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San Francisco CEO Of Security Company Foresees Added Growth In 2014

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As the Bay Area economy continues to grow and employment recovers to new highs, demand for private security services are also expected to see huge gains in 2014. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of security guards is expected to grow 18 percent between 2010 to 2020, with a greater need to protect people and property through consulting, alarm monitoring and guard services. Shaw Amirghassemkhany, the president and CEO of Shaw Security Management in San Francisco.

(Photo Courtesy of Shaw Amirghassemkhany)

(Photo Courtesy of Shaw Amirghassemkhany)

What is your position and what is your educational background?

“I am the President and CEO of Shaw Security Management, one of the Bay Area’s top security services since 1997. I possess a business degree from University of California, Berkeley.”

What job advice can you offer to individuals interested in a career in security?

“First, they need to decide what type of security officer they want to be. The industry has a wide spectrum of fields that they can get involved with. It could range from a part-time security officer while going to school or as a second job, or it could be a security officer working for a private firm with governmental contracts such as TSA, Federal Building Security or private contractor in a foreign country. The range goes from ‘mall cop’ to para-military contractor. You need to first figure out what the end goal is before you begin your security carrier.

Do you expect added growth in security services for 2014?

“The industry as a whole has been growing for the past two years, after the economic crisis of 2008. As the economy grows, more money starts to flow into the economy, and with this increased flow, there is a need to protect it.”

Randy Yagi is a freelance writer covering all things San Francisco. In 2012, he was awarded a Media Fellowship from Stanford University. His work can be found on

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