Dr. Michael Barbieri

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Executive security consultant Dr. Michael Barbieri, in brief.

Dr. Michael Barbieri

Home: Boca Raton, FL.  Age: Older than I look.  Birthplace: St. Louis, MO.  Profession: Executive protection.  Organization: Global Intelligence Consultants, Inc.  Title: Senior Executive Consultant.  Significant other: My wife, Kelly.  Alma mater: St. Louis University.

Current project: Providing executive protection in third world countries.  Recent recognition: Marquis Who’s Who in America.  Recent professional development: Executive protection classes.  Latest accomplishment: Recently inducted into the Marquis Who’s Who as one of the best investigators in America.  What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Solving six cold case murders.  Hobbies: Shooting; studies in cold case murders.  Recent travel or adventure: Panama City, Panama.  Last book read: The Underground Empire, by James Mills.  Recent unique acquisition: Presidential Medal for Merit.  

Personality profile: Decisive, exacting; takes immediate action when necessary.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Professional.  Moral compass: The Bible.  How do you define a perfect friendship? A double win.  How do you define an ideal business relationship? The same.  What is your greatest joy? The birth of my daughter.  What is your greatest fear? The unknown.  What is your guilty pleasure? Won’t know until it presents itself.  What word or phrase do you use far too often? What do we got.  What natural talent have you neglected? Playing guitar.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Doctors.  What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? Monte Carlo.  What is at the top of your bucket list? Lake Como.  How do you relieve stress? Working out.  What is your go-to workout? Going to the gym.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? A great partner to enjoy it with.

What was your first paying job? Cutting grass.  What was your favorite college course? Psychology.  What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Baseball.  What book have you repeatedly read? Abnormal Psychology (Coville, Costello and Rourke).  What movie have you repeatedly watched? John Wick.  What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? My Who’s Who plaque.  Besides your parents, who has had the greatest influence on your life? Jack Countryman.  What’s the best advice you received growing up? Never quit.  What’s the best advice you received in your career? Always move forward toward your goals.  What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? My cell phone.  What is your go-to source of news and information? MSNBC, CNN, Fox News.  What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? Reading The Power Within You.  What company or organization do you most admire? IBM.  What world event has had the greatest influence on your life? The Iran conflict; atomic war issues and control of this weapon of mass destruction.  

What is your big idea?

To unite all the investigative firms in the U.S.

What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? Education in the profession.  What change would you like to see in the world? Peace.  What message do you want to send out into the world? The Golden Rule.  What widely held belief do you reject? Racism.  What mega-trend most excites you? The expansion of the Internet.  What mega-trend most concerns you? The Dark Web.

What title would you choose for the movie about your life? Walking Wounded.  What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Myself.  Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My parents and, of course, God.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A pilot.  After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? My dog.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? With my wife.  What advice would you give your younger self? Always do your best and never quit.  What day in your life would you choose to re-live? When I graduated with a Ph.D.  What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? Between the ages of 28 and 30.

Personal mission: The pursuit of knowledge and justice for all.  Personal motto: Always practice the Double Win.  Favorite quote: “That which is essential is usually invisible to the eye” (Antoine de Saint-Exupery).  Desired epitaph: He always helped others no matter what it took.

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