Tony Paixão

Tony Paixão
Tony Paixão
Executive Director
International Association of Interviewers (IAI)
Tony Paixão, CFI®, CFE, is a Certified Forensic Interviewer, and a Certified Fraud Examiner. He serves as the Executive Director for the International Association of Interviewers (IAI), as well as maintains a role as an instructor and consultant for Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. (WZ). While at WZ, Tony has played an integral role in the ongoing research and evolution of content creation and innovative teaching methods. Tony has created customized training programs, presented at seminars, hosted a variety of webinars as well as conducted live broadcasts of training.

Tony has served in a variety of roles both in the public and private sectors. He has conducted investigations and interrogations for hundreds of cases ranging from retail fraud to homicide to sexual assault to employee relations matters. Tony began his career working in law enforcement. During this time, he served as a pre-trial officer, a police officer with the University of Virginia (UVA), as well as a Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). With UVA, Tony was a member of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). While with NCIS, Tony was a member of the Family and Sexual Violence Unit where he managed cases dealing with child sexual assault, child pornography, domestic violence, and sexual harassment. Tony made a personal decision to leave the public sector and continue to pursue his passion for investigations and interview techniques in the private sector. Tony quickly advanced to a regional level leadership position with Harbor Freight Tools covering over 390 locations from Maine to Florida. Tony received his bachelor’s degree from James Madison University with a BS in Justice Studies and received his master’s degree from Arizona State University with a MS in Forensic Psychology.

Speaking in:

June 5
2:00 pm4:00 pm
Texas C

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