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As a retired vet, I got into the Security Industry to give me something to do. I attended many courses and gained almost every certification needed to be successful, only one was missing, certification as a EP Agent. I spent hours and endless hours searching for the right course, so happens, while working as a Federal Security Officer in Tampa FL, Mr. Bogdanos was doing a detail that required him to come the Federal Building in Tampa. First thing I noticed, pure professionalism he displayed. After work, I started researching who Mr. Bogdanos was, what was he about. Luckily for me, he runs an EP course. I just recently attended his 3 day course, have nothing but praise for Mr. Bogdanos and his staff. Professional, knowledgeable and what was very striking, HUMBLE!! Never once, did Mr. Bogdanos or his staff display the the common mistakes most Instructors display - the "I am better than you attitude". 3 days of intense training, very affordable and accommodating. If you have 3 days to spare, I highly recommend that you attend this course if you are interested in getting into the Personal Protection Field.
Date of Posting: 15 November 2015Posted By: Terry HolmesSecurity Professional, Lakeland
I took the three day course over the weekend. I was absolutely impressed with the instructor and what I learned being a type A personality. It was good to find some other alpha males. I recommend the class to anyone looking to get a better understanding of what EP really is. Great Class
Date of Posting: 28 September 2015Posted By: william youngUSMC , bail bonds , fugitive recovery , bouncer, Key West
Outstanding course of instruction with a truly superior level of instructor involvement. Having served in the Marine Corps and in two Federal Law Enforcement agencies involved in counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism operations, I was extremely impressed with the level of information and amount of hands-on practical application required by the students. Being "old school", I firmly believe hands-on training is absolutely essential in the learning process. I strongly encourage anyone considering Executive Protection training to take Lenny's course. I am looking forward to attending his Level-II Advance Course in 6-months. God Bless & Semper Fi !
Date of Posting: 27 September 2015Posted By: Dean KuenstlerPresident of APW-LLC & Retired Master Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, Melbourne. FL
Last year I began to search for an Executive Protection firm to not only familiarize myself with the Executive Protection industry, but gain an advanced understanding of where I could potential leverage and utilize those resources on a global corporate scale. Through a third party, I was introduced to Mr. Lenny Bogdanos and his firm, International Executive Protection in Clearwater, Florida. I recently completed their Executive Protection Level I workshop and found the IEP training, staff and leadership to be extremely well organized, professional and committed to creating a win for all involved respective to relevant, real world and hands on Executive Protection training. Their training methodology and techniques communicate in a way which allowed their training staff to present their solutions in an effective and impactful format. It is quite obvious their training staff are Executive Protection subject matter expertise crafted from real-world global experiences. This allowed them to tackle a variety of complex training categories and arenas with ease. I found IEP staff worked extremely efficiently and effectively in a team environment, customizing their training approach to fit the unique needs and fluid dynamics of their customer, rather than trying to force a rigid process onto the student body. The bottom line is that they made my EP training experience memorable, impactful, and most importantly, extremely value added. Their commitment to creating a win for all involved is something I appreciated not only as a student, but as a busy global executive wanting to get best EP training from the best in the industry. I’m looking forward to not only attending the Advanced Level II training later in the year, but utilizing IEP for my domestic and international protection needs. Sincerely, Jason Ledbetter
Date of Posting: 27 July 2015Posted By: Jason LedbetterGlobal Business Transformation Executive, Tampa, Florida
Just competed the 3 day EP Level 1 course. The amount of information and hands on experience given goes above and beyond what one can expect in a three day basic course. There was a continuous stream of information and exercises. The instructors are a wealth of knowledge and expertise, willing to push us to our limits, adding on layers of strategies as we progressed.
Most important, Lenny and his IEP instructor team take an absolute interest in each student. Enough can not be said on the ability to take a class from complete strangers to a team in that short amount of time. It shows how deeply IEP regards sending CPO's out ready to maintain the epitome of industry standards.
At any level you arrive, you will leave ready. My biggest takeaway is understanding my weaknesses and knowing what I have to work on from a personal aspect. You will be hard pressed to find all that from any other training school.
Date of Posting: 25 May 2015Posted By: Rhonda WalendaFlorida
I was looking for a comprehensive course that would give me the base information and training to move forward in the field of Executive Protection. I received much more than I expected by Lenny Bogdanos and his team of professionals. No frills,no hype, no smoke and mirrors. The extensive three day basic course totally educated me on the myths and misconceptions of professional Executive Protection Specialists and the field in which they work. Don't waste your time and money anywhere else. You will not regret taking this course, except wishing you had done it sooner! Thanks again Lenny!
Date of Posting: 23 May 2015Posted By: Mark ApleSunrise, Florida
Here is a real problem facing security agencies today. How do you train your licensed security personnel in close executive protection techniques without sending them away to courses costing over $7000 and lasting a month? Those comprehensive EP courses do turn out well trained specialists that understand the global threat and crisis management. However what we need is an affordable basic course that can train an individual how to operate as a member of a close protection detail, that can react to a lethal threat, and not be a liability to our company.
Lenny Bogdanos and his company International EP LLC provides that solution. His course was built on his own company’s need for close protection specialists to work on his high profile event contracts. Another member of our management team and I took part in his three day Executive & Dignitary Protection course in March 2015. We were impressed by our experience.
The course was conducted in a vacant office building that was an outstanding training venue for this type of course. There was no death by PowerPoint classes here. We were presented the essentials in the classroom and immediately went out to various training areas to drill these concepts to competency. Each functional area was taught by a knowledgeable expert in his field. Gun take away was taught by black belt martial artists from a local martial arts studio, active shooter response and live fire range was taught by an active duty SWAT team commander, and Lenny taught close protection detail operations based on his experience in providing these services to local events.
