Raymond Conrad - Owner and Chief Executive Officer
Ray has been with GIS since its founding in 1966 and purchased the company in 1996. In the years since, through Ray's vision and leadership GIS has attained rapid growth and numerous company awards. Ray has been recognized as Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 Carolinas, and was a finalist for the National Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Albert Bueno - President
Albert's career includes executive positions in operations, sales, and marketing for major contract security firms and background screening companies. His diverse work history includes corporate investigations and security systems analysis. With GIS since 2003, Albert has been in the background screening industry since 1986 and has more than 30 years of experience in the security industry. Since 1987, Albert has been a member of the American Society for Industrial Security.
Johnny Bitar - Chief Information Officer
Johnny oversees all aspects of our Information Technology Group. He personally heads up product development for new and existing customers, ensuring our applications are user-friendly and fit their specific needs. Johnny has been working in IT since 1992, in the background screening business since 1998 and for GIS since 2006. He is a certified Quality Manager and member of the American Society for Quality.
Sharon Mann - Chief Financial Officer
With GIS since 2000, Sharon works to streamline costs and maintain the most competitive pricing. She manages all financial, banking and insurance relationships and all related reporting requirements for the company. Sharon, a CPA, has shown great skill and professionalism throughout her career, resulting in her being awarded the Jefferson Award from the American Institute for Public Service and being honored as an Outstanding Member in Business and Industry by the South Carolina Association of CPAs (SCACPA).
David Bartley - Executive Vice President
David has been with GIS since 1986. In that time, he has served in many roles, from Investigative Reporter to Operations Manager to Vice President of Operations and finally Executive Vice President, truly rising through the ranks and becoming familiar with GIS' products and processes along the way. In his current position, David is integral in the selling process, lending his considerable skills to contract negotiations, national account implementation and relationship management in support of GIS' business development efforts.
Chris Lemens - Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Chris began representing software and internet companies as in-house counsel in 1995. With GIS since 2007, Chris manages all legal affairs for the company. In this role, he regularly provides insight to GIS clients into legal issues related to their use of background reports, including issues under consumer reporting laws and under equal employment opportunity laws. Chris is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas.
Joe Kurta - Executive Vice President, Business Services
Joe joined GIS in 2013 after serving the previous 9 years as Vice President of Sales for eScreen drug and alcohol employment screening solutions, GIS' drug screening partner. In his current position as Executive Vice President of Business Services, Joe takes his extensive experience in selling and marketing employment screening solutions to provide GIS' entire sales staff and clients with reliable guidance and advice.
Lori Webb - Senior Vice President, Operations & Compliance
Lori has been working in the background screening and security industries since 1985, with extensive experience in public records retrieval and interpretation, credentialing, and systems delivery. Her professional seasoning extends to numerous compliance-mandated industries with a focus on project management and operational administration as primary areas of her specialization. With GIS since 2003, Lori is presently responsible for all aspects of GIS' background screening operations, playing an instrumental role in the company's business and growth strategies.
Jennifer Woodruff - Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Client Services
Since 2005, Jennifer has been balancing her dual interests in law and human resources. As both a lawyer and an HR professional with her PHR, Jennifer has a unique view into compliance as it relates to HR departments. As Senior Vice President of HR and Client Relations since 2011, Jennifer is responsible for maintaining our high client satisfaction rating and our high employee morale. Jennifer is licensed to practice law in Texas.
Brad Carlson – Senior Vice President, Sales
With GIS since 2011, Brad has over 30 years of active sales experience and has vast experience in the background screening industry, having worked at a variety of major background screening companies. In his role as Senior Vice President of Sales for GIS, Brad oversees the sales team, providing insight and guidance on how to approach prospects and clients. He is also responsible for improving our fingerprinting capabilities, taking our capabilities above and beyond the high standard we maintain today.
Nate Gabelman – Senior Vice President, Sales & Strategic Partnerships
In sales since 1999, Nate has been helping GIS grow and thrive since 2002. In his position as Senior Vice President of Sales and Strategic Partnerships, Nate has focused on developing partnerships with companies that provide intrinsic value to our clients and that provide services that meet our strict quality standards. Nate’s unique vision and focus has been instrumental in augmenting GIS’ solutions and services to fully meet our clients’ needs.