Michael "Bret" Hood is a financial crime, ethics, money laundering and leadership expert with 25 years of experience in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. During his career, Bret has worked on some of the most infamous cases in American history, including 9/11, the Oklahoma City Bombing, and the multi-billion dollar HealthSouth fraud case. Because of his experience, Bret was chosen to be an adviser when the FBI created their executive leadership development programs and was selected to be a leadership instructor at the FBI's National Academy, a ten-week college program for law enforcement executives from all over the world.
Bret has led over 50 United States government delegations to foreign countries and has been accepted as an adjunct professor of leadership for the University of Virginia. He has instructed and created blocks of instruction on a range of topics: forensic accounting, executive leadership, crisis management, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, money laundering, and anti-bribery compliance programs. Bret has instructed at the National Executive Institute, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiner's Global Fraud Conference, the University of South Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Institute of CPAs, the Malaysian Federal Reserve, regional/international law enforcement executive development seminars as well as International Law Enforcement Academies in Hungary, Dubai, and Botswana.
Bret has been qualified as a financial crime and money laundering expert in the Middle District of Florida and the Eastern District of Missouri. He is a four-time winner of the United States Attorney's Office Special Agent of the Year award for his financial crime and money laundering work. Also, Bret has received two commendations from the FBI Director for Leadership and Innovation.
From 2000 to the present, Bret has traveled the world representing the United States government, teaching various courses on financial crime and money laundering to various law enforcement and governmental entities worldwide. Bret has served as an adjunct professor of leadership for the University of Virginia and a permanent guest instructor for a forensic accounting class at Florida Gulf Coast University. In 2015 and 2016, Bret was a featured speaker at the Association of Certified Fraud Examiner's Global Fraud conferences. Bret has served as an instructor of financial crime and money laundering training for the Florida Institute of CPAs, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and various CPA chapters around the country. Bret has written numerous scholarly articles on fraud, qui tam actions, and other financial crimes published in Fraud Magazine and the University of Miami Business Law Review.