Turnkey Search


Turnkey Search is an agency dedicated to servicing professional teams, leagues, college athletic departments, collegiate conference offices, governing bodies, facilities, associations, brands, agencies and vendors all within the sports and entertainment industry.

An industry leader since 1996, the Turnkey team has successfully closed more than 1,000 searches with candidates that fit our clients’ needs both technically and culturally. Our areas of expertise are diverse, as are the candidate pools we’ve carefully cultivated over time.

With extensive hands-on experience in professional sports, collegiate athletics and live events, Turnkey is the sports business industry leader when it comes to domain expertise. We have a 360-degree real-world understanding of the industry, and our approach is thorough and highly consultative.

Our goal is to match not just the best candidates but the right candidates with our clients to create long-lasting, profitable partnerships. We’ve perfected a five-step recruiting process that’s efficient, effective and designed to provide long-term solutions.



Turnkey Leading Search for Maryland’s Next Athletic Director

Turnkey Sports and Entertainment has been enlisted by the University of Maryland to lead its search for a new athletic director. Founder and CEO Len Perna, as well as managing director Gene DeFilippo, formerly Villanova’s athletic director, are leading the assignment. The previous AD, Kevin Anderson, took a six-month sabbatical and then, as many expected, resigned in

Turnkey Sports Sean Walker Philadelphia Phillies CTO

Turnkey Sports Lands CTO for the Philadelphia Phillies

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 Mike Hill Director of Athletics UNC Charlotte

Turnkey Sports and Entertainment Finds Director of Athletics for 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


Phillies Welcome Walker as New Vice President & Chief Technology Officer

PHILADELPHIA, PA, March 28, 2018 – The Philadelphia Phillies announced the hire of Sean Walker as the team’s new Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Walker joins the Phillies after serving the Tampa Bay Lightning as Vice President of Innovation and Technology Services since 2016. Turnkey worked with the Phillies to lead a comprehensive nationwide search. “I am excited