Meet the Team
At the heart of Emerald Resource Group’s vibrant culture is a proven set of core values that reap a dedicated commitment to results. Our goal is to make a difference in everything we do.
- Embodies tenacity & persistence
- Does the right thing.
- Maintains optimism.
- Thirsts for learning more!
- Focuses on family and a work/life balance.
Specialties: Java Developers, Architects, Managers, Directors, Vice Presidents of Software
Founder of Emerald Resource Group and Emerald Consulting Group
With 30 years in the recruiting field- patience and balance is truly his virtue! Mark runs a full desk, trains/mentors the team, and STILL finds time to stay immersed in his own professional and personal growth. Outside of work- he’s a husband, father of four, head swim coach for Brecksville-Broadview Heights, and avid contributor to the community.
Bragging rights (though he’s a big slice of humble pie) include- Cleveland State graduate, Certified Personal Consultant (CPC Certified), member of Entrepreneurs’ Organization, has appeared on PBS and NBC, presented at IT Talent CIO Symposium’s, Computerworld, Ohio & National Associates of Staffing, and PC Weekly.
“I believe that you can get everything you want in life, if you just help enough people get what they want.”
Fact: Mark’s coined phrase: “Did I catch you, okay?’ is the most contagious, and down right, considerate phrase now used around the office.
A master in Human Resources (No, REALLY… she has a certificate in Professional Human Resources from HRCI!), she’s a trusted gem of the Emerald office! Sue joins our team with 20 years of HR/Office management within both consulting/recruiting and hospitality. Detailed oriented and proactive in follow up, rarely anything slips through the cracks on her desk. Sue’s optimism also stands out among the team- especially in a role that wears many hats!
Fun facts: She’s a runner, known to be a crazy plant lady, and currently studying for her private investigator’s license (watch out!). She also is the keeper of a favored office candy jar… spoiling her co-workers immensely!
Specialties: Developers, Database Administrators, Managers/Leads
Lead IT Recruiter- Columbus, Ohio
Tom yields a combined 15+ years of vibrant account management, sales, and recruiting experience. He’s a man with a very refreshing, direct approach- he prides himself in being upfront with process, in asking succinct questions, and in generating matter-of-fact responses. Candidates can appreciate the openness and clients are confident he’s best representing them. Those closest to Tom can vouch for this same kind of loyalty, tenacity, and overall intuitiveness even beyond the work place. Maybe it’s the ‘Buckeye blood’ in him that instilled such consistency… He’s a proud graduate of The Ohio State University, and truly enjoys recruiting within the geographical territory of his Alma Mater.
Tom is married and sees parenting as one of his biggest accomplishments to date.
Office chatter: Tom wins the award for the ‘most active’ in the office. He’s a habitual pacer, from the moment he turns on his headset and averages at least 10 miles a day while walking and talking to candidates and clients throughout the day.
Specialties: Developers, QA/BA, Production Support, Special Projects
IT Recruiter/ Project Management- Northeast Ohio
A bit feisty, and furiously compassionate, Kelly is mission-minded and in the industry to truly influence lives. She keeps oversight on a considerable amount- tasked with recruiting, managing administrative and corporate initiatives for Emerald. She also routinely networks on Emerald’s behalf with local professional groups. A passionate relationship-builder and connector, Kelly is always finding ways to make introductions and establish common grounds within her circles. Nevertheless, whether it’s behind the scenes or front line work, she aims to execute with diligence.
A Capital University graduate, Kelly is an active Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters, volunteer teacher with Junior Achievement, and Startingbloc Fellow. Kelly and her husband Sam are committed to various ministries within their church community and when given the chance, jumps at the opportunity to travel and visit friends. She’s even acquired a hefty thimble collection – after visiting all 50 states and some outlying countries.
Specialties: ERP, Developers, Supply Chain, Data Warehouse
IT Recruiter- Northeast Ohio
A bubbly, breath of fresh air, Sharon brings a spirit of optimism and energy that is unlike anyone else on the Emerald team. She’s appreciative and rather accustomed to the sales cycle- and has never once found her herself in a role outside of it. Sharon enjoys the constant continuity in meeting new people within recruiting. Connecting the dots and influencing the direction of companies both large and small through the placement process- never loses its luster! Most importantly, she’s organized and dedicated to the search 100%. Clients and candidates can rely on her quick feedback and follow-up.
Sharon has a love for cooking, recycling/refurbishing old furniture, and is committed to personal fitness. She holds her personal best in the San Diego half marathon and is definitely the only one here who can ace a back-hand spring. And yes- she’s 5 feet tall. Small, but surely mighty.
Office consensus: The week that Sharon was on vacation was the week that NO one laughed in the office.
IT Recruiter- Northeast Ohio
Kenyon brings 20+ years in the industry, with a much needed focus in Cyber Security and Infrastructure. His enthusiasm is hard to beat around the office! He carries a healthy blend of optimism mixed with a very forward-thinking approach, remaining happily focused on the needs of the client at hand. A graduate of both the College of Wooster (undergrad) and Kent State University (MBA), Kenyon is an adjunct teacher at a local university and an avid reader on topics of history, popular culture and music. Beyond work and study, hands down, it’s his two children and two dogs that are the secret to his joy.
Kenyon is an active Board Chair for One Health Organization, which benefits sustainable and affordable healthcare as it relates to veterinary medicine.
Fun fact: He may just challenge you to a game of Trivial Pursuit. Count on him winning!
IT Researcher and Recruiter- Northeast & Central Ohio
We welcome Fiona to the Emerald team, with 20 years in the corporate world related to telecom, project management, sales, and education. She enjoys helping people and has a passion and skill for connecting personally with them. Friends describe Fiona as caring, loyal, compassionate and witty. She thrives on learning and enjoys challenges. She also has a keen memory and attention to detail… so careful what you tell her!
Having grown up living overseas in Chile, England, Ghana, Kenya and Bangkok, she credits this to her serious passion for culture and travel. What’s her favorite place? Australia! She’s been 7 times! Fiona has volunteered and led many school organizations, has coordinated a book club for several years, participates in fundraisers for charities that are near and dear to her, and is often organizing get-togethers with friends and family. She considers it truly a privilege to be able to give back. Favorite things to do are hikes in the national and metroparks with her family.
Ask Fiona what her biggest accomplishment is and she’ll tell you hands down it’s her two daughters. A coincidence she has girls? Doubtful. The family dog, the cat, and even the fish (her husband is convinced) is a female. Fun Fact: Fiona will tell you she’s not a runner, but has completed four 10 mile runs and completed several 5K runs. What she will tell you is as far as exercise, she’d rather be on her mat in a Yoga class. Namaste!
*Photography: Tim Mirande, Stingray Tech, Ltd.