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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

As of 2020, W. Barry Nixon – the founder and chief operating officer (COO) of the leading online portal featuring background screening information called PreemploymentDirectory.com – is marking his more than 17 years of service in working with the background screening industry.

Founded in 2005, PreemploymentDirectory.com is one of the leading publishers for the background screening industry. Their e-magazines – The Background Buzz and The Global Background Screener – are award winning publications that are ranked among the top e-newsletters in the world.

The MarComInternational Awards Competition selected The Background Buzz as one of their top ranked e-newsletters in the world in the 2015 awards competition. The Background Buzz has grown to become the leading e-publication in the screening industry since being launched in 2004.

PreemploymentDirectory.com was the first firm to publish a guide on “How to Select a Background Screening Company” and this year’s guide will be the tenth edition for the popular publication. A companion booklet – “A Quick Guide to Selecting a Drug Screening Provider” – was also released.

Nixon – who has over 25 years of experience in Human Resources – also co-authored a landmark book titled “Background Screening and Investigations: Managing Risk in the Hiring Process from the HR and Security Perspective” which was one of the earliest books written about the screening industry.

In 2017, PreemploymentDirectory.com published a highly acclaimed article titled “Kicking Glass: Women Thriving in Leadership Roles in the Background Screening Industry” which highlighted many of the top women in leadership roles in the background screening industry.

“Barry Nixon, through his various publications and activities, had made numerous contributions to the screening industry and employers,” said Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), and author of “The Safe Hiring Manual.”

“His publications have been a tremendous source to advance knowledge and professionalism His work on international screening has been essential to the development of international standards. His dedication to professionalism has benefited everyone,” added Rosen.

Nixon is the past Co-Chair, International Committee, for the National Association for Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) – which was rebranded as the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA) in September 0f 2019 – and a former Global Ambassador for the association.

In addition, PreemploymentDirectory.com publishes the only publication exclusively for PBSA accredited firms to promote their services called “In Search of Excellence in Background Screening: Best Practice Insights from Accredited Background Screening Firms.”

Along with his work in the screening field, Nixon is a leading expert on workplace violence prevention. He founded the National Institute for Prevention of Workplace Violence, Inc. and created the WorkplaceViolence911.com web site, which remains one of the top sites on workplace violence.

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check provider – is accredited by the PBSA, undergoes annual SOC 2 audits, adheres to the Privacy Shield Framework, and was named a top screening firm by HRO Today Magazine. To learn more about ESR, visit www.esrcheck.com.

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