We were so impressed by our experience that we will send all of our close protection detail members to be trained by International EP LLC in the future. The course is affordable, does not waste training time and turns out individuals drilled to competency. Bottom line: if we need supplemental personnel for a close protection contract, we will be looking for graduates of this course.
Director of Operations
Spectrum Intelligence Group LLC
Date of Posting: 11 April 2015Posted By: Bill ChalfantUnited States
Travel for IEP training program level I round trip from almost 20000 miles, from EU to US and it's worth every mile and penny invested in. Someone wise has said "IF YOU WANT TO BE THE BEST, YOU MUST LEARN FROM THE BEST." So I did. It's absorbed knowledge for a lifetime. If you are looking
for laid back training which will be a few weeks long... you are in the wrong place, but if you are looking for a real deal top notch, fast as you can get intensive training, you are in the right place now. Do not miss it if you are serious in Security/BG EP business. I will be back for sure for Level II. At the end I want to say thanks to all my class brothers and sis as well and to Mr. Lenny B and the whole IEP Crew. Thank you for all, was privilege getting to know you and learn from No. 1 professionals like you are. All best and God bless you all.
Date of Posting: 11 April 2015Posted By: ŽR REPO,SECURITY OFFICER by VIG,Embassy of SW, Austria,EU
Training with Lenny was one of the best experiences I ever had. He's there to push you through. I didn't think I was going to make it. But he won't let you quit. If you want to be the best, you have to train with the best! I would recommend everyone to take the Level 1 training course. It was worth traveling from Michigan.
Date of Posting: 25 March 2015Posted By: La'Danny Stevens
I recently took Lenny's 3 day course in Certified Protection Specialist and Tactical Gun takeaway & Defense and I must say that I really enjoyed this course. During the last few year's I was in Law Enforcement and this course brought back memories. Lenny and Tony, Chris, Tommy are GREAT instructors. This course exceeded my expectations and Lenny knows the business well and keeps the students on point. I've learned a lot from Lenny and I am attending his Level 2 class. What I enjoyed more about Lenny and his Instructors is that if you have a problem, you can sit down and talk to them and they will listen. Again this 3 day course was GREAT and I highly recommend to anyone. If level 1 was GREAT I cannot wait to do Level 2 in April.
Thank you so much Lenny!!!!! See you soon
Date of Posting: 24 March 2015Posted By: Tom RodriguezPasco County, FL
I just want to say Thank You to you and your Team of outstanding instructors. That was one hell of a three day basic course. As I told you yesterday, I have over 40 different certifications, so I have been to a lot of schools, but yours Sir ranks at the top of my list. Outstanding class and outstanding team work. Great job by all. I look forward to training again with you and your team very soon. God Bless and stay Safe.
Date of Posting: 24 March 2015Posted By: James FlyntMaryland
I just want to say Thank You to you and your Team of outstanding instructors. That was one hell of a three day basic course. As I told you yesterday, I have over 40 different certifications, so I have been to a lot of schools, but your's Sir ranks at the top of my list. Outstanding class and out standing team work. Great job by all.I look forward to training again with you and your team very soon. God Bless and stay Safe.
Date of Posting: 23 March 2015Posted By: James FlyntTactical Medic, Maryland
I have just done the 3 day course and I can say it is a very well planned and well presented course, by a consummate professional team of vast experience. Lenny goes out of his way to be a friendly, approachable teacher, that knows how to get the best results out of the students. His instructional techniques are among the best I have seen, even after 18 years in the British Airborne. A very humble and successful man.
What International EP teaches and delivers is real world training and I have left the course feeling very confident in my new found skills. I'm certain to go onto the advanced level 2 course and develop further the skills I have learned.
Date of Posting: 23 March 2015Posted By: Leigh WoodTampa Fl
Please allow me to describe my experience with IEP class 14-16 November 2014. This course and the instructor were beyond the call of duty when it comes to E.P. Academy. I enjoyed the classroom and the hands on detail. This should be everyone's Professional stop into coming into this field. Mr. Bogdanos' school have is good standard for E.P.. The Tactical Gun Takeaway Course was excellent. The knowledge and experience that he gives to his students is enough to have your cup running over. I highly recommend anyone who is looking for a Academy to start here. I was able to polish up and manage my skills better because of his foundation of teaching. Whenever students can do two live details, and bring home two certifications, and a letter of recmomendation is a great opportunity to invest in yourself. If this is over kill then let it be, because I really enjoyed this learning and networking experience. Thank you Mr. Bogdanos!
Deonarine Fluonia / Team Alpa.
Manager Director Corporate security International Squad Aruba
Date of Posting: 17 November 2014Posted By: Deonarine FluoniaE.M.T.& Executive Protetion Specialist, Aruba Dutch Caribean
Lennys elite team is on a level beyond anything you will find... This class was 300% better than I expected! They are very detailed and make sure you learn what they are teaching you. They are very happy to answer any questions you have and correct any mistakes you are doing. Lennys elite team is made up of the "best of the best".
I can't wait to take the advance course!
See you guys soon...
Date of Posting: 17 November 2014Posted By: Mike RihaManagement & mixed martial arts backround., Vero Beach
I just recently attended the 3 day executive protection training class instructed by Lenny Bogdanos. The content and the instruction was absolutely awesome. I have twenty years in law enforcement; ten of which were assigned to a tactical unit. I went to this class thinking I would probably know fifty percent of the information that would be covered. Boy was I wrong. I may have only known twenty percent. After the excellent instruction, from Mr. Bogdanos, I feel I can successfully and confidently enter the world of executive protection.
