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.