What does it take to be a good candidate for Executive Protection? How can you protect yourself without relying on a gun? Is a job in protection really the way it is made out to be on TV? This week, we take an in-depth look inside the Protection Industry with James Hamilton.
"There’s really great schools out there to teach leadership, but at the end of the day it really comes down to one word: care. Do you really care about people? It has to be shown through your actions."
James Hamilton is the head of Protection Quality at Gavin de Becker & Associates, the leading firm for
executive protection in the United States. GDBA protects several thousand clients, including over 90 of the world's most prominent families and at-risk individuals. They also provide consultation on security programs, and protective coverage at home, during travel, and at public appearances. GDBA works with each client by conducting audits of clients' protective programs, to which improvements are made where needed to ensure the needs of the client are unique and tailored to them.
Hamilton's experience in protection is extensive and impressive to say the very least; he's served as the Personal Security Advisor for the Attorney General and Directors of the FBI, was hand-selected for the FBI Tactical Training Unit, was responsible for creating and developing the FBI Active Shooter training and guidance program, was selected to create and serve on the Joint Terrorism Task Force after 9/11, and so much more. He is one of the most trusted consultants on Active Shooter prevention and response, Executive Protection Gap Analysis, Residential Security Assessments, and Travel Security Awareness trainings.
Hamilton's insight on hiring former police officers for executive protection, misconceptions about the job, the professionalism that goes along with protecting celebrities, how avoiding conflict entirely is the best means of protection, and so much more makes for one of the most fascinating and engaging chats to date.