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Company Background

A-Check's story begins in the entertainment staffing industry. In 1978, CEO Janice Bryant Howroyd founded ACT•1 Personnel with a $1,500 loan and a strong vision for the future based on her uncanny ability to match talent with jobs.

To better provide the most qualified employees and to protect her growing entertainment-industry client base from bad hires, ACT•1 performed background checks, checking references, education history and criminal records history. The seed for what would later become A-Check thus began as a value-added background check function offered by ACT•1 Personnel Services.

As technological advances made information more readily available and background screening expanded to include services like drug testing and personality assessments, the ACT•1 Employment Screening Division reached a crossroads.

In 1998, Ms. Howroyd decided demand for background checks warranted establishing a separate company focused on the opportunities enabled by an electronic, information-age based employment screening industry and the hiring risk mitigation needs of HR and corporate security professionals.

She gathered a seasoned team of investigative, employment screening and process management experts and A-Check was born. A-Check began operations out of a small rented office space in Montclair, California, with just a handful of employees, including current A-Check President Carlos Lacambra.

Today, A-Check is an internationally-recognized and respected employment screening organization headed by a tireless advocate for the advancement of women, minorities and the disenfranchised in the workplace: A-Check’s CEO and founder Janice Bryant Howroyd.

A-Check’s CredentialSafe Division offers comprehensive credentialing solutions to the Healthcare Industry, including CredentialBank for practitioners to manage and submit their professional career information and CredentialDirect for Healthcare Organizations and Insurance Companies to easily manage their credentialed practitioner network.

A-Check's drive to provide the best customer service experience, to develop and integrate the most advanced, user-friendly, web-based user-interface technology and to deploy high-quality information products has produced a stable, double-digit growth company with more than 3,000 employer clients and over 12,000 system users.

The A-Check processing and customer service center operates utilizing a personalized single-point-of-contact client services model, with a 165 employee-strong workforce in a custom-built 30,000 sq. ft. technology facility in Riverside, California. A-Check is ISO 9001:2008 Certified.

The company has three other locations in California:  Our Corporate Headquarters in Torrance, the SSAE 16 (formerly SAS 70) audited Data Center in Burbank, and our Finance and Satellite Corporate Office in Glendale.

ACT•1 is the nation's largest Woman-minority owned employer services group of companies, with a constantly expanding network of world-wide offices supporting the organization's expanding mission around the world . To learn more, visit the ACT•1 Group Website.