My advice to anyone that wants a successful career in executive protection NEEDS to take this course!!!
Thank You Mr. Bogdanos and all the instructors at International Executive Protection, LLC.
Date of Posting: 03 June 2014Posted By: Mathew EisenbergLaw Enforcement Officer 20 years, West Palm Beach, FL
Have to say being trained by Lenny and his crew has been a great experience. Lenny is an honest, down to earth, hard working individual. I learned a lot in the 3 days and he is not about quantity, but quality for he will spend his time to make sure he trains you well. Thank you from myself and the kids of BACA!!!!!
Date of Posting: 28 May 2014Posted By: Joseph SikoraMember of BACA Bikers against child abuse, Future protection specialist, South Florida
Hi my name is Eric,
I have 18 years of law enforcement experience. I have had lots of training. However this has been one of the best instructors that I have had. The class and the training was simplified by his methods of teaching. The entire class had a great attitude. we learned and had fun learning....awesome experience!!!!
Date of Posting: 27 May 2014Posted By: Eric PettwayMobile, Alabama
I would like to say it was a great class. I am a police officer with over 19yrs on the job and I learned alot. Yes, as police officer I have done close protection details. After taking the class, I realize a lot of mistakes I made. I highly recommend this class to those who are interested in close protection.
Date of Posting: 27 May 2014Posted By: Hardy LundyPolice Officer, PA
Storm W here, In class they called me "walkie talkie" lol. But I loved the class and Lenny hands down was the best teacher I have ever had thru the years. Very humble,respectful and downright honorable guy. Easy to work with and I made some great friends along the way. Best 3 days and 4 bills spent in a long while.
BTW this is a real testimonial...I keep it 100 all day everyday. =)
Peace,Love & Chicken
Date of Posting: 27 May 2014Posted By: Storm WaltonSt Petersburg,FL
This class is well worth the time and money. Because of International Executive Protection I was able to work as the executive protection specialist for actor Anil Kapoor for 6 days during the 2014 International Indian Film Awards events. The money you spend can be made back within two weeks of working for IEP. Take the course, and you will not regret it.
Date of Posting: 22 May 2014Posted By: Chris FarlowExecutive Protection Specialist, United States
I’ve been in law enforcement for eleven years. On the first day of class everyone is instructed to leave their ego at the door and approach the subject matter with an open mind. I can honestly say I learned new skills that a lifetime in law enforcement may not have taught me. The class is intense with numerous real life scenarios to prepare you for work details. I would highly recommend any of IEP’s classes to anyone.
Date of Posting: 02 April 2014Posted By: J Duplantis
I just wanted to follow up with a sincere ‘Thank You’ for the opportunity to attend this weekend’s 3 day Executive Protection training. The course of study was very comprehensive… the training facilities were top notch… and your level of expertise and commitment to training far exceeded my expectation.
WORTH EVERY PENNY!!!
When you get a chance, please thank Tony, Tommy, Travis, Charles and Mike for sharing their expertise with the class.
Feel free to use me as a professional and personal reference at any time.
Kevin C Haggerty
Date of Posting: 31 March 2014Posted By: Kevin HaggertyCertified Protection Specialist, Tampa Bay, FL
This class is incredibly informative while still being a lot of fun. I enjoyed learning under Mr. Bogdanos, and look forward to working and training with him.
Date of Posting: 31 March 2014Posted By: Geoff AndrewsTampa, FL
I just completed Lennys' 3-day EP class, and it was the best class I have ever taken. Lenny knows his stuff and does a great job ensuring that you not only do you pass his class, but you actually know what you're doing. He has a very big heart and will do anything for anyone.
Well worth every dime.
Date of Posting: 30 March 2014Posted By: Vee MFlorida
I have completed level 1 and 2 with Lenny Bogdanos air IEP. I was a little skeptical before I went due to the very low price. That went to the wayside immediately upon meeting Lenny. I would HIGHLY recommend this training to anyone wanting to get into this field. Lenny is a man of his word and his training along with Sgt. Motley is incredible. The weapons training in level 2 cannot be equalled. Thank you Lenny for some excellent training and your character. Eyes 360 my friend. David
Date of Posting: 24 February 2014Posted By: david beyescps/church security, mid missouri
Training like no other! Excellent hands on and real life application of techniques and tactics that work. Hands down, the best instruction in this field at the best price!
Date of Posting: 19 February 2014Posted By: Joe H
Thee class was worth every dollar. What we received in this Level 1 training is what most schools offer in their Level 2. The instructors took their time to ensure you fully understood the concepts. Mr. Bogdanos was open to questions throughout the whole class and made himself available to assist us in whatever way he can. I did not walk with my pistol but Mr. Bogdanos allowed me to use his brand new out of the box Glock without hesitation. Thanks Mr. Bogdanos.
Date of Posting: 01 February 2014Posted By: Wayne HeyligerSt.kitts Nevis
I have completed the 3 day course and I must say that I learned a lot. I was first a little skeptical while thinking how much can I learn in 3 days but I found out. The instructors were knowledgeable and accommodating. This course is well worth the price and I am looking forward to the 5 day course.
Date of Posting: 14 January 2014Posted By: Neil MunroeLaw Enforcement, Bahamas
The 3 day EP class was informative and educational, well worth the investment. Lenny Bogdanos is extremely knowledgeable and experienced teacher in this field and very easy to learn from, as were his assistants Rodger and Tommy. The information provided to you in the class is pertinent and critical to a successful understanding of importance to the business at which one may be pursuing. I look forward to my continued training at IEP, and would recommend this course to anyone interested in the professional protection field.
