NEWS RELEASE – April 12, 2006


Nick Fishman
Co-Chair PACC Committee
Laura Wheeler
Co-Chair PACC Committee

Julie Hakman
Co-Chair PACC Committee

April 12, 2006 NAPBS Holds Annual Conference; Realized Record Attendance

Nashville, TN- The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) held its 3rd Annual Conference April 2-5, 2006 in Nashville, TN. The conference was attended by over 500 individuals representing pre-employment screeners and those in related industries as well as by 46 exhibitors.

Robert Capwell, co-chair of NAPBS said, “This record attendance is a testament to the dedication and hard work our members have demonstrated since NAPBS formation in 2002. It just goes to show what an engaged and energized membership can accomplish when a central goal and mutual benefit is established.”

Among the highlights of this three-day conference was the unveiling of the much anticipated Accreditation Program for NAPBS member companies. Similar to ISO Certification, this accreditation can be obtained by those member companies who successfully pass an audit conducted by an external, independent auditing body. Only those companies that demonstrate the highest levels of compliance, risk management and best practices by meeting or exceeding established standards will be accredited.

Members were also briefed on the extensive lobbying efforts that have taken place in the past year. The fruits of this endeavor are already being realized and the effort was reinforced by Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) when thanking NAPBS for their contributions to the newly introduced Immigration Bill. Foremost on attendee’s minds were issues related to data protection, consumer rights, security and privacy.

Barry Nadell, NAPBS’ incoming co-chair thanked the past board, co-chairs, committee chairpersons and members for all of their exemplary work: “I applaud the efforts of our dedicated members to protect consumers and the employers we serve. By devoting time, expertise and knowledge, NAPBS has created programs that will improve the services offered by NAPBS members and at the same time demonstrate to legislators that our industry is vital to the security infrastructure of the United States.”

The conference concluded with the individual NAPBS committees establishing some aggressive goals in 2006 including creating more awareness for the industry, bolstering membership and advocating on behalf of the entire industry and consumers. The next NAPBS Annual Conference will be held in Austin, TX in April of 2007.

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), which represents over 400 companies and serves hundreds of thousands of employers, exists to promote ethical business practices, promote compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act and foster awareness of issues related to consumer protection and privacy rights within the background screening industry. The Association provides relevant programs and training aimed at empowering members to better serve clients and to maintain standards of excellence in the background screening industry. The Association is active in public affairs and provides a unified voice on behalf of members to local, state and national lawmakers about issues impacting the background screening industry. For more information, please visit us at

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