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 Lands Head Basketball Coach for University of Nebraska

Turnkey Search, a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, has placed Fred Hoiberg as the new head coach for the men’s basketball program at the University of Nebraska. He replaces Tim Miles, who was let go after leading the Cornhuskers to a 19-17 record this past season. The appointment of Mr. Hoiberg follows a comprehensive national

On International Women’s Day, Steep Hills Still to Climb

The modern International Women’s Day can be traced back to 1911, when over a million people gathered for demonstrations across Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. The United Nations began celebrating the day in 1975, and shortly after, other countries began marking the occasion. Now it’s observed annually on March 8, today, to recognize the ways

Turnkey Search Recruits Chief Marketing Officer for Carolina Panthers

Turnkey Search, a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, has placed Meredith Starkey as chief marketing officer of the Carolina Panthers. She begins her new role later next month. Senior recruiter Allie Crone led the assignment. Ms. Starkey joins an elite and growing group of women in C-level positions across the sports industry. “The Panthers are

San Francisco 49ers Tap Turnkey Search to Find Chief Marketing Officer

Turnkey Search, a subsidiary of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, has been selected by the San Francisco 49ers to lead its search for a new chief marketing officer. Managing director Diana Busino is spearheading the search along with recruiter Allie Crone. The San Francisco 49ers were the first major league professional sports franchise based in San Francisco.

Press Releases

Starkey Joins the Carolina Panthers as VP & CMO

CHARLOTTE, NC, February 29, 2019 –  The Carolina Panthers, in tandem with Turnkey Search, announced the hire of Meredith Starkey as their new Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer. Starkey will report directly to Tom Glick, the Panthers’ President of Business Operations. In her new role, Starkey will be responsible for leading all integrated marketing

Turnkey Search Notches Assist Helping the Philadelphia Flyers and Wells Fargo Center Hire Valerie Camillo

HADDONFIELD, NJ, December 10, 2018 – Turnkey Search, a division of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, is thrilled to notch an assist as the executive search firm working with Comcast Spectacor, parent company of the Philadelphia Flyers and Wells Fargo Center for the hire of a new President of Business Operations. Today the Philadelphia Flyers and

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