As a locally owned Seattle CPA firm, Shannon & Associates is small enough to take a personal, one-on-one approach to managing your financial needs. Our big-picture business capabilities are designed to offer a comprehensive strategy to handle every aspect of your company's finances – from accounting and auditing to employee benefits and retirement planning.
When you partner with Shannon & Associates, the results can be extremely profitable. The size of our accounting firm and our attention to forming strong, trusted business relationships is what give us – and our clients – a competitive edge. And we excel in helping our clients realize their true potential by allowing them to focus on their most important goals: growth and financial stability for today – and the future.
Our business? Helping companies excel by allowing them to focus on their business: growth, innovation and new horizons. For many companies, balancing resources to reach goals and stay competitive can be a major challenge. But our rock-solid commitment to personalized service and long-term relationships gives your company the power to thrive in today's competitive business environment.
Trust, honesty and a highly personalized approach to financial management. It's an investment we make for our clients' success. By taking the time to truly understand our clients' financial needs we become an integral part of their management team. Then we develop financial solutions and long-term plans that are custom tailored to position your company for a profitable future.
Our team is committed to creating profitable partnerships with our clients, giving them the chance to take their businesses to new heights. For more than 50 years, Shannon & Associates has helped companies throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and beyond grow, excel and prosper by immersing ourselves in our clients' business through trust and honest, strategic and straightforward advice.
Shannon & Associates has developed expertise in international taxes and accounting. We have clients that are the U.S. subsidiary of international companies and we have clients that have subsidiaries in other countries around the world. Our firm is a member of one of the largest international network of accounting firms in the world, Nexia International. Nexia has member firms in 97 countries and most of the important cities in the world. Through Nexia we can offer expertise and coverage around the world.
Brian Mulroney had just finished his speech at the 2003 Progressive Conservative leadership convention in Toronto, and a pack of hungry reporters was lying in wait. But the former PM's aides had determined he wouldn't be giving interviews - a decidedly unpopular decision. As Mr. Mulroney stepped off the stage, the media swarmed him.
His bodyguards, Lloyd Vaughan and Ty Watts, moved in to keep the crowd away from their client. But they were immediately surrounded by hordes of camera operators and reporters. Although Mr. Watts and Mr. Vaughan are built like a couple of Mack trucks, they struggled to clear the way for Mr. Mulroney, taking elbows in the gut and getting whacked in the face with cameras and microphones. The circle got so tight, they lost peripheral vision. Their well-pressed suits were drenched in sweat. But they kept muscling their way forward, Mr. Mulroney sandwiched between them. Finally they managed to get him to safety backstage.
Such is the job of an executive protection specialist. It's not about gunslinging, says Mr. Vaughan, who started LTD & Associates with Mr. Watts five years ago. Rather, it's about keeping the client out of harm's way. They've got the training for it: Mr. Watts spent 32 years as a sergeant with the RCMP; Mr. Vaughan was an officer with the Peel Regional police force for 26 years. Between them, they've protected prime ministers, members of the British Royal Family, Queen Noor of Jordan and a number of celebrities in town for the Toronto International Film Festival.
It's not all glamour - LTD & Associates also handles security for executives who are threatened by disgruntled employees or shareholders, or attending high-profile events. If executives are travelling to a country known for kidnapping, they'll often take along a team from LTD.
Because 70% of their work requires them to be at a client's headquarters or on the road, LTD & Associates doesn't have a permanent office. Occasionally, the team sets up a temporary shop at an executive centre in Oakville, Ontario. That's where they are today. Sitting in leather chairs around a maple boardroom table. Both men are wearing suits, but when they're on the job, they wear whatever attire will help them blend in - even if it means a Hawaiian shirt, shorts and sandals. That's what Mr. Watts wore when protecting former PM Pierre Elliot Trudeau in the 1970s, at a Hawaiian-themed cocktail party in Toronto.
"Protection is about assessing an environment and taking measures to prevent an attack," Mr. Vaughan says. At an annual general meeting, for example, Mr. Watts will scan the audience for anyone who looks out of place. If he hones in on a suspicious character, he'll read their body language (are they reaching for a tissue or device?) and keep protected space between the individual and the client. "Physical contact is the last resort," he says.
You won't find the bulge of a gun holster beneath either man's jacket. They don't carry firearms. "You can do more with your head and your body," Mr. Watts says. "If shots are fired, your main goal is to get your protectee out of there. And if you're stopping to pull a weapon and fire back, you're leaving your protectee unprotected." If they're going into a situation where they feel weapons are required, they'll co-ordinate with local police.
Most executives listen to the advice they get from LTD, but when they don't, Messrs. Vaughan and Watts are forced to adjust their plans - sometimes on the fly. That could mean walking through a protest gathering or venturing into a dangerous area in a foreign country.
The biggest mistake most executives make in terms of security is "being an open book," according to Mr. Watts - blabbing about which airline you always fly, the route you take to work or your family life. "Somebody can create a profile on you quickly when you're an open book."
Confidentiality is key. They can't risk a break-in, so LTD keeps all its client files at a secure facility that's been inspected and approved by the Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General. The files are stored for three years and then destroyed. There are no files at the rented office, and the whiteboards are empty. The partners keep any mementos they've received from clients - photographs, books, plaques - at home.
Depending on what they need, clients can hire LTD & Associates for an hour or on a continuing basis.
