People. Process. Results.
People. Our diverse and experienced team is comprised of former FBI agents, white collar investigators, and savvy intelligence analysts. Our outfit has been lauded for its ability to not only gather information but apply creative analysis and investigative expertise to yield the best results when conducting executive background checks or any of our other specialized investigative services. Our in-house team is complemented by a global network of investigators and intelligence experts that give CRI the international capabilities that many of our competitors simply cannot offer.
Process. We know where to go, what to look for, and how to interpret information. As technology increases access to information, we understand the possibilities and limitations with the Internet and other evolving sources of information. We expertly access, retrieve and interpret data from thousands of global sources. Our unique team-based approach ensures our clients get the best information in the shortest timeframe with guaranteed access to analysts who are ready to answer questions and solve problems. This level of client service and the quality of our team truly differentiates CRI.
Results. The quality of our team and our process is only valuable to clients if they get results they can understand and easily leverage to make decisions – our investigative reports do just that. Clients turn to CRI for tailored solutions to meet their needs. An intelligence analyst is assigned to every case no matter how big or small, and clients can expect a Preliminary Report within seven business days, followed by a Comprehensive Investigative Report 12 business days later. Clients rely on our management summary, which highlights all relevant findings and recommendations, as a clear and concise overview of what can sometimes be an exhaustive amount of information.
Kenneth S. Springer, Founder and President of CRI, has passionately raised awareness of the importance of conducting proper due diligence since his days as a Special Agent with the FBI. During his 12 years of service, Ken investigated fraud and financial crimes all the while understanding that information was the key to a successful investigation. In 1985, leveraging his experience, Ken led the creation and development of the Financial Crimes Task Force which enabled the FBI, NYPD and US Secret Service to share information and open the lines of communication between the agencies, allowing for more informed and effective law enforcement. Ken and a fellow agent also introduced LexisNexis to the FBI as he saw early on the critical need to access a central database of public records, knowing this concept would serve as the foundation for modern day investigative research.
After the FBI, Ken brought his skills to the private sector and joined Bishops Services, an investigative firm founded in 1898. Ken ultimately became President of Bishops, and with this experience in private business investigations, saw a need to not only protect corporations – but investors of all sizes too. And so, in 1991, Corporate Resolutions Inc. (CRI) was born.
Through CRI, Ken quickly set the standard for any pre-investment background investigation. CRI broke away from the conventional practice of simply verifying credentials and affiliations, and instead insisted on independently developing the personal, public and professional background of an individual or company.
With this new product in hand, Ken and his team set out to educate the investment community on the benefits of proper due diligence and the risks associated with making decisions on trust alone. Ken and CRI are extremely proud of the significant role we have played in taking background investigations from a cloak-and-dagger exercise to a mandatory component of any business transaction. And for good reason. Knowledge is power.
Kenneth S. Springer
Kenneth S. Springer, a former FBI Agent and Certified Fraud Examiner, is Founder and President of Corporate Resolutions Inc. Ken has conducted investigative due diligence and corporate investigations for over 35 years. He is the co-author of "Digging for Disclosure: Tactics for Protecting Your Firm's Assets from Swindlers, Scammers and Imposters" (released Jan. 2011).
Prior to founding the firm in 1991, Ken was President of Bishops Services, Inc., an investigative firm in New York City. Still earlier, Ken was with the FBI in both New York and Pittsburgh from 75-87, focusing on white collar crime – internal/external bank frauds and wall-street related crimes. A graduate of Siena College, Ken is a frequent speaker and lecturer on investigative due diligence, risk management, corporate investigations, as well as what CEO’s and board members can do to prevent fraud. He is active with numerous industry organizations that promote risk management and due diligence.
Ken has appeared on CNN, CNBC, FOX and Business News Network (BNN) as well as been interviewed by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Street, Bloomberg and more over the years. He has been a featured speaker at events, panels and conferences hosted by:
International Limited Partners Association (ILPA); Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute; Buyouts-PartnerConnect; Association for Corporate Growth (ACG); New York Private Equity Network (NYPEN); World Bank; DowJones; Reuters; Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI; New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA); Managed Funds Association (MFA); Vistage; Hedge Fund CFO Association; Operations for Alternatives (OFA); Angel Capital Association; Investigative Management Due Diligence Association (IMDDA); Risk Management Association (RMA); Investment Trends Summit (Opal); iiBIG; HedgeWorld; HedgeConnection; International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruitment (IACPR); InfoVest21; 6th Annual Private Equity World Latin America; Hedge Fund Leadership Council; President’s Council and Financial Executives Alliance (FEA).
Senior Vice President
Joelle Scott has 20 years of experience in business investigations and currently oversees research operations at Corporate Resolutions Inc. Joelle is the co-author of "Digging for Disclosure: Tactics for Protecting Your Firm's Assets from Swindlers, Scammers and Imposters" (released Jan. 2011).
