BlackFin Group hires Todd Luhtanen as COO

16 January 2023 2 min. read
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BlackFin Group, a management consultancy focusing on the mortgage and banking industries, has hired Todd Luhtanen as chief operating officer.

Based in Detroit, Luhtanen brings more than 35 years of experience in business consulting and software development, with deep sectoral expertise in mortgage lending. In his new role at BlackFin, Luhtanen will manage the firm’s day-to-day operations and the expansion of its services and software.

Since 2009, Luhtanen has run his independent consultancy Talan SBS, which provides coaching, advisory, and on-demand services to small businesses and entrepreneurs. Before that he co-founded and spent over 20 years at Dynatek, a provider of automation software for the mortgage industry, where he served as CTO and COO. After Dynatek was acquired by ISGN (now Sagent) in 2007, he served as CTO of ISGN for two years.

Luhtanen has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Eastern Michigan University.

BlackFin Group hires Todd Luhtanen as COO

“After long and careful consideration of candidates we are excited to add Todd to our Executive team,” said Keith Kemph president & CEO of BlackFin. “His senior leadership, integrity, knowledge, skills, and experience – accompanied by his relentless commitment to Client success – puts us in the best position to scale our exponential growth in 2023. Offering a broad set of services and software now, we needed someone who possessed the experience and ability to effectively define operational methods, strategies, and frameworks that will allow us to effectively grow without sacrificing the customer experience we are recognized for providing.”

Kemph founded BlackFin in 2019, having previously served as managing consultant at CC Pace and having held leadership roles at several banks, including Merrill Lynch. His company offers consulting, application development, and training services to banks, credit unions, and independent mortgage bankers. BlackFin’s consulting practice has offerings in strategy, operations, sales & marketing, technology, and organizational development.

The Englewood, CO-headquartered firm has 29 employees listed on LinkedIn.

“Since meeting Keith and the BlackFin team I’ve been impressed with what they stand for and the level of service they provide to their customers,” Luhtanen said. “They continue to bring value to the lending community and innovate the lending process.”