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Most readers know Shred School as the training arm of NAID. Over its 15
year history of helping create successful secure destruction services,
it has made its way across the U.S. several times, been to Canada,
and even as far as the United Kingdom, receiving a warm and
welcome reception wherever it has gone.
Now, as Shred School prepares for yet another
major milestone - its first visit to Australia - we
thought it would be a good idea to examine
its history and what it has meant to secure
destruction professionals over the years.
A Little History
Shred School was born in 2003, when Nick
Wildrick and Ray Barry, of South Carolina-based Shred First, decided to give a name to
the training they provided to secure destruction
start-ups. After all, they had grown from a one truck
operation to 20 trucks in 7 years. It was obvious they
were doing something right.
In 2005, when Shred First was acquired by Cintas,
Shred School continued under the leadership of
Shred First’s battle-proven VP of Sales, Ray Barry. Under
Ray’s leadership, hundreds of new and veteran owners and sales people – known as “Shredheads” – went on to great
In 2012, when Ray got the itch to return to the trenches, he realized there was only one home for Shred School, and
the NAID Board agreed.
And so it was that Shred School became part of NAID in 2013.
A few tweaks were made. Shred School went on the road and the price was reduced, both in order to make it more
accessible to the rank and file employees. The faculty grew, and though Ray stayed on (maintaining his title as the
Dean of Shred School), NAID CEO Bob Johnson added his 35 years of industry experience along with other members
of the NAID team and other subject matter experts.
Under NAID’s management, Shred School continued to prosper. In the 4 years since, nearly 700 industry
professionals have completed the training (some more than once). These professionals, many of whom could not
attend the annual NAID Conference, were able to gain knowledge on regulations, operations, sales calls, prospecting,
social media, NAID marketing tools, and NAID certification, all in a way that was highly focused on secure destruction.
A member education se rvice of NAI DSM
Shred School® 2017
Heads Down Under
By Bob Johnson, NAID CEO