The Arizona Private Investigation Agency, LLC (APIA) has been in business for over 23 years. Our team of experienced investigators are dedicated to providing excellent investigative services to our clients. We take the time to understand your situation completely and bring about the most effective opportunities ensuring you get the successful outcome you deserve. We’re proud that so many of our clients have repeatedly turned to us for investigative services. We are determined to work hard to earn our clients loyalty every day.
Managing Member Bart Goodwin is a Vietnam Veteran who retired as a Sergeant from the
Arizona Department of Public Safety (State Police) after more than 20 years of service. While
working for DPS, Bart served in many of the Department’s Bureaus, including the Highway
Patrol, Auto Theft, Liquor Control, Narcotics Undercover Unit and the Southern Arizona Special
Investigations Unit which was responsible for investigating officer involved shootings or other
critical incident investigations involving DPS officers or officers from other police agencies. The
assignment also involved assisting other police agencies with investigating sensitive internal
investigations, as well as investigations involving local, county, and state politicians. Just prior
to retirement, Bart supervised the criminal intelligence unit which was comprised of intelligence
officers, civilian intelligence analysis and, at times, members of the military assigned to the
In 1992, after retirement from DPS, Bart applied to become a private investigator and opened
APIA. While maintaining APIA, Bart was recruited into the public sector where he worked as
the Director of Corporate Security and Compliance for Games West, Inc., US Automatic Mfg.
Co-AZ and USAMCO, Inc. This venture brought to reality the stark contrast between
government employment and dealing with Government agencies from the private sector
perspective. While semi-retired, Bart continues to oversee the day to day operations of APIA while being
very involved with his church and various disaster response agencies as an IFOC Chaplain.
Tom Grove is an Associate Investigator. Tom has an M.S. in Finance and a major in Safety and
Risk Management. In the military, he was a Special Agent and Polygraph Examiner for the US
Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) and the Agent-in-Charge of the Bayonne Military
Ocean Terminal CID Resident Office. After the military, he was a Polygraph Examiner for the
Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Corporate Director of Security for Purolator
Security, Inc., in Dallas, TX. After college, he was an Assistant Director of Intelligence for a
state/federal agency in Narcotics and Organized Crime. He also worked for the Arizona Risk
Management Division of the Department of Administration, providing assistance in litigation.
For the past 13 years he has had contracts to provide Background Investigations for several
federal agencies, and is presently credentialed by Customs & Border Protection (CBP) and
Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE). During this period he has worked for APIA as well.
He has past certification as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and a Certified Fraud
Examiner (CFE). Tom has also been an Adjunct Faculty Instructor in Criminal Justice and
Security for the Pima Community College and the University of Phoenix.
Georgia A. Goodwin is an Associate Investigator who has a background in the corporate entertainment industry, is a SAG Union Actress and is an excellent undercover operative. Georgia has the ability to provide extensive secret shopper type investigations in the restaurant and hotel industries as well as all types of elder care facilities.
Christopher G. Goodwin is a licensed investigator and a member of the LLC. Chris has experience in the wireless industry in sales, repair and management. Chris also spent several years in the hotel industry in Las Vegas as an assistant front desk manager for one of the major casino/resorts. Chris has extensive experience resolving complex issues with customers, vendors and employees. Chris has the ability to conduct internal investigations and bring a quick resolution to the issue at hand.