Management Bios

AJ Lawler

AJ Lawler is a Senior Manager on the Employment Screening operations team at Scherzer International. AJ joined the firm in 2000 as a research analyst conducting employment purpose background investigations for all of SI’s clients. In 2002, AJ became Manager of the Employment Screening operations team, and over the years, has helped refine existing processes and develop new ways to assist clients in achieving their background screening goals. AJ currently serves our law firm clients, working with some of the top law firms in the country. As an industry veteran, he brings a wealth of professional experience and knowledge to the table, helping his clients meet their unique and specific needs. AJ is responsible for providing reliable and responsive customer service, a thorough and comprehensive research process, and accurate reports that are legally compliant, among many other things, to each of his clients. 

Prior to joining SI, AJ worked in the Human Resources field as well as Security and Security Consulting. AJ is a Veteran who served two years in the United States Army, followed by six years in the California Army National Guard.

Alex Rodriguez

Alex J. Rodriguez has over 15 years of experience in the industry. He joined the Scherzer International management team in 2019. Previously he served the company as a research analyst and team lead. Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Aside from work, Alex enjoys sports and the outdoors.

Dave Lazar

Dave is a Managing Director furthering Scherzer International’s sales and marketing efforts and has been involved with the company since 1993.   Prior to SI, Dave held executive leadership positions with Progressive Insurance and Capitol American Life Insurance and graduated from Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School.

Outside of work, Dave is an avid but aging tennis player and enjoys his role as a grandparent.

Carole Scherzer

Prior to becoming an active member of the Board of Directors of Scherzer International, Carole served on the board of directors of a number of charitable organizations and was active in the PTA while her son was in elementary school.  She is still an active member of two charitable organizations.  She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and is still a Cleveland Indian fan.

Carole received her degree from USC after moving to California with Larry.  She enjoys walking daily.

Ina Ivanova

Ina started with SI in 2006 as a research analyst and was promoted to manager of the PC Department in 2011.  Prior to SI, Ina’s experience was with humanitarian organizations (International Red Cross and Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation). Ina has a master’s degree in history from the University of Sofia, and is fluent in Bulgarian, Russian, and French.

Jennifer Jackson

Jennifer L. Jackson is a Managing Director for Scherzer’s business development efforts. Based in Westport, Connecticut, Ms. Jackson has spent more than 20 years in private equity at Warburg Pincus, Aetos Capital, and FLE Associates and has been a board member for numerous companies and organizations. She currently serves on the board of Rosecrance Jackson Recovery Centers; various boards for Boy Scouts of America, including Connecticut Yankee Council and Area II of the Northeast Region of the United States, and is President of the Connecticut Chapter of the Women Marines Association. Additionally, she is a member of the Westport Young Woman’s League, American Legion, and the Marine Corps League.

Interesting facts:  Retired major in the United States Marine Corps; mom of two slobbering English bulldogs; wellness fanatic; Major Knitter blogger; knitter; fluent in Portuguese; and cast member in the original Children of the Corn horror movie.

Kelli Koch

Kelli Koch is the Manager of Prospective Client Investigations and Quality Control at Scherzer International.  She has 25 years of experience in the prospective client/due diligence industry, including national and international investigations as well as litigation support research. She joined Scherzer International in 2012 and manages the Cleveland branch. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Baldwin Wallace University and is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Bill Stone

Bill Stone is an EVP of Scherzer International and has several years of experience in the industry, all of it at SI. Bill is one of many managers in the company’s operations, trying hard to delight the clients. In this regard, he tries to assist others in meeting the goal of providing high-quality reports in a timely manner. After working his way up the SI ladder from research assistant to research analyst to managing a research department, in his current role, he primarily assists with the coordinating of staffing among departments, monitoring capacity, measuring efficiencies, providing back up when needed, and generally overseeing the operational functions of the company. Through his various positions and in partnership with the clients over the years, he has gained a lot of experience understanding what is important and what is needed to provide great service.

In his spare time, he enjoys trying new foods, meeting new people, and seeing new places, not necessarily in that order.

Larry Scherzer

Larry is the founder and President of Scherzer International.  While at Scherzer International, he has been on the Board of Directors of three community banks that were acquired while he was on the Board.  Larry enjoys giving back to the community and is on the Board of Directors of four Non-profit organizations.

Larry received his undergraduate degree at Bowling Green State University.  He received his MBA from Case Western University.  Following the Cleveland Indians and exercise and are two of Larry’s favorite hobbies.

Rich Grullon

Having started his career with Scherzer International right out of college, Rich began as a research analyst and, within 18 months, was promoted to Manager of the Prospective Client unit. Rich has led a team of researchers, several of whom he would mentor and would go on to become managers of their own departments. Since 2013, Rich has been manager of the Business Background unit, overseeing the growth of current and new clients and focusing on winning clients’ trust with an excellent customer experience. Rich joined the company’s board of directors in 2017 and was named Executive Vice President in December 2020.

Rich earned a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies with a minor in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys volunteering to coach their youth sports teams, and is an avid backpacker.

Vijay Cruz

Vijay Cruz is a senior manager on the pre-employment operations team. Prior to joining the management team in 2015, he was a research analyst and brings extensive experience in conducting background investigations. He received the basic and advanced FCRA certifications from the National Association of Professional Background Screeners and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from the University of California at Irvine and Post-Graduate Certificates from the University of Georgia and Columbia University.

Vijay was born and raised in Southern California and outside of the office he is a fervent collector of Funko Pop Vinyl figures, plays the stock market, rides a Peloton to work of all the ice cream he eats, and would probably try to recruit you to join him in an Obstacle Course Race the first opportunity he gets.