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 Seeks Leader for MLS Charlotte

Turnkey Search, a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, has been enlisted to help fill a key leadership role for MLS Charlotte, a Major League Soccer expansion team in North Carolina. The title of the role will be either president or chief business officer, depending on the experience of the chosen candidate. Late last year, hedge

Help Wanted: President Business Operations, Detroit Pistons

Turnkey Search, a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, has been selected by the Detroit Pistons to find a new president of business operations. “The Detroit Pistons are an iconic NBA team that recently moved back into downtown Detroit,” said Len Perna, founder and chairman of Turnkey Search. “Detroit itself is really buzzing as a comeback

Turnkey Search Places Commissioner for Major League Rugby

Following a comprehensive search across North America and internationally, Turnkey Search, a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, has assisted in placing George Killebrew as the new commissioner of Major League Rugby (MLR). “George Killebrew has the right experience, temperament and tenacity to be successful as commissioner for Major League Rugby,” said Rick Alessandri, managing director

Turnkey Search Recruits Director of Athletics for USC

Turnkey Search, a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, has placed Mike Bohn as the new director of athletics for the University of Southern California. He replaces NFL Hall of Famer Lynn Swann who resigned in September amid investigations targeting the athletic department. In 2016, the school used Neumann Associates (now part of Koya Leadership Partners) to recruit

Press Releases

Turnkey Search Promotes Three Key Team Members

HADDONFIELD, NJ, January 07, 2020 – Turnkey Search is thrilled to announce the promotions of three key members of the company. Diana Busino will now be Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer, while Kyle Brown and Allie Crone have been promoted to Vice President. Busino will continue to report directly to Chairman & CEO, Len

San Francisco 49ers Hire Jenni Luke as VP, Community Impact

San Francisco, CA, December 17, 2019 – In collaboration with Turnkey Search, the San Francisco 49ers have hired Jenni Luke as Vice President, Community Impact. In her role, Luke will oversee the team’s Community Relations, Fan Engagement department, and the 49ers Museum, as well as the 49ers Foundation, including its direct programs, the award-winning STEAM

Major League Rugby Appoints George Killebrew as Commissioner

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, December 9, 2019 – Turnkey Search is pleased to have assisted Major League Rugby (MLR) on the hiring of their new Commissioner, George Killebrew. As Commissioner, Mr. Killebrew will be responsible for driving the league’s vision, overall commercial and operational management and shall work on creating and growing key relationships with

313 Presents Selects Howard Handler as President

DETROIT, MI, December 5, 2019 – With assistance from Turnkey Search, 313 Presents, a joint venture between Olympia Entertainment and Pistons Sports & Entertainment, has selected Howard Handler as President. Handler will oversee the booking, production, marketing and business opportunities at Little Caesars Arena, Comerica Park, the Fox Theatre, DTE Energy Music Theatre, Meadow Brook

USC Selects Mike Bohn as Director of Athletics

LOS ANGELES, CA, November 7, 2019 – The University of Southern California (USC) and Turnkey Search today announced Mike Bohn as USC’s Director of Athletics, succeeding Lynn Swann. Bohn will be responsible for the overall culture and operation of the Athletics Department and its intercollegiate athletics programs. The Athletic Director reports to the President of