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Brian Heider

Executive Director, WVPA

President, Axiom Investigations Group

Brian Heider serves as the Executive Director of the Workplace Violence Prevention Association and is the President of Axiom Investigations Group, a professional investigation and risk management firm dedicated to serving the business, education, and public safety communities.

Brian knows first-hand the impact that workplace violence can have on an injured employee, their employer and the injured employee’s family. His wife was the victim of targeted, life-threatening violence by a known co-worker. The ripple effects from this incident led Brian to further dedicate his time and knowledge to help protect employers and employees from workplace violence. He is passionate about the mission of the Workplace Violence Prevention Association and the association’s efforts to address this critical issue facing business, educational institutions, and places of worship without discrimination.

For more than 23 years, Brian has dedicated his professional life to individual and public safety. Brian started a career in law enforcement in 2000, working as a police officer and then detective for the City of Orange Police Department in Southern California. Specialized assignments Brian worked include sexual assault and child abuse investigations, crime scene investigations, school resource officer, homicide investigator, gang investigator, and narcotics investigator. He was the department’s go-to author of high-profile search warrants and is a court-certified expert in multiple criminal and civil subject matter areas. Brian was also named the California Narcotic Officers Association (CNOA) “Officer of the Year.” His law enforcement career ended prematurely due to a work-related injury that resulted in multiple surgeries.

Following his medical retirement, Brian took a temporary position working for Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, CA. He was the Lead Investigator for the studios and was responsible for analyzing and preventing workplace violence matters along with investigating all matters involving studio employees and talent.

In 2010, Brian formed Oracle Investigations Group, a professional investigation agency specializing in personnel investigations involving public, private, and charter school educational institutions and public entities. For the past 14 years, Brian and his team have conducted investigations for over 500 public entities, education institutions, and public safety organizations. Services provided include administrative investigations; civil rights investigations; age, medical & disability discrimination investigations; sexual harassment and abuse investigations; Title VII & Title IX investigations; fraud and embezzlement investigations; public corruption investigations; asset searches; public safety and public employee pre-employment background investigations; crime scene investigation and forensic evidence recovery (Digital, DNA, Fingerprint & Firearm); and safe school planning. Investigations Brian has overseen have resulted in administrative, civil, and criminal outcomes and media attention. Criminal investigations have resulted in grand jury indictments, arrests, and convictions.

In 2014, after noticing a need for comprehensive school safety solutions for California’s K12 education community, Brian formed School Shield, Inc., a professional organization dedicated to providing safe school solutions funded by available state grants. School Shield was able to secure millions of dollars in Proposition 39 grant funding for K12 schools and provided expert safety solutions to numerous schools and organizations. School Shield provided school site risk and vulnerability assessments; student and staff threat & behavior assessments; comprehensive safe school plan creation and implementation; crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) consultation and assessment; and active shooter behavior and response training.

In 2020, Oracle was sought out and acquired by TNG Consulting, a national risk management consulting firm. Following the acquisition, Brian agreed to serve as Vice President of Investigations on a three-year executive employment agreement. During his tenure as Vice President of Investigations, Brian managed a national team of investigators and a portfolio of workplace, Title IX, civil rights, athlete protection, and background investigations that generated several million dollars in annual revenue. Client verticals served include K-12 public, charter, and private schools; public and private colleges and universities; municipal government, police, and fire agencies; and amateur and professional sports organizations. Brian also oversaw the firm’s Athlete Protection Investigations vertical, consisting of investigators, managers, and investigative assistants. The firm's largest athlete protection investigation client was a large amateur sports organization with 160,000+ members. His team successfully initiated, investigated, and/or dispositioned over 550 investigations for this organization, and the team’s work received acclaim from multiple law enforcement agencies and media outlets.

In August 2023, Brian’s executive employment with TNG naturally concluded and he launched Axiom Investigations Group to continue providing the same expert professional investigative services to clients throughout California. To date, Brian has trained thousands of employees in personal and organizational safety as well as investigative practices and procedures. Brian has also been active in working with local and state elected officials to pass safe school funding resolutions. Brian is also an active member of many trade associations related to threat and risk assessment, investigations, and human resources. Brian credits his most notable accomplishments as convincing his wife to marry him, raising several wonderful young humans, and solving a homicide while carpooling home from work with his wife (true story).

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