The first annual Close Protection Conference (CPC), hosted by the International Protective Security Board (IPSB), had over 270 attendees from eight countries. We would like to thank all the attendees and supporter for making the CPC so successful. Over 58% of attendees thought the CPC exceeded their expectations.
The most popular presentation was the keynote speaker Microsoft CSO Mike Howard. The second most popular presentation was Medical Go Bags by Dave Kang from Microsoft / AS Solution. This was closely followed by the Protective Intelligence Panel led by Chuck Tobin from At-Risk International and the current President of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP).
A large majority of attendees voted to keep the annual CPC in Las Vegas and elected to keep the approximate same dates. Of the attendees who responded, an overwhelming majority, over 22%, suggested the CPC be hosted in Florida. Other popular locations included California, Texas, and outside the US – several locations in Europe and Latin America were suggested.
Most attendees work in the Executive or Corporate Protection field. The second largest number of Attendees work in the High Net Worth protection field.
Thank you again to all the attendees who took the time to give feedback. All the comments and suggestions will be reviewed by the IPSB and considered for future planning. We received a lot of great suggestions for future education and initiatives for 2017. The IPSB is still accepting volunteers to be involved in the industry.
The mission of the IPSB is to promote and professionalize the Executive Protection and Close Protection industry through education and awareness. We are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. While volunteers are not paid, they will be helping to better themselves and the industry through donating their skills, knowledge, and time.
At this time, the Board of Directors are working on a strategic plan for 2017. More exciting news to follow soon with key dates and timelines.
**HOW CAN YOU HELP**
Besides the annual Conference the IPSB is seeking support for activities such as;
If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to: IPSB@outlook.com by January 31, 2017 as we are currently putting working groups together.