About Us

Turnkey Search is a division of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment. The industry’s top talent recruitment firm since 1996, Turnkey has completed over 1,000 executive searches spanning the full landscape of sports, entertainment and media:

  • Professional sports teams and leagues
  • College/university athletic departments and conferences
  • Content, digital and social media entities
  • Investors at all stages, including venture and private equity
  • Facilities, including stadiums, arenas and theaters
  • Associations, non-profits and NGB’s with ties to sports and entertainment

Before joining Turnkey Search, our leadership worked as senior executives at ESPN, MLB teams, NHL teams, music companies, SEC, ACC and Big East athletic departments and other top organizations within the sports, entertainment and media landscape.

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Turnkey Search is a division of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment. The industry’s top talent recruitment firm since 1996, Turnkey has completed over 1,000 executive searches spanning the full landscape of sports, entertainment and media:

  • Professional sports teams and leagues
  • College/university athletic departments and conferences
  • Content, digital and social media entities
  • Investors at all stages, including venture and private equity
  • Facilities, including stadiums, arenas and theaters
  • Associations, non-profits and NGB’s with ties to sports and entertainment

Before joining Turnkey Search, our leadership worked as senior executives at ESPN, MLB teams, NHL teams, music companies, SEC, ACC and Big East athletic departments and other top organizations within the sports, entertainment and media landscape.

Solutions And Expertise

Solutions
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Leadership Consulting
  • Leadership Develop.
  • Mgmt. Consulting
  • Recruitment Research
Industries
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Associations
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Consumer
  • Education
  • Foundations
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Non-Profit
  • Private Equity
  • Sports
  • Travel, Hosp. & Leisure
Functions
  • Advertising
  • Board/Governance
  • Business Development
  • CEO/President
  • Communications/PR
  • Customer Service
  • Data/Analytics
  • Development
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Finance/Accounting
  • General Management
  • GM/Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Information/Digital
  • Investing
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Marketing & Sales

News Briefings

Turnkey Search Fills Senior Post for Chip Ganassi Racing

Turnkey Search, a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, has recruited Jason Bitsoff as the new chief commercial officer of Chip Ganassi Racing. The position, which is newly created, is a high visibility role responsible for leading a dynamic sales department for the racing organization. “The pandemic slowed many sports teams, triggering furloughs and layoffs,” said team owner

Turnkey Search and Ventura Partners Tapped by the Atlantic Coast Conference to Find Next Commissioner

Turnkey Search, a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, and Ventura Partners have teamed to lead the commissioner search for the Atlantic Coast Conference. John Swofford recently announced his intention to retire after serving 24 years in the position. Len Perna, Turnkey chairman and CEO, will be joined by colleagues Gene DeFilippo, Kelly Lewis, Allie Crone and Rick Alessandri

Turnkey Search Recruits Chief Business Officer for the Detroit Pistons

Turnkey Search, a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, has assisted the Detroit Pistons in the recruitment of former Roc Nation executive Mike Zavodsky as its new chief business officer. The role is a new position for the professional basketball organization. Mr. Zavodsky begins work with the NBA team on Wednesday. He will report to Pistons vice chair Arn Tellem.

USOPC Taps Turnkey Search for Multiple Searches

Turnkey Search, a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, has been enlisted to help the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) in Colorado Springs, CO to lead its search for both a new vice president of communications and vice president of finance. “My mindset these days is to be thankful. Be grateful,” said Len Perna,

Press Releases

St. Louis City SC Hires Edmound Elzy as VP, Ticket Sales & Service

(Sept. 18, 2020) Major League Soccer expansion franchise St. Louis City SC, in partnership with Turnkey Search, named Orange Bowl Director of Ticket Sales & Service Edmound Elzy as the team’s first ever Vice President of Ticket Sales & Service. The announcement of the hire comes as the club readies to launch its season ticket deposit

Turnkey Helps Launch Diversity-Based Pro Sports Assembly

(Sept. 10, 2020)-  Today a group of esteemed sports business executives have united to launch a first-of-its-kind, industry-wide, and mission-driven community called PRO SPORTS ASSEMBLY (“The Assembly”) – a 501(c)(3) organization for people who work in professional sports which aims by 2030 to achieve parity in opportunity, pay and leadership amongst its workforce. Designed to

Turnkey’s Diana Busino Named To SBJ 2020 “Game Changers: Women in Sports Business”

(Aug. 24, 2020) Turnkey Search’s Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer, Diana Busino, has been selected for the Sports Business Journal 2020 Class of “Game Changers: Women in Sports Business.” The 10th class of Game Changers, these women represent every sector across sports business from teams and leagues, to agencies and sponsors, to technology companies and

Turnkey Partners with SeventySix Capital’s Sports Advisory Venture

(July 21, 2020) SeventySix Capital, the sports venture capital company that invests in sports tech, esports and sports betting companies, announces its SeventySix Capital Sports Advisory venture (“Sports Advisory”). It advises top sports executives, leagues, organizations and athletes across the evolving landscape of sports management with a focus on esports, sports betting, media and social

Turnkey’s Evan Kashan Named To FOS Rising 25 Class of 2020 Cohort

 (May 13, 2020) Turnkey Search’s Director, Evan Kashan, has been selected for the Front Office Sports (FOS) Rising 25 Class of 2020 cohort. Established in 2017, the Front Office Sports Rising 25 Award has become one of the most competitive and prestigious awards in the sports business industry. The award has the goal of recognizing the up-and-comers in the sports industry who