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Michael Terrana, President & CEO

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Michael Terrana is a nationally recognized recruiter and consultant to the Financial Services industry and Wall Street brokerages. Michael entered the Financial Services industry in 1984 as a Financial Advisor with a major brokerage firm. In 1986 the opportunity presented itself to manage Financial Advisor recruiting for an international executive search firm. Based on Michael’s success, he went on to become a Managing Director of a prominent national retained search firm where he headed up the brokerage recruiting division. In addition, Michael independently consulted for a Chicago based brokerage in recruiting and management and thereby attained a partnership interest.

Michael founded TERRANA GROUP in 1992, of which he is President & CEO. TERRANA GROUP is an impressive network of highly experienced executive consultants serving financial service firm’s top talent throughout the U.S. with corporate headquarters in Chicago.

Since 1986, Michael has been recruiting and directing successful placements totaling over $350 million in Financial Advisor’s annual gross production and 1300 plus career placements.

Michael graduated with honors in Finance from Northeastern Illinois University. Michael and his wife reside in Chicago and Michael has three children.  Michael enjoys traveling abroad, playing drums in a Chicago blues band, studying martial arts, and is a wine enthusiast and collector.

 

Anthony McPhearson picAnthony McPhearson, Managing Partner, TG Technology Talent Acquisitions (TTA) | Chief of Staff, TERRANA GROUP

Anthony, along with Michael Terrana Sr., launched TG Technology Talent Acquisitions (TTA) in the Summer of 2016. TTA is the new IT and Executive Recruiting division of TERRANA GROUP. TTA connects with highly skilled candidates with extensive experience to exceptional companies looking for assistance with their IT and executive staffing.

Anthony joined the TERRANA GROUP in the winter of 2016. Anthony is a technology, operational strategy and leadership expert with more than 25 years of enterprise experience. In this role he oversees the Terrana Group’s day-to-day operations and provides leadership and business support to the team.

Prior to assuming this role, he served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer and Chief of Staff for the Chicago Public Schools’ Information and Technology Services department from May 2011 to August 2015. Anthony also served in several other leadership roles over his 25-year career.

Anthony holds a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University in Chicago, as well as several leadership and strategy certificates from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and DePaul University. A native Chicagoan, Anthony is a passionate supporter of Chicago’s art and technology scenes, as well as its stunning architecture.

 

Mark Eskridge, Managing Director

Mark Eskridge joined TERRANA GROUP in the winter of 2001. Mark is responsible for the daily operation of the company, and routinely reports to the Chief Executive Officer with whom he has a close trusted relationship. Mark compliments the CEO’s experience, knowledge, and skills as he leads the implementation and the effort towards accomplishment of the strategic objectives developed by the CEO and the management team.  Mark assists in recruiting and is a mentor for the other Executive Consultants at TG.

Mark began his career in the field of technology working for IBM in Chicago marketing to the financial sector. He then moved into financial services where both at Continental Illinois and at Paine Webber he sold a wide range of foreign and domestic fixed income, equity, and derivative products to institutions worldwide.

In 1995, Mark joined Paragon Solutions assuming responsibility for recruiting and financial software products. This led to him joining Rowe Decision Analytics, a venture of Paragon Solutions and others, as Managing Director.

Mark Eskridge graduated from Case Institute of Technology at Case Western Reserve University with a degree in Management Science and Operations Research.

Mark’s hobbies include golfing, playing tennis and traveling abroad.

 

Monica Terrana, Marketing & Finance Director

Monica brings to TERRANA GROUP a complete customer service background with “old school” dedication and a contemporary strategic vision. Monica has both, enriched and supported the company’s leadership and influence in the financial services industry from a marketing and image standpoint as well as financial steadfastness. Further, her idea generation and problem solving attitude has proved beneficial leading many projects such as on-line marketing, social media communications, meeting planning, travel consulting, fiscal responsibility and QuickBooks adhesion.

Prior to joining TG, Monica worked in the Hospitality Industry for over 20 years. Monica’s passion for travel and her personal touch to customers facilitated her to visit, work and live in different countries around the world. Monica settled in Chicago in 2007, soon after joined TG where her skills and abilities are much utilized.

In her spare time, Monica enjoys traveling, volunteering as an interpreter and spending time with family and friends.

 

ryan-t-photo-1-3-17-crop3Ryan A. Terrana, Vice President, Team Recruitment Leader

Ryan Terrana joined the TERRANA GROUP in summer 2016. Ryan’s passion for building relationships and addressing the direct needs of his candidates makes him an outstanding talent matchmaker for Financial Advisors and Financial Services firms. Ryan is a highly adaptive recruiter who specializes in building strong and long-lasting relationships with both candidates and clients. Ryan is a market expert who has strong skills in both technology and sales. Ryan has several years of data entry, operations and client engagement experience.
In his spare time, Ryan is also passionate about music; he is a skilled drummer and a rising star in the audio engineering industry.

 

May Gantugs, Senior Executive Consultant

May Gantugs joined the TERRANA GROUP in Fall 2016.

 

Anthony Terrana - Terrana GroupMichael Anthony Terrana Jr., Senior Executive Consultant

Anthony joined the TERRANA GROUP in June of 2008. Anthony is an expert match maker in the Financial Services industry. His strong relationship skills have fast-tracked Anthony to becoming a TERRANA GROUP top recruiter. In addition, Anthony’s IT insight and solutions keep TERRANA GROUP cutting edge and operationally sound. Anthony is currently completing a Business Management Degree. In his free time Anthony enjoys BMX riding and playing his guitars.

 

 

Lillie Rule, Executive Consultant

Lillie Rule joined the TERRANA GROUP in Fall 2016.

 

Josephine Clapham, Executive Consultant

Josephine Clapham joined the TERRANA GROUP in Winter 2013. Josephine brings an elite education background, vast experiences and a solid work ethic to our firm. Josephine has the belief that nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it and do your best.

Josephine was born in Wales, United Kingdom Josephine was raised in a family where education, ethics, and a good spiritual mind were of vast importance to succeed in life. Josephine attended an all girls preparatory school, moved onto college then earned Masters Degrees in Psychology as well as English Law at Cambridge University in England. Josephine raced horses and competed in tennis tournaments to pay for her education and graduated with Honors.

Josephine’s career began working for the British Government as a Barrister dealing with tax evasion and in an 8 year period was recognized several times in the House of Commons, London. After moving to the United States, Josephine worked within the banking world for about 10 years gaining a vast amount of financial knowledge and at the same time had the opportunity to learn about the American laws and its regulations.

Josephine is a member of Mensa, the TaeKwonDo Association of Great Britain and Relay For Life Cancer Care of The Carolinas. She believes that it is not only important to give back to your community but to share your wealth of knowledge and kindness so others can prosper. Alongside of Josephine’s dedication to her career is her deep love for her family.