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Team

The ARB team is made up of individuals with diverse skill sets and backgrounds that come together to provide our clients best in class service. With over 200 years’ combined experience, our probate research team has deep knowledge investigating and tracing complicated family histories to establish heirship. Not only are we experts in research, our team works meticulously to make sure that all details are handled correctly when documenting your proof of inheritance.

 

Todd Hamblin

Todd Hamblin

CEO

The former Chief Marketing Officer of Lexmark International, Todd Hamblin has spent much of his career creating great customer experiences. As ARB’s CEO, he takes great satisfaction in watching his team solve complex searches, enabling clients to keep their valuable assets in the family. Though Todd takes every chance he gets to travel and has climbed two of the world’s “seven summits”, Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Aconcagua, he is thrilled to call the beautiful state of Utah home.

Aubrey Hemingway

Aubrey Hemingway

Research Manager

Aubrey joined American Research Bureau’s research team in 2015. She is passionate about connecting people with their lawful inheritances and has been a dedicated genealogist for many years. Aubrey is fair, balanced, optimistic, and leads with a positive attitude. Before joining the ARB team, she worked in Human Resources. Aubrey enjoys any chance she gets to sing and dance. And yes, Aubrey is related to Ernest Hemingway.

J. Daniel Schwartz

J. Daniel Schwartz

Research Director

The senior of four Schwartz brothers, Dan serves as ARB Research Director. Dan joined the company in 1987 while working on his business degree at Brigham Young University. One of the foremost experts in the field of forensic genealogy, Dan has testified as an expert witness in more than 75 estate proceedings throughout the U.S. He counts among his greatest thrills solving difficult cases. Dan loves boating, is an avid sports fan and youth sports coach.

Darren Croft

Darren Croft

CIO

Darren has been a key contributor to ARB’s leading technical resources for nearly three decades. He began programming in middle school and hasn’t let up since, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University. Darren enjoys working with the bright people at ARB, overcoming complex business challenges, and creating solutions that help the ARB team succeed. When he’s not writing code or inventing new tools, you can find him trail running or swimming.

David Schwartz

David Schwartz

Director of Client Inheritance

Dave Schwartz joined ARB shortly after his brother Dan, following his completion of a mathematics degree from Brigham Young University. As Client Inheritance Director, Dave counts as his greatest asset his ability to analyze a multitude of information and sift out the elements absolutely essential to solving the case. An enthusiastic outdoors person, Dave especially enjoys camping and backpacking trips with his family.

Jeff Bennion

Jeff Bennion

CFO

Jeff joined ARB’s management team in 2020, bringing extensive experience in the areas of finance, operations, strategy, and project management. Jeff has worked in various capacities in the private and public sector, including eleven years of service as an officer in the United States Navy and Navy Reserves. While Jeff was deployed to Afghanistan, he served as a mentor to the Afghan National Army and led a host of humanitarian efforts. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Brigham Young University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Utah. Jeff enjoys tackling difficult problems and developing processes to make work, and life, more efficient. Outside of work, Jeff loves spending time with his family, coaching his daughter’s soccer team, and challenging himself with Spartan races.

Joel Miyasaki

Joel Miyasaki

Research Manager

Joel joined ARB after spending several years creating detailed family histories for private clients. Joel has a master’s degree in American history and brings exceptional research skills to his work as a Research Manager. He is particularly adept at solving cases with family connections that are difficult to establish and loves helping to ensure that ARB clients can claim their lawful inheritances. Joel plays the French horn and is a self-confessed political junkie.

Nathan Croft

Nathan Croft

Research Manager

Nathan hails from the Pacific Northwest, where he studied journalism at the University of Washington. He joined the ARB team early on in his career, and he is especially gratified when he can secure an inheritance for someone who may have otherwise been left out. Skilled in “big picture” thinking, Nathan pulls together many different clues to solve difficult research puzzles. He enjoys taking time to reflect while hiking in the nearby mountains, and while completing woodworking projects.

