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1st Quarter 2015 

NSA Conducts Winter Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona

NSA 2015 Winter Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ

Member companies of the National Security Alliance convened in Scottsdale, AZ in late February for the annual winter owners meeting.  The two day event was attended by representatives of eleven of the fourteen member companies from across the United States and Canada.  The meetings were hosted by NSA member Ms. Kim Matich, President & CEO of Anderson Security Agency.  The meeting venue was hosted by Guardian 8 at their Scottsdale corporate office which proved to be a great venue for the event.  Aside from the annual business meeting highlights of the event included a presentation by Robert H. Perry, Perry & Associates who discussed the current state of the contract security service industry  and other matters of relevant interest.  Also presenting was Roy Rahn, Executive Director of CALSAGA who spoke on the efforts CALSAGA has made to impact legislation in California and the willingness to work with the NSA on matters of mutual industry interest.  Special thanks to our meeting sponsors, Kim Matich who provided bus transportation to and from our dinner (and a great goody bag) at the Horney Toad Restaurant in Clear Creek, and Paul Silva & Matt  Livermore from On Guard  Apparel for sponsoring the happy hour before this great dinner of fun and good food. Paul Hughes, COO of Guardian 8 sponsored the meeting venue for the two days as well as providing each participant with a nice travel Go Bag and a great demonstration of the ProV2.  A special thanks to Sheri Klonowski  from Anderson for agreeing to serve as the taker of the minutes.  The next meeting of the NSA will be held in conjunction with the next annual ASIS International Seminar & Exhibits to be held in Anaheim, CA. this coming September. 

Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce IMPACT Awards

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce has been celebrating businesses for the past 27 years. The IMPACT Awards honor Valley businesses and recognize the impact they have made on the greater Phoenix business community. Two business sectors (a business with over 250 employees and a business with 250 or fewer employees) are the proud recipients in each of five categories: Community Champion, Economic Driver, Entrepreneurial Excellence, Response to Adversity and the 2015 IMPACT Business of the Year.

Anderson Security Agency, Ltd. Is the proud recipient of the 2015 IMPACT Award in the adversity category. The overall winner will be announced on May 13th at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. This prestigious award signifies Kimberly Anderson – Matich’s role she plays in her company on a day-to-day basis. Matich’s commitment to excellence and dream to be “not the biggest – but the best” has allowed her to pull her team from the confines of the economic downfall in 2007 to a now centered and growing woman owned and locally operated security firm.

Kimberly Anderson – Matich surrounds herself with like-minded individuals who also believe in not only the organization but support her many causes including involvement with the local ASIS Chapter, development of the National Security Alliance, development and support of the Security Officer Memorial Fund, development of the Arizona Private Security Professionals Association, involvement with the Parents of Murdered Children Organization and

Congratulations Kimberly Anderson – Matich, President and CEO and the entire team of Anderson Security Agency, Ltd. for your 20 years of service in the security industry.

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Recently Trained GMI Officer Saves Life

On February 26, 2015, off-duty GMI Asset Protection Officer Carlos Basabe was driving home when he witnessed a motorcycle accident. Carlos immediately stopped and became the first responder on scene. Based upon his recent training, Carlos' first reaction was to keep the victim calm, then he placed a tourniquet on the wound to slow the bleeding. The victim had one very badly crushed leg and had lost the other leg. Carlos had a second witness call 911 while other witnesses looked for his missing leg. Carlos knew it would take the EMS 10-15 minutes to respond so he had to act quickly.

Thanks to Carlos’ quick actions and on-site leadership, this victim survived and doctors were able to save both of his legs. Carlos credits Michelle Cordova, GMI's Safety and CPR trainer, for teaching him how to react in such a difficult situation.

