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Executive Protection

location_on Atlanta, GA
$950 (Standard) Member Price
$1250 (Standard) Nonmember Price

Earn up to 14 CPE CREDITS

--The only EP program offered by ASIS this year!

Do you have what it takes to succeed in this highly specialized field?

In today’s complex threat environment, the challenges to executive protection professionals—and to their principals—have never been greater. Corporate executives, celebrities, politicians, and other prominent individuals who require personal protection are counting on you to lead​ them safely through the inevitable risk-prone situations.

This comprehensive program covers the fundamental skills and procedures required to provide effective personal protection in this highly specialized field. Real case studies are used that reinforce the techniques and teach best practices.

Whether you're looking for a detailed introduction to the profession or a solid refresher course, you’ll benefit from this popular course.

“The speakers are true subject matter experts and both really hit home, not only what it takes to be a great EP professional, but the mentality required to sustain a career in the field. I'd absolutely recommend the course to anyone interested in getting involved in EP.”
--Nicole Rodriguez, Sr. Manager of Security Culture, WeWork

Immediate Benefits

  • Learn executive protection’s underlying philosophies and the mindset that drives both the protection specialist and a professional protection program
  • Understand what it takes to succeed in this highly-specialized field
  • Develop benchmarks from an in-depth analysis of advance surveys
  • Learn the critical significance of the choreography of protection
  • Review real-world residential and workplace issues
  • Examine domestic and international transportation security issues
  • Learn counter-surveillance techniques and their application to modern protection methods

Who Should Attend

  • Corporate security directors
  • Professional's interested in EP's principles and practices
  • Protective service practitioners interested in the concentric theory of protection
  • Seasoned professionals transitioning into executive protection
  • HR, security force managers, and others with personnel protection responsibility
  • Newcomers to the field of protective services

Program Overview

Day One

Executive Protection Orientation: Rising to the Challenge
The complexity of modern society presents unique challenges to the work of executive protection specialists. We’ll examine these as well as look at the past to learn from our history to address these challenges.

Introduction to Executive Protection (De-mystifying EP)
This session dispels the negative view of the bodyguard and presents the concept of the executive protection specialist. 

Transportation Security
We’ll focus on automobile security—selecting the right vehicle, examining limitations and advantages, securing vehicles against attack, and conducting a proper search. Bullet-resistant vehicles and their components will also be covered.

Choreography of Protection
Learn the proper positioning required to support the concentric theory of protection.

The Advance
The critical stage of the protective effort is the advance. Receive an in-depth analysis of the advance survey, pre-departure preparations, and more. 

Advance/Choreography Practical Exercise - NEW
The class will be divided into teams to participate in exercises at nearby hotel sites. Using the advance checklist, your team will conduct the advance where you’ll apply learned principles.

Day Two

Advance/Choreography Practical Exercise Review

Teams will report on and discuss the advance practical exercise conducted at the end of day one. A critique of the previous day’s work will prepare you for a full day of instruction.

Lone Gunman (Exceptional Case Study)
Understand the thinking and behavior of individuals who have attacked or approached prominent public figures in the United States and then discuss protective intelligence strategies.

Counter Surveillance
Learn techniques that support the protective effort by watching the watchers. 

Detecting Armed Adversaries (Characteristics)
Identify the characteristics of the armed gunman by learning how to tell if a person is carrying a concealed weapon—and whether that armed person is a friend (law enforcement) or foe.

Seven Deadly Sins of Executive Protection
Executive protection must be a key component in any corporate security program. To be successful, the program must be sustained and supported by the C-suite. Failed programs can be linked to EP’s “seven deadly sins” which will be identified and discussed. Learn what will derail an initiative and how to build a program based on best practices that will be supported by the top leadership in your organization.

Threat Assessment
The foundation of all protection programs is the formulation and analysis of the data and intelligence needed to establish a framework for the development of the protective effort.

Managing and Directing an EP Program
With its 24-hour operations, unpredictable conditions, multiplicity of details, and life and death stakes, executive protection shares many characteristics with the military and law enforcement professions. Examine the most critical leadership behaviors and how a good leader performs.


Robert Oatman

R.L. Oatman & Associates

Robert L. Oatman is one of the preeminent providers of executive protection in the United States. He is a member of ASIS International, served as chair of the Executive Protection Council, and earned his certification as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP). In December of 2000, Mr. Oatman joined the Security Advisory Board for iJET International, established in 1999, as an intelligence-driven, integrated risk management corporation that enables organizations to operate globally by providing response services to avoid threats and mitigate risk to executives. Mr. Oatman has authored several books on executive protection as well as articles in Security Management. Earlier, he served with the Baltimore County Police Department, retiring as major, chief of detectives. He trained with the U. S. Secret Service and supported dozens of high-level operations, including visits from presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Bush.

