Professionals

Thomas Pikor

Thomas Pikor

President

 

As the founder of Catalyst Intelligence, Mr. Pikor is an accomplished executive with over twenty years of experience conducting high-stakes investigations on behalf of prominent law firms, Fortune 500 corporations, financial institutions and high-profile individuals. He specializes in complex due diligence research, cyber investigations and asset tracing, and has extensive experience in the practice areas of workplace investigations, intellectual property disputes and class-action litigation. Mr. Pikor’s ability to unearth “hidden” financial, legal, business and online references about a party, and identify connections with other seemingly unrelated parties, has been a hallmark of his success as an investigator over the past two decades.

With access to an array of commercial databases as well as numerous proprietary online search tools and a global network of well-placed investigative assets, Mr. Pikor regularly works with investment firms and sophisticated investors to develop in-depth profiles of prospective investment targets and their executive management teams.

Mr. Pikor’s investigative findings have been utilized in court proceedings involving commercial loan defaults. At trial, testimony provided by Mr. Pikor helped secure a guilty verdict against an investor accused of making fraudulent asset transfers to avoid satisfying a multi-million dollar construction loan. In a separate matter, Mr. Pikor’s investigative findings were integral to his law firm client’s successful bid to vacate a $10 million FINRA arbitration award.

Mr. Pikor regularly collaborates with outside and in-house counsel to investigate allegations of employee malfeasance and develop counter-measures to threats of workplace violence and corporate sabotage. He also has substantial experience orchestrating surveillance and undercover operations.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Pikor was Regional Managing Director and head of the Los Angeles Office of SafirRosetti, a leading international security and investigations firm. Prior to joining SafirRosetti, he worked as an analyst at prominent international intelligence and investigative consultancies in Los Angeles and New York City. He also gained valuable research experience as an Information Specialist with The Associated Press.

Mr. Pikor earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Cornell University. He is a licensed Private Investigator in the State of California.

Stephanie Izen

Stephanie Izen

Senior Intelligence Analyst

 

Stephanie joined the Catalyst team in 2015. With a background in both business and law, Stephanie is an expert in conducting comprehensive background investigations, including financial analysis as well as legal analysis. She is a master of online research – parsing voluminous data to find the “needle in a haystack, ” and analyzing intelligence from multiple conflicting sources. Deep dive social media research is another area in which Stephanie excels – finding hard-to-find profiles, discovering aliases, and unearthing potentially adverse information. Stephanie’s investigative experience includes due diligence of prospective investments on behalf of private equity firms; background diligence on Fortune 500 companies’ prospective board members; regulatory third-party background checks requisite to the granting of money transmitter licenses; and assessments of the bona fides of claimants and arbitrators in various ADR forums. Her duties recently expanded to include reputational assessments of newly formed crypto currency ventures for a preeminent digital currency and blockchain technology law firm. Stephanie is also experienced in gathering details and information in person, — interviewing key parties and supporting witnesses as well as reluctant individuals and (potentially) adverse witnesses. Stephanie has been praised by Catalyst clients for her ability to find difficult-to-find facts, witnesses and information. Prior to joining Catalyst, Stephanie spent close to a decade practicing law at boutique firms in and around the Los Angeles area. Stephanie practiced predominantly civil, commercial, and business litigation; clients included a medical device manufacturer, a well-known coffee company, and a national cosmetics retailer. Then, after a firm merger, she began practicing family law, which, in turn, led to a position handling high profile divorces and custody cases for a high octane firm in Beverly Hills. Stephanie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (with honors) from U.C.L.A. , and obtained a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California.

Ken Shane

Ken Shane

Senior Intelligence Analyst

 

Mr. Shane is an accomplished corporate investigator with almost a decade of experience at Catalyst, working directly under Mr. Pikor. He specializes in cyber and social media investigations, executive-level background checks, asset tracing, difficult locates and process serving, testifying in court, employee investigations, insurance fraud investigations, as well as surveillance and undercover operations. Prior to entering the investigative field, Mr. Shane spent almost two decades working in Public Affairs, with high profile clients in real estate and business, as well as Health Insurance Management at a Fortune 500 company, in New York City. Mr. Shane received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinema, in which creative thinking, pre-texting (or acting) and filming, all come into play in the investigative world.

Amber Dargenio

Amber Dargenio

Intelligence Analyst

 

Equipped with a strong background in analytical writing and research, Amber excels at piecing together missing links and synthesizing information to create a cohesive picture of the subject at hand. Amber’s investigative experience includes due diligence investigations for private equity firms, pre-employment background checks, and regulatory third-party background checks requisite to the granting of money transmitter licenses. Amber specializes in deep social media and online research and is adept at detecting key information from voluminous data.

Prior to joining Catalyst as an intelligence analyst, Amber worked in both the legal services and private investigation industries. As a litigation paralegal for a Boston-based litigation and business law firm, she assisted with cases pertaining to insurance fraud and defense, tort, worker’s compensation, personal injury, and employment law. Amber’s investigative experience also includes challenging locate investigations, managing difficult service of process, asset investigations, missing persons cases, and coordinating surveillance operations for Subrosa and domestic surveillance.

Amber received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and History from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. During her undergraduate career, Amber was a cross-registered student and research assistant at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Simon Goddard

Simon Goddard

Global Advisor

 

Simon is the Managing Director and founder of Global Insight Ltd – incorporated in 1998 in Hong Kong and Global Insight Co., Ltd established in Thailand. He has been working as a consultant in the investigations field, in both the public and private sectors, for thirty years. Simon was formerly Managing Director of the Asian operations of Kroll Associates, a US-headquartered investigations consultancy, then Senior Managing Director and Asia Regional Head of Decision Strategies / Fairfax International (DSFX), another US-based investigations consulting company. Before moving to Hong Kong in 1991, Simon worked in the Strategic Intelligence Unit of the Australian Government’s National Crime Authority (NCA) where his field of expertise was Asian Organized Crime. He started his career and received his early training as an intelligence officer with the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO). Selected ‘highlight’ cases include the ‘Bapindo’ bank fraud case in Indonesia – US$500 million stolen from an Indonesian state bank; the largest (at that time) factory fire in recorded history in Thailand; the flight of money from the collapsing Communist Party of the Soviet Union; closing down a sophisticated fraud syndicate that was registered as a ‘bank’ in Vanuatu and was active in a number countries in Asia; conducting an extensive investigation into numerous allegations of fraud in the Indian operations of a major US computer chip manufacturer; conducting sensitive FCPA related investigations into alleged corrupt activities of subsidiaries of US companies in various sectors including energy, electronics & beverages, among others. Simon has also assisted state parties and foreign investors in a number of investor-state arbitration proceedings in various ways including factual inquiries, asset identification for enforcement of awards, forum selection and providing expert witness services in matters where serious fraud or corruption is alleged. Simon received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Philosophy (with honors) from the University of Sydney, and holds a Bachelor of Laws (with honors) and a Master of Laws degree from the University of London. He holds dual British-Australian citizenship and is a permanent resident of Hong Kong. Simon is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), a founding member and former president of the Singapore Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), and a member of the International Bar Association (IBA).