About Us

Turnkey Search is an agency dedicated to servicing professional teams, leagues, college athletic departments, collegiate conference offices, governing bodies, facilities, associations, brands, agencies and vendors all within the sports and entertainment industry.

An industry leader since 1996, the Turnkey team has successfully closed more than 1,000 searches with candidates that fit our clients’ needs both technically and culturally. Our areas of expertise are diverse, as are the candidate pools we’ve carefully cultivated over time.

With extensive hands-on experience in professional sports, collegiate athletics, media and entertainment, Turnkey Search is the sports business industry leader when it comes to domain expertise. We have a 360-degree real-world understanding of the industry, and our approach is thorough and highly consultative.

Our goal is to match not just the best candidates but the right candidates with our clients to create long-lasting, profitable partnerships. We’ve perfected a five-step recruiting process that’s efficient, effective and designed to provide long-term solutions.

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Our team prides itself on our practical understanding of sports, entertainment and media. We’re not outsiders looking in; rather, everyone on our staff has been on the ground floor, working for teams, collegiate athletic departments, sponsors, media companies and more.

We truly understand what it’s like to be a sports, entertainment and media professional, and have an intimate understanding of employers’ unique needs.

Solutions And Expertise

Solutions
  • Data Analy./Mrkt. Intell.
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Leadership Consulting
  • Leadership Develop.
  • Mgmt. Consulting
  • Recruitment Research
Industries
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Associations
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Consumer
  • Consumer Products
  • Consumer Services
  • Education
  • Foundations
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Non-Profit
  • Professional Services
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • 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
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Marketing & Sales

News Briefings

Turnkey Search Expands with Veteran Media Executive

Turnkey Search, a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, has added longtime media executive Rick Alessandri as managing director and general manager to its media practice. In this role, he will oversee talent recruitment & executive search for media, digital and tech companies, as well as for non-media entities, including leagues, teams, venues, events and

Turnkey Finds New Team President for the Carolina Panthers

Turnkey Sports and Entertainment has placed Tom Glick as the new team president for the Carolina Panthers. Following the resignation of Danny Morrison, the professional football organization has operated without a team president for nearly a year and a half. Leading the search was Len Perna, Turnkey’s president, founder and CEO. “We are thrilled to have Tom join

Turnkey Leading Search for Maryland’s Next Athletic Director

Turnkey Sports and Entertainment has been enlisted by the University of Maryland to lead its search for a new athletic director. Founder and CEO Len Perna, as well as managing director Gene DeFilippo, formerly Villanova’s athletic director, are leading the assignment. The previous AD, Kevin Anderson, took a six-month sabbatical and then, as many expected, resigned in

Turnkey Sports Lands CTO for the Philadelphia Phillies
Turnkey Sports Sean Walker Philadelphia Phillies CTO

Specialist recruiters Turnkey Sports and Entertainment has placed former Tampa Bay Lightning executive Sean Walker as the Philadelphia Phillies’ new vice president and chief technology officer. “Sean has a proven ability to successfully restructure IT departments from the ground up,” said Dave Buck Phillies’ executive vice president. “We are fortunate to have him on board to take the Phillies to

Press Releases

Long-Time Media Executive Rick Alessandri Joins Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, as Managing Director and General Manager of the Media Practice

HADDONFIELD, NJ, October 29, 2018 – Turnkey Search, a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, announced today the addition of long-time media executive Rick Alessandri to the talent recruitment/executive search firm. Alessandri joins Turnkey as Managing Director and General Manager of Turnkey’s growing media practice and will oversee talent recruitment/executive search for media, digital and tech

Turnkey Search Announces the Promotion of Three Team Members

HADDONFIELD, NJ – October 5, 2018 – Turnkey Search is announcing three key promotions within the company: Nicolas Bernal, Director of Marketing & Creative Services; Evan Kashan, Director of Operations & Integration; and Rebecca Oliver, Director of Strategic Communications. All three will report directly to Founder & Chairman Len Perna. In addition to his current ownership

Turnkey Places Tom Glick as Panthers Team President

CHARLOTTE, NC, August 24, 2018 – The Carolina Panthers today announced that Tom Glick is joining the organization as team president on September 16. In his role, Glick will oversee the team’s day-to-day operations. Glick joins the Panthers with more than 25 years of experience in sports management, having worked in baseball, basketball, hockey and

Phillies Welcome Walker as New Vice President & Chief Technology Officer

PHILADELPHIA, PA, March 28, 2018 – The Philadelphia Phillies announced the hire of Sean Walker as the team’s new Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Walker joins the Phillies after serving the Tampa Bay Lightning as Vice President of Innovation and Technology Services since 2016. Turnkey worked with the Phillies to lead a comprehensive nationwide search. “I am excited

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