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.
STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP CHAIR
Jeanne Croft’s colleagues at Blackstone Security Services, Inc. describe her as a Type A personality who is a problem-solver, conscientious, tenacious and very organized. For years, Jeanne has been the catalyst that keeps company representatives on task, on time and on the mark when it comes to fulfilling contract requirements in accordance with Blackstone’s quality standards.
As COO, Jeanne continues building on her strength of customer satisfaction by working closely with the CEO to define Blackstone’s vision going forward, set policy and oversee the company’s overall performance.
Jeanne’s success in building new business and retaining satisfied clients is the result of 20 years’ experience working in industries that needed on-site security services, arming the South Dakota native with inside knowledge concerning client security needs before contacting them. She brought with her an awareness of the security needs and issues of clients, such as commercial property management companies, when she joined Blackstone in 2004.
JStephen retired as a captain from the Arizona Department of Public Safety in 2016 after serving the State of Arizona for 25 years. Over his career he gained a unique set of skills ranging from public and media relations, to training and facilitation, to expertise in supervision and management. Stephen also spent a great deal of time overseeing licensing and regulatory functions at the department. He worked with industry, government, and legislative representatives to implement and improve various regulatory statutes. Stephen has vast experience working with groups of all kinds and is a trained facilitator who has been brought in to work with and assess problem areas within diverse groups. As a trainer, Stephen has numerous specialty law enforcement certifications particularly in the areas of use of force. He has worked on multiple programs and authored several unique lesson plans. He was a lead instructor at the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy as well as for several programs at DPS where he was recognized as an Instructor of the Year in 2015.
Events Committee Chair
Lisa Miller is the Vice President of Business Development for Blackstone 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 Blackstone Security’s business and has been instrumental in expanding the Blackstone 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.
Sheri has been in the security industry for 25 years and has held positions in Operations, Sales, Human Resources and Corporate Services. She has been a member of The Arizona Private Security Professional’s Association since its founding in 2003. She is also a member of ASIS International at both the national and local level for which she has held the position of Secretary and is currently the Foundations Chair.
Sheri has been with Anderson Security Agency since 1998 and has been instrumental in the growth and success of the organization. Sheri received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Arizona State University.
Strategic Partnership Chair
Dan Swindall is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of an award-winning company that recently began its third decade of providing quality security service to its clients. An Arizona native, Dan has more than three decades of security experience that began with an extended overseas tour as a security policeman in the U.S. Air Force.
After his Honorable Discharge, Dan parlayed $500 and two employees into a multimillion-dollar, multi-state operation that has been recognized by local and national bodies for its ethics, entrepreneurship and job creation.
Blackstone became the only private security company to win the Arizona Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Business Ethics in 2012. Since then, Dan represented the BBB as a featured speaker at a national Integrity Summit, a member on its ethics selection committee and as a panelist during the BBB Best Practices discussions. In 2014 Dan was named CEO of the Year by an executive-level magazine. Dan authored a monthly magazine column on corporate security and served an unprecedented three consecutive terms as the Chair of the Arizona Private Security Professionals’ Association (APSPA).
Dan currently writes an online column for the Phoenix Business Journals Leadership Trust, an invitation-only group of business owners in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Blackstone was recently accepted by a unanimous vote to the National Association of Security Companies (NASCO).
Dan is also active in the Phoenix Chapter of the American Society for Industrial Security International (ASIS), the International Association of Security, Investigators and Regulators (IASIR), the Alliance of State Private Security Associations (ASPSA) the Associated Security Services and Investigators of the State of Texas (ASSIST), the California Association of Licensed Security Agencies (CALSAGA) and the New Mexico Private Security Association (NMPSA).