Emert started Rainmakers after having seen so much great work done by so many people to help make the world a better place. Emert lives in Seattle, Washington, USA, and found that the Seattle area was home to some of the most prolific success stories in all of global development.
Through Rainmakers, Emert helps to give a voice and platform to people causing change at all levels of the economic pyramid.
He has hosted and produced over 1,500 live half-hour community television shows; hosted over 100 live radio shows; spoken on corporate social responsibility before the American Film Institute, World Bank, and other venues.
In 2012, Rainmakers and The Post Harvest Project became affiliated. The Post Harvest Project is an entrepreneurial NGO that focuses on economic sustainability. The plan is to supply proven and appropriate technologies to help fishers, farmers and ranchers increase yield and decrease food loss. This should help alleviate hunger and poverty in Impact Countries. For more information, visit: www.tphp.org.
Previously, Emert was the Managing Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Symetra Financial (NYSE: SYA), a national financial services company headquartered near Seattle. Symetra received considerable recognition for his programs, including a presidential service award and a Puget Sound Business Journal award in 2010. He pioneered many consumer-oriented programs such as the Symetra Community Series, an innovative partnership with Bonneville Broadcasting that took advantage of traditional and new media to reach the public with issues-based content. He also created A Little Bit of Home (US troops program); Recovering Normalcy (a completed Katrina reclamation project in partnership with the YMCA near Biloxi, MS), the Symetra Community Champions (three-party partnerships with company representatives throughout the US), the Symetra Week of Service (a series of nonprofit partnerships where Symetra employees performed volunteer activities), etc.
Emert is significantly involved with the Initiative for Global Development, a business organization founded by Bill Clapp, Bill Gates, Bill Ruckleshaus, Dan Evans, and former US joint chief of staff chair, General John Shalikashvili. IGD’s purpose is to establish a business voice that the elimination of extreme global poverty is in US interests. Emert is an Ambassador for PATH, a past board member of the World Affairs Council, heavily involved with Global Partnerships, and was on the Advisory Council of the Global Business Center of the University of Washington.
Emert is the author of two books, and the ghost writer of five others. He has a BA in History from Tusculum College and a JD from the University of Tennessee.