NAPBS Announces 2018-19 Board of Directors

September 28, 2018
The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) recently announced its 2019 Board of Directors. The list includes three new board members, along with two who were reelected. Among the new members is Michael Hovorka, vice president of research and vendor partners for Minneapolis-based Orange Tree Employment Screening.

As a member of the board of directors, Hovorka will help maintain the integrity of the background screening industry. Since 2003, NAPBS has represented the interests of background screening companies across the world. NAPBS works hard to ensure the highest standards for both ethics and performance throughout the industry. Hovorka will assume his role on the board starting in 2019, where he will work with other members to serve as the global authority in background screenings.


The Background of NAPBS

NAPBS’s mission is to advance excellence in the screening profession. Part of that is following the latest legislation affecting the field and passing that information on to its members. Members also get up-to-date news on the industry, helping them remain innovative with the services they provide to businesses. Members have access to networking opportunities, informational webinars, publications, and plenty of other benefits that make it well worth the joining fee. Serving alongside Hovorka will be two other new board members along with three additional new board members who will join in 2020.

The importance of accreditation

In addition to networking and learning opportunities, NAPBS also offers accreditation to background screening companies. Of the 880 NAPBS members, only 12% are accredited. Holding that accreditation assures employment agencies and businesses that a screening firm upholds industry standards when it comes to security and legislation. In order to become accredited, a business undergoes rigorous third-party desk and on-site audits. These audits verify that a firm’s processes follow NAPBS’s requirements addressing the most critical areas: information security, legal and compliance, client education, researcher and data standards, verification services standards, and business practices. Once issued, accreditation remains in place for five years but at the end of that period, firms go through the auditing process again to renew their accreditation for the next five years. Orange Tree first received accreditation in 2011 and was re-accredited in 2017.

Orange Tree's Leadership

Orange Tree has established itself as a leader in the industry, falling in the top 2 percent of consumer reporting agencies holding NAPBS accreditation. Additionally, Orange Tree is a three-time winner of HRO Today’s Baker’s Dozen Award for customer service. Hovorka’s work as a NAPBS board member means he’ll stay involved in the industry and changing legislation while also keeping a pulse on the needs of Orange Tree clients. In addition to using Client Success Partners, Orange Tree also uses the latest technology for streamlined processes and ease of use, decreased turnaround time and increasing both candidate and client satisfaction.

As Orange Tree moves forward, the background screening firm looks forward to Hovorka’s industry leadership. There are many background screening companies that are either not accredited at all or are only members of NAPBS, so Orange Tree realizes the honor and duty that comes with supporting the organization that sets the bar high across the industry.

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