America Back to Work Ep 26: Arnette Heintze, S2Verify

How to Think Like a Secret Service Agent

November 22, 1963. June 6, 1968. April 30, 1981. September 11, 2001

All of these dates led to the creation of S2Verify in some way. Witnessing some of the major events in US history that occurred on these dates—including the assassinations of JFK, RFK, Reagen—inspired Arnette Heintze, co-founder of S2Verify, to dedicate 21 years of his life to the Secret Service. When he pivoted to entrepreneurship, background screening was an obvious next step.

On this week’s very special episode of America Back to Work, Arnette is in the hot seat to answer questions all about how S2Verify came to be—including the lessons about security he learned as a Secret Service Agent that can be applied to human resources today.

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S2Verify is one of the leading, privately held, pre-employment background screening companies in the United States. 

Arnette Heintze is co-founder and chief strategy officer at S2Verify. Before establishing S2Verify, Arnette spent more than three decades working at the highest levels of federal, state, and local law enforcement. 

He served more than 20 years in the United States Secret Service as a special agent and senior executive,—oØ where he planned, designed, and implemented security strategies to protect U.S. Presidents, world leaders, events of national significance, and our nation’s most sensitive assets, including financial infrastructure.  

After retiring from the Secret Service, Arnette focused on building the growth and performance of innovative start-ups and SMBs. In 2004, he established Hillard Heintze, a globally recognized strategic security risk management and investigations firm.

In 2009, along with Bill Whitford and Jim Zimbardi, Arnette established S2 Verify with an approach and methodology that delivers fast, accurate, compliant, and affordable background screening insights crucial to better managing insider risks, threats, and vulnerabilities.  

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