W. Barry Nixon, SPHR


W. Barry Nixon, SPHR, COO, PreemploymentDirectory.com is recognized as one of the leading experts on background screening worldwide. PreemploymentDirectory.com is the leading web site on the internet for comprehensive information on the background screening. It is used by companies worldwide to find resources and information on background screening.

Prior to founding the PreemploymentDirectory.com, Mr. Nixon studied ‘General Management’ in the Executive Management Program, University of Hawaii.  He earned a masters degree in Human Resource Development from the New School University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University.  Mr. Nixon has also completed the Advanced Human Resource Management program of Babson College, as well as the certification programs in Organization Development from National Training Laboratories, Systems Thinking from MIT, the highly acclaimed “Creating Competitive Advantage through Human Resources,” program from the University of Michigan’s School of Industrial Relations and is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).  He has earned certifications in Workplace Security, P.O.S.T. Background Screening and Safe Hiring.  In addition, he serves as Co-Chair of the International Committee for the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS).

His clients include many of the top background screening firms in the world. He also teaches human resource management and recruiting & selection courses at several universities.

In addition, Mr. Nixon is a frequently requested speaker on Background Screening. His presentations include ‘The Future of Background Screening in India,’ Background Investigators Annual India Screening Conference, ‘Emerging Practice of Background Screening in Asia Pacific,’ Singapore World HR Congress, ‘Emerging Issue of International Background Screening’ at ASIS International European Security Conference, Copenhagen as well as numerous presentations in the U.S. He is co-author of ‘Background Screening & Investigations: Managing Hiring Risk from a HR and Security Perspectives, authors The Background Screening Column in PI Magazine, publishes the leading newsletter for the background screening industry – The Background Buzz – and also publishes the Annual Background Screening Industry Buyers Guide. In addition, to writing numerous articles he has appeared on ABC, MSNBC, Wall Street Journal Radio, United Kingdom – National Talk Radio, WGST News Radio’s Job Talk. He is also a past recipient of the prestigious Top 25 Most Influential People in Security award by Security magazine. He has also served on the Special Expertise Panel for SHRM for Security, Safety and Occupational Health.