Robert E. Capwell is the Chief Knowledge Officer at Employment Background Investigations, Inc. (EBI) and considered one of the leading experts in the background screening industry with over twenty-years of experience in the field. Mr. Capwell is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) and an advocate of the organization as a global spokesperson and industry expert. Robert is currently leading the effort to organize a global background screening alliance for the association through a world-wide outreach of screening firms to create organizational leadership and best practices globally. He has spoken to industry colleagues, Recruiters, HR Professionals and Loss Prevention Professionals both nationally and internationally. Robert also co-authored the “Pre-employment Background Screening Guidelines” for ASIS International and has also written several articles on background screening.
Mr. Capwell has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine and several HR-related publications, such as the Human Resource Executive Magazine and HRO Today. He has written articles for the Encyclopedia of Security Management as well as composes monthly pieces for SHRM online. Robert has also conducted Web-casts for HR.com. Mr.Capwell has also made presentations to various government agencies and members of Congress on behalf of the background screening industry, which included The Federal Trade Commission and The Department of Transportation’s Sub-Committee on Aviation. Mr. Capwell has also testified to Pennsylvania Court Administrators and Senate Judiciary Committee staff regarding consumer privacy and data breach legislation.
Robert Capwell was the founder and President of Comprehensive Information Services, Inc. (CIS) a Pittsburgh, PA based employment screening company. CIS had provided comprehensive, accurate and timely background screening to Fortune 500, medium-size companies and non-profit groups since 1991. In February 2007, CIS was acquired by Employment Background Investigations, Inc., (EBI) located in Owings Mills, MD. Mr. Capwell is now the Chief Knowledge Officer of EBI and sits on the Board of Directors.
Mr. Capwell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Penn State University, The Behrend College and current sits on the Penn State Behrend - Council of Fellows. Robert has also served as a part-time high school economics teacher through Junior Achievement and speaks to college students on entrepreneurism and professional leadership.