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For 25 years, EBI has done whatever it takes to make your life easier. We understand HR, and we know how difficult talent acquisition is in today’s market. Our industry-leading technology and unparalleled client service deliver the best customized screening solutions you’ll find anywhere. Working as partners, we can elevate your recruiting.



To Be The Happiest Company...
Only Happy People Deliver Happy.


Our core values make us stand out and help us accomplish our mission. Great companies infuse their values into everything they do. Guided by our ten core values, we deliver the best solutions in the background screening industry.


We create clients for life

Great companies follow one simple rule for creating clients for life; provide excellent service and an excellent experience. You can count on EBI to listen to your needs and to deliver a solution specifically suited for you.


We embrace transparency, honesty, and integrity in everything we do

Great companies embrace integrity and transparency at their core. They openly share exactly what goes on behind the scenes. At EBI, we believe in accountability. We continually audit ourselves and evolve to better serve your needs.


We deliver impactful solutions that make a difference

Great companies understand the problems clients face and take time to craft the solution to meet clients' needs. We work with you before onboarding, learning your process and your challenges, so we can deliver a custom screening program that works best for you.


We see opportunities, where others see obstacles

Great companies embrace obstacles as challenges to be solved creatively. Obstacles can be intimidating, but they provide an opportunity to improve. Whether it’s technology, security, compliance, or best practices, EBI can turn today’s obstacle into tomorrow’s win.


We actively seek to learn, grow, and share knowledge with others

Great companies seek, curate, and share knowledge and expertise with others. From our EBI Academy classes to our Compliance Library, Trusted Advisor Program, Screening News Network, blogs and webinars - we constantly strive to collect and share knowledge.


We protect PII like it's our own

Great companies know the importance of privacy and put data security at the forefront of every decision they make. We strive to keep your data as safe as we keep our own. Our pledge to quality steers our commitment to safeguard all candidate and client information. That's why we never send it overseas. Relax, we have your back!


We value the power of our team built on honor and mutual respect

Great companies value employees’ uniqueness. Collectively, the diversity of these employees builds a team ready for any challenge. Our team works together in every aspect of our business like a well-oiled machine. Twenty-three members of our team have been here over ten years, and seven of those have been here more than 15 years.


We’re committed to being creative, open-minded, and thinking outside-the-box.

Great companies stay creative and committed to constant growth and improvement. EBI stays on the cutting edge of technology, while always increasing our depth of knowledge. Our diverse client base ensures we’re prepared to meet any challenge, no matter the size of company we’re serving.


We believe in working hard and living fun.

Great companies know positive people deliver positive results. Focusing on happiness is our mission; We strive to provide a meaningful, passionate, and positive culture. Whether it’s our social committee, philanthropic efforts, or any one of our other programs, there's something for everyone at EBI.


We are passionate about creating a "WOW" experience for everyone.

Great companies think of clients as partners and constantly evolve to meet their needs in new and creative ways that keep them excited. We call that the "WOW" experience at EBI, and we'd love to show you what that means! Our clients love working with us, and most never leave. Give us a try and find out why.


Our leadership team brings decades of experience to the table. Their collective wisdom has taught them people come first. They work hard to provide employees with opportunities to perform their best work, and grow personally and professionally everyday. We believe in people doing business with people. And that... is the secret sauce that makes EBI the best background screening company there is.

Our Leadership Team


Rick Kurland

Chief Executive Officer


Rick Kurland

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. For the last 25 years, Rick 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 over 5,000 clients create safe and compliant workforces in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.


28 Of Us Have Been With EBI for Over 10 Years


Bob Capwell

Chief Knowledge Officer


Bob Capwell

Robert E. Capwell is considered to be one of the leading experts in the background screening industry with more than 27 years of experience in the field. As Chief Knowledge Officer at EBI, Bob oversees the implementation and management of EBI’s Quality Management and Information Security Management Systems in accordance with ISO9001 and ISO27001 Standards. Bob also leads EBI’s internal training and knowledge sharing initiatives throughout the organization.

