About Us

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.

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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

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

Turnkey Sports and Entertainment Finds Director of Athletics for UNC Charlotte
Turnkey Sports and Entertainment Mike Hill Director of Athletics UNC Charlotte

Specialist recruiters Turnkey Sports and Entertainment has placed Mike Hill as the next director of athletics at UNC Charlotte. Senior executive director Gene DeFilippo led the assignment. Mr. Hill previously served as executive associate athletics director for external affairs at the University of Florida. In addition to his marketing and fundraising roles during his 25 years

Turnkey Search Fills Senior Role for Ilitch Holdings

Turnkey Search has placed Chris Granger as group president, sports and entertainment at Ilitch Holdings. Turnkey president and CEO Len Perna led the assignment. On the search and placement, Mr. Perna remarked that “working with Ilitch Holdings is a dream job. I mean that for us at Turnkey, as the search firm, and also for Chris Granger, who

Turnkey Search Recruits General Counsel for the Miami Dolphins

Sports and entertainment-focused executive recruiter Turnkey Search has placed Myles Pistorius as senior vice president and general counsel of the Miami Dolphins. He will be responsible for all legal affairs of the football organization and Sun Life Stadium. “Myles is an accomplished executive who has extensive experience in leading legal matters and negotiations, but who also has experience across

Press Releases

Gus Malzahn Named UCF Head Football Coach

(Feb. 16, 2021) Gus Malzahn, who led Auburn to the Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game following the 2013 season in the first of eight straight years his Tigers qualified for bowl games, has been named the ninth head football coach at UCF, in collaboration with TurnkeyZRG. UCF vice president and director of athletics Terry Mohajir

Red Wolves Foundation Enters Agreement with TurnkeyZRG to Assist in A-State AD Job Search

(Feb. 11, 2021) The Arkansas State University Red Wolves Foundation announced Tuesday that it has acquired the services of TurnkeyZRG to assist in the A-State Athletics Director job search, being led by Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse and ASU System President Dr. Chuck Welch. Managing Director Chad Chatlos will oversee the TurnkeyZRG search firm’s role in

UCF Hires ‘High-Energy’ Athletics Director Terry Mohajir

(Feb. 9, 2021) Terry Mohajir, the University of Central Florida’s new vice president and director of athletics, has excelled at hiring coaches who win championships, raising the money for first-class athletics facilities and support resources necessary to be nationally competitive, and fulfilling a promise to guarantee a job or graduate school admission for every student-athlete who

Pac-12 Conference Selects TurnkeyZRG To Support Search For Next Commissioner

(Feb. 5, 2021) The Pac-12 Conference announced today the selection of top talent recruitment firm TurnkeyZRG to support the Conference in the search for its next Commissioner. The Pac-12 previously announced on January 20 that following ongoing discussions between its governing executive committee, its presidents and Commissioner Larry Scott that it was mutually agreed that

ZRG Acquires Turnkey Search

(Jan. 25, 2021)  ZRG, the world’s fastest-growing executive search/talent recruitment firm since 2018, today announced a major move into sports, entertainment & media with the blockbuster acquisition of Turnkey Search, the sports industry’s top executive search/talent recruitment firm. All Turnkey staff and assets merge into ZRG, (renamed “TurnkeyZRG”) and will continue to be led by

M&A Conference Info Sept 2021