About Us

Where Talent Meets Opportunity.

We’re Zambito Search Group (ZSG), a leading  search firm specializing in professional level, middle management, and executive search.  ZSG was founded in 2002 by John Zambito, a nationally recognized recruiting expert. The firm identifies and places top performing individuals in the steel/manufacturing, construction/engineering, and banking/accounting/finance industries throughout the country.


Unlike other search firms that work off job postings, databases and replies to recruiting letters, we actively contact qualified individuals, not just the ones looking to make a change. We advise both clients and candidates on their status throughout the entire process, from interview to hire. The goal of our hands-on approach is a transparent and smooth process that leads to long-term satisfaction for both companies and candidates.

Meet Your Award-Winning Team

John Zambito


(614) 458-1150 | john@zsgtalent.com

John Zambito is President of Zambito Search Group where he is dedicated to growing the firm into one of the largest executive search firms both locally and nationally. He has a passion for developing and mentoring new and existing search consultants as well as growing existing practices and developing new ones. He still works with select clients on highly critical searches.


John earned his BA in Political Science from The Ohio State University.


He began his career in executive search with a large national recruiting firm that had 100 offices and over 5,000 recruiters nationally. During his time there, John was awarded many times the Top 10 sales performance award, the Top 5 and Elite office performance awards, and Manager of the Year. He also received a Vendor of the Year award from Gateway Computers, for helping them hire about 1000 employees when they launched their company. The office every year was recognized by Business First as the largest search firm in Columbus.


In 2002 he joined the nation’s leading banking and financial placement organization and won Rookie of the Year, Top Producer,  and Office of the Year awards.


In 2007, John launched Zambito Search Group, (formerly Z-Careers) to help a Fortune 150 company hire approximately 70 professionals annually. In addition to this client, the firm has expanded with one of the largest Construction practices nationally.


Business First has recognized John as one of twenty people To Know in HR and recognized the firm as one of the Top 5 Executive Search Firms in Columbus. John has experience recruiting in the Construction, Technology, Finance, Banking, and Manufacturing Industries.

Lauren Cox

Chief Operating Officer and Project Manager

(614) 458-1697  |  lauren@zsgtalent.com

Lauren Cox is Chief Operating Officer and Project Manager with Zambito Search Group. She recruits in the firm’s Steel Practice where she matches candidates’ technical skills with the right clients.


As Project Manager, Lauren acts as the hub of communication between hiring authorities and candidates. She is responsible for managing about 70 hires annually for a Fortune 500 manufacturing company.


Lauren recruits in the Manufacturing and Steel Industry in Maintenance, Engineering, and Management.


She earned her BS in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University.


She joined Zambito Search Group in 2007 after spending over 20 years in electrical, controls, and automation engineering for the Automotive and Electrical Automation industries.


Her technical background informs her recruiting practice and gives her clients a powerful resource of an insider’s perspective especially when hiring for technical positions.

Todd Sharon

Vice President of the Manufacturing division
(614) 458-1154  |  todd@zsgtalent.com


Todd Sharon is Vice President of the Manufacturing division of Zambito Search Group.


He specializes in recruiting talent in all areas of manufacturing, including maintenance, production, engineering, EHS, IT, finance/accounting, HR, logistics, and supervisory/managerial roles.


He works closely with clients and candidates to find a mutual fit for both sides. Building long-lasting professional bonds is a strength of Todd’s and his passion for helping others propels his success. He skillfully manages the recruiting process from start to finish to make it as smooth as possible for everyone involved.


He earned his BS in Environmental Engineering from The Ohio State University.


Todd joined Zambito Search Group in 2008. Prior to recruiting, Todd worked for several years in engineering and sales. His strong sales background and experience in engineering made him a natural fit for recruiting in this industry.

Derek Collins

Executive Recruiter

(614) 859-1355  |  derek@zsgtalent.com

Derek Collins is an Executive Recruiter with Zambito Search Group where he specializes in recruitment for the Steel and Manufacturing industries. He also works heavily with companies in the Pre-Engineered Buildings and Deck & Joist industries.


