Rick Kurland

President and CEO

 One heart wrenching news story about elder abuse led Richard A. Kurland to his calling. The idea that the most vulnerable in our society are often cared for, and taken advantage of, by people with criminal histories, led him to the background screening industry. Employment Background Investigations, Inc. (EBI) opened its doors in 1994. During the last 20 years, Rick Kurland has used his innovative, entrepreneurial spirit to turn EBI into a technological leader in the industry. Today, EBI is an NAPBS accredited provider of global background screening solutions.The company helps more than 5,000 clients create safe and compliant workforces in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

Mr. Kurland continually pushes the boundaries of industry standards. Customer service and leading edge technology are his two main areas of focus. The attention continues to pay off year after year. EBI has been named as a top-provider of employment screening services in Workforce Management’s ‘Hot List’ for seven years running. In November 2010, EBI was ranked the top background screening provider on HRO Today’s Baker’s Dozen list. Mr. Kurland’s focus on employee empowerment and strategic technology implementation are to thank for these accolades. 

Mr. Kurland’s dedication to cutting edge technology has led to the development of the industry’s top drug testing and occupational healthcare solutions, along with strategic integrations of Applicant Tracking and other essential HR tools. His dream of creating a “one-stop shop” design for HR and Risk Mitigation professionals has become a reality, and continues to grow and adapt as the business world changes.

Mr. Kurland is proud to be a founding member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). Community and family are important to him as well. EBI’s “Just One World” philanthropic initiative supports numerous causes every year. In 2011, Mr. Kurland was selected by Baltimore SmartCEO magazine as a Smart100 CEO. The Smart100 Program recognizes companies and their CEOs who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, strategic vision, and character.

Robert Capwell

Chief Knowledge Officer

Mr. Robert E. Capwell is considered one of the leading experts in the background screening industry with over 22 years of experience in the field. As Chief Knowledge Officer at EBI, Mr. Capwell oversees the implementation of process improvement strategies, conducts corporate education sessions for EBI staff members as well as our clientele, and manages EBI's marketing and communication efforts.

 Mr. Capwell is a past Co-Chair of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners’ (NAPBS) Board of Directors and an advocate of the organization as a global spokesperson and industry expert. Robert also leads the industry's efforts to organize a global background screening alliance for NAPBS through a worldwide outreach of screening firms. As Co-Chair of the International Committee of NAPBS, his mission is to create best practices and standards for screening firms around the world and to create a unified Global Alliance Council to support and govern the industry as one global voice. His efforts thus far have united screening firms in Europe, Latin America, South Africa, Canada and the APAC region.

Mr. Capwell was a contributing author of the second edition of the ASIS Pre-employment Background Screening Guidelines and has written several articles and whitepapers for various publications including a periodic column on background screening for The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Online. He has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Human Resource Executive Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, and several HR-related publications. Mr. Capwell speaks regularly to industry colleagues and HR Professionals both nationally and internationally. Robert has also made presentations to various government agencies and members of Congress on behalf of the background screening industry, which included The Federal Trade Commission and The Department of Transportation’s Sub-Committee on Aviation. Mr. Capwell has also testified to Pennsylvania Court Administrators and Senate Judiciary Committee staff regarding consumer privacy and data breach legislation. Mr. Capwell was the founder and President of Comprehensive Information Services, Inc. (CIS) a Pittsburgh, PA based employment screening company with over seventeen years of service. EBI acquired CIS in February 2007.

Larry White

Chief Operations and Compliance Officer

With over 15 years experience in the background screening industry, Larry’s organizations have been responsible for over 35,000,000 background investigations and assimilated 10 industry acquisitions.  Larry’s responsibilities include operational and service leadership, new products/client solutions, compliance and supporting technology and business development.

Prior to joining EBI as COO, Larry held executive positions with Dun & Bradstreet, ChoicePoint, Pinkerton Services Group, Yale Associates and most recently eVerifile.  Larry received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he was recognized with the Wall Street Journal Award of Excellence for Economics Study.

Grant Gooder

Chief Financial Officer

Grant Gooder joined EBI, Inc. as the Chief Financial Officer in November 2014. He has sixteen years of corporate finance experience including: accounting, financial planning & analysis, treasury operations, operations, investor relations, banking, investments and law.

Prior to joining EBI, Grant held senior management positions at 180s, LLC and Vertis Communications. As CFO of 180s, Grant helped lead a turnaround effort that achieved significant revenue growth and profitability for the first time in six years. At Vertis Communications, Grant lead the Treasury, Risk Management, Real Estate and Investor Relations groups, as well as having significant responsibilities in Financial Planning & Analysis and Supply Chain. Grant assisted Vertis Communications through an in court refinancing and reorganization as well as a separate 363 sale to Quad Graphics.

Prior to joining Vertis Communications, Grant held positions in the Asset Based Lending groups of M&T Bank in Baltimore, MD and Citigroup, Inc. in New York, NY.  In these positions, Grant originated, structured and executed senior secured credit facilities for large corporate and middle market customers.  The credit facilities were used for working capital, acquisitions, turnarounds, bridge financings and growth opportunities.

Additional experience includes positions at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and Hatteras Investment Partners.  Grant is a 1998 graduate of Brown University and a 2006 graduate of the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Michael Wilson

Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Michael Wilson began his career working as a contractor at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, managing the Ground Systems receiving/processing data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. He worked as a contractor managing computers and networks at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center at the Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics, MODIS and several other laboratories and projects. Mr. Wilson also worked for the RAND Corporation in Washington DC administering secure and unsecure computers and networks.

Mr. Wilson specializes in building enterprise grade computing systems and customizing those systems to meet the requirements and demands of the business. He has designed and managed datacenters for the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine and in that role was also the IT Director for the US Military’s HIV Research Center (MHRP).

Mr. Wilson was born in Blantyre, Malawi. He has lived and worked across the globe, highlights include Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, the Philippines and Australia.

More recently, Mr. Wilson was Director of Systems Engineering, Operations Engineering and MIS at Millennial Media, an online advertising company. Prior to joining EBI, Mr. Wilson was Director of IT Infrastructure at Synagro Technologies where he successfully relocated the production datacenter from Houston, TX to Baltimore, MD in one weekend.

Mr. Wilson has been an invited speaker at several IT conferences, covering such varied technologies such as secure file transfer and implementing solid state drive caching to improve database performance. Despite all of his accomplishment, nothing gives him more pride and pleasure than serving as the Cubmaster for his youngest son’s Cub Pack in Fulton, Maryland.

Michelle Nichols

Director of Operations

Ms. Michelle Nichols has more than 17 years of customer service and operational experience.  She is responsible for both Background Screening, Drug Testing and Occupational Health operational units.  

Ms. Nichols is dedicated to constant improvement, and uses her vast expertise in project management to implement EBI’s industry leading screening platform, J-One.