Date of Posting: 19 December 2013Posted By: Tyler BrewerArmed Security/Protection Officer and EP Agent, Palm Harbor FL
Thank you Lenny, for a comprehensive, hands on, training experience. Your training, as well as the professionalism of your staff, made the Level 1 instruction a must have for anyone considering a career, or already in a career in the Protective Services Industry. I look forward to taking your advanced class to supplement the knowledge acquired in your Level 1 training.
Date of Posting: 16 December 2013Posted By: Frank CramerSecurity/Protective Services, Clearwater FL
I have been in the security business for quite some time now. From private security for well known artists and political figures, to night club security. After taking IEP's Executive Protection course I've realized what I have been missing out on. It opens up a whole new world of security. The trainers, Roger and Tommy, were extremely knowledgeable and made the course easy to comprehend. Another thing that impressed me was the fact that people flew in from all over the country to come take this class. This course will put you at a new, higher level of security than before .
Date of Posting: 16 December 2013Posted By: Eyal VolchikTampa, FL
My experience with Mr. Bogdanos was educational. The Executive Protection class was worth the time and the money. I went into class with my cup half full and Lenny helped my cup to over flow with knowledge. I just want to say thanks! YOU THE MAN!!!!
Date of Posting: 22 July 2013Posted By: Jonas FranklinOrlando
I had a great experience while training under Mr. Bogdanos and Roger at IEP. They were both very knowledgeable and understanding; they not only taught me useful tactical skills but changed the way I think about and approach problems. During my training, I was surrounded by people who taught me a lot just by their presence and allowing me to emulate them.
Date of Posting: 03 June 2013Posted By: Michael ShillingfordUnited States
Just finished the 3 day course and I can tell you that is a hands-on course. The focus is in team building and weapon take away techniques. At the same time, you will learn formation techniques in a team environment. The curriculum is so intense that I am waiting to get started on the advance level class. The time and money is well spent. You will not be disappointed. Mr. Bogdanos and his team are a real professional team. Everyone knows what to do and not only that, everyone has a specific duty.
The last day was a great day, with the VIP escort and doing a real detail. I want to say thank you to Mr. Bogdanos and Roger for the good time and sharing their knowledge with us, not forgetting Tommy and Travis. All of you are a great team and a big family environment was shown. Really looking forward to the next class.
Date of Posting: 31 May 2013Posted By: Ruben SepulvedaPrior Military, Currently focusing in Infrastructure Security, Lakeland area, Florida
Let it not be confused - IEP training is second to none, and is worth its weight in gold. In three days of training, we covered multiple aspects of executive protection execution culminating with a live training exercise with real world implications with a very high profile VIP. To Mr. Bogdanos and his whole crew at IEP, thanks for everything. I can't wait for Level 2!
Date of Posting: 28 May 2013Posted By: Andrew HPrior Army Intelligence & Bounty Hunter
I just finished the Level 1 training "Today" and I have to tell you that I learned a lot in just 3 days. The material discussed in class, plus all the practice drills that we had to do, were worth it. On the last day, we had to perform a real Detail with a real VIP and work as a team to get the job done. Lenny Bogdanos is a professional Executive Protection Agent and at the same time, he has a professional Team working with him. Thanks Lenny, Roger, Tommy & Travis, for all your help and I'm looking forward to attend the Level 2 class.
Date of Posting: 26 May 2013Posted By: Abraham Del ValleFormer Law Enforcement Officer, Orlando, Florida
I recently completed the level 2 training with IEP and had a absolute blast in more ways than one. Being from the UK, I was unfamiliar with live firearms. With the training I received from Mr. Lenny Bogdanos and Det. Sgt. Motley, I now feel very comfortable using and carrying a firearm.
Between the two instructors, we covered many scenarios, from bounding drills to embussing and debussing under fire and much much more. The whole course stays in mind because it was so enjoyable, so for that reason I remember 99% of what was taught.
I would not hesitate in recommending the company and this course to anyone interested in EP work.
Date of Posting: 16 April 2013Posted By: Justin WingardClearwater, FL
Great class!!!! The three day classes were an eye opener for me about executive protection. Mr. Bogdanos did a great job about teaching us how the executive world protection works. I will recommend this class to someone who wants to know and to learn about executive protection.
Thanks Mr. Bogdanos.
Date of Posting: 02 April 2013Posted By: Rodrigue DjahueSouth Florida
I went to IEP expecting alot and came away with far more. Lenny Bogdanos is the real deal, a true professional. If you go in with an empty cup you will learn more in three days with IEP than you would in three weeks or more somewhere else. We actually worked with three real clients two days in a row. Mr. Bogdanos and his assistant Tommy have a wealth of knowledge and are eager to share it. I can't wait to take the five day advanced course.
Executive Protection Specialist
Date of Posting: 30 March 2013Posted By: Randal SmithLakeland, FL
' Lenny Bogdanos is a rare professional in the security/personal protection industry. In the past, men and women who possess the skill level and experience that he does have kept that information guarded in an effort to make themselves stand out. Lenny graciously and adamantly puts these skills he has derived from years of experience and continual training into an effective format to improve not only his own standing, but anyone with whom he can educate. His no nonsense and real world approach is integrated with a superb understanding of business aspects as well as a student or clients line of thinking, and through this he will continue to excel at developing the skills of others around him and provide first class protection in the field.The class Mr. Bogdanos taught is the best around,and I'm now signed up for the 5 day advanced class.
