Articles By Thomas Lavin

Thomas Lavin has over 25 years of experience in high profile protection and investigations. As a founding partner of the Global Protection and Intelligence Agency, he is passionate about creating an intelligence based organization the breaks the conventional agency paradigm. In the late 1980’s, while partnered with Special Purchasing Enterprises, he personally managed acquisitions for clients worldwide including members of the Saudi Royal Family. Lavin then gained unique insight into high asset celebrity management and protection during his tenure with International VIP in Beverly Hills, California. Since 1997, Lavin has been headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and has managed every aspect of sensitive corporate investigations and protection. He has coordinated security logistics for high profile political details such as Senator Patrick O’Malley’s campaign for Illinois Governor, security services during the NATO Protests in 2012 and the 40th annual summit of the American Legislative Exchange Council in 2013. He has also managed the protection services for religious and corporate assignments such as the Global CEO Forum, Ann Graham Lotz and the international art exhibit of Japanese Shinnyo-en Buddhism’s religious artifacts. Additionally, he has directed the secondary protection team for the Secret Service during the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao during his recent visit to Chicago. Although his client list is primarily confidential, Lavin has worked with celebrity clients such as Alan Jackson, Allen Iverson, Billy Bob Thornton, Bret Michaels, Brian Head Welch, Chef Emeril Lagasse, Gary Sinise, Jay Z, Jennifer Aniston and Halle Berry.

  • Avoid This Pepper Spray Nightmare

    Avoid This Pepper Spray Nightmare

    Thomas Lavin

    by Thomas Lavin
    On Nov 8, 2017

    As we head into peak shopping season, public spaces will become more crowded. Throngs of people add an extra challenge to sustaining situational awareness. And as we’ve seen, mobs can be downright dangerous. Tom Lavin offers his advice on how to protect yourself in a crowd so you don’t become a victim of disastrous circumstances.​

    An article in Personal Protection

  • How to Communicate Covertly in an Emergency

    How to Communicate Covertly in an Emergency

    Thomas Lavin

    by Thomas Lavin
    On Aug 14, 2017

    In his 25-plus years of experience in the protection business, Tom Lavin has developed multiple ways to communicate with clients and other agents in an emergency. Today, he’ll show you how to converse covertly if the situation warrants silent signaling.

    An article in Personal Protection

  • Be a Sure Thing

    Be a Sure Thing

    Thomas Lavin

    by Thomas Lavin
    On Jun 21, 2017

    There’s a reason for the old adage “If you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” And when you deal in secrets, you often have to give to get. Today, Thomas Lavin discusses how to integrate this attitude into your own life to great benefit.

    An article in Personal Protection

  • Follow the Golden Rule
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    Follow the Golden Rule

    Thomas Lavin

    by Thomas Lavin
    On Jan 16, 2017

    Today’s article is from my friend and business partner Thomas Lavin on the importance of how you treat the people around you — and why it will make you more successful, personally and professionally. It’s a valuable read.

  • Avoid This Pepper Spray Nightmare
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    Avoid This Pepper Spray Nightmare

    Thomas Lavin

    by Thomas Lavin
    On Nov 7, 2016

    As we head into peak shopping season, public spaces will become more crowded. Throngs of people add an extra challenge to sustaining situational awareness. They can also be downright dangerous. Thomas Lavin, bodyguard to the stars and one of the founding partners of my business enterprise Global Protection and Intelligence Agency, offers some advice on how to protect yourself in a crowd so you don’t become a victim of disastrous circumstances.