Blackstone Security Recognized as a “Hire Power”

Blackstone Security Services October 24, 2013

Dan Swindall

Dan Swindall

Blackstone Security Services, Inc. continued its run of state and national recognitions today when it was named a recipient of the Inc. Hire Power Award for 2013. The award, in its second year, is bestowed by Inc. Magazine and Bank of America Merrill Lynch upon American companies that have greatly increased their workforce. It celebrates private companies they say are on the forefront of American job creation. The award places Blackstone among the top 15 job creators in the state. Blackstone is the only security company to make the Arizona list. The award covers the period from Jan. 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.

“For the second year in a row we are pleased to recognize the employers who are putting Americans back to work,” said Eric Schurenberg, editor-in-chief of Inc. “The Hire Power Awards are the only awards that single out job creators. We think it’s fitting to pay tribute to company founders not just for their business prowess but also for their immense contribution to the welfare of U.S. workers and the vitality of the U.S. economy.”

This past August Blackstone was named to Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. News of the Hire Power Award was delivered to Blackstone Founder and CEO Dan Swindall while he and his staff were busy preparing to move their corporate headquarters to larger facilities because of that growth. “The past couple years have been amazing and just a bit exhausting,” Swindall said. “I am so grateful to Inc. Magazine for joining me in recognizing the efforts of an incredible administrative staff and boots-on-the-ground security officers who make all of this possible.”

Blackstone is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. As a preamble to this milestone, Blackstone won the coveted 2012 Business Ethics Award given by the Arizona Better Business Bureau, the only security company to ever win that distinction. And the past two years have seen the security stalwart reach semifinalist status in the prestigious Spirit of Enterprise Award given by the Spirit of Enterprise Center in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, the only security company ever to accomplish that also.

Swindall said the best part of the recognitions is that they came from organizations outside the security industry that recognize and reward excellence in business ethics and entrepreneurial skill. “It’s nice to be recognized by one’s peers, but to be recognized along with businesses from other industries holds a special significance for all of us at Blackstone,” he said.

Inc. magazine said in an earlier news release that the 2013 Inc. 5000 was more difficult to get into than ever before because its members defied a stagnant economic environment with an impressive median growth rate of 142 percent. Companies on this year’s list report creating more than 520,000 jobs in the past three years, with aggregate revenues of $241 billion. Blackstone’s growth rate over the past three years is 86 percent.

Inc. reports that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 222,000 jobs were added in 2012 while the Hire Power Award honorees created 69,182 jobs between January 2012 and June 2013.

Blackstone’s new corporate headquarters will be at 2400 W. Dunlap Ave., Suite 225 in Phoenix as of Nov. 1. It has permanent district offices in Tucson, Albuquerque, N.M. and El Paso, Tex., and a satellite office in Yuma. True to its pedigree, Blackstone will open a permanent office in Houston, Texas within the next 30 days. To Learn more visit or call 602.265.6160






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