APSPA was founded in 2003 by Kimberly Anderson-Matich, the owner of Anderson Security Agency, Ltd., to fill the void of private security representation and to provide a singular voice to rally security practitioners by addressing the internal and external issues that impact all private companies that provide armed and unarmed security services.
These issues include insufficient training, incomplete background checks, security guard safety, professionalism, unethical business practices, unfair competition, retaining local security companies and legislative representation.
APSPA seeks solutions to these issues not only by conducting internal research, but APSPA also establishes strategic partnerships with other state private security associations and participates in a nationwide information sharing group that meets annually and discusses common issues and how those issues might be solved.
According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, there are more than 300 private security companies in the state; more than 5,900 armed guards and more than 28,630 unarmed guards. APSPA will continue contributing to public safety in Arizona by working to galvanize these agencies and individuals into a unified force for positive change.
Past Chair, APSPA Board of Officers
Chair, Strategic Partnerships Committee
Member, APSPA Legislative Committee
Dan Swindall is the founder and president of Blackstone Security Services, Inc.®, an award-winning, veteran-owned security company that has provided security guard services in Arizona, Texas and New Mexico for almost three decades. In 2012, Blackstone became the only private security company to win the Arizona BBB’s Torch Award for Business Ethics. Dan authored a column on corporate security for C-Level magazine, a monthly publication that targeted corporate executives in greater Phoenix. The magazine named Dan CEO of the Year in 2014.
During his six-year tenure as Chair of the APSPA Board of Officers, Dan oversaw the revamping of the association bylaws, the expansion of membership categories and the introduction and passage of the first piece of major legislation in the association’s history. He has also served on several BBB ethics discussion and best practices panels and several Torch Award selection committees for the BBB. He also represented the Arizona BBB as a speaker at the 2014 Arizona Integrity Summit. As chair of the Strategic Partnerships Committee, Dan is active in the Alliance of State Private Security Associations, a national information-sharing consortium of state security associations and regulatory agencies.
Events Committee Chair
Lisa Miller is the Vice President of Business Development for Covey Security, a client-driven physical Security firm headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. With over a decade of experience in business development, Lisa is responsible for the growth of Covey Security’s business and has been instrumental in expanding the Covey Security brand.
Lisa works with several corporations, small businesses, property managers and others to assess their unique needs and providing meaningful solutions. Lisa serves on the ASIS Phoenix Executive Board of Directors and is the current Women in Security Committee Chair. She also serves on an International Council as a Global Liaison for Women in Security. Additionally, she is a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), and International Facility Managers Association (IFMA).
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.
Candy Insurance Agency
After graduating from Kalamazoo College, Phil started his professional career as a sales engineer for a steam turbine parts manufacturing company. He left that industry and spent the next 12 years in the mortgage business, a good deal of that owning his own mortgage broker firm. The challenges he faced as a small business owner gave him great insight and a unique ability to assist business owners. After a merger he worked in the PEO (Professional Employer Organization) sector, eventually making his way into Commercial Insurance, specializing in Private Security Guard insurance, which is where he has remained for the past 10 years. By focusing on the private security field exclusively he has been able to form valuable relationships with the Managing Firms and Carriers who insure this highly specialized risk. With his singular focus comes the ability to assist with risk management/mitigation strategies tailored specifically to this challenging field. His motto (“While your guards are watching your clients’ backs, I’ve got yours!”) helps the owners he represents focus on customer service, employee retention and overall growth.