ELIZABETHTOWN — A start-up company with a couple of years under its belt has taken root and has moved it corporate office into the historic Squires Timber Building on Hwy. 53.
Tracey Trivette, a White Lake councilman and owner of several area businesses, purchased the Squires Timber Building in August 2015. On Jan. 4, he officially opened the corporate headquarters for Cerno Veritas, Inc. — a private investigations company that provides a variety of professional investigative services throughout the state.
“Our investigators and team of associates are committed to integrity and discretion, and strive to create an environment that best serves the needs of our clients. We are committed to providing accurate, cost-effective and timely investigations while maintaining client confidentiality at all times.”
Cerno Veritas, which in Latin means “to distinguish or to determine the truth,” also has offices near Selma and Morehead City.
At the helm of the company’s investigative services is Jerry Price, director of investigations.
“Mr. Price spent a 25-year career with the United States Secret Service, which included time on the Presidential Protective Detail for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and criminal investigations in the areas of credit card and check fraud; telecommunications fraud; computer forensics; and cybercrime,” Trivette said. “While assigned to the New York City Field Office, he was instrumental in the start-up of the New York Electronic Crimes Task Force, a multi-agency effort that laid the groundwork for the electronic investigations paradigm employed by the Secret Service in today’s international cybercrime arena.”
After retirement from the Secret Service, Price joined the Federal Air Marshal Service to build the agency in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He is a contract investigator with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, conducting national security and public trust background investigations to determine suitability of candidates for holding all levels of security clearances for the U.S. government. He is a graduate of George Mason University and continues to keep current in the field of computer forensics, security vulnerability assessment and risk analysis. Price has worked as a consultant for Cerno Veritas since May 2015 and assumed the duties of director on Jan. 1.
“I am pleased and very excited that Mr. Price has accepted this leadership position with our company,” Trivette said. “His experience, knowledge and professional relationships will be an enormous asset to our organization. He comes highly recommended and has earned a reputation of integrity that is above reproach. Under Jerry’s direction, I expect Cerno Veritas to set new benchmarks of standards for this industry and to evolve into a leading private investigations firm in North Carolina.”
Trivette added that the company is capable of and licensed to provide all services associated with the profession — including extensive background investigations, computer forensics, insurance and corporate fraud investigations, attorney/client case support services, as well as any other business or domestic type investigation (employee theft, child custody, infidelity etc.).
“CVI utilizes the most advanced technology and our personnel use state of the art tracking and surveillance equipment,” Trivette said.
CVI provides free consultations and can be contacted at 910-247-6173.
Cerno Veritas is the newest member of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce and Price is scheduled to be the guest speaker for the Chamber’s luncheon meeting in February. He will provide a general overview of the company and answer any questions concerning the company.
W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.