Duke Speed is an accomplished leader with 40-plus years of experience making critical decisions in a variety of high-stress, globally sensitive positions and 20-year active duty veteran (retired) of the U.S. Marine Corps. He also has additional 10-plus years of federal service divided between the U.S. Federal Air Marshal Service, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and the Federal Aviation Administration.

He has also been an Independent Contractor for the U.S. Department of State Worldwide Protective Services (WPS) program, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and U.S. Navy.

Duke is a published author of the Advance Agent Planning Guide – The Executive Protection Agent’s Guide for Planning Advance Operations.

Duke Speed is a living legend. Everywhere I’ve gone and every time I’ve heard his name it’s always been with respect and equity. This has always impressed me and so I was honored the first time I met him at my first Protector Symposium. He’s had an amazing career and has succeeded in many different areas for extended periods of time. Men like him always fascinate me and so I love to study them to see what exactly makes them special and helps them succeed.

What I continue to find is a simple set of values and fundamentals that anyone can implement but that place a demand on the individual the few people are usually willing to pay at first.

Over his career, Duke Speed has been to many places but the executive protection industry is and has been very lucky to have him. His brand of leadership, work ethic, and humility is truly a formula for success that can make us all better in many areas of life. This interview will give you insight into what it truly takes to succeed long-term in the executive protection industry… ENJOY!

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Protector by nature and by trade
Byron Rodgers

01:00 – Introduction
06:05 – Our Leadership Philosophy
13:34 – Stay grounded
21:20 – A tactical pause
28:57 – Actual close protection
38:14 – Waterborne Security Operations
46:17 – New folks breaking into this industry
54:54 – Be fair and consistent
01:00:48 – End Credits

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