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Advantage Security Inc. Continues to Grow

In spite of a challenging economic climate, we continue to grow as a company. Recent contracts include:

  • We are now providing after-hours security at an office building in Aurora, CO.
  • ASI’s Patrol Division has added two large buildings in the Denver Tech Center.
  • We have assumed weekend security coverage at a retail property in Westminster.
  • A midrise building in downtown Denver will now be secured by ASI officers.
  • Our Integration Division has contracted for a large camera-install project in Thornton.
  • We are now conducting after-hours security at an upscale housing development in the urban growth area near downtown Denver.

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Key Sunstates Security Team Members Accept Increased Managerial Responsibility

RALEIGH, N.C., February 16, 2015—Boosted by a client retention rate that exceeds 95%, average organic annual growth of nearly 30% over the past three years has created additional leadership opportunities at Sunstates Security. The firm recently promoted four key members at the Raleigh, N.C., headquarters.

  • Mariah Agsten has been promoted to Human Resources Director. Since joining Sunstates as the Manager of Human Resources, Agsten’s responsibilities have evolved from personally handling all corporate HR tasks to managing Legal & Compliance, payroll, and human resource information systems (HRIS). She has implemented several new systems to streamline the company’s HR services and built a strong support team.
  • Lisa Butler has been named Legal & Compliance Manager. She reviews all new service contracts and works with outside counsel. In addition, Butler leads the general insurance and liability programs. Her primary responsibility involves managing compliance and licensing requirements for each state in which Sunstates operates, as well as performing field audits and inspections.
  • Tammy Hompesch has been promoted to Payroll and HRIS Manager. A long-time member of Sunstates, Hompesch’s role has evolved to support the company’s growth. She now manages payroll for the entire organization, ensuring timely and accurate payment for all Sunstates employees—a mission-critical function in the protective services industry.
  • Roberta Scoblick has added marketing to her responsibilities, now serving as Business Development & Marketing Manager. Scoblick joined Sunstates with more than two decades of industry experience, including marketing experience with a national organization. Although a recent addition to Sunstates, she has demonstrated exceptional initiative in supporting the business development team with marketing tools and guidance.

“We are thrilled to recognize these outstanding team members,” says President Glenn Burrell, who joined Sunstates Security after serving 20 years in Scotland Yard. “All of these individuals have demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to supporting both our employees and our clients.”

Such teamwork and dedication have allowed Sunstates Security to double in size over the past four years. Recently, the company debuted at #25 in the Security Letter’s annual ranking of the nation’s largest security services firms.

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Security America's Bill Signorelli Recognized by the Charleston Area Alliance

Security America is proud to announce that the owner and founder, Bill Signorelli, CPP, has been recognized for his contributions to the Charleston Area Alliance in Charleston, West Virginia. Noting his over 20 years of service on the Charleston Area Alliance/Chamber Board, and serving as the Chairman of the Chamber in 2000. With more than 600 members representing 40,000 employees, the Charleston Area Alliance is a multi-faceted economic, business and community development organization, as well the largest regional Chamber of Commerce in West Virginia. The Alliance works to attract new jobs and investments, helps businesses accelerate profitability, launches visionary community and cultural enhancements and develops the talent and resources that promote success and opportunity for all. Through these innovative programs, services and policy leadership, the Alliance and its members are driving the destiny of our region.

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Puget Sound Security - Legislative Update, Washington State

In recent legislation efforts, the State of Washington has attempted and failed to raise its minimum wage across the board from $9.75 to $12/hour and add Seattle's Sick/Safe no reason needed paid call-offs to allow taking up to 60 hours a year in free wages. I'm told Washington already has the highest minimum wage within all 50 states (have not vetted this allegation as yet).

The deliberations are still out on if we will retain or lose our rights to execute a non-compete contract with key employees or in another bill, any employees.

A legislative action is underway but sputtering in an attempted scheme to raise B&O taxes from 1.5% on gross revenues to 3.75% on all service businesses which do not already collect sales taxes.