Steven Schwartz

Steven Schwartz

Research Director

The third Schwartz brother, Research Director Steve joined ARB upon graduating from Brigham Young University in 1992. A history major, Steve relishes solving puzzles. He thrives on organization and considers this one of his most valuable skills when solving difficult research problems. Steve is blessed with an ability to listen to people, learning their stories and pulling it all together. All of which comes in handy given that he spends a great deal of his time doing just that with his large family.

Anita Peterson

Anita Peterson

Accountant

Anita joined ARB in 2018 and delights in helping her team take care of clients and partners by streamlining financial and accounting processes. Prior to co-founding businesses in Texas and Utah, Anita earner her accounting degree from Utah Valley University. Anita loves the unique line of work ARB is involved in that helps keep assets in the family. In her time outside of work, Anita loves running the trails near her home, sailing, golfing, and spending time with her family.

Anna Mansure

Anna Mansure

Assistant Office Administrator

Anna has spent most of her life in entertainment: show choir, theatre, and even the opera! She even pursued a degree in vocal performance before turning her attention to a double major in philosophy and psychology. Anna’s greatest work skills are learning new systems quickly, adapting, and organizing. She enjoys helping people take care of the small tasks so they can focus on their big tasks. Anna also enjoys the arts and crafts such as painting, drawing, and creating things. She plans to illustrate a children’s flip book soon. Anna also enjoys watching movies and taking walks with her husband and her dog.

Ashley Lish

Ashley Lish

Knowledge Strategist

Ashley joined ARB’s research team in 2020, bringing a passion for solving difficult puzzles. Prior to joining ARB, Ashley earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Family History/Genealogy from BYU and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science (emphasis in Archival and Digital Records Management) from Simmons College. Ashley previously worked in the genealogy field for the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and AncestryProGenealogists, while also completing internships at the Society of Genealogists in London and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. She regularly attends and speaks at genealogy conferences across the country. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys watching documentaries, reading biographies, and following sports, particularly the Utah Jazz.

Barry Miller

Barry Miller

Senior Probate Researcher

Barry has been with American Research Bureau for over 30 years. He approaches everything with energy, enthusiasm, and speed. His honest, professional approach has enabled him to connect thousands of unknown and missing heirs with their lawful inheritance. Originally from Las Vegas, Barry is now an avid runner in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah – sometimes competing in 100-mile trail races! He also enjoys spending quality time with his family.

Carl Grundstrom

Carl Grundstrom

Senior Software Engineer

Carl earned a physics degree from Bucknell University and has since written software for computer security, finance, and AI classification systems. He has two patents for audio processing algorithms that filter noise from speech. Carl likes to write expert systems and tools that help people do their jobs. He also enjoys solving interesting problems. For fun, Carl plays the guitar, hikes, kayaks, and dances the tango. Whenever possible, he enjoys these activities with his four children.

Chad Earp

Chad Earp

Client Liaison

Chad was born and raised in Smithfield, NC, a small town outside of Raleigh, where he spent a lot of time helping out on his grandparent’s farm. He attended the University of North Carolina – Wilmington where he earned a BA in Political Science with a minor in Journalism. Following experiences in property management and financial technology, Chad spent time with a law firm as a case manager which led him to join ARB. Chad enjoys assisting clients through the process of receiving their inheritance. He loves the impact ARB services have on the lives of our clients. Outside of work, Chad loves being in the great outdoors – hiking, snowshoeing, camping, backpacking, etc.. He also loves supporting his hometown sports teams – the Panthers and the TarHeels!

Daniel Gibby

Daniel Gibby

Senior Software Engineer

Daniel joined ARB in 2019 with over 20 years of experience in the architecture and development of websites and software tools. A graduate of Weber State University with a Bachelors of Computer Science, Daniel has been programming Java for almost as long as the language has been in public use. Daniel enjoys working with the amazing researchers at ARB and is particularly impressed with their expertise and empathy. Daniel caught the programming bug early in life and has fond memories from his childhood working with his dad and brother on very early computer systems and games. Outside of work Daniel enjoys spending quality time with his wife and four children.

