About Us

Since 1996, TurnkeyZRG has completed over 1,400 executive searches spanning the full landscape of sports, entertainment, music, 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 TurnkeyZRG, 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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Since 1996, TurnkeyZRG has completed over 1,400 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 TurnkeyZRG, 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

TurnkeyZRG Seeks CEO for United States Soccer Federation

TurnkeyZRG has been chosen by the United States Soccer Federation, the national governing body for the sport of soccer, to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. Current CEO Will Wilson announced last month that he will be stepping down at the end of October to pursue new professional ventures and opportunities. “The U.S.

TurnkeyZRG Recruits Commissioner for the Big 12

TurnkeyZRG has assisted in the recruitment of Brett Yormark as the fifth commissioner of the Big 12 Conference. Mr. Yormark’s official start date with the Irving, TX-based college athletic conference is expected to be August 1. His initial contract term is five years. As announced in April, current commissioner Bob Bowlsby will transition to a new

TurnkeyZRG Retained by Pac-12 Conference to Lead Chief People and Inclusion Officer Search

TurnkeyZRG has been called in by the Pac-12 Conference to lead its search for chief people and inclusion officer. The recruiting firm is seeking a leader to provide comprehensive human resources leadership for the Pac-12 organization and influence over its 12 universities’ athletic departments and student-athletes. The executive will be expected to provide a strategic vision

TurnkeyZRG Assists University of Wisconsin Recruit Head Soccer Coach

TurnkeyZRG recently placed Neil Jones as head soccer coach for University of Wisconsin. Mr. Jones previously led the Loyola University Chicago men’s soccer program for nine years. “We are thrilled to welcome Neil Jones as our next men’s soccer head coach,” said Chris McIntosh, Wisconsin’s director of athletics. “He has a proven track record of

Press Releases

VSG, Lightning name Matt Corey as Chief Marketing Officer

(February 8, 2022) Tampa Bay – In partnership with TurnkeyZRG, Vinik Sports Group and the Tampa Bay Lightning have hired veteran marketing executive Matt Corey to serve as the organization’s Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) today, Chief Executive Officer Steve Griggs announced. Corey joins the Bolts after an already successful career, most recently as CMO at

PTPA Retains TurnkeyZRG To Recruit CEO

(February 1, 2022) LOS ANGELES – The Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) has retained TurnKeyZRG to conduct a global, inclusive search to identify and recruit its first Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The PTPA’s mission is to build an equitable and sustainable competitive environment for all professional players, men and women, for today and generations to

Lisa Farris Appointed Chief Marketing Officer at Soundtrack Your Brand

(January 26, 2022) In partnership with TurnkeyZRG, Lisa Farris has been named Chief Marketing Officer at business-to-business music streaming service, Soundtrack Your Brand. Farris, who was previously Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer for the Recording Academy, will report directly to founder and CEO Ola Sars. Soundtrack Your Brand claims to be the world’s fastest-growing B2B

Haslam Sports Group Names Kristin Bernert President of Business Operations for the Columbus Crew

(January 21, 2022) COLUMBUS – In partnership with TurnkeyZRG, Haslam Sports Group (HSG) announced that Kristin Bernert has joined the Columbus Crew as President of Business Operations. Bernert – an Ohio native who after 10 years in executive roles with Madison Square Garden Sports recently co-founded and serves as principal of KB2 Sports – will

FC Dallas Hires Jerome Elenez as Vice President of Marketing

(January 19, 2022) FRISCO, TX Texas – In partnership with TurnkeyZRG, FC Dallas has hired Jerome Elenez as Vice President of Marketing. Elenez brings more than two decades of marketing experience to Toyota Stadium with stops at the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks and McDonald’s. “We’re thrilled that Jerome is joining our team to help us