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Tom Ostendorff

Tom Ostendorff

Tom is a Certified Protection Professional, former Regional Vice President of the American Society for Industrial Security, and a current member of the Government Relations Committee of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners. He has a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration from the University of Mississippi and a Masters in Business Administration from Centenary College. He has been qualified as an Expert Witness in the Louisiana 1st Judicial District and has provided testimony concerning Security Standards of Care. Additionally, he conducted Security Criticality and Vulnerability Surveys for Petrochemical, Forest Product, Healthcare and Manufacturing industries.

Tom is a former Detective in the Division of Special Investigations of the Shreveport Police Department and began his career with Southern Research Company in 1981. He became sole stockholder of the company in 1986. Most of his efforts pertain to legislative matters affecting the Consumer Reporting Industry at the State and Federal level. Tom is keenly proud of the integrity that the company has maintained since its founding in 1956 and is proud to be associated with a professional staff focused on providing thoroughness and accuracy in their work efforts to meet the employment, tenancy and volunteer screening needs of its clients. It gives him great pleasure in observing the staff members in meeting and exceeding their personal and professional goals. He encourages each staff member to continually improve and exceed the personal standards established.

A native of Shreveport, Tom is married to Sheryl. They are blessed to have 2 fine sons, daughters-in-law, 4 grandchildren, and his mother living within a mile of their home. His civic activities include Court Appointed Special Advocacy for Children and Chairman of the Healthcare Subcommittee of the Committee of One Hundred, Inc. Although baptized as an Episcopalian, he attends the First Baptist Church of Shreveport.

He enjoys golf and travel with family and friends, attending LSU football games, and taking daily walks whenever the weather allows.

 Vivian Stephens

Vivian Stephens

Vivian is a native of Como, MS; however, Shreveport became her home in July 2005. She is the Director of Operations at Southern Research Company where she has been employed for over 10 years. She has a strong background in Information Services with core competencies in writing and implementing policies & procedures, staff and client training, disaster recovery strategies, and quality control. Some of her responsibilities include serving as the NAPBS Compliance Leader, policy development & implementation, and data & information technology security.

Vivian is a proud member of the SRC Team. She enjoys the diversity of the job, working with the staff, and interacting with the clients and vendors.

Vivian is a member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), a Professional Member of the Northwest Louisiana Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and a member of the National Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Vivian’s career started at BancorpSouth while she was still in college. She grew from the Check Proofing Department to a Production Control Analyst in the Programming Department. She was employed at BancorpSouth until she joined the team at Southern Research in 2005. She is married to Pastor Rodney Stephens and has 4 wonderful children (3 sons and 1 daughter), a beautiful granddaughter, and an amazing godson.

Vivian enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and working in ministry with her husband. She attends Love Restoration Worship Center where she serves as the President of the Women’s Department, a member of the Prayer Warriors, and as the Praise and Worship Leader. She is also an instructor at CH Mason Bible College.

Baylor Boyd

Baylor Boyd

Baylor is the newest addition to our office staff! He joined Southern Research in November of 2015 after a career in the Oil and Gas Industry. Born and raised in Shreveport, he is proud to call this area home.

He is now responsible for Business Development and Marketing for our company. He loves that each day brings new projects and challenges. He’s motivated each morning knowing this position allows him to be more creative and that no part of his day will become dull or stagnant. This role is ideal for him because he loves being around people and enjoys establishing professional relationships with current and prospective clients.

When not in the office, he dedicates much of his spare time to non-profits in the community and throughout the state. He loves to travel and eat, especially in South Louisiana, where some of the world’s best food, culture and people are found. Overtime, he has gained a necessary appreciation for working out, riding his bike along the river and hiking.