Michael Soppelsa has been providing executive protection and specialized security services for high profile clients in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia since 1990. His international experience and expertise over the last 26 years has been instrumental in instructing local security teams in foreign countries and has given him vast insights into the variations and difficulties encountered while providing security services in more dynamic, unpredictable and high threat environments.
Mr. Soppelsa holds the ASIS Certified Protection Professional (CPP) Board Certification and has attended and graduated from many of the top rated tactical firearms academies and driving schools.
He is a licensed airplane and helicopter pilot with an Instrument Rating, a Seaplane Rating and rated through Eurocopter USA on the EC-130.
Mr. Soppelsa speaks and writes English, German, French and Spanish fluently and carries both US and Swiss passports.
Educated in private schools in Switzerland, Michael Soppelsa finished school as an exchange student in Venezuela and went on to serve in the French Foreign Legion, 2nd Parachute Regiment (2. REP) with a tour in Djibouti/East Africa before joining the Swiss Army passing selection for the Swiss Special Forces as a member of the elite Grenadier Regiment, specializing in unconventional warfare and guerilla/small unit tactics.
Mr. Soppelsa has been providing protection services for numerous Hollywood top stars on foreign trips over the past two decades and served as security consultant during scouting trips with clients and film crews overseas. Client list available upon request.
During President Clinton’s administration Mr. Soppelsa was selected as a team member of the protection detail for President Aristide upon his return to Haiti and the training of the new Haitian Secret Service.
After the invasion of Iraq Mr. Soppelsa was selected and trained by Blackwater Inc. as a member of the high risk protection detail for Ambassador Bremer with extensive travels throughout Baghdad and Iraq.
He then served as Special Advisor and trainer to the new Afghan Secret Service, tasked with the security of President Karzai, traveling within Kabul and Afghanistan.
For the last ten years his responsibilities as Director of Security for a prominent family included supervising the executive protection team, safeguarding personal assets, aviation and maritime assets as well as being in charge of corporate security for over 2,000 employees and several facilities serving 50,000 customers in the Health Care field.
Currently, he is a competitive 13 time Ironman Triathlon All World Athlete and endurance racing athlete with All World Athlete status