Phoenix – Blackstone Security Services, Inc., one of the premier private security companies in the Southwest, has been named to Inc. Magazine’s list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the nation for the third time in four years. The list was released August 17.
Blackstone President and CEO Dan Swindall was notified by an email from Inc. 5000 President and Editor-in-Chief Eric Schurenberg that Blackstone had made the list again for 2016. The company is ranked 4542. In 2013, Blackstone was ranked 3554 and placed 4792 in 2014.
“Congratulations for the 3rd time, Blackstone Security Services has made the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest–growing private companies in America,” Schurenberg wrote. “Only a tiny fraction of the nation’s companies have demonstrated such remarkably consistent high growth. This achievement puts you in rarified company.”
Schurenberg went on to say, “This kind of accomplishment is truly worth celebrating.”
This acknowledgement was great news for Swindall who credited the accomplishment to the effort of his staff companywide. In an email to staff after receiving the news, Swindall said all their hard work and dedication had paid off.
“I am proud to forward this email congratulating us on making the Inc. 5000 list for an unprecedented 3rd time,” he wrote. “For a 23-year-old company to compete at this level with the tens of thousands of privately held companies is quite an accomplishment. I want to thank you all for your commitment to making Blackstone something to be proud of.”
Swindall founded Blackstone in 1993 after his honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force where he served as a security policeman in England. At the time, Swindall had $500 and his office was his kitchen table. Swindall’s rise has not been meteoric, but steady. Blackstone has grown from Swindall’s kitchen table to Offices in Phoenix, Tucson and Yuma, Arizona; Albuquerque and Gallup, New Mexico; El Paso, Houston and Dallas, Texas.
The Douglas, Arizona native and graduate of Globe High School, is serving a second consecutive three-year term as Chair of the Board of Officers for the Arizona Private Security Professionals Association. The APSPA comprises the owners of private security companies, surviving family members of fallen security officers, vendors and other supporters. The APSPA advocates for the state’s private security industry.
Swindall is also a member of the Arizona Private Investigator and Security Officer Hearing Board.
Under Swindall’s guidance, Blackstone became the first and only private security company to win the Arizona Better Business Bureau’s coveted Torch Award for Business Ethics in 2012. Blackstone followed that honor with being named a semifinalist in 2013 and 2014 for the Spirit of Enterprise Award given by Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, the only security business to achieve that distinction.
Swindall has authored a column on corporate security for C-Level Magazine, a publication that targets corporate executives. He has served on the Arizona BBB Ethics Award Selection Committee and the BBB’s Best Practices Panel. He was also a featured speaker at the fourth Annual Integrity Conference, joining Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, former Phoenix Suns owner and president of the U.S. Men’s Basketball Team Jerry Colangelo and a host of Fortune 500 executives from around the country.