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Welcome To ESS

ESS is dedicated to protecting companies and their employees through extensive background screenings and drug testing services. ESS combines experience, advanced technology and unparalleled customer service to ensure that an employer’s screening services are fast, affordable and effective. We provide a wide range of solutions that help our clients reduce turnover, limit liability and solve problems — all while improving their bottom line. In addition to its core employee screening services, ESS has evolved into a full-service human resources and risk management solutions provider.

Founded in 1994, by Sheila Benson, ESS now serves clients around the world through its headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama and additional offices in California, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. ESS operates with the philosophy that customer service and communication are the most important values of a provider. Through the years, the hallmarks of the company’s success have been service to the customer, investment in employees, and adoption of the latest technology in products. As a founding member of the National Association of Background Screeners (NAPBS), ESS knows how important screening programs are for business in both the hiring process and long term success. We constantly are improving upon our processes and deliver accurate results with the utmost care and professionalism. ESS provides the solutions businesses need today to navigate through the ever-changing laws and regulations and ultimately streamline the screening process for employers.

The ESS Advantage

ESS is one of only a few providers in the industry to receive the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) Accreditation. This accreditation is expected to be the new industry “seal” looked for by companies when selecting a background screening provider and has been awarded to only a very small percentage of companies, proving a background screening organization’s commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards, and confirms their industry expertise. In order to achieve accreditation, a rigorous onsite audit is conducted by an independent auditing firm, and consumer reporting agencies must comply with NAPBS standards in the following critical areas:
Obtaining accurate, compliant employment background screening results depends on the expertise of the researchers. ESS employs a knowledgeable team of researchers who physically search records at local courthouses and access multiple databases to ensure that the data provided is accurate. By utilizing a practiced system of verification and quality assurance, ESS confirms and delivers the utmost accurate results.
ESS offers advanced technology solutions that are flexible and can be customized to meet the individual needs of each client. Companies choose ESS because we understand how the screening and hiring process should work and offer our technology solutions to help improve these processes. ESS places a high priority on technology and security services to help clients reduce risks in an expedited and efficient manner. Our services are entirely Web-based, which provides the most accurate and efficient transfer of applicant information. Our clients can retrieve and order reports directly from our secure client area.
Employers have discovered that ESS is dedicated to exemplary customer service. Our Account Managers and Customer Service Representatives are cross-trained in every aspect of the screening process. With a client satisfaction rate of over 98%, our clients consistently tell us that the one on one personal attention sets us apart from our competition. Developing screening programs based on our client’s needs and goals has propelled our success. Our team meets with each new client to identify any opportunities with their current process or when developing a new screening program to help determine their needs, and to provide solutions to reach their desired goals.
Rapid response time and user-friendly reports make our services even more attractive to employers. Our focus is on understanding our clients’ business goals and providing them with customized services that enhance hiring and retention. ESS understands the value of critical applicant information delivered in a timely manner. Rapid response time and user-friendly reports make our services even more attractive to employers. In many cases, clients have access to results instantly.

What We Do

Background Screening
Drug Testing
Verifications
International Services
Integrations

Meet Our Team

Sheila Benson
Sheila BensonChief Executive Officer
Sheila Benson founded Employment Screening Services in 1994 and still serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer.

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Jason Kimbrell
Jason Kimbrell Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer of Employment Screening Services, Jason Kimbrell’s responsibilities include strategic planning…

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Don Williams
Don WilliamsChief Strategy Officer
Don Williams, Chief Strategy Officer began his career as a CPA in Public Accounting with the national accounting firms of Arthur Young and Deloitte & Touche…

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Todd M. Higey
Todd M. HigeyGeneral Counsel
As General Counsel for ESS, Todd provides valued support to the Company’s Client Care Service, publishing educational information to…

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Hul Kenney
Hul KenneySenior VP of Sales
In 2003, Hul Kenney joined Employment Screening Services as the National Sales Manager, bringing years of experience and success in sales…

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Russ Blitz
Russ BlitzVice President of Sales
With almost 30 years of experience in sales and management, Russ joined Employment Screening Services as Director of Sales in 2006…

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John Bistritz
John Bistritz Vice President of Sales
John Bistritz joined ESS as Vice President of Sales in 2015. His responsibilities include leadership of the Sales and Marketing Teams for ESS.

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Michele Adamson
Michele AdamsonVP of Human Resources
As the Vice President of Human Resources, Michele is responsible for ensuring our clients are served by the very best and that our teams are ready for all challenges.

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Rob Haley
Rob HaleyChief Security Officer
Rob Haley came to ESS as Chief Security Officer in 2015, after retiring with more than 25 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

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