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

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

News Briefings

Ventura Partners Seeks Football Coach for Kansas State University

Executive recruitment firm Ventura Partners has been chosen to lead the search for Kansas State University’s next football coach. This week, Bill Snyder, the winningest coach in the school’s history, announced his retirement after 27 seasons, and one previous retirement. Partner Chad Chatlos will spearhead the nationwide search for Ventura Partners. Mr. Snyder, 79, leaves

With Hiring in Full Swing, Job Seekers Remain in Control

Low unemployment and high demand for talent is feeding a recruiting environment where job seekers and new employees are more and more in control. CareerBuilder and SilkRoad have released the results of a new joint survey identifying job seekers’ and new employees’ expectations for hiring and onboarding. It is eye opening to say the least. Candidates today have higher

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

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