America’s Corporate Investigator
Nothing like a bridge collapse to test your skills. As one of the first retained private investigators at the Interstate 35W bridge disaster, Heartland’s CEO, Paul Jaeb, realized how years heading one of the nation’s premier investigative firms made it possible for him to gather facts under the most chaotic of conditions.
Paul founded Heartland Investigative Group in 1991. His firm has conducted thousands of due diligence investigations, background profiles, corporate fraud cases, and forensic matters. The firm’s clients include dozens of Fortune 500 corporations, hundreds of law firms, and several federal, state, and local government entities. Personally, Paul has solved dozens of complex corporate fraud cases, conducted dozens of high-level security audits and advised leading executives and celebrities on issues related to corporate and personal security.
“Those with the best intel always win.”
In 1989 I happened upon a classified ad for a job as a staff investigator for a major credit bureau. At the time my search for a political scientist job was proving elusive. So I took a chance and began my career as a junior “field representative” for a Fortune 500 company. My father worked almost 50 years with the same company and I was certain I would follow in his footsteps.
However, the digital revolution was gaining momentum at the turn of the decade and I pondered my fate. Would I become a casualty of the Internet Revolution? Probably. So, against the advice of everyone I knew I took the plunge and opened my own agency at the age of 26.
Opening the office and getting licensed was the easy part. Convincing lawyers, bankers, and insurers to hire me was another story.
Well, something worked. Today our firm has 100 employees, works for over 1000 attorneys, hundreds of bankers, and dozens of insurers. Along the way we have become experts in fraud, due diligence, and field work.
When I speak to groups of business people I draw on my experiences over the past 25 years, including involvement in some of America’s most tragic events. Fortunately, these disturbing cases are balanced by finding missing children, uncovering schemes, and helping business people make better and more informed decisions.
If there is one thing I have learned over my very fulfilling career arc is that “those with the best intel always win.” It has become our mantra at Heartland – and I would love to share with you my strategies that will allow you to win…always.
A Highly Sought After National Speaker
Paul attended the University of Minnesota with a political science major. He’s a Chartered Fraud Investigator© and a former Chairman of the National Association of Legal Investigators. He’s a founding member of a federal PAC and active in the profession’s leading associations. Paul is the Managing Editor of The Legal Investigator Magazine and the host of the industry’s most popular podcast, The American Private Investigator, which is downloaded by over 2500 listeners each month.
Exploring Your Intelligence Orbit©
Securing critical business information that’s right, relevant, and timely
The web is clogged with largely worthless, non-vetted, stale, and unreliable data. Yet relevant information abounds, we just need to know where it resides.
Paul Jaeb, leading private investigator, podcaster, author, and nationally known speaker, believes that all of us have an Intelligence Orbit©, a unique place where we store a staggering amount of data. It contains billions of data bytes, memories, gut feelings, snap judgments…and a whole lot of space junk. Any exploration requires planning and discipline. When you seek information on competitors, prospects, or partners you can step out into the vastness and hope to stumble upon something relevant. Or you can leverage what you’ve learned about your own orbit to make more informed, reasoned, and disciplined decisions.
- The Google Myth
- The Curse of False Positives
- Cultivating Sources
- Think Like a Vulcan
- Developing Proxies
Over 250 executives heard Paul speak at our Allied Executives event. Not only did Paul engage them, he truly taught them how to gather business intelligence. He’s a pro.”
John Palen, CEO
Mitigating Against Fraud, Rogue Employees, and Violence
Fraud. Employee misconduct. Workplace violence. I believe these are the three biggest risks facing your business today. Think you are safe? Consider what happens in just one day in the United States:
- Over $1 billion dollars will be stolen from US businesses by their employees
- About half of all job applicants will lie about a material fact about themselves
- Nearly 1000 people will be victims of workplace violence and two will be slain
What can we do? At the core of all prevention is better intelligence. Jaeb’s mantra is, simply, THOSE WITH THE BEST INTEL ALWAYS WIN. Know who’s handling your money, know the backgrounds of those you work with, and tune into the behaviors that may lead to violent situations.
Leading private investigator and security consultant Paul Jaeb has shared with thousands of professionals the three most common threats facing business owners today. Throughout its 23 year history his firm has been at the center of fraud, deceit, murder, and mayhem. They’ve busted swindlers, dug up dirt, protected executives, and learned a lot in the process. Paul will share his key strategies to protect your business against fraud, reckless employees, and workplace violence.
Paul struck that balance between being humorous at times, but very informative. He had the room’s attention, the interactive aspects were engaging.”
Todd Lee, CEO
Bell State Bank
He left the office at 6:05 p.m. Walking to his car from his office in downtown Minneapolis, he was almost run over by two squad cars. On his way home he paid scant attention to the Hennepin County water rescue crews racing east on Interstate 394. It was a tough day and Paul just wanted to just cut some grass and hang with the family.
At 6:25 he checked his email before heading out. Over 20 messages had arrived since leaving downtown. The subject lines were menacing: Call me at once…The Interstate Collapsed…Evidence is floating away.
In his 20 years as a PI Paul had found missing children, photographed fatal accidents, been shot at, and stared into the dark eyes of an accused criminals. But nothing came close to the sheer panic of investigating a bridge collapse.
Listen as Paul shares the important lessons he learned from being at the epicenter of Minnesota’s greatest tragedy.
Hearing Paul describe the scene put you right into one of our countries most disturbing structural disasters. How he and his team responded was breathtaking…and their aerial photos of the scene were jarring. A great example of grace under pressure.”
Certified Legal Investigator©
- Senior Executives
- Executive Retreats
- Corporate Leaders
- Service Professionals
BIO AND HEAD SHOT
Paul Jaeb founded Heartland Investigative Group in 1991. His firm has conducted thousands of due diligence investigations, background profiles, corporate fraud cases, and forensic assignments. The firm’s clients include over 1000 corporations, and hundreds of law firms and financial institutions. Personally, Paul has solved dozens of complex corporate fraud cases, conducted dozens of high-level security audits and advised leading executives on issues related to corporate intelligence.
Paul attended the University of Minnesota with a political science major. He’s a Chartered Fraud Investigator© and a former Chairman of the National Association of Legal Investigators. Paul is the Managing Editor of The Legal Investigator Magazine, and the host of the industry’s most popular podcast, The American Private Investigator©.