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 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.

Rick 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. Rick’s focus on employee empowerment and strategic technology implementation are to thank for these accolades. 

Rick’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.

Rick 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, Rick 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.

Bob Capwell

Chief Knowledge Officer

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. Bob also led the association'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 foster the creation of best practices and standards for screening firms around the world and to create a unified Global Advisory Council to support and govern the industry as one global voice. His efforts thus far have united screening firms in Europe, Canada and the APAC region. Currently, Bob resides on the Association’s Global Advisory Council as a Global Ambassador.

Bob 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. Bob speaks regularly to industry colleagues and HR Professionals both nationally and internationally. Bob 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. Bob has also testified to Pennsylvania Court Administrators and Senate Judiciary Committee staff regarding consumer privacy and data breach legislation. Bob was the founder and President of Comprehensive Information Services, Inc. (CIS) -- a Pittsburgh, PA based employment screening company with more than 17 years of service. EBI acquired CIS in February 2007.

Larry White

Chief Operations and Compliance Officer

Larry White brings with him more than 15 years of experience in the background screening industry that includes roles in sales, client services, technology, and as a CEO. His organizations have been responsible for more than 35,000,000 background investigations, and he has personally facilitated 11 acquisitions from due diligence and negotiations, to developing and executing transition plans.  

Larry’s responsibilities at EBI include operational and service leadership, developing new products and client solutions, maintaining compliance, and supporting technology and business development. 

Prior to joining EBI, Larry held executive positions with Dun & Bradstreet, ChoicePoint, Pinkerton Services Group, Yale Associates and eVerifile. He 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. 


Scott Thelen

Chief Financial Officer

Scott Thelen has more than 25 years of experience in the finance and accounting field, the last 7 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.

Michelle Nichols

Vice President of Client Software Solutions

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’ need 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. 

Michelle is certified with the SRI Quality System Registrar, has completed NAPBS’s FCRA Basic Certification, and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Baltimore.

Sean Kolarik

Vice President of Client Relations

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.

Today, as Vice President of Client Relations, Sean is responsible for all aspects of 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.

Don Darrah

Vice President of Alliances

Don has over 20 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, we 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.

Prior to EBI, Don started two companies and held strategic, partnership-based roles at some of the biggest companies in talent management software.

Don holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University.

Robert May

Vice President of Sales

As Vice President of Sales, Robert May is responsible for all facets of sales at EBI, including:  developing and executing business diversification strategy via sales enablement, go-to-market strategy, revenue generation and growth.

Prior to joining EBI, Robert spent 15 years in various leadership positions within the background screening industry. His experience spans sales, business development and strategic alliance with organizations such as ChoicePoint, LexisNexis and TalentWise.

Bob Hildenbrand

Vice President of Operations

Robert Hildenbrand has held leadership positions in operations, strategic account management, customer success and sales for more than three decades. As Vice President of Operations with EBI, Bob is responsible for managing the day-to-day operational activities for the entire organization, as well as serving as a key member of the Executive Team to develop and execute strategic direction and business development initiatives.

Since 2004, Bob has been working in the employment screening industry, holding roles including Sr. Director of Strategic Accounts and General Manager of Operations at LexisNexis, Senior Director of Strategic Accounts at First Advantage, and Director of Client Services at Talentwise.

Bob is a former US Army aviator with three combat tours, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Delaware.  

Curt Schwall

Vice President of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs

Curt’s experience in the screening industry spans more than 20 years, and includes two terms 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. 

Chris Fucci

Vice President of Marketing

Chris Fucci has been working as a creative director and marketer for more than 22 years. In 2001, EBI hired him to do a brochure. And the rest, as they say, is history…

Twelve years and countless pioneering marketing campaigns later, EBI hired Chris full-time to stake our claim in the omnipresent world of digital marketing. As Vice President of Marketing, Chris leads our burgeoning marketing team as they work to position EBI as the thought leader in the screening industry.

Chris is a graduate of the University of Maryland.