"Our company is based on professionalism - from our security officers' extensive training and attitude right down to their uniform, we strive to bring professionalism to every aspect of our business."
Introduced to the security industry at a young age by her father and former owner of Continental Security, H.P. Anderson, Kimberly Anderson-Matich followed in her father's footsteps and achieved her dream of opening her own security agency in 1994.
Matich says that she founded Anderson Security Agency, Ltd. on one basic premise and that was to bring a degree of professionalism, experience and dedication to the security industry that has long been missing.
"Our company is based on professionalism - from our security officers' extensive training and attitude right down to their uniform, we strive to bring professionalism to every aspect of our business," says Matich.
Prior to being hired, potential applicants go through a stringent hiring process that includes drug testing, psychological testing and a thorough background check performed by the Department of Public Safety. Once hired, each of Matich's security officers participate in an extensive training course administered by certified training professionals, learning first aid, CPR, the laws of arrest and much more.
"We are sending out professional security officers, not just warm bodies," says Matich. "We may charge more than other agencies, but you get what you pay for, and in our case, it's the best."
Along with providing a variety of security services, the Anderson Security Agency utilizes a 24-hour dispatch center able to handle emergency requests, client concerns and direct officers in the field. Looking into the future, Matich says she hopes to diversify into computer security and ATM collection and servicing.
In addition to providing top quality security services, Matich has a firm belief in giving back to the community, and Anderson Security Agency is active in various charitable programs. Matich serves on the board of Goodwill and is also involved in a variety of community services, including fingerprinting programs for children, safety brochures, the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program, Silent Witness, the American Red Cross and the Arizona Foundation for Women. The agency also adopts a needy family at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
In an effort to honor courage, bravery and quick thinking among Arizona youth, the Anderson Security Agency created the H.P. Anderson Citizenship Award. This award, named in honor of Matich's father, is given once annually to a youth who has been nominated. To be eligible for consideration, the youth must be 5 to 17 years of age and reside in Arizona. To be considered for the award, the youth's parents or legal guardian should submit a one-page essay describing what he or she did and why the youth deserves the award.
"Last year we awarded $2,500 to a young boy who saved a toddler from drowning. It feels fantastic to recognize the good these kids are doing," says Matich. "And the award goes up $500 every year, so I can't wait till we can give away $5,000!"
The Anderson Security Agency can be reached by calling (602) 331-7000 or access their Web site at www.andersonsecurity.com.
Anderson Security Agency, Ltd.
Ph: (602) 331-7000
Published in Today's Arizona Woman