Interview: With Tony Scotti

Well, it’s finally here the long-awaited fall edition of the circuit magazine. It was a pleasure to interview Tony Scotti, who is one of our industries icons. Here is an excerpt from that interview.

Question: Who or what inspired you to get involved in the field of executive protection?

Answer: It began with a moment of opportunity, which was followed by a life time of inspiration.  In the mid 70’s the concept of training people to avoid an ambush while in a vehicle was not common, and in fact almost unheard of. In 1974 two gentleman, Diego Arguello, a Cuban National, who worked security in Venezuela, and Steve Van Cleave, a security consultant and an original member of ASIS, took a chance on this new concept called “anti terrorist driving”, of which I was offered the opportunity to teach. I spent the mid 70’s conducting training throughout South America and the Middle East. The inspiration came from the positive results of the training and discovering how rewarding it was to apply my education as an engineer to this type of training.

Question: What tips might you have for new people trying to break into the executive protection business?

Answer: Training, Determination, and Perseverance. Attend a recognized training program, one that has a good network of former students and teaches the core skills: driving – advancing – surveillance detection. These are the skills that show up on job descriptions. Be willing to start at the bottom. Become a student of the profession – learn as much about the business end of the industry as you would about the operational end of the industry. Network – network – and then network some more. Emulate those who are successful in the business – do the right thing and pass it forward.
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Learn from the Legendary Tony Scotti

Legendary Tony Scotti will be teaching two executive protection seminars in the Boston Massachusetts area on October 22nd and the 23rd.Day one will be focused on Security Driving; day two will concentrate on the skills needed to succeed in  the executive protection industry. Space is limited – register now to avoid disappointment. Click on links below for additional information.

Security Driver Seminar

This one day classroom program, developed and instructed by Tony Scotti, based on his 38 years of experience conducting training programs and vehicle operations in all types of environments.

A Seminar on the “Business of Protection”

The most common commodity in this country is unrealized potential – Calvin Coolidge
You can spend more time on training that increase’s your potential, or you could spend your time on training that releases your potential. Unless you can get your potential to the market place, all it is -is potential.

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