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Women Entrepreneurs Benefit (WEB) 2004

WEB winners show exceptional accomplishment in building new kinds of businesses or in pioneering new and better ways of running old businesses.

This year's Trailblazer, Kim King, owns a security services company—a high growth industry in our post 9/11 world. In a sector where high employee turnover is the rule and benefits like health insurance are the exception, King Security Services enjoys high retention rates, offers health benefits, and reaps healthy profits.

Trailblazer Award

King Security Services, Inc.

Kimberly U. King is President and CEO of King Security Services, Inc. When she took over this role from her father in 1990, she was one of a handful of young women in the male-dominated security industry. Through extreme dedication, a solid commitment to her clients and employees, and her community involvement, Kim was able to increase revenues from $300,000 to over $10.5 million. In addition, the number of employees working for King Security has grown from 25 to over 400, with a territory that encompasses the entire San Francisco Bay Area.

King Security Services, Inc., provides armed, unarmed, uniformed and undercover security, loss prevention, and investigative services throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Clients include major retail providers, transit authorities, the United States Coast Guard, commercial and residential complexes, hotels and hospitals.

King Security has been recognized by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the Bay Area's Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies for six years, one of the Top 100 Women-Owned Companies for the past five years, and one of the Top 10 Largest Security Firms in the Bay Area in 2003.

Kim has just received a national appointment to the Small Business Administration's National Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board. She also serves the following organizations: World Association of Detectives, Board of Directors and Parliamentarian; Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, Board of Directors; San Francisco SAFE, Board of Advisors; San Francisco Small Business Advocates, Steering Committee; and the California Small Business Association, Northern California Interim Chair. Past accomplishments include the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, Senate Bill 1713 Task Force and the San Francisco Living Wage Task Force. Kim also served the San Francisco Small Business Network as a Past President.

Past recognitions include, KGO-TV's Marketplace as Woman of the Week; Security Professional of the Year Award given by the World Association of Detectives; Small Business Owner of the Year given by the San Francisco Small Business Network; Recognition Award by the San Francisco Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center.

In addition to her busy schedule as President and CEO of her company and community involvement, Kim has three daughters ages 3, 6, and 9 and is very active in their school and extracurricular activities.

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