About the Owner


Mi_1Miguel DeCoste, CPP, is a dedicated security professional whose accomplishments reflect a strategic mindset and the ability to work effectively under constant pressure and risk. His 20 years of security experience include domestic and international Executive Protection and Event Security assignments in the private sector – including working in coordination with the USSS and State and Local law enforcement during the 2012/2016 RNC and DNC.

His public sector work includes 15 years of Public Events Management for the University of California, Santa Barbara. In addition, Mr. DeCoste has an extensive list of personal clients ranging from individuals to retail outlets to large nightclubs, and he has managed security teams of up to 30 people. He has a successful track record of strengthening safety and security programs for individuals, businesses, homes, entertainment venues, and events. He is also the host of The Tao of the Velvet Rope podcast, an extension of this blog.

He has received advanced bodyguard and executive protection training from such prestigious associations as R.L. Oatman and Associates, ICON Services Corporation, and the Vehicle Dynamics Institute.

Mr. DeCoste is also designated as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) by the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), the preeminent international organization for security professionals. Throughout the world, the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) designation is acknowledged as the security profession’s highest recognition of practitioners.