market… Enjoy!
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Season 2 EP 26: The Game is a Free Hustle and Sold Separately
Ryan has worked all over the Rock and Pop scene of the entertainment executive protection industry. He’s been at it for over 20 years and so he is a wealth of knowledge. He also started in his early 20s around 22 years old so he’s grown up in this game…
Growing up in this game is almost like evolving in dog years when it comes to what we do. Many professionals dabble in and out of executive protection for many years before getting on a full-time contract, and so while they may claim to do Executive Protection it is simply that, they don’t make a living providing Executive Protection, they just do it every once in a while.
Guys like myself and Ryan have only had maybe one other job just for a few years of our entire adulthood. This interview showcases the depth of his understanding of the lifestyle he’s lived for the past 20 years all over the world in the shadows of people you all know the names of.
Even after living a life with so much access, experience, and operating at the top of the entertainment industry, Ryan is a down to earth guy who will tell you straight up “check your ego or it will get you checked“ not only do I always appreciate that but we all need to hear it from time to time! There’s something in this episode for everyone… ENJOY!
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