National Association of Professional Background Screeners Elects Board Members and Officers

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At the group's Annual Conference in Denver, Colo., NAPBS® members elected new directors to serve two-year terms.

"This is an exciting time for NAPBS® and the background screening industry," reports Theresa Preg, newly elected president.

During the Annual Conference held March 20-22 in Denver, Colo., the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) elected five directors to serve two-year board terms beginning March 20, 2011.

Elected as regular member directors representing the consumer reporting agency (CRA) segment of the membership were Angela Bosworth, OPENonline, Columbus, Ohio; Scott Hall, First Point Information Resources, Greensboro; Don Owens, Prime Information Center, Houston, Texas; and Melissa Sorenson, Verifications Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.

Elected to represent the industry provider members was Ben Peacock, Lighthouse Information Services, LLC, Woodstock, Ga.

Continuing on the board for the remainder of 2011, representing CRAs, are Dawn Standerwick, Applicant Insight, New Port Richey, Fla.; and Julie Hakman, AmericanChecked Inc., Tulsa, Oka., who is filling the remainder of a two-year, vacant term. Dean Carras, Innovative Enterprises, Newport News, Va., remains on the board for 2011 representing providers to the industry.

Following the election of new directors by the NAPBS® membership, the board proceeded to elect board officers for 2011. Judy Gootkind, Creative Services, Mansfield, Mass., was elected to serve as board treasurer, a position that opened when Noelle Harling, Frasco Profiles, Burbank, Calif., resigned from the board effective March 20. Christine Cunneen, Hire Image, LLC, Johnston, R.I., was elected secretary to the board.

In accordance with the association’s bylaws, Theresa Preg, LexisNexis Screening Solutions, Alpharetta, Ga., became chairman for 2011; Fred Giles, CARCO Group Inc., Jupiter, Fla., automatically ascended to the position of chair-elect; and Laura Randazzo, Aurico Reports, Arlington Heights, Ill., moved to immediate past chair.

Newly elected Chairman Preg, declared, “I'm looking forward to this opportunity to further be of service to NAPBS®. I am especially interested in expanding our membership involvement on NAPBS® committees and the services we offer to our members, as well as enhancing our government relations efforts and education of the positive impact of background screening for both consumers and employers alike. As current events underscore the significance of employment screening to workplace safety, issues of privacy and enhanced homeland security, the positive impact that NAPBS® can have is exciting.”

About NAPBS®
The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) is the leading national resource for issues related to the burgeoning background screening industry. Founded in 2003 as a nonprofit trade association, NAPBS® promotes ethical business practices and fosters awareness of privacy rights and consumer protection issues. NAPBS® is the foremost leader in the movement toward establishing generally accepted and reliable standards for background screening professionals and organizations. Representing over 700 member companies in the US and internationally, NAPBS® is active in public affairs and presents a unified voice for the industry in the development of national, state and local regulation. NAPBS® advances industry objectives by providing a national infrastructure, organizational support, strong branding and a forum for an open exchange of ideas.

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