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

Hunt Scanlon’s Top 10 Search Assignments for 2020

In 2020 the pandemic resulted in one of the most challenging years on record for executive search firms. But the need for talent continued unimpeded for most companies across dozens of disciplines. Despite fears that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) would get pushed to the backburner by the demands of the COVID-19 crisis, recruitment in

Turnkey Search Recruits Chief DE&I Officer for the Orlando Magic; Fills ACC Commissioner Role

Turnkey Search, a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, has placed Esu Ma’at as the new chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer of the Orlando Magic. This becomes the ninth NBA team to add a vice president-level position or higher dedicated to addressing diversity. “Turnkey Search is honored to help the Orlando Magic advance equity because it’s in

Turnkey Search Adds Two Key Recruiters

Turnkey Search, a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, has added Chad Chatlos and Katy Young Staudt to its recruitment team. The pair join the firm from Ventura Partners. “Chad and Katy are championship caliber sports recruiters,” said Len Perna, chairman and CEO of Turnkey. “We’ll be even better at helping our clients win, win, win.” Mr.

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

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