He recruits in areas of operations, management, sales, financial, IT, and engineering. The roles he fills are: technicians, electricians, mechanics, metallurgists and detailers.


With over 10 years’ experience in Outsourcing Management and a history of successful partnerships with several of the largest Fortune 500 companies, Derek is a perfect fit for executive recruiting.


His passion for quality, client service, and relationship-building drive his success in the industry. He has a strong desire to continually improve his client’s competitive standing in the marketplace which compels him to recruit the best possible talent for his clients.


Derek joined Zambito Search Group in 2014 and is focused on recruiting for a Fortune 150 manufacturing company.

Ryan Stubbs

Executive Recruiter

(614) 859-1352  |  ryan@zsgtalent.com

Ryan Stubbs is an Executive Recruiter with Zambito Search Group. He specializes in recruitment for the Steel & Manufacturing industry where he fills a variety of different roles including engineers, electricians, mechanics, technicians, and metallurgists.


Ryan earned his BA in Political Science and Government from The Ohio State University.


Prior to recruiting, Ryan worked in higher education in student services. Working closely with students on their career paths gave him valuable experience that he applies now to recruiting. He helps candidates achieve career advancement while meeting the needs of his clients who need top talent.


Ryan joined Zambito Search Group in 2018 and has ten years of prior experience in recruiting.

John McCormick

Practice Leader-Construction Services

(614) 458-1155  |  john.mccormick@zsgtalent.com

John McCormick is the Construction Practice Leader with Zambito Search Group. He specializes in recruiting professionals for Commercial General Contractors, Specialty Contractors, and Real Estate Developers.


John earned his BS in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Public Relations & Marketing from Ohio University.


He joined in Zambito Search Group in 2013, and quickly emerged as a leading recruiter in sourcing construction talent, working largely with ENR 100 firms on a national basis. He was promoted to Practice Leader in 2014, and has focused on client retention and development, and growing the Construction team.

Ben Zambito

Senior National Accounts Executive

(614) 859-1353  |  ben@zsgtalent.com

Ben Zambito is a Senior National Accounts Executive with Zambito Search Group. He specializes in the Construction Industry recruiting top-performing Engineers, Project Managers, Superintendents, and Executives for leading General Contractors.


He brings a depth of experience to recruiting top-performing talent in the Construction industry. His passion lies in guiding both candidates and companies through a seamless process using clear communication and timely follow-up.


Ben earned his BA in Political Science from The Ohio State University.


He joined Zambito Search Group in 2012 as an intern. He quickly grew into one of the firm’s perennial top-producers by placing qualified candidates in the Construction Industry with General Contractors, Special Trades Subcontractors, and in the Real Estate Development industry.

Max Zambito

Account Executive

(614) 859-1347  |  max@zsgtalent.com

Max Zambito is an Account Executive with Zambito Search Group where he specializes in recruiting professionals for Commercial General Contractors, Specialty Contractors and Real Estate Developers. He is committed to sourcing top talent for his clients and skillfully managing the recruiting process from beginning to end.


He works tirelessly for his clients and helps open candidates to new and exciting career opportunities at the same time. His timely and clear communication allows him to keep the entire process on track, making it a smooth transition for everyone.


Max earned his BA in Communication Management and Marketing from the University of Dayton.


He joined Zambito Search Group full time in 2017 after interning the previous summer. Max works with the top executives from a variety of ENR top 100 General Contractors and Fortune 1000 companies across the country.

Read Allen

Practice Leader- Paper and Packaging Division

(614) 859-1349 |  read@zsgtalent.com

Read Allen is the Paper and Packaging Project Lead with Zambito Search Group.  He specializes in recruiting professionals for sales, manufacturing, and engineering roles throughout the packaging industry.


Prior to recruiting, Read worked as a Marketing Account Executive.  He sold promotional merchandise and packaging solutions to professional sports franchises, including many NFL teams.


 He earned his BA in History from Ohio Wesleyan University.

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