Emma Hernan Family Business and Parents Influence Made Her A Go-To Luxury Home Agent

By Ankit Karki | May 25, 2023 07:39 AM

Emma attends a red carpet event with her dad Thomas and mom Stephanie in 2022
Emma attends a red carpet event with her dad Thomas and mom Stephanie in 2022( Source : instagram )

Emma Hernan family consists of her dad Thomas Hernan, mom Stephanie Hernan and three siblings. The Selling Sunset star grew up in Massachusetts.

Emma has had a successful career as a model, realtor, and reality TV personality. She started as a model and began working as a realtor after moving to Los Angeles.

Hernan became interested in real estate after buying a Hollywood Hills property as her first home. She eventually joined The Oppenheim Group in 2018 and made her debut in Selling Sunset in 2022.

Emma often credits her success to her parents who have been her role models since childhood. Despite owning millions of dollars in 2023, her family struggled financially when the 31-year-old was a young child.

Her father Tom worked as a firefighter, whereas her mother Stephanie was a stay-at-home mum. They struggled to pay installments on their mortgage and even lost their home once. Their fortune changed after the demise of Emma's maternal grandfather.

Stephanie's father Gerry McAdams started a company called Yankee Trader Seafood in 1994. The brand became famous for its signature crab cakes. After his demise, Stephanie and her sister Lisa stepped up to run the company.

Emma Hernan family business Yankee Trader Seafood was expanded by the sisters with the introduction of dishes like bacon-wrapped scallops, crab Rangoon, fish cakes, and other seafood snacks..

As of 2023, Yankee Trader Seafood has an annual revenue of over $25 million. Thomas and Stephanie are multi-millionaires today, whereas Emma has also successfully accumulated a net worth of $3 million, according to Heart.

Besides a lucrative career in TV, Emma also serves as the CEO of her food company called Emma Leigh & Co.

Thanks to her mother's background in accounting, she learned to save and invest at a very young age. Hernan also learned to value hard work; she helped out her mom and dad as a young child and even spent money to expand their business.

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Emma Hernan Was Raised By Successful Parents

Emma Hernan parents Thomas Hernan and Stephanie Hernan reside in Norwell, Massachusetts. Thomas and Stephanie have been married since 1989.

The couple currently runs the Yankee Trader Seafood along with their son Alex.

Emma Hernan with dad Thomas and mom Stephanie in 2022
Emma Hernan with dad Thomas and mom Stephanie in 2022( Source : instagram )

Thomas Hernan

Her dad Thomas G Hernan was born as the son of Thomas W Hernan and Margaret "Peggy" Marks Hernan in October 1960. He grew up with two siblings: brother Jack Hernan and sister Carol Berens.

Tom's father Thomas served as a US Navy Corpsman during World War II. For sustaining injuries during the battle at Iwo Jima, Japan, he received the Purple Heart. Thomas G Hernan passed away on January 4, 2013, whereas his wife Margaret died on November 20, 2019.

Emma's father Thomas Jr attended Cohasset High School in Cohasset, Massachusetts. He served as a Firefighter EMT for the town of Scituate and was also nominated for a Firefighter of the Year award in 2016.

Tom is not on Instagram but has an account on Facebook. However, he hasn't updated his profile since December 2022.

Stephanie Hernan

Her mom Stephanie was born on September 30, 1964; she is 59 years old as of 2023. She is the daughter of Gerry McAdams, the founder of Yankee Trader Seafood.

Stephanie has three sisters, among whom Lisa is her business partner. Meanwhile, her other two siblings, who live in Indiana and Florida, didn't join the family business.

Emma and Stephanie at the set of Selling Sunset
Emma and Stephanie at the set of Selling Sunset( Source : instagram )

Hernan attended Cohasset Junior-Senior High for her high school education. She went to the Northern University in Shenyang, China, for her degree in Accountancy and Business.

Stephanie is available on Instagram as @shernan1019 with over 3700 followers. She also has a profile on Facebook with 478 friends.

She Has Three Siblings

Emma Hernan brothers names are Alex Hernan, Matt Hernan, and Christopher Hernan. The four siblings were raised in Scituate, Massachusetts.

Alex Hernan is a director at his mother's company, Yankee Trader Seafood. He attended Scituate High School and later went to Keene State College.

Alex got married to Katie Kep Hernan on September 23, 2017. After years of dating, the couple got engaged on July 15, 2016. From their marriage, Katie and her husband have two adorable children: an elder son named Alex Jr and a younger daughter named Maggie.

Alex with his wife Katie and son Alex Jr. in 2019
Alex with his wife Katie and son Alex Jr. in 2019( Source : facebook )

Emma's other brother Matt, also known as J Matthew Hernan, works as a freelancer in the movie industry. He previously attended South Shore Regional Vocational Technical High School and later completed his college education at Bridgewater State University.

Likewise, Emma's third sibling, Christopher Hernan, also serves as an Emergency Medical Technician for the Cataldo Ambulance Service. He studied at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has a degree in Biology.

Is Emma Hernan Married?

Emma is not married but is in a complicated relationship with Peter Cornell. Peter is a former basketball player and part-time actor.

Peter and Emma got engaged around 2017; but, the couple reportedly ended the engagement in 2018.

Emma Hernan husband potential was also dating Christine Quinn at the same time. Quinn even claimed that she was engaged to Cornell before Emma.

Christine found out about Peter's infidelity when she spotted Cornell and Hernan leaving a gym. She broke off her relationship with him and later married Christian Richard, a software engineer, in 2019.

Who Is Peter Cornell?

Emma Hernan ex fiance Peter Cornell is a former basketball player for the Loyola Marymount University. Peter currently works as a realtor at The Oppenheim Group and also serves as its Director of Sports and Entertainment.

Peter had a successful career as a professional basketball player from September 1998 to March 2009. During his playing career, he represented several teams in the NBA and also played in Minor Leagues in Asia and Europe.

Post his retirement, Cornell worked as an NBA Player Agent and the West Coast Director of Pinnacle Management Corporation. After quitting the company, he worked for three years as a Consultant for Conill Advertising before eventually joining The Oppenheim Group in 2015.

In addition to real estate, Peter has also tried his hands in acting. He has made four screen appearances to date, including Like Mike, Semi-Pro, Jane the Virgin, and Kenan.

Who Is She Dating Now?

Emma Hernan dating status is quite complicated. The Selling Sunset star's name has been linked to Micah McDonald and Peter Cornell.

Emma and Micah McDonald in 2022
Emma and Micah McDonald in 2022( Source : eonline )

Emma went on a date with Micah in 2022 after the latter asked her out. The couple's first was also captured on camera and shown in an episode of Selling Sunset season 5.

In May 2022, the reality TV personality opened up about her love life. She mentioned her relationship status as single but added that she was open to dating.

Rumors of Hernan getting back with her ex-fiance Peter after they bought a home together in Los Angeles. While Emma mentioned that the property was bought as an investment and the two had no intention to move in together, she didn't dismiss the possibility of it happening in the future.

When asked about the nature of their relationship, Hernan answered "It's complicated." Emma added that she and Peter were business partners, so they could be spotted together despite not dating each other.

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