A graduate of Colgate University, Joelle received her Master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she is also a teaching assistant for Richard Wald on the topics of “Critical Issues in Journalism” and “National Affairs Reporting.” Joelle is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) and 100 Women in Hedge Funds and is an instructor at the New York Institute of Finance on the topic of Detecting Fraud.
Kenneth H. Springer
Senior Vice President
Kenneth H. Springer is responsible for strategy and business development at CRI. Prior to his return to CRI in 2015, Kenny spent nine years at Goldman Sachs in a variety of operations leadership positions. Most recently, he was a Vice President in charge of the securities middle office and transaction settlement groups for the Americas. Before Goldman, Kenny was an investigative analyst at CRI for two years. Kenny's experience in financial services, coupled with his previous experience in business investigations, enables him to understand and appreciate the evolving needs of our clients to mitigate risk. Kenny is a graduate of Rutgers University where he was co-captain of the Division I Men’s Lacrosse team.
Director of Investigations
Wes Rigler joined CRI in 2012 after spending 28 years as an FBI agent conducting investigations into organized crime and labor racketeering which resulted in the successful prosecution of corrupt labor leaders and prominent members of organized crime families.
Wes was recently honored by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation for his outstanding work in the arrests and convictions of numerous corrupt union officials and contractors throughout New York and New Jersey while he was with the FBI. In 2007, Wes was nominated for the FBI Director’s Award for his role in the investigation of corrupt union officials of Local 825 of the International Union of Operating Engineers. Before joining the FBI, Wes was an officer with the Ridgewood Police Department in New Jersey and has also served in the United States Army. Wes received his Bachelor of Science degree from William Paterson University and attended Pace University School of Law. As Director of Investigations, Wes is responsible for overseeing and coordinating corporate investigations and monitoring assignments for Corporate Resolutions Inc.
Richard MacDonnell is a Vice President and Team Leader for Corporate Resolutions Inc. Rich has been with Corporate Resolutions since 2002 and plays an integral role in executing global background checks and complex corporate investigations.
Rich also developed and maintains the company’s proprietary databases and oversees the incorporation of all new technology and resources for Corporate Resolutions. Rich received a Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University, majoring in Environmental and Business Economics.
Kayla Boorady is a Vice President and Team Leader for Corporate Resolutions Inc. Kayla has been with the company since 2005, she conducts database research and comprehensive analysis for the firm's global background checks as well as the corporate investigations side of the business.
Kayla also maintains our database and resource network to ensure the firm has access to the most information possible. Kayla received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Canisius College, majoring in psychology and criminal justice, and a Master of Arts degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Dan is a Vice President and Team Leader for Corporate Resolutions Inc. He has been with the company since 2005. Dan manages a team of analysts and oversees our international investigations. Dan maintains strategic relationships and coordinates with our network of in-country investigators to conduct research and gather local intelligence across the globe. Dan received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University.
Lauren is a Vice President and Team Leader, and has been with Corporate Resolutions since 2006. Lauren is a specialist in information retrieval who oversees the training of our new analysts and teaches them how to thoroughly and creatively gather intelligence from thousands of public record sources.
Lauren’s expertise and experience is leveraged to conduct database research and analysis for background investigations and other intelligence related projects. Before joining Corporate Resolutions, Lauren worked for Sterling Testing Systems, Inc. in the criminal research department. Lauren received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Fairfield University.
Senior Business Intelligence Specialist
Marianne O’Keefe joined Corporate Resolutions Inc. in 2012 as our Sr. Business Intelligence Specialist, bringing over 20 years experience in due diligence and corporate background investigations to the firm. In addition to conducting in-depth investigations, Marianne also assists in business development, international investigations, analyst training and investigative report quality.
Before joining CRI, Marianne served as a senior executive and manager of investigations with Bishops Services Inc. where she was responsible for conducting and overseeing global due diligence background and other types of investigations, as well as all investigative research operations, report quality control, client relations and business development efforts. Prior to that, Marianne was an Intelligence Officer for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), responsible for monitoring, analyzing and reporting on political and security developments in Central America and the Caribbean, as well as security issues such as nuclear proliferation and narcotics trafficking. Marianne graduated from Stonehill College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies.
Director of Reports
Shelley Marinaro is our Director of Reports and a Team Leader. For over 20 years, Shelley has overseen the coordination of research and written reports for the entire company and has assisted in the development of new products and marketing initiatives.
Prior to Corporate Resolutions, Shelley worked for the FBI for four years and was assigned to one of the agency’s first drug task forces that included the DEA, Connecticut State Police and Hartford, Connecticut Police Department. Shelley attended Stone School of Business.
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