Danny Kerl

Danny Kerl

Probate Researcher

Danny was born and raised in Massapequa Park, NY. While attending Stonehill College, he played goalkeeper for the soccer team and earned a B.A. in History. Following college, Danny was a financial advisor for Prudential and then spent eight years in operations with Goldman Sachs where he developed keen process management, business intelligence, and team collaboration skills. Just prior to joining ARB, Danny spent time honing his business development skills at a client experience software company. Danny brings a passion for historical research and a desire to create positive experiences for his clients to his work. He is detail oriented and possesses strong technical skills. Outside of work, Danny enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, skiing and hiking in the mountains, and is an avid follower of NY sports and the English Premier League.

Elizabeth Young

Elizabeth Young

Documentation Specialist

Elizabeth joined ARB in 2020 after graduating from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s degree in Family History/Genealogy. During her education, Elizabeth spent time interning with FamilySearch, Society of Genealogists in London, and the Harold B. Lee Library. Elizabeth brings excellent research and organization skills, as well as a passion for connecting families, to her work. She particularly enjoys learning from others’ experiences and loves solving the puzzles that her work invariably brings. Elizabeth grew up enjoying detective and mystery pieces and brings this fascination of solving mysteries to her work. Outside of work, you will likely find Elizabeth in the great outdoors with family and friends, or challenging herself to learn a new skill.

Erik Brown

Erik Brown

Systems Administrator

Erik joined ARB in 2013 following 20 years in Linux administration, including more than 10 years in High Performance Computing. Erik loves building systems and learning new things. He enjoys helping people overcome technological difficulties and providing tools to help make their jobs easier. A talented cermanic artist, Erik is, at heart, a builder of things. When not building new systems and tools at ARB he can often be found in his home studio, working on some new creation.,

Hazel Scullin

Hazel Scullin

Probate Researcher

Research and genealogy are Hazel’s passions. Hazel has completed internships at FamilySearch, the LDS Church History Library, and Family Locket Genealogists. She was also a research assistant at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute of Religious Scholarship and a Teaching Assistant in the Department of History while completing her bachelor’s degree in Family History and Genealogy at Brigham Young University. Hazel is particularly adept at solving complex research problems and feels rewarded when helping clients claim their inheritance. Outside of work Hazel enjoys traveling and all things Harry Potter.

Janine Petersen

Janine Petersen

Office Manager

As Office Manager, Janine focuses primarily on keeping information moving within the organization and between ARB and its clients. Janine is well suited for this task with her background in office management, coaching, teaching, and as an NCAA athlete. In every aspect of her life she has focused on organization and communications. Janine enjoys working with people and has developed a great desire to help others be successful. Janine loves seeing the amazing joy that comes to individuals and families because of the work done at ARB. During her free time, Janine is an avid tennis player and treasures spending time with family.

Jonathan Schwartz

Jonathan Schwartz

Probate Researcher

The final Schwartz sibling to join ARB, younger brother Jon has been with the company since 1997. He wasn’t necessarily pre-destined for a career in forensic genealogy, however, having earned a bachelor’s degree in music at Brigham Young University. A multi-instrumentalist, Jon plays piano, organ, clarinet, sax, and trumpet. Fortunately for the company, Jon chose to become a Probate Researcher full-time, applying his persistence and love of problem solving to the work of uniting clients with their lawful inheritances.

Margaret Drechsel

Margaret Drechsel

Operations Manager

Margaret, the Operations Manager at ARB, has been with the team since 2014. She brings a positive energy to running the day to day operations with a smile on her face every day. In her 26 years as Regional Customer Service Manager with Nordstrom, she developed a knack for implementing processes and motivating people. She loves to learn and solve problems, making her great at streamlining ARB’s business processes. When not at work, she enjoys traveling, a love she developed after living in Brazil for three years as a teenager.

