About Us

Based in California, we are the premier executive recruiting resource for Sales, Marketing, Operations, and Executive Leadership professionals across the United States. TurningPoint was first conceived in 2007 in San Diego, a unique business community driven by a diverse industry base and entrepreneurial spirit. The vast majority of these are small, privately-held organizations including numerous start-up companies, a myriad of family-owned and operated businesses, and many public, and Fortune 1000 companies. This unique marketplace served as the catalyst for launching TurningPoint Executive Search, a new type of hybrid executive search firm that effectively supports companies of all sizes and structures.

Our team of executive recruiters offers more than 80 years of combined experience in recruiting, human resources, sales, marketing, training, and management. By combining a local presence with national search capabilities, TurningPoint has built a reputation as a world-class executive search firm. Our access to Global Resources uniquely positions us to work with companies of all sizes, industries, and structures. As a TurningPoint partner, we will help you to identify, attract, and retain tomorrow’s leaders today.

Whether you are a company seeking to fill a challenging position through an effective and targeted recruiting process, or a professional looking for support to connect with your ideal employer, our executive search firm was built with you in mind.

Recent Placements

Meet Our Team


Our executive recruiting team of professionals offers more than 80 years of combined experience in executive recruiting, career coaching, human resources, training, and management. At TurningPoint we are extremely proud of our highly collaborative approach. Our entire team touches every search, contributing to the research, marketing, sourcing, vetting and recruiting efforts that result in our 94% fill ratio. We believe the key to making a successful executive hire that sticks is taking a holistic and inclusive approach to identifying, screening and interviewing candidates.

Each member of our executive recruiting team is committed to our Core Values: Being High Touch, Accessible, and Responsive; Building Open and Honest Relationships through Candid Conversations; Fostering a Family Spirit and Personal Growth; and Making Long-Term Placements, not Short-Term Commissions.

Solutions And Expertise

  • Executive Search
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • All Industries
  • Associations
  • Automotive
  • Biotechnology
  • Clean Tech./Sustain.
  • Cloud Based
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data & Analytics
  • Devices
  • Energy
  • Engineering & Archit.
  • FinTech
  • Foundations
  • High Tech
  • Investment Mgmt.
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical
  • Medical Devices
  • Private Equity
  • Software
  • Supply Chain
  • Wealth Management
  • Board/Governance
  • Business Development
  • CEO/President
  • Communications/PR
  • General Management
  • GM/Operations
  • Government
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Supply Chain

News Briefings

TurningPoint Executive Search Recruits COO for Kia America

TurningPoint Executive Search recently recruited Steven Center as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Kia America. Senior partner Raquel Gallant led the assignment. “Steven is a proven innovator with an impressive track record within the automotive industry,” said Ms. Gallant. “I knew he was the whole package when I got to know him and learned

Talentor International Adds TurningPoint Executive Search to Network

Executive search consortium Talentor International has expanded its presence with the addition of TurningPoint Executive Search in San Diego, CA. TurningPoint Executive Search offers a comprehensive approach to placing mid- and senior-level sales, marketing, operations and executive leadership talent throughout Southern California, the U.S. and internationally. The firm has placed over 400 high performing professionals by partnering

Press Releases

TurningPoint Executive Search Managing Partner Named “Super Volunteer”

(2022) TurningPoint’s Managing Partner, Marketing & Operations, Elaine Rosen, has been appropriately named, “Super Volunteer” by the Scripps Ranch News. In her seven years with the Scripps Ranch High School Boosters, she has worn many hats from communications, website development, and volunteer coordinator, annual tournament director, and most notably, President. “When my daughter told me

TurningPoint Executive Search Celebrates 15 Year Anniversary

(2022) TurningPoint Executive Search anniversary ~ 15 years of successful partnerships and placements. Founded in 2007 after many years in the recruiting industry and a lifetime of entrepreneurship in his DNA, TurningPoint’s CEO, Ken Schmitt, sets a standard for a superb quality, high-touch, personalized recruiting partnerships with organizations in various business structures, including privately held,

TurningPoint Partners with North County LGBTQ Resource Center

(March 2022) TurningPoint is proud to be a sponsor of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center, helping support the needs and interests of diverse groups. The Resource Center services include support groups for youth, seniors, military service members, HIV/AIDS testing and prevention, counseling, civil rights advocacy, classes, and workgroups. TurningPoint’s founder, Ken Schmitt, is father of two sons, one


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