W. Barry Nixon


W. Barry Nixon is the founder and COO of PreemploymentDirectory.com, the most comprehensive background screening information portal on the worldwide web and the leading publisher of background screening focused publications. He has over 25 years’ experience in Human Resources in Fortune 500 companies and is well grounded in the employment screening issues companies face and develops practical tools, processes and publications to help them meet their challenges.

Prior to founding 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 for Social Research, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management 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, and the highly acclaimed “Creating Competitive Advantage through Human Resources,” program from the University of Michigan’s School of Industrial Relations. He is a certified SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SCP), a trained Mediator, Security Specialist, and earned a certificate in Background Investigations from the Public Safety Institute, Santa Rosa College. He is the past Co-Chair, International Committee, National Association for Professional Background Screeners, currently a member of their Global Advisory Council and serves as an International Ambassador for the association. He is a past Board member of Professionals in Human Resources Association, District 14, former Chair HR Advisory Board, Cal St. University, Dominquez Hill and is a past member of SHRM’s Employee Health, Safety & Security Special Expertise Panel which provided specialize counsel to the SHRM Board and membership. In addition, he is a member of ASIS International’s Crisis Management Council.

PreemploymentDirectory.com’s clients include many of the top background screening firms in the world.

Mr.Nixon co-authored the landmark book on background screening ‘Background Screening and Investigations: Managing Risk in the Hiring Process from the HR and Security Perspective.’

He publishes the industry leading newsletter The Background Buzz and The Global Background Screener both of which have been recognized by MARCOM as being among the best e-publications in the world. He also publishes:

– In Search of Excellence in Background Screening: Best Practice Insights from Accredited Background Screening Firms
– Annual Background Screening Industry Resource Guide
– Annual Suppliers to the Background Screening Industry Buyers Guide
– The APAC Background Screening Report
– The European Background Screening Newsletter

He is also the columnist for the background screening column in P.I. Magazine.

In addition, he has presented on background screening both in the US and abroad and 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.