Date of Posting: 25 March 2013Posted By: Demetrick AnglinOwner, Royal Keys Luxury Group, Tampa, Florida
This Level 1 executive protection class was excellent. I learned skills that will protect and save my client, family and my own life one day. Lenny Bogdanos and his staff are highly trained experts and very professional. I am glad I took his class and I highly recommend it.
Date of Posting: 24 March 2013Posted By: Carrie EskelundI am in the security field, Zephyrhills, Florida
I have always been interested in the security field. IEP's executive protection training in Clearwater, FL and getting certified in EP is a experience. From day one to day three, you go through your own hell weekend. Like the US Navy Seals go through hell week. Mr. Bogdanos drills you during the class from how to walk, how to mike up, to doing live details. It is good, hands-on experience and worth it for the Level 1 price. I will take the Level 2 course down the road. Day one you go through a power point and learn how to walk in a formation as a team and tactical gun takeaway. Day two you are doing a threat assessment, walking formation and gun take away. Day three you are in a live detail with the client. All of this is hands on and worth it. Mr. Bogdanos takes a 30 day course and crams it into 3 days. I am planning on going back and keeping in contact with Mr. Bogdanos because he knows what he is talking about. If anyone is interested in the criminal justice, land security, intelligence & national security degrees and and is looking to go far in life with a great career in this work, take the EP courses here in Clearwater, FL.
Date of Posting: 24 March 2013Posted By: Charles h Mousseau jrTook EP Level 1 class, Pittsburgh, PA
I recently finished a level 2 course with I,E,P and i am truly amazed at how great it was and how much was taught in such little time.
We had Sargent Motley, a firearms Instructor, teaching us on the range. I was very grateful for his knowledge as I had never held a gun before or even shot one. I now feel safe to carry a weapon and I also feel safe in the knowledge if I had to ever use it.
Mr. Bogdanos was also at his best in his teaching methods. Again I feel I learned so much in such a short time. If I had to recommend this work or training to anyone, these guys are at the top of my list. Keep up the great work guys and I look forward to the next course. 10 out of 10 ....
Date of Posting: 28 February 2013Posted By: Justin WingardClearwater
I did the 5 say advance course this week. All I can say is wow what a great experience. I learned alot in these past few days. I highly recommend this course to anyone looking to get into executive protection work.
Date of Posting: 22 February 2013Posted By: Raul LlameraSpring hill Florida
Class was a fantastic experience! I came to the class with an empty cup only to be over-filled with the best techniques and most practical detail exercises for today's real life circumstances and events. Mr. Bogdanos is a great instructor and I consider myself very fortunate and honored to have trained under him. Thank you Sir for giving me the stepping stones into Executive Protection and the ability to leap in-front of the competition giving me the edge with your training.I look forward to your advanced class. EP Agent MarcMcKeever
Date of Posting: 28 January 2013Posted By: Marc McKeeverAgent /Dept.of Financial Service Florida
My experience at International Executive Protection was great. I truly came back to Georgia with a great deal of positive training and more knowledge. I have a much better understanding of Executive Protection and its correct role. Mr. Bogdanos surely taught us all we need to know and more from the core of his heart. His teaching felt genuine - it was structured and organized. The classes flowed in a timely fashion and there's never a time you were not engaged in learning something. The live details that were set up for training were useful, helpful and well put together. Mr. Bogdanos was always firm and positively corrected us when he saw something not right. The training was such a success. I recommend this class to anyone who wants to make a difference in Executive Protection.
Richard I Headley
Date of Posting: 24 September 2012Posted By: Richard I. Headley JrAtlanta, GA
Mr. Bogdanos' class was far most the best instructional class ever. His class not only teaches you what you need to know, but actually gives you real life experience. I am going to continue all of my future training with Mr. Bogdanos. If I could, I would go everyday to train with him and his instructors. Thank you seriously for everything you have taught me, to help me further my career as an Executive Protection Agent.
Again thank you Sir.
Date of Posting: 23 September 2012Posted By: Benjamin NicklausNaples Florida
September 11, 2012
International Executive Protection
26246 US 19N Clearwater, FL
Dear Mr. Bogdanos:
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and your IEP training center for opening the doors to new and exciting career opportunities.
I started attending your training center in November of 2011. I have found the training available to be of highest quality and it has equipped me to adapt and overcome in several situations.
In January of 2012, I was in a situation where I was able to disarm an individual who had pulled a knife on a landlord. The training I received from your institution enabled me to keep a very deadly situation from evolving. I was able to subdue the perpetrator until law enforcement arrived.
More recently in August 2012, while employed as security for an entertainment establishment, I was again able to disarm an individual who had brought out a firearm into the business, thereby averting a potential disaster.
Additionally, your training, mentoring and referral to the RNC has opened doors of opportunity that are helping me to establish myself as an executive protection specialist. I recently was entrusted with the opportunity to provide protection services to United States Senator Patrick Toomey (R) Pennsylvania during the recent Republican National Convention. The training you provided and this recent opportunity with the RNC has in turn opened doors for my recent employment with First Coast AASF2 National Guard Amory as a security specialist.
I would highly recommend your training center to anyone who has a passion for executive protection. I have found that to be the best, you must train with best. The International Executive Protection training center provides the training to be the best in the industry.
Steven P. Knight, II
Executive Protection Specialist
Date of Posting: 20 September 2012Posted By: Steven Knight EPA, First Coast AASF2 National Guard Amory security specialist, Spring Hill, Florida
I want to thank you for acknowledging, giving me a chance, and opportunity to train at your facility. Lots of schools in Executive Protection reside to be very limited in providing work for students and misleading students due to over promising work but never delivering. In my experiences, IEP has giving me the benefit and opportunity to work for a Senator at the RNC Convention. Everything I learned at IEP helped me succeed in serving my client, Senator Cochran from Mississippi, to the fullest in the Tampa RNC Convention. IEP training has given me success and taught me how to better assess threat situations. Thank you Mr. Bogdanos. I can't wait to move my career forward in the Executive Protection field and continuing a relation with IEP on future assignments.
