About Us 2018-04-17T17:04:26+00:00

ON-THE-GROUND EXPERIENCE, DOMAIN EXPERTISE
Our team prides itself on our practical understanding of sports and entertainment. We’re not outsiders looking in; rather, everyone on our staff has been on the ground floor, working for teams, collegiate athletic departments, sponsors and more. We truly understand what it’s like to be a sports and entertainment professional, and have an intimate understanding of employers’ unique needs.

Looking for best-in-class talent? Contact us to discuss your hiring needs.

LEN PERNA

FOUNDER, PRESIDENT & CEO

Runs the show. Managed the successful completion of more than 1,000 executive searches. Past experience with Dallas Stars, Olympia Entertainment Group, CapCities/ABC Inc., ESPN. Graduate of NYU, Ohio University, University of Michigan/UM Law School.

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DIANA BUSINO

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Responsible for all aspects of executive recruiting process and staff development/coaching. Personally completed 250+ searches; clients include Palace Sports & Entertainment, Spurs Sports & Entertainment, the WTA. Past experience at AAA Mid-Atlantic. Graduate of Union College.

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GENE DeFILIPPO

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Manages Turnkey Search’s collegiate athletics business. Past athletic administration experience with Boston College (AD), Villanova (AD), the University of Kentucky, University of South Carolina-Upstate, Vanderbilt, etc. NACDA Hall of Fame Inductee. Graduate of University of Tennessee, Springfield College.

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KYLE BROWN

RECRUITER

Recruits candidates, coordinates entire executive search process. Past experience with Tech USA, the New York Yankees, the Toronto Blue Jays. Graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University.

ALLIE CRONE

RECRUITING ASSOCIATE

Responsible for recruiting candidates, conducting interviews and launching innovative executive recruitment strategies. Past experiences include Rutgers University, Oregon State University and the University of Delaware. Graduate of Cornell University, Oregon State University.

EVAN KASHAN

RECRUITING OPERATIONS MANAGER

Directly supports Turnkey’s Managing Directors and Recruiters throughout the full life cycle recruiting process, executing the day-to-day recruiting operations for each search including, but not limited to: material production, project expense coordination, EEO data compilation, candidate research and sourcing, and internal systems development and operation. Graduate of Temple University.

TURNKEY CONTENT

Rutgers University Testimonial

July 20th, 2017|0 Comments

"Turnkey did a fantastic job leading two executive level searches for us simultaneously. They brought forward outstanding candidate pools [...]

Washington Nationals Testimonial

May 5th, 2017|0 Comments

"We partner with Turnkey because they know the talent in the market. Their search process is efficient and their [...]

Phoenix Suns Testimonial

March 16th, 2017|0 Comments

"We truly appreciated Turnkey’s process with helping us find our candidate. They were well informed on each candidate’s background, [...]

Atlanta Hawks Testimonial

February 16th, 2017|0 Comments

“As our organization continues to evolve and we make the necessary hires to build a world-class leadership team, Turnkey [...]

LSU Testimonial

January 18th, 2017|0 Comments

"We used Turnkey Sports for our Head Football Coach search. They were fantastic - a huge help. They have [...]

The Carolina Panthers Hire Glick as Team President