David Gantshar
President & CEO

David is the President & CEO of Shepherd Search Group® and the Shepherd Group of Companies. As the Founder of Merraine Group Inc., David started in the executive search & recruitment business with healthcare. After growing the firm to national prominence, David formed the Shepherd Search Group® and has gone on to acquire a number of successful boutique, niche driven search firms such as MoneyTech Search Group, Dermatology Recruiters, HRselect and Shepherd Engineering amongst others. David has been the driving force behind the firm’s global expansion as well as their diversification into interim & contract staffing. Prior to Merraine Group, David spent more than a decade in senior leadership roles in the graphic communications industry. David is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, has three dogs, a blind cat and can frequently be found in airports, hospitals (for good reasons) or if time allows, sampling a new vintage in some obscure vineyard.

Barbara Ratner
Senior Vice President

Barb is currently the SVP at Shepherd Search Group® with responsibility for strategic planning. She holds a seat on the firm’s Executive Committee and plays a large role in acquisitions, personnel development and oversight for special projects. With a background too long to describe, we can tell you she is an accomplished author and singer. When not working, Barb enjoys time with her grandchildren or for that manner….just about any children.

Jonathan Fund
VP of Operations

Jonathan leads Operations, IT, Training, Support and Onboarding efforts at Shepherd Search Group®. A graduate of Touro College, with a degree in Business Administration & Marketing, he worked as a Business Development Executive at KPMG before joining Shepherd. Jonathan has spent time in the Ukraine working with under privileged children and still yearns to be a stand-up comedian one day.

Laura Burgess
Senior Director, Sales & Trianing

Laura is Shepherd Search Group’s Senior Director of Sales and Training. Laura has over two decades of experience in leadership and talent development, including serving as Director of Area Operations Training for a global BPO organization, assigned exclusively to the AT&T account. Prior to that, she was the Director of Training for MRINetwork where she partnered with search firms worldwide to develop recruitment talent. Laura’s passion is growing companies, changing lives and helping her team exceed expectations.

Allen Kolber, Esq.
Director, Legal Affairs

Allen is the newest member of the senior leadership team at Shepherd Search Group®, and he oversees legal affairs – the one place where his sharp tongue and wit are appreciated. Allen has practiced law in NY State for more than twenty-five years. He likes to play guitar and is known for collecting old sewing machines, turntables and anything else that collects dust.

Steve Broder

Steve and David have worked together for close to thirty years. Steve is a licensed CPA and has oversight for finance and administration at Shepherd Search Group®. He also plays a large role on the firm’s acquisition team where he holds a seat on the Executive Committee. Steve enjoys playing those games at the carnival where you have to guess how many jelly beans are in the jar and to be candid….He usually gets it right.


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San Diego, CA 92126

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