Bill Whitford, Hillard Heintze launch S2Verify

Background screening pioneer Bill Whitford, along with security advisory and management firm Hillard Heintze, announced this week that they have joined forces to launch S2Verify, a new, privately-run employment screening firm.

S2Verify will be headquartered in Chicago with satellite offices opening soon in Atlanta and Miami. The company aims to provide small-to-medium-sized businesses with a comprehensive background screening service using its Actionable Screening Intelligence (ASI) approach, a new search algorithm that quickly searches and analyzes thousands of data sources.

According to a statement issued by the new company, S2Verify will also address several current industry deficiencies, such as long turn-around times, poor customer service and incomplete reports.

"Right now, more than at any time in the past, companies need to know a great deal about their people, about who is representing their organization – not just its products and services but also, by extension, its brand, reputation and future performance," Whitford, the company’s CEO, said in the statement. "What many senior HR and security managers don’t fully realize today is that powerful new search-and-retrieval technologies can place a wealth of background information on a given job applicant in front of key internal decision-makers more quickly and cost effectively than the market’s large current service providers are ready and prepared to deliver."