Our Journey Began
more than 28 years ago.

Our Story

Originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, Mike began his career in the military, where he served seven years in the U.S. Navy. When he returned home to join the Chattanooga Police Department as a law enforcement officer in the narcotics and patrol divisions, he met his wife Amy — at the time, a CPD dispatcher and a student at UTC.

In 1990, Mike and Amy started Metropolitan Security, which evolved into Walden Security. Now, decades later, Walden Security is the nation’s seventh-largest security company, with more than $200 million in annual sales and 5,000 employees. Every year since its inception, Walden Security has averaged double-digit annual growth, one customer at a time — rather than through mergers and acquisitions.

Our reputation is a direct result of the standards, values and principles that Amy and Michael have put in place. Day after day, year after year, our success is measured by our performance — but also by our relationships and the way we care for our clients and employees. As we continue to grow and evolve, we’ll always remain independent and family-owned: a company truly built from the ground up, with a single-minded commitment to the people we work with, and the people we serve.

Walden Security has been recognized with numerous awards, including: Inc. 5000 - America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies; BusinessTN - Hot 100 Fastest Growing Companies; Mass Mutual Blue Chip Enterprise Award; Sam Walton Business Leader Award; Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics; Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist; UTC Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame; and Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year.

  • A Training top 25 2019 Winner
  • BBB Torch Awards for Ethics
  • Business TN - Best Employers
  • Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Entrepreneurship hall of Fame - The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga College of Business
  • EY Entrepreneur of The Year
  • Inc. 500 - America's Fastest Growing Private Companies
  • Seven Seals Award
  • The Blue Chip Enterprise Award
  • Training Top 125 - 2018 Winner
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