Executive Magazine names Blackstone’s Dan Swindall CEO of the Month

Blackstone Security Services May 8, 2014

Executive-oriented C-Level Magazine has named Blackstone Security Services, Inc. President & CEO Dan Swindall its CEO of the Month for May 2014. In gaining that recognition, Swindall joins an elite group of designees that includes former Phoenix Suns Owner Jerry Colangelo, Arizona Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall, Fulton Homes President Doug Fulton, advertising/marketing executive Carrie Martz and the recently-retired University of Phoenix President William J. Pepicello.

Dan Swindall

Dan Swindall

C-Level Magazine is published by Target Market Media Publications LLC, and targets corporate-level executives such as CEOs, CFOs, COOs and other top administrators.

“Mr. Swindall possesses all the qualities we look for in our monthly recognition of industry leaders,” said C-Level Publisher Ryan Greer. “His record of leadership, ethical standards, business savvy and community involvement has been recognized by the Better Business Bureau, Inc. Magazine and Arizona State University’s School of Business. For what he has done with Blackstone and to improve the image of the security industry, Mr. Swindall has earned this recognition.”

Swindall said he is pleased to be recognized by C-Level Magazine, adding that it reflects the quality of his staff and security force. “I am almost speechless by this recognition,” Swindall said. “The quality of the magazine and the sophistication of its target audience makes this really special, but I did not do this alone. The diligence of our entire staff made this and other recognitions possible. There is a reason why our slogan is ‘the secret to our success is in our people’.”

An Arizona native, Swindall was born in Douglas and is a graduate of Globe High School.

Blackstone provides unarmed security to public and private sector clients. It celebrated its 20th anniversary by becoming the first and only private security company to win the BBB Business Ethics Award in 2012. As an encore, Blackstone reached the semifinalist status two consecutive years for the Spirit of Enterprise Award given by the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU, the only security company to achieve that honor. The company hit a trifecta of sorts when it made the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation and followed that by receiving Inc. Magazine’s “Hire Power” award as one of the most prolific job creators in the country.

Blackstone is headquartered in Phoenix and has a satellite offices in Yuma, Ariz., and Gallup, N.M., and regional offices in Tucson, Albuquerque, El Paso and Houston, Texas. Blackstone has about 500 employees.

“When I was a youngster, I knew I would own my own company,” said Swindall, A veteran of the U.S. Air Force. “I just didn’t know what it was going to be.”

Swindall has served on the BBB Best practices panel and the BBB Business Ethics selection committee. He is serving his second term as chair of the board of officers for the Arizona Private Security Professionals’ Association. Swindall is also active in ASIS International, Assorted Security Services and Investigators of the State of Texas, and the California Association of Licensed Security Agencies, Guards and Associations.

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