Date of Posting: 11 September 2012Posted By: Jan Lagerquist Executive Protection agent; IEP Alumni
I have known Master Bogdanos for around seventeen years and earned a black belt in Taekwondo through his training. Although I have not yet taken his 3-day course, I can say that Master Bogdanos’ skills and teachings are serious, legit, and of superior quality. I would recommend any and all classes taught by him.
Date of Posting: 22 June 2012Posted By: Sam Albright2nd degree black belt, CWP, Tarpon Springs, FL
I would like to thank Mr. Bogdanos and IEP for allowing me to take their class. They taught me more in 3 days than 27 years in the military.
Their class has no BS, and is all focused to the point, without change in their structure. I would like to say they taught each student as a one-on-one operation. They worked with you on each phase of the class and that was one-on-one, if needed.
In my years in the military, I have never been to any class which gave you so much information in a short period of time and able to retain the lessons learned through the classes offered by IEP.
Thank you again for this opportunity.
Date of Posting: 13 June 2012Posted By: Daniel J. StapletonUSMC/USN Retired, Brandon, FL
"There are tools of success in many industries and Mr. Bogdanos’ EP course is definitely an essential tool for any newcomer or veteran in the security industry. Mr. Bogdanos’ tactical team of instructors are key elements necessary to help guide and develop a protection specialist's tactical skills needed to provide impeccable security services to any client.
Mr. Bogdanos is highly regarded in this industry for his years of experience, but not to exclude his personal delivery of customer service to his students and clients. In addition, his personalized instruction, which is an innovative approach to an age old industry.
I took Lenny Bogdanos’ Executive Protection Course at International Executive Protection Academy to develop and enhance my personal protection skills. Mr. Bogdanos is truly one of the few security academies that provide real-life tactical details that force his students to multi-tasks by conducting effective advances and surveillance.
IEP’s Defensive Takeaway Course is an essential tool for any new or veteran agent in the field. Step up your game and aim for the horizon by exposing yourself to marketable and quality training by one the best operator’s in the security industry. I am proud to endorse Lenny Bogdanos’ -International Executive Protection Academy".
Date of Posting: 06 June 2012Posted By: Latonya DupasUnited States
I want to thank you Mr. Bogdanos for the spectacular learning experience that I received during your intense 3-day IEP course. Your professionalism, your respect for the students and your "Bread n Butter" profession, with your commitment in Training the best EPA's in the field is genuine and simply magnificent. I must say that you are successful in your teaching methodology with respect to creating a comprehensive 3-day course which combined practical industry application and theory. What sets IEP apart from other EPA schools is the Live Details. This is my second time taking Mr. Bogdanos' IEP course and I definitely walked away with KNOWLEDGE and a PASSION for my career. One thing that never changes is the level of professionalism Mr. Bogdanos offers. After I completed your course I was confident enough to state to anyone that I am an EPA. Your ability to teach specific techniques related to threat assessment, advanced security, and physical protection detail intertwined with Tactical Gun Take Away. Indeed, your course was so well put together that not only did I learn new concepts and how to implement them, but some of my personal vulnerabilities were exposed and therefore identified so that I may humbly improve on my weaknesses. Your EPA Course is Simply Amazing!
- S.Knight EPA (Executive Protection Training Class)
Date of Posting: 28 January 2012Posted By: Steven KnightReturning Student, Lakeland Florida
I would recommend Mr. Bogdanos and his school to anyone. I recently finished a course with him and its the first time I have done anything like this. There were all different kinds of people on this course. He is a great instructor as he picks people up at different levels and balances them all out. I found his teaching style and personality great and extremely friendly. All his staff was also extremely friendly and all willing to go the extra bit to keep you up with the class. I had no idea of what it was going to be like in the real world and didn't find any other schools that would actually take you on detail straight away. I found the hands on way the best way to learn. I learned alot about people on this course. I look forward to working with Mr. Bogdanos and his team in the future.
Date of Posting: 23 January 2012Posted By: Justin Wingardclearwater
Please allow me to describe my experience with IEP. This course and the instructor were beyond the call of duty when it comes to E.P. schools. I enjoyed the classroom and the hands on detail. This should be everyone's first stop into coming into this field. Mr. Bogdanos' course is a basic standard for E.P.. The Tactical Gun Takeaway Course was excellent. The knowledge and experience that he gives to his students is enough to have your cup running over. I highly reccomend anyone who is looking for a school to start here and then go forward to another learning institute. I was able to polish up and manage my skills better because of his foundation of teaching. Whenever students can do two live details, and bring home two certifications, and a letter of reccomendation is a great opportunity to invest in yourself. If this is over kill then let it be, because I really enjoyed this learning and networking experience. Thank you Mr. Bogdanos!