Initiative King, Tim Eyman has a constitutional amendment underway for next Novembers voting round to change the States Constitution so that a super legislative majority is required by law to raise taxes on business while during this session the Governor Jay Inslee which swore during in his campaign that any tax increases which hit his desk would be vetoed automatically is now trying by "Executive Order" to bypass legislation and raise taxes by over $1.11 per gallon of gas. It's environmentally referred to as the Carbon Foot Print tax. Some sources report that with all the new hybrid and electric cars hitting new sales record highs, the states revenues are declining on gasoline sales. Present legislation has already passed a bill hiking the gas tax by another 11c a gallon to totaling now some near 50c a gallon as of today's total.

Note: It is important to watch what other states are doing in order to prepare for the fact your state might follow in their footprints. Washington's favorite state to watch and follow for a long time is & has been California.

Jeff Kirby, Chairman & Founder Puget Sound Security Patrol, Inc.

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Guardian Home Grown

Lawrence Batarseh has been promoted to the position of Account Manager.

Lawrence joined Guardian Guard Services in February 2009 as an Operational Specialist. In July 2010 Lawrence accepted the position of Site Manager at a newly contracted site, COBO Center. COBO Center is located in the heart of Detroit and in addition to many other high profile events; COBO Center hosts the annual North American International Auto Show. During his assignment at COBO Center Lawrence managed the transition of a large workforce to Guardian Guard Services providing guidance and much needed structure for the on site security team.

October 2010 Lawrence was assigned to the Field Supervision team to assist with strengthening current staff and targeting problematic sites to improve client satisfaction.

In August 2011 Lawrence was again asked to assist and accepted the position of Control Center Supervisor. In this position Lawrence was tasked with restructuring and strengthening the existing dispatch team, establishing numerous control procedures and implementing the Electronic guard monitoring and reporting system.

In his new assignment to Account Manager, Lawrence will draw on his extensive experience to guide manage and inspire the security teams at his assigned accounts.

Lawrence is just one example of the many guards, supervisors and managers who have advanced their careers at Guardian Guard Services.

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Member Companies

Advantage Security, Inc.
13693 East Iliff Avenue, Suite 200
Aurora, CO 80014-1367
(303) 755-4407

Anderson Security Agency, LTD
2555 W. Morningside Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85023
(602) 331-7000

ASAP Secured, Inc.
8160 Parkhill Drive
Milton, ON, L9T 5V7
(905) 875-3764

Executive Security Systems
1100 N. Bowser
Richardson, TX 75081
(972) 480-0101

GMI Guard Management
8001 Vickers Street
San Diego, CA 92111

Guardian Guard Services
18000 W. Eight Mile Road
Southfield, Michigan 48075
(248) 233-1430

King Security
1458 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 556-5464

Peak Security
3465 West 1500 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
(385) 234-5400

Per Mar Security Services
1910 E Kimberly Road
Davenport, Iowa 52807
(800) 473-7627

Puget Sound Security
13417 NE 20th St., Suite 200
Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 454-5011

RSIG Security
1290 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 881-3023

Security America
3412 Chesterfield Ave.
Charleston, WV 25304
(888) 832-6732

Sunstates Security, LLC
801 Corporate Center Drive,
Suite 110
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 398-6445

Vinson Guard Service
955 Howard Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70113
(800) 228-3801


Harpoon Brewery Festivals

RSIG Security was recently chosen to provide event security services for the Harpoon Brewery located in Boston. Harpoon Festivals occur throughout the year with various themes and artists performing outside next to the South Boston Brewery. RSIG Security looks forward to adding this new client to our growing Event Division.

Training and Certifications

Patrick Kelleher RSIG VP of Operations has been certified in MOAB Training and Instructional Course and recently completed the G8 ProV2 Instructor Course. Both courses are designed to allow our security officers to be trained in non-lethal techniques. Our clients have been very receptive to the enhanced training and the value we add to their security programs.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

(BWH, "The Brigham") is the largest hospital of the Longwood Medical and Academic Area in Boston, Massachusetts. RSIG Security was recently awarded the contract to provide specialized security services for the emergency department as well as patient assistance services in various departments.