Ventura Partners


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.



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 Justin Menkes partner

Ventura Partners Adds New Partner in Beverly Hills

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 Courtney Gruber chief retail officer drybar

Ventura Partners Places Chief Retail Officer for 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

Ventura Partners CMO 5.11 Tactical

Ventura Partners Finds New CMO for 5.11 Tactical

As business becomes more global and complex, and power shifts from producers of goods and services to consumers, the chief marketing officer’s job of planning and coordinating marketing activities has become more challenging, recruiters say. Yet executive search firms are seeing no shortage of assignments for this important C-level position. Ventura Partners recently recruited Dave Larson to