Date of Posting: 23 January 2012Posted By: The MadjaiPrivate Detective, E.P.S., C.P.S., First Aid- AED- CPR, USA
Law enforcement as a career is filled with a lot of unknowns where the LEO can expect to find few plumbs. In my 30 years of law enforcement, both local and federal, the best plumb for me was being assigned to presidential candidate Ronald Reagan's (1976) "Rawhide" traveling protection detail. And again, as luck would have it, I experienced yet another plumb which was to enroll in Mr. Bogdanos' International Executive Protection training program. From my past experience I can say without equivocation or reservation that his I.E.P. training program - and Lenny - are both truly the real deal. The three long, tough days of training will absolutely enhance one's personal security resume' as it did mine. Once enrolled and training begins, one will soon discover that he/she has found another plumb - by being trained by a world-class black belt guy that only a dummy would think to take on hand to hand. Another plumb is that he listens - he is interested in you! Other descriptive adjectives about Mr. Bogdanos include being very gracious, honorable and professional. Yes, both Mr. Bogdanos and I.E.P. are truly the real deal. Something like USMC boot camp. Semper Fi.
Date of Posting: 15 August 2011Posted By: Walter KreitlowTallahassee, Florida
Mr. Bogdanos is a terrific instructor. Mr. Bogdanos made the class environment enjoyable. He teaches you in the classroom. Then he take you outside to practice formations and gun takeaway. Practical is awesome!!! Escorting Clients... I gained knowledge coming to the 3 day course for future Security & Bodyguard work. Anybody can come to the 3 Day Course. You have nothing to lose, but a lot to gain... Thank you Mr. Bogdanos!
Date of Posting: 25 July 2011Posted By: Albert McDonaldNew to the field..., Zephyrhills FL
Lenny Bogdanos is a rare breed. I have known him for approximately 15 years. Recently the opportunity came about for me to sit as his student and I was exposed to a side of my dear friend that I had no idea existed. Mr. Bogdanos is a diligent, focused, goal-oriented, humble individual who not only has a thirst for success but a strong desire to have the ones around him succeed. What he taught me in a 3 day course would have taken another 3 weeks. He is truly a Master at what he does. I full heartedly recommend this program to any and all prospects considering a rewarding career in body guard/protection service.
Date of Posting: 25 July 2011Posted By: Steven BromanStrength & Conditioning Coach, Palm Harbor,Florida
Mr. Bogdanos, I recently took your EP class (July 2011). I just wanted you to know personally that within my 20 years of military experiance and tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, your Martial Arts and Tactical Gun Take Away and Defense class and live detail this weekend was by far the Best of the Best. All persons that are seeking security level work should without a doubt take your course over any other in the State of Florida. Once again thank you very much. I will recommend you and your school to my buddies still in the Middle East who wish to be EP agents.
Lady Lake, Florida
Date of Posting: 25 July 2011Posted By: Kenneth Smithretired Army, United States
Mr. Bogdanos is truly the best at what he does. I just met him and I see a long time friendship coming from him. This class was only 3 days but the knowledge you gained from him will last forever. This class made me start thinking on my feet every second because things will change all of the time and you must be prepared for it. I learned more these past 3 days then I would have learned in a 7 day or longer class. He really cares about his students succeeding in this profession and he will do everything he can for you. I recommend that everyone goes through Mr. Bogdanos when looking for training for EP work. I will definitely refer everyone I know to this class. Thanks for everything Mr. Bogdanos!
Date of Posting: 25 July 2011Posted By: Fredrick LiseTampa, FL
This course was amazing! Mr. Bogdanos was a great instructor, very respectful and dedicated to his work. This class has taught me how to be more observent as well as to be more responsible for myself and potiential clients. I would recommend this class to anyone. It is a great class and will keep in touch.
Date of Posting: 09 April 2011Posted By: Adam HPersonal Trainer, lakeland florida
An excellent course would recommend to anyone looking into this line of work. It is the perfect base and Mr. Bogdanos will give you the tools to succeed. You will be pushed too; so be ready to learn.
Date of Posting: 27 March 2011Posted By: Chris Jacobs Clearwater FL
The past 3 and half years I have been in the military police field and done law enforcement. I spent 4 years in the U.S Marine corps as well. After also being in the security field doing both armed and unarmed work I found that more so than any other course I took Mr. Bodanos' class was delivered in a very interesting and challenging way. I found this class was very beneficial for anyone looking to get into the executive protection or bodyguard field and I would recommend Mr. Bogdanos' class to anyone.
Date of Posting: 15 February 2011Posted By: Ron McClaryRecently exited active military service in the military police field. Was also a 4 yr marine, St. Petersburg,FL
Lenny is a very informative instructor. Lenny is very understanding and the training course he provides is great for anyone from a person with little or no expirience to even the most skilled executive protection specialist. I suggest his course for anyone who is interested in training with Lenny whether it be for executive protection or personal protection. I will be returning for further training on his next 3 day training date. The course is very informative. Lenny takes your empty glass of knowledge it fills it to the brim. I never knew executive protection training could be so fun and interesting. Lenny is a great guy and has a good sense of humor which helps to lighten the mood at times. Thank you for everything Lenny. I will be seeing you again at your next training session.
Date of Posting: 30 January 2011Posted By: Bryan SillsCivilian: Level 1 certified executive protection specialist, Seminole, Fl
Being a career Law Enforcement Officer and working in the Personnel Security field my training has taken me all over the world. I have attended several training courses in the personal security field.Mr. Bogdanos and his staff are true professionals at what they do. I would recommend anyone to International Executive Protection. Mr. Bogdanos is a true professional. You will not be disappointed!
Date of Posting: 29 January 2011Posted By: George Long Alexander City, Alabama
What I learned from this class that I really liked was that it kept me on my feet and constantly thinking. I also felt it gives you and trains you to have more of a heightened sense of your surroundings and what is going on around you.
Date of Posting: 27 January 2011Posted By: Ron McClarySt. Petersburg
I've taken Lenny's course twice and already feel like I've learned so much. It was informative, hands on, and exciting with live detail with real clients. I would recommend this course for both beginners and veterans.
