Rachid Zahidi, CEO, Sentinel Data Retrieval, LLC

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Rachid Zahidi, CEO, Sentinel Data Retrieval, LLC.



How long have you been in the background check industry and what led you to join the industry? 

Since 2006 and it was a natural transition following leading a team of analysts within the Anti Money Laundering Investigations group at Citigroup.


What is important about your company that you want people to know?

We started by providing county searches and other court record retrievals with live customer service and high-touch client services. We continue to do the same to
this day, serving CRA’s and even some other bigger providers with many clients being with us from all the way in the beginning to now. Our purpose remains to have
a positive and transformational impact on the lives of our customers, employees, Any important announcements about products or services or future direction
you would like to talk about?vendors and community.


Any important announcements about products or services or future direction you would like to talk about? 

Our focus has not shifted and will continue to be delivering the best quality records and search results in the most accurate, timely fashion and at a reasonable cost. Also, in believing in a fully balanced wheel of life for all of us, Rachid Zahidi has recently published EmoGym (available on amazon), a journal and workbook which offers you a tangible tool to explore your thoughts and emotions, set goals, and develop a deeper understanding of yourself. It provides actionable steps and inspiration that you can incorporate into your busy schedule. It is ideal for those who are seeking a practical and meaningful way to enhance their lives through self-awareness, mindfulness, and intentional growth.


If you had a Crystal Ball and could look into the future, what do you see happening in the background screening industry 10 years from now?

There will continue to be a focus on increased automation, data security, emphasis on compliance, integration with HR Systems and continued improvements to candi-
date experience. The globalization trend will also continue to manifest in collaboration across borders and moving towards standardization.


What is your favorite quote? 

“Prior planning prevents poor performance.” My Dad used to say that to me when I was a kid and young adult and I have carried that throughout my business and personal life. While there will always be things outside of your control, the more time spent planning generally leads towards a more favorable outcome. I have passed along that saying to my daughters and am proud of the lives that they are planning out for themselves.