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

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

TurningPoint Executive Search Launches HR Solutions Practice

TurningPoint Executive Search has expanded with the addition of Jennifer Pikoos to launch new human resources solutions practice. “Having partnered with her for more than four years as a client, we are thrilled to have Jennifer join the TurningPoint team,” said Ken Schmitt, founder and CEO. “We have seen first-hand how her incredible work ethic and

CEOs Anticipate a Possible Recession

As 2023 starts to take shape, corporate leaders are already braced for a recession. The only mystery is what final form the downturn will take: mild or deep — and will the U.S. weather the storm better than the rest of the world? Other economic and geostrategic subplots add uncertainty to the story: Will supply

A Look at the 2023 Job Market

Despite the recent headlines about corporate layoffs, in Q4 of 2022 and even in recent days, most employees need not worry that their own jobs are at imminent risk. In a new report, TurningPoint Executive Search’s Elaine Rosen says it’s important to look closely at who is laying off and why. In Q4 of 2022,

Press Releases

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,

TurningPoint Executive Search Brings on Jennifer Pikoos to Launch New Human Resources Solutions Practice

TurningPoint Executive Search announced Jennifer Pikoos has joined the team to launch their new Human Resources Solutions practice. As an addition to TurningPoint’s current suite of services, the HR Solutions practice aims to empower businesses through authentic HUMAN resources. Jennifer will support organizations by offering support in developing impactful leaders and ensuring every HR function

TurningPoint Executive Search Places Mongoose Vice President of Marketing

TurningPoint Executive Search announces the placement of Laura Nicole Miller as Vice President of Marketing for Mongoose. Laura will help strategically define and implement a comprehensive strategy and play a pivotal role in propelling Mongoose into innovative new markets. Miller brings years of experience in higher education technology marketing, brand management, account-based marketing, marketing strategy, content and product