Megan Sanderson

Megan Sanderson

Documentation Specialist

Megan loves people. Connecting the dots as she catalogues people’s stories and experiences brings her great joy. At work, Megan is skilled at solving tough genealogical puzzles that solidify family connections. Outside of work, Megan loves reading, singing, playing the piano and performing in local theatre productions. Prior to coming to ARB, Megan earned her Masters Degree in Twentieth Century History from Utah State University and spent three years as a researcher for the Joseph Smith Papers Project. When not performing at work or on the stage, you’ll find Megan travelling or riding the fastest roller coaster she can find.

Melissa Cooper

Melissa Cooper

Office Administrator

Melissa brings a variety of work experiences to ARB, including roles in retail, fitness, and higher education. A self described, “forever learner”, Melissa has attended classes at the local college wherever she has lived as an adult. Melissa spent many years in interior design and loves interacting with people and helping to solve problems. She thrives on change and adapting to create great customer experiences. Outside of work, Melissa loves to read and exercise. She loves to read biographies and historical works, particularly those focused on WWII. For exercise, Melissa loves to run, swim, and climb the stair stepper.

Michael McCormick

Michael McCormick

Probate Researcher

Michael is an accomplished genealogist, having studied family history and genealogy at multiple universities and ultimately earning a Masters degree in Genealogical, Paleographic and Heraldic Studies. Michael has worked as a professional genealogist since 2007 and in the heir search industry since 2012. Michael enjoys creative problem solving and has great attention to detail. He enjoys working with a great group of people at ARB. Michael’s smarts and passion for genealogy are evidenced in his ability to write from memory the names of his ancestors on each line in correct placement until the 7th generation – well over 100 names!

Nate Andrew

Nate Andrew

Probate Researcher

Armed with two master’s degrees, a PhD in Political Science, and over 10 years in client facing roles, Nate decided to start his own genealogy business. Fortunately ARB was able to join forces with Nate and utilize his exceptional problem solving skills to locate missing and unknown heirs. Nate is highly skilled at connecting the dots utilizing professional research techniques and loves the collaboration and comradery with his teammates. Prior to joining ARB, Nate spent time teaching English in China and has traced his ancestry back to a Serbian great-great grandfather who was knighted by the Emperor of Austria. Royalty indeed!

Shawn Larsen

Shawn Larsen

Research Associate

Connecting with people and building trust has always been a strength for Shawn. He loves sharing the good news of an inheritance with his clients. Shawn loves spending time in the great outdoors, backpacking, camping, or spending time on the water. He spent two amazing years serving the people of South Africa as a missionary for his church. Prior to joining ARB, Shawn earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from BYU-Idaho. During his education, Shawn had the privilege of serving as a fishing guide in Juneau, Alaska. Following graduation, he spent time hiring and training new teams across the country at new store openings for a major retailer.

Sophie Barron

Sophie Barron

Senior Research Specialist

Sophie joined ARB in 2018, however, she is not new to the industry. Previously, Sophie spent over 11 years in the industry in a variety of roles, including court reporter, probate researcher, and case manager. Sophie enjoys providing expert testimony and thrives on challenging research and problem solving, helping families discover their past. A native of the Republic of Georgia, Sophie’s passion is travel. She loves to explore other cultures, try new cuisine, and make memories with her family. As a resident of New York City, Sophie also enjoys attending Broadway musicals.

Troy Adair

Troy Adair

Probate Researcher

Another ARB veteran, Troy earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in Asian studies from the University of Washington. Troy joined ARB in 1991. He has been involved with research throughout his ARB career and now serves as a Probate Researcher. Troy comes by his research skill naturally, given that he has identified five generations of his own family history. Troy enjoys cycling, hiking, and sailing when he’s not chasing genealogical mysteries.