Bob is a past Chair of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners' (NAPBS) Board of Directors and is an advocate of the organization as a global spokesperson and industry expert.


We Have Three Different Coffee Stations That Can Produce Over 60 Different Coffee Beverages!


Scott Thelen

Chief Financial Officer


Scott Thelen

Scott Thelen has more than 25 years of experience in the finance and accounting field, the last seven years serving in the CFO role for multi-state, multi-facility organizations. In his career, Scott has successfully completed multiple debt restructurings, financed new construction, restructured and upgraded back office support systems, as well as creating new financial standards within those organizations.

Scott’s responsibilities at EBI include banking, cash management, financial reporting, accounting, business intelligence, and facilities. Scott holds a degree in Business Administration (Accounting) from the University of Baltimore, and is a Certified Public Accountant.


Don Darrah

VP of Alliances


Don Darrah

Don has more than 25 years of experience in the talent management industry. As Vice President of Alliances, Don works to bring together the best-of-the-best in talent acquisition and human capital management, so that together, EBI can provide comprehensive, start-to-finish solutions for our clients. He is aided by his intense focus on customer service, and an unparalleled knack for developing mutually beneficial and long-lasting partnerships.


Curt Schwall

VP of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs


Curt Schwall

Curt’s experience in the screening industry spans more than 20 years. He is now serving his third term on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). At EBI, Curt oversees our state, federal, and global regulatory and compliance initiatives, US Privacy policies, and vendor management. He also helps our clients with privacy and regulatory issues. Curt is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional with a B.S. from Eastern Michigan University in Criminal Justice. Prior to EBI, Curt held executive compliance roles with TransUnion, Acxiom, and SterlingBackcheck.


Our Leadership Team Consists Of The Most Well-Known And Respected Names In The Background Screening Industry


Michelle Nichols

VP of Operations and Delivery Systems


Michelle Nichols

Michelle Nichols has more than 17 years of customer service and operational experience. Starting with EBI in 2006 and holding progressively strategic roles in each of our operational units, Michelle has garnered a vast understanding of all facets of the background screening, drug testing, and occupational health processes, the regulatory environment surrounding them, and our clients’ needs for integrated software solutions to make the screening process as simple as possible.

As Vice President of Client Software Solutions, Michelle is responsible for planning, implementing, and improving technology -- including our J-One screening platform -- to continually delight our clients with a seamless and intuitive experience.


Sean Kolarik

VP of Sales & Client Relations


Sean Kolarik

Sean Kolarik joined EBI in 2005 as a National Account Executive, creating, implementing and managing programs for enterprise, global, and multi-location clients. Since then, drawing on his first-hand understanding of clients’ background screening needs, Sean has worked diligently to deliver exceptional service to EBI’s clients – a core principle of our culture.

Sean is responsible for all aspects of sales and customer care, including the Account Management Group and the Customer Care Department. Sean has extensive knowledge of the Fair Credit Report Act (FCRA), state requirements, and compliance issues, and is a Dale Carnegie graduate.


EBI Was The First CRA To Obtain Both ISO 27001 & ISO 9001 Certifications


RJ Frasca

Vice President Of Marketing


RJ Frasca

RJ Frasca joined EBI in 2018. RJ brings over 20 years of marketing and product experience and has worked with numerous high profile companies such as Yahoo, Microsoft, Time Warner, and Verizon on various marketing campaigns.  He has extensive experience in digital marketing, product management, and community management, and is a well-known and respected social media strategist and thought leader. RJ's responsibilities at EBI include strategic oversight of all marketing initiatives.


Chris Fucci

Executive Creative Director


Chris Fucci

In 2001, EBI hired Chris' ad agency to do a brochure. Twelve years and countless pioneering advertising campaigns later, EBI hired Chris full-time to lead the charge in developing and evolving the EBI brand as it ascended the ranks and took its rightful place among the top screeners in the industry.

Chris is a graduate of the University of Maryland and has been working in advertising and marketing for 26 years as a creative director and marketing innovator.


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