Most Influential People in the Background Screening Industry

Background-PioneerSince not a lot of history is out there regarding our industry I thought I might share this post with all of you.

Innovators in the Background Check Industry

  1. Henry Fielding – The creator of the forerunner to the modern police records system, Henry Fielding’s contributions to law enforcement and modern private investigation is undeniable.
  2. J. Edgar Hoover – His creation of the first fingerprint database and obsession with data collection helped investigators collect information.
  3. Eugene Francois Vidocq – One of the most important and controversial aspects of a full background check is the ability to access sensitive consumer report information.
  4. Allan Pinkerton – America’s first private investigator was responsible for many advancement in law enforcement and investigative techniques in both the public and private sectors.
  5. Jim and Sarah Brady – After being injured in the assassination attempt on President Reagan, Jim Brady suffered permanent paralysis and some brain damage. In response to this, he and his wife Sarah became crusaders for more stringent gun control laws.
  6. Lester Rosen – The founder of Employment Screening Resources, Lester Rosen formed his firm in 1996 after working for the Doane Agency.
  7. NAPBS – The National Association of Professional Background Screeners is the leading non-profit trade association for companies that offer background screening services.
  8. Steve Brownstein – In response to the lack of industry standards, Steve Brownstein held the first background check industry conference in Long Beach, California in 2000.

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