Dale Stonesifer

Director of Operations
R.L. Oatman & Associates

In 2014, Mr. Stonesifer retired as a Major from Maryland's Harford County Sheriff's Office after 27 years of service. His last assignment was as the Investigative Services Bureau Commander heading the Criminal Investigation Division and Special Investigation Division including Criminal Intelligence, Homeland Security, Aviation Unit, and the Narcotics Task Force. He has worked in the Executive Protection field for R. L. Oatman and Associates since 1994. Mr. Stonesifer is a primary instructor with R.L. Oatman in programs across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Mr. Stonesifer is a graduate of the R.L. Oatman & Associates 7 Day Executive Protection Class #1 and the ASIS International Executive Protection Certificate Course.

Hotel, Fees and Schedule

Hotel, Fees and Schedule


InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta
3315 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

The InterContinental Buckhead  is now sold out for the week of our program. For hotel accommodations, the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead and the Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta Buckhead are closest in proximity to the InterContinental and recommended by the hotel.

Registration Fees

Register before 11 May and save $100!

Member $850 $950
Nonmember $1150 $1250

Fees include daily continental breakfast,​ refreshment breaks, a networking reception, and two books by Robert L. Oatman titled Executive Protection: New Solutions for a New Era and Executive Protection: Smarter. Faster. Better. Hotel costs and certificate exam fee are not included.​

Registration Hours

Monday, 24 June
7:00-8:00 am

Program Hours

Monday, 24 June
8:00 am–5:00 pm

Tuesday, 25 June
8:00 am–5:00 pm




If confirmation of registration and payment has not been received three days prior to the event, please email

Certificates of Attendance

ASIS reserves the right to withhold certificates, if attendance requirements are not met.

Last-Minute Registrations

While we welcome all registrations, including those on-site, the availability of handout materials cannot be guaranteed.


Business casual is recommended.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Each 50-minutes of instruction is worth one CPE. 

Alternate Registration Methods

If you prefer, you can register by phone +1.703.519.6200, fax+1.703.519.6299, or mail.

Cancellation and Transfer Policy

For a full refund or transfer credit, written requests must be received at least 10 days before the start date of the program. Those received less than 10 days prior will be charged a $100 cancellation/transfer fee.

Transfers will be limited to a maximum of two per original registration. No refunds or transfers are made for requests received on or after the start date. Contact us at +1.703.519.6200 or fax your request to ASIS Member Services at +1.703.519.6298.

Tours of Third-Party Sites

When a program includes a visit to or a tour of a third-party site, the host organization may require the use of non-disclosure agreements. Subject to the requirements of the host organization, the agreements offered to nationals and non-nationals of the host country may differ.

Team Discount

Receive a 10% discount when three to five attendees register from the same organization, 15% for six or more. Email for details.​

Code of Conduct

ASIS International Event Code of Conduct

ASIS International (“ASIS”) is committed to providing a safe and welcoming experience for all event participants as defined below.

Any participant regardless of:

  • Race or ethnicity
  • Disability
  • Religion or political affiliation
  • Gender, or gender identity or expression
  • Sexual orientation, or
  • Any other distinguishing characteristic

should feel welcome and safe at any ASIS event.

Expected Behavior

This Code of Conduct applies to all event attendees, presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, vendors, contractors, other service providers, and ASIS staff (“participant”) at any event, meeting, conference, forum, social event, or meeting-related event, including those sponsored by organizations other than ASIS but held in conjunction with ASIS events in which they participate (an “event”). As such, ASIS expects that participants at events will:

  • Remain positive and welcoming to others
  • Recognize that an event is a place for diversity of thought, organization, and individuals
  • Be inclusive of others
  • Be alert and report any discriminatory, harassing, aggressive, or exclusionary behavior or speech immediately to the contacts set forth below
  • Respect the specific rules and policies of the event, and
  • Otherwise uphold the reputation of ASIS 

Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  • Intimidating, threatening, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory, or demeaning conduct
  • Inappropriate physical contact (e.g., unwelcome sexual advances, groping, sexual assault);
  • Physical stalking or written, verbal, or other abuse, or
  • Inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images or language in event presentations, or otherwise failing to obey any rules or policies of the venue or ASIS.

Whether such behavior constitutes unacceptable behavior as defined above shall be determined by ASIS and its representatives, in their sole discretion. ASIS takes matters of such unacceptable behavior in any form seriously.