So what's their next big job? "I wish I knew," Mr. Watts says coyly. "It could come from anywhere, at any time. We just have to be prepared."
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LTD & Associates Inc. are proud to provide you with our quarterly newsletter in PDF format. It is our goal to keep you abreast of current security and investigative issues, which we believe will be of value to both you and your business. Additionally, it will also give us the opportunity to keep you informed about LTD & Associates Inc. and what we are doing, what we have done and our newest initiatives.
We of course welcome feedback as to whether you feel this newsletter is of value to you and your business and any suggestions for information you might want to see in future editions.
In American society a huge amount of commerce takes place every day. It has become easier to purchase goods and services with credit, including credit cards. And the Internet has significantly increased the number and ease of these transactions.
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Partner, Trademark Agent, Head of Intellectual Property Leading Canadian Intellectual Property and Technology Lawyer at Bennett Jones Calgary Martin Kratz leads the intellectual property practice for Bennett Jones. He also leads the anti-spam practice and co-leads the ecommerce practice. His practice is focused in intellectual property and technology law, which includes substantive patent, copyright and trademark matters as well as matters of intellectual property transactions, IP commercialization, IP strategy and opinions, anti-spam, data protection, privacy, ecommerce, strategic alliances, mergers, acquisitions and technology transfers among technology companies. His practice is focused on the energy, electronic commerce, software, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, entertainment and related industries.
Martin continues to be internationally recognized as a leading lawyer. Among other recognition he is identified:
as one of Canada's most creative lawyers by Lexpert-Thomson in the US guide to Canada's 100 Most Creative Lawyers; as one of Canada's leading lawyers in The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada in each of the fields of intellectual property and technology law;
ranked by Chambers and Partners for each of information technology law and intellectual property law; as an IP STAR by Managing Intellectual Property in each of the Patent and Copyright & Trademark handbooks;
as one of Canada's leading cross-border lawyers in the Lexpert 2014 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada; as amoung the top patent lawyers in the world in the 2014 IAM Patent 1000, The World's Leading Patent Practitioners; as among the world's top 648 patent lawyers in The International Who's Who of Patent Lawyers, 2013;
listed by Who's Who Legal 2013 for Information Technology, Patents and Sports and Entertainment; as the exclusive winner of International Law Office / Lexology Client Choice Awards USA & Canada 2014 (national) for the Intellectual Property – Patents category;
the winner of the International Law Office / Lexology ILO Client Choice Award (International) 2013; as a leading Internet and e-commerce lawyer in The International Who's Who of Internet & e-Commerce Lawyers by Who's Who Legal;
as one of Canada's leading lawyers in Woodward White's The Best Lawyers in Canada for intellectual property law, technology law and information technology law; as a leading Internet and e-commerce lawyer in Who's Who Legal: Internet & e-Commerce;
as highly recommended in technology law by the Practicing Law Institute; as a leading lawyer in Intellectual Property and Information Technology by Lawday; by Global 100 as 2014 Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year – Canada;
as 2014 outsourcing Lawyer of the Year for Canada by Corporate Intl; and as a leading Canadian IP practitioner by winning the Corporate Intl Global Award, Intellectual Property Advisory Excellence in Canada.
Martin has written over 346 publications on various topics involving intellectual property, technology law or on related topics including the following books as sole or co-author: Canadian Anti-Spam Law, 2014; Canadian Internet Law, 2013; Anti-Spam Chapter of Electronic Commerce Law, 2013; Confidential Information Chapter of Director's Duties 2013; Outsourcing (Canada) 2012; IP&IT Handbook 2012/13: Volume 2: Data Protection – Canada; Licensing 2012 (Canadian Forms & Precedents), Electronic Commerce Law 2012; Canadian Intellectual Property Law, 2nd Ed., 2010; Trademarks and Industrial Designs, 2002 (Canadian Encyclopedic Digest); Internet Law: A Business and Professional Guide, 1998 (Canada's first Internet law text); Canadian Intellectual Property Law, 1998; Obtaining Patents, 2nd Edition, 1999 (1st Edition published 1995); Protection of Copyright and Industrial Design, 1999, 2nd Edition (1st Edition published 1994); Information Systems Security: A Practitioner's Guide, 1994 (2nd Edition published 2003); The Computer Virus Crisis, 1992, 2nd Edition (1st Edition published 1989 and translated into Russian, Japanese and Dutch versions); and Control and Security of Computer Information Systems, 1988.
Martin is national co-director of Osgoode Hall Law School's Intellectual Property LLM program. Teaching or having taught courses in Intellectual Property Law, Biotechnology Law and Internet Law at several law schools, Martin is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto) and at Concordia University College (Edmonton). At Osgoode Hall Law School (York University) Martin teaches, as lead national instructor, Intellectual Property Transactions and co-teaches Intellectual Property Theoretical Frameworks for the Intellectual Property LLM Program. He also teaches Intellectual Property Law for the Health Law LLM Program. He also acts as Regional Director of the E-Business LLM program.
Among other memberships, Martin is a member of the American Bar Association's Science & Technology, Patent, Copyright & Trademark, Sports & Entertainment and International Sections, a member of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, a Fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, and a Fellow of the Canadian Information Processing Society. He was appointed to the Board of Governors of Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) in July 2014 for a three-year term.
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