MEET THE TEAM

The veterans behind Arizona Security Group

Tony Garcia

Tony GarciaCEO & Founder

Tony Garcia Founder, Arizona Security Group Tony Garcia is founder of the Arizona Security Group (formally known as the Arizona Safety and Security Institute) which he started in 2004. Realizing that security companies within the State of Arizona were inadequately training their security staff, he set out to make a company dedicated to training security personnel. In 2009, Mike Simon joined and became a co-owner. Tony started his passion for training and education while serving in the United States Marine Corps. From there he has held numerous positions within the security/law enforcement industry. This includes: Department of Judicial Security trainer, College Safety Officer with the Maricopa County Community College School District, Branch Manager of a contract security company with over 150 security officers, and company trainer for an aviation security company. He has also served as a Law Enforcement Instructor at the East Valley Institute of technology Tony has an Associate of Applied Science from Mesa Community College, a Bachelor’s in Administration of Justice from the University of Phoenix. He also holds numerous instructor certifications from the National Rifle Association to include: certified pistol, home firearm safety/personal protection in the home, and range safety officer. He is also certified by the State of Arizona as a Career and Technical Education instructor and is also a certified International Foundation of Protection Officers instructor. Tony also believes in serving his community. For the last 12 years he has been an active member with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, serving in such duties as enforcement support and advisor for the Sheriff’s Explorer post. He is also currently a board member for the Arizona Reflections Community Association. Tony has been recognized as a leader in his field by winning the 2013 and 2014 “Best High School Teacher in the east valley” as voted by the East Valley Tribune. He has also received numerous accommodations from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for going above and beyond in his role as a volunteer Posse member.

Mike Simon

Mike SimonChief Operating Officer

Mike Simon COO, Arizona Security Group Mike started his career serving in the United States Marine Corps not only in the tradition role, but as an instructor, advisor and planner for over 10 years focusing on urban warfare and physical security. He had been hand selected for several mobile training teams across the U.S. and has worked with various government agencies. During his career in the Marine Corps he also filled several roles in the private security industry and was a reserve police officer. After exiting active duty he continued his role in leadership roles within government contracting before moving back into the private security industry. He has vast experience as an instructor and consultant working with several security companies and owners. Mike currently dedicates his time as the Director of Safety and Security at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship were he coordinates and leads the church’s emergency response team at 3 campus locations in the East Valley. Mike holds a Associates of Arts from University of Phoenix . He has attended all courses available for professional instructors in the military and is a Master Instructor. He currently holds civilian instructor’s certifications in ASP Baton, ASP Tactical Handcuffing, SABRE, and Defensive Tactics and various course certifications. . He is also certified by the State of Arizona as a Career and Technical Education instructor. Mike believes in giving back to his community where he has held various Executive Board positions at American Legion Post 91 Chandler. He is also currently the Post Commander.

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