About Us

While our home base is California, our reach goes far beyond our region. By combining local presence with international executive search capabilities, TurningPoint is recognized as a world-class executive search firm. With exec search clients in nearly every state throughout the U.S. and access to Global Resources, top-performing CEOs, Presidents, Sales & Marketing Leaders, and Operations professionals are at our fingertips. Our team of seasoned executive recruiters partner with a variety of company structures, from Private and Family-Owned businesses, to Private Equity and Family Office portfolio firms, to Venture-backed and Public Companies. Our executive search clients experience our high-touch, research-driven approach to executive recruiting, benefiting from our boutique executive search firm structure. The heart of our mission is to provide a personal “concierge-style” strategy to each and every recruiting experience across every industry.

The launch of our newest offering, TurningPoint Human Resources Solutions, allows us to provide even more top-notch service for our clients. We understand that as your business changes and grows, your HR needs do too. We are more than just problem solvers offering guidance and support. We develop a tailored and scalable strategic plan to address your company’s challenges to drive business. We believe the strength of your company is dependent on the engagement and alignment of your people with the core principles of your business.

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
  • Human Resources Solutions
  • 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
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Supply Chain

News Briefings

TurningPoint Executive Search Fills Marketing Position for Jones Lake Management

TurningPoint Executive Search has placed Shara Evans as the director of marketing at Jones Lake Management. “Shara will take Jones Lake Management to new heights,” said Melanie Strauss, the TurningPoint Executive Search partner who led the search. “This is a very niche market with a limited candidate pool of professionals who possess the knowledge and business acumen

TurningPoint Executive Search Recruits COO for Beam Global

TurningPoint Executive Search has assisted in the recruitment of Mark Myers as chief operating officer of NASDAQ-traded Beam Global in San Diego, CA. “We are very proud of our partnership with Beam Global as they continue to expand their executive leadership team,” said Ken Schmitt, CEO and founder of TurningPoint Executive Search. “Their focus on innovation within

TurningPoint Executive Search Fills HR Post for Hyundai Motor America

TurningPoint Executive Search has assisted in the recruitment of Kara Vande Hoef as director of human resources for Hyundai Motor America (HMA). “Kara’s professional journey to date speaks to her wealth of expertise across all HR functions,” said Raquel Gallant, TurningPoint’s managing director of executive search. “She has successfully developed and implemented HR programs, scaled operations, and

Search Firms Continue to Provide New Services for Clients 

As the competition intensifies in the ongoing war for top executive talent, search firms are increasingly experiencing heightened pressure to provide an array of comprehensive services that go beyond pure retained search. The evolving landscape demands a strategic response, leading numerous firms to diversify, expanding their repertoire to encompass an assortment of supplementary offerings such

Press Releases


San Diego, 03/2024—TurningPoint Executive Search, a leading local and global executive search firm, is pleased to announce the successful placement of Shara Evans as the Director of Marketing at Jones Lake Management. This strategic placement is another example of TurningPoint’s commitment to connecting top-tier leaders across the U.S. with innovative Private Equity and family-run organizations.


San Diego, 01/2024 – TurningPoint Executive Search, a leading local and global executive search firm, is pleased to announce the successful placement of Mark Myers as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Beam Global (NASDAQ: BEEM). This strategic placement underscores TurningPoint’s commitment to connecting top-tier leaders across the U.S. with innovative organizations dedicated to driving disruption. Beam

TurningPoint Executive Search Launches Podcast Season 2

San Diego, California; Ken Schmitt, Founder & CEO of TurningPoint Executive Search, launches Season 2 of his leadership podcast with exciting changes. “We had exceptional guests and a lot of fun in Season 1 – San Diego Padres Craig Stammen and a former Olympic Medalist, for example.  After speaking with some of our listeners and

TurningPoint Executive Search Announces Release of Audiobook– The Practical Optimist

San Diego, California; TurningPoint Executive Search CEO & Founder Ken Schmitt announced the release of his audiobook, The Practical Optimist: An Entrepreneurial Journey Through Life’s Turning Points.  Ken shared, “I’ve been writing “The Practical Optimist” in my head for about a decade, believe it or not. In the wake of so many challenges this year – the

TurningPoint: Executive Search Places Founders First Director of Business Development & Partnerships

TurningPoint: Executive Search & Human Resources Solutions recruited Founders First‘s new Director of Business Development & Partnerships, Brandi Lipton. With over a decade of experience in developing and nurturing strategic partnerships, Brandi brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Founders First. In this new role, she will be responsible for identifying new business opportunities,