Peace Officer Background Investigation Software Pre-Sales Begin June 2017

The Guardian Story

Built for Background Investigators, by Background Investigators.

Guardian’s CEO and Founder, Justin Biedinger, joined the Stockton Police Department as a sworn officer after serving 4 years in the US Navy Military Intelligence. With 10 years of active service at the Stockton PD under his belt, Justin was forced into medical retirement due to an injury that was incurred in the line of duty.

Justin decided to rejoin the force as a Background Investigator. To Justin’s dismay, he learned the investigation process lacked any standardized software, resulting in an inefficient system full of redundancies, labor intensive tasks, and flawed communication methodologies, which were not taking advantage of today’s technologies.

This led Justin to reach out to Jared Foster, who’s had over two decades of marketing strategy experience for start-ups and has consulted with companies to help generate millions in annual revenue growth. As Justin explained the situation of the law enforcement hiring process, he and Jared began to formulate a plan to create a software company to fulfill this glaring need.

Jared immediately reached out to a trusted colleague, Steve Airola, who’s no stranger to start-ups or running a multi-million dollar company.

Steve was intrigued with the concept and excitedly joined the project, bringing with him over 17 years of professional experience in the creative space, and the power of his established company, Mindslap, to finesse and develop the software.

Justin, Jared and Steve evaluated the background process in depth, researched the market, consulted with industry experts, and carefully outlined the features that would be included in the first software release.

After establishing an enthusiastic team of dedicated developers to build the software, the entire team is excited and honored to participate in a project that will help change the way law enforcement agencies hire new officers, ensuring the protection of the integrity of the department.

Meet Guardian’s Executive Team

Justin Biedinger
Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Justin Biedinger brings 10 years of experience as a Patrol Officer and another 2 as a Background Investigator for the Stockton Police Department, as well as 4 years spent in US Navy Military Intelligence. His first-hand knowledge of what it takes to protect and serve, and the importance of hiring in the field of law enforcement hasn't just helped shape the Guardian concept, it was the motivating spark that brought it to fruition.

Ryan LayneChief Business Development Officer

Ryan Layne comes from a technology and sales background and brings with him 20 years of business experience including building and managing sales forces in both the direct and indirect channels, project management, product development, negotiations, and business development via strategic organizations and relationships.

Steve AirolaChief Creative Officer and Co-Founder

Steve Airola has over 17 years experience within the creative industry, as well as being the Founder/CEO of Black Diamond University (which grew to over 20 employees and generated over $7.5 million in 24 months) and premier creative services agency, Mindslap, Inc., where he holds the titles of Founder and President. Steve's parallel career paths as both artist and entrepreneur have resulted in his being especially well-equipped to manage diverse teams of creatives, programmers and everyone in between, ensuring that all projects within his purview are executed with precision and imagination, from conception to launch.

Jared Foster Public Relations and Co-Founder

Guardian's Jared Foster has been developing marketing strategies that have taken start-up companies to the next level for over two decades. Among his accomplishments are independently consulting End70 Corp, whose revenue more than doubled from $8 million to $20 million annually following Jared's consultation. Jared struck out on his own as Co-Founder/CEO of MySocialBlend, which generated a funding raise of $2.5 million.


Meet the Board of Advisors

Captain Barry Thomas

Captain Barry M. Thomas began his law enforcement career with the Story County Sheriff’s Office in 1992.

During his tenure at the sheriff’s office he has served in many capacities, including time as a jail and patrol Deputy, Crime Prevention Officer, Field Training Officer and Supervisor, Emergency Response Team member and commander, Dive Team member, Public Information Officer, Sergeant, Administrative Lieutenant and his current position of Chief Deputy.

Capt. Thomas currently serves as the Immediate Past President of the FBI National Academy Associates, an international association representing over 17,000 law enforcement administrators worldwide. He has also served as Executive Director and Chair of the Board of Directors for Safe Call Now, a non-profit organization based in the Seattle, WA area that offers a confidential, comprehensive, 24-hour crisis referral service for all public safety employees, emergency services personnel and their family members nationwide. Capt. Thomas is a member of the National Sheriff’s Association, the Iowa State Sheriff’s and Deputies Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. Capt. Thomas has also previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for the ACCESS shelter in Ames and for the Iowa Crime Prevention Association.

Capt. Thomas earned his Bachelors of Liberal Studies degree from Iowa State University in 2002 and a Master of Criminal Justice degree from Boston University in 2005. He is a graduate of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and the F.B.I. National Academy, Session 223.

In July of 2008, Capt. Thomas was presented with the distinguished Livio A. Beccaccio Award from the FBI National Academy Associates. The Livio A. Beccaccio Award is a living memorial presented annually to a FBI National Academy Associate member who has demonstrated exemplary character through an act of heroism, outstanding community service, innovation in law enforcement, or leadership reflective of that by which FBI Special Agent Livio A. Beccaccio lived.

In December of 2008, Capt. Thomas was presented with the Sullivan Brothers Award of Valor by Iowa Governor Chet Culver. Capt. Thomas received the award for a June 8th, 2007 event in which he saved a young girl’s life by disarming a knife-wielding subject with his bare hands.

Capt. Thomas lives in Ames, IA with his wife Angie and his daughters Isabella and Braelyn. His son Zach is a pre-law major at Drury University in Springfield, MO.

Verna Brown

Prior to going into full-time ministry, Verna owned and operated an Automotive-RV & Marine business, and later served as a Human Resource Director for a local Cadillac Dealership. She is a sought out speaker, spiritual advisor, and leadership coach who currently sits on the advisory board of Team Shamrock, Team 4-Heritage Builders of Pebble Beach, CA, and Guardian Alliance Technologies in Stockton, CA. She has 18 years in Corporate management, and 17 years in ministry leadership to date.

Mike Harden

My name is Mike Harden and I retired as the Police Chief for the City of Modesto in 2012. During my 30 year Law Enforcement career, I specialized in the areas of criminal and internal investigations and in the areas of labor/management relations and negotiations, team building, leadership/management training, elected and appointed official relations, community relations, building partnerships, and strategic/business planning.I also gained extensive experience in emergency operations command and management.

My training, experience and education have allowed me to examine the overall effectiveness of many organizations and to assist police departments in the area of strategic development, team building and organizational effectiveness.


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