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The Ward Family stands behind our service with our “No Contracts” Guarantee!

Since 1953 the Ward Family has been taking care of cabins, homes, and property in the Polk and Burnett counties. Our 57 years of family business here has taught us that fostering good customer relations is one of the most important things we can do.  Ask about our No (term) Contract Guarantee! CWS Security is certain you will be pleased with our professional staff and local service. We want to earn your business everyday and for this reason, we do not ask you to sign a long term contract.

The WARD Family: A Tradition of Family Business.


University of St. Thomas Family Business of the Year 2008: The Ward Family


RSW Management Inc. is in the business of investing in the future of companies, whether it is funding an entrepreneur’s dream, investing and consulting with a company through a growth phase or helping a company through restructuring or distress. The foundation of the business is the Ward family.


In the early 1950s, Richard and Mercedes Ward purchased their family resort, the first business which was to become the beginning of the family-owned and run entrepreneurial business now known as RSW Management. All along, family involvement was the mission of the business.


As a company, RSW took off when Richard and Mercedes’ son Ronald and his wife Stephanie took the innovative spirit developed in Ronald’s first career as a successful oral and maxillofacial surgeon and dedicated it and their energies to the world of business. Ronald began purchasing growing and distressed companies, then invested money and his own brand of personal management in them. He also invested in many start-up companies that most banks would not finance. Today, the holdings of RSW span the nation in locations and span the spectrum of diversification in industries.


Ronald and Stephanie decided in 1994 to develop a succession plan to ensure that RSW would continue to be run by a Ward in the future. After investigating many business schools, they chose the University of St. Thomas as the school to best teach the principles of ethical business practices to their son, Peter Ward. As a student at UST, Peter and his family learned a lot about working as a family business through his course in family business management. Peter’s family attended class with him. The class format allows for families to have discussions and plan actions for their family business.


After graduating UST in 1998, Peter joined RSW Management and began the process of formalizing a business plan which would give the company a road map for success far into the 21st century and the next generation of Wards. Today, leadership is split among third-generation siblings, all of whom come together with their mother and father for weekly meetings to discuss the business and keep the family organized.