Date of Posting: 25 January 2011Posted By: Stephen WeeksPro MMA Fighter, Clearwater, FL
I recently took the three (3)day Executive Protection/Bodyguard class taught by Lenny Bogdanos of International Executive Protection. Mr. Bogdanos is an excellent instructor and very knowledgable in the Executive Protection/Bodyguard field. The hands on training Mr. Bogdanos provides is second to none. This three day class could very easily be a five day class. I would recommend this class to anybody who is thinking of entering the security or even the law enforcement field.
Date of Posting: 25 January 2011Posted By: Scott DetwilerFormer Law Enforcement Officer, St. Petersburg, Florida
By far, hands down the BEST personal protection program around. The knowledge and experience of Mr. Bogdanos comes through in every aspect of the training. Any program can teach formations, but what really makes this one stand out is the tactical weapon disarming. These are real techniques, used by real soldiers in life and death situations. It has drastically helped in my professional career and I plan to continue my education through Mr. Bogdanos' instruction.
Date of Posting: 22 December 2010Posted By: J. BCertified Protection Specialist, Professional Mixed Martial Artist, Tarpon Springs, Fl
It is with great privilege that I endorse and recommend any course conducted by Lenny Bogdanos. During my 16-year tenure in Law Enforcement, I have encountered some very dishonest and fraudulent characters. I personally know Lenny to be an individual of impeccable integrity and honesty - highly suited to a position of leadership and responsibility. His ability to communicate effectively and his lifelong experience as a teacher and educator are far superior than most. He is patient and precise. The drills, techniques, and curriculum are unbelievable. Without a doubt, his class is worth every dime.
Date of Posting: 15 December 2010Posted By: Shane K. C.Florida
To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing this letter in regards to the recommendation of Lenny Bogdanos. I have personally known Lenny for many years. Lenny has made me a better law enforcement officer physically and mentally due to his impeccable training and guidance. Lenny is an individual who exudes and defines integrity, loyalty and trust.
I have never known anyone who has disliked Lenny after first meeting him. He can easily adapt and communicate with all walks of life. Lenny’s many years of experience as a trainer, mentor, friend and role model will bring him and others great success in many ways.
Deputy Christopher Brady
Date of Posting: 12 December 2010Posted By: Christopher BradyDeputiy Officer, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
Being in the law enforcement for the 13 years and in Military aviation for the last 10 years, I have taken numerous protection and law enforcement classes as well as armed security detail. This is by far one of the most educational and well conducted civilian courses I have ever taken. This course is paced out perfectly to ensure everyone understands each section before continuing. The course is extremely educational and will teach you everything you would ever need to know plus more. This company makes learning everything easy to understand and each enjoyable all while maintaining professionalism. If you are considering taking any type of class that is given by this company, I would highly recommend you go here. I looked at a number of other companies before attending this course, and am now very happy I decided to go here. So if you are looking into any course offered here, stop looking and sign up you won't find a better place.
Date of Posting: 09 December 2010Posted By: Michael ZellnerAviation Survival Technician First Class, Clearwater, Florida
I had a great experience training with Mr. Lenny. The course drills and instructions were very helpful. I've trained in martial arts for a little over 4 years and have learned things that have taken my knowledge in martial arts and executive protection to the next level. In his classes he performs a variety of martial arts techniques and evolves that technique into a everyday situations no matter what the circumstance is. I highly recommend this course for beginners and/or advanced students.
Date of Posting: 07 December 2010Posted By: J. J B. GClient, Florida
Mr. Lenny Bogdanos is a very detail oriented Executive Protection Agent and instructor, with a vast knowledge of Executive Protection and personal defense. I find it an honor to be able to learn from and work with a man that has such personal conviction, knowledge, and respect. Lenny always maintained a cool and professional demeanor both in training and while out on the EP detail. I would highly recommend him for EP details and training. I look forward to working with him again in the future.
Date of Posting: 23 March 2010Posted By: Mike HitchcockColleague, Florida
Lenny is a rare professional in the security/personal protection industry. In the past, men and women who possess the skill level and experience that he does have kept that information guarded in an effort to make themselves stand out- Lenny graciously and adamantly puts these skills he has derived from years of experience and continual training into an effective format to improve not only his own standing, but anyone with whom he can educate. His no nonsense and real world approach is integrated with a superb understanding of business aspects as well as a student or clients line of thinking, and through this he will continue to excel at developing the skills of others around him and provide first class protection in the field.
Date of Posting: 23 March 2010Posted By: Joshua PonderClient, Florida
Lenny is a great person and trainer. He really knows what he is doing and has a lot of experience in the field. I had the pleasure of working with Lenny on a detail and he kept all of the agents in line and corrected any problems there might have been. He doesn't get mad and loves any and all questions you may ask. I would recommend Lenny to anyone who wants Executive Protection training. It was a great pleasure to work with him and will always enjoy working and training with him in the future....Thank You Lenny, Sir!
Date of Posting: 22 March 2010Posted By: Brian BorenstienExecutive Protection Agent/Armed Security Officer, S&J Gems and Jewelry, Florida
Lenny is a great instructor. Lenny's knowledge of Martial Arts and hand to hand combat is world class and he is able to translate that knowledge to his students very effectively making the learning process fairly easy... and also enjoyable. Lenny is a world class Tae Kwon Do Black belt, and a nationally ranked grappler, having high level belts( Black) in both JuJitsu and Hapkido. His knowledge of hand to hand combat is second to none. For anyone or any organization looking for an instructor in hand to hand combat... Lenny would be the first person you should call.
Date of Posting: 13 January 2010Posted By: Dennis PimmClient, Florida
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