About Us

Ventura Partners is an executive search firm with particular depth in recruiting senior leadership talent for private equity-owned and owner/founder-run companies, and sports management. We specifically specialize in recruiting CFO’s for private equity-owned companies, across all industries; C-level executives for Consumer and Retail companies with particular emphasis on the Action Sports and Outdoor Lifestyle categories; and Directors of Athletics, Coaches, and Administrators in professional sports organizations, colleges, and universities.

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Our managing partners spent over 100+ years combined working inside the world’s largest executive search firms.  When we started, listening to clients describe their problems and their aspirations was the foundation of our work.  We were taught to listen, to probe, to help define, and to enlighten, creating a pathway with our experience and guiding our clients as we accessed the market for world-class talent on their behalf.  Solving those problems and helping achieve those aspirations by recruiting the best of the best for our clients was our mission – our singular focus – and the basis of our partnership with those we served.

In the last 20 years, executive search firms, in the rush to drive revenue, have defaulted on the interest of partnership.  These arms-length service providers, their senior consultants little more than salespeople, pitch a grab bag of “solutions” designed to solve your problems before you can even describe them.  Small and mid-size companies get less and less attention as senior consultants, in the rush to sell bigger and bigger deals, hand off critical projects to junior consultants.  Without the benefit of experience and insight, searches take longer and come to disappointing ends.

At Ventura Partners, we have a passion for our work. We listen, we probe, we help you define your needs and goals, and we do our best to enlighten and consult, sharing our knowledge and guiding you every step of the way as we access the market for world-class talent. We are a highly specialized firm, offering a small number of targeted services into a specific clientele. When we enter into a relationship, we are fully committed and you have our full attention. We are your partners, and you are our purpose.

Solutions And Expertise

Solutions
  • Board Services
  • Executive Search
Industries
  • Consumer
  • Consumer Products
  • Consumer Services
  • Private Equity
  • Retail
  • Sports
Functions
  • CEO/President
  • Finance/Accounting

News Briefings

Ventura Partners Expands Sports Recruiting Practice

Executive search firm Ventura Partners has expanded with the addition of sports industry veteran Katy Young Staudt as managing director in its sports & entertainment practice.  Ms. Staudt will open a Ventura office in Phoenix. “We are thrilled to have someone of Katy’s experience and respect on our team,” said Chad Chatlos, leader of the firm’s sports and

Ventura Partners Adds New Partner in Beverly Hills
Ventura Partners Justin Menkes partner

Executive search firm Ventura Partners has expanded with the addition of Justin Menkes as a partner in Beverly Hills. “When we started Ventura eight years ago, we knew we wanted to be very selective when we considered whether to expand our partnership,” said Julie Ford, founder and partner of the firm. “We set the bar high for

Ventura Partners Places Chief Retail Officer for drybar
Ventura Partners Courtney Gruber chief retail officer drybar

Beverly Hills, CA-based executive recruitment firm Ventura Partners has placed Courtney Gruber as the new chief retail officer for drybar, a blowout hair salon chain. Ventura founder and partner Julie Ford led the search. “Courtney is the consummate, ‘customer first’ executive and a dynamic, well-rounded leader with a proven track record of success,” said John Hefner,

Ventura Partners Leading AD Search for University of Utah

University of Utah president Ruth V. Watkins has confirmed that Ventura Partners has been chosen to lead its search for a new athletic director. Chris Hill recently announced that he plans to retire this spring after 31 years on the job. Chad Chatlos, sports practice leader at Ventura Partners, will work closely with Ms. Watkins and

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