The Emerald Group Consultants, LLC was founded by John McKenna in 2019.  John is an accomplished Recruiting and Business Development executive that has specialized in the Financial Services industry


Our History

The Emerald Group Consultants, LLC was founded by John McKenna in 2019 to be a true partner and representative to the top professionals across multiple industries. The company prides itself on getting to know the needs and goals of top professionals rather than trying to fit them into a specific box that may not be in their best interest. Having built relationships with many successful organizations, The Emerald Group is well positioned to align our clients with an opportunity that is right for them.

Our Team

John McKenna

Founder and President

John is an accomplished Recruiting and Business Development executive that has spent most of his career working with professionals in the Mortgage industry.  It was always a goal of John’s to work for himself and start a company that he could build and grow proudly.  John is passionate about surrounding himself with like-minded colleagues and clients to ensure success both personally and professionally.  John resides in Pepper Pike, OH with his wife and 3 children. 

Michael McKenna

VP of Talent Acquisition

Michael was born and raised in Cleveland, OH and spent most of his professional career in the golf industry. After being a sports agent and recruiting professional golfers for 3 years, he jumped at the opportunity to join The Emerald Group in 2020. Michael specializes in Mortgage operations, financial advisors and will soon be launching The Emerald Group’s private club consulting division.

Joe Shomion

Talent Consultant

Joe is based in Minnesota with 23 years of recruiting experience, including 13 years of mortgage sales recruiting experience.  Joe has worked both internally and on the agency side recruiting for some of the top lenders in the mortgage industry.  Joe specializes in Mortgage sales recruiting for The Emerald Group. 

Rachel LeMire

Talent Consultant

Rachel joined The Emerald Group with over a decade of Sales, Business Development, and Recruiting experience across multiple industries.   She grew up in Long Island, New York.   After expanding her career in Los Angeles and Miami she settled down in Virginia with her husband and four children.   

Matthew Durant

Talent Consultant

Matthew is a seasoned sales and marketing professional with over 15 years experience.  Matthew knows that people hire people, not resumes.  Matthew offers both clients and candidates exceptional professional service, absolute confidentiality, and the most ethical values in executive search.  Matthew specializes in mortgage operations as well as insurance.

Sabrina Izant

Talent Consultant

Sabrina is born and raised in Cleveland, OH and joined The Emerald Group in 2021.   With a knowledgeable background in consulting, Sabrina has helped several Cleveland businesses expand their network and flourish. Sabrina recruits across a wide variety of industries including Healthcare and Financial Services. 

Joe Makram

Talent Consultant

Joe was born and raised on Long Island and has connections throughout the Long Island/ NYC area. Joe has been in the recruiting industry since 2015, with a track record of success in  Mortgage, Technical, and Engineering recruiting. Joe loves recruiting and delivering for both his candidates and clients. He takes great pride in dealing with candidates in a very personal way and loves the feeling of making a positive change in the lives of those he works with.

Chad Ryan

Talent Consultant

Chad was born and raised in Chicago, IL and recently moved to Cleveland, OH.  Prior to joining The Emerald Group in 2021, Chad was an accomplished restaurant professional, renowned for having curated and run some of the top bar programs in both Chicago and Cleveland.  He specializes in recruiting both mortgage and logistics industry professionals.

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29425 Chagrin Blvd.
Suite 230
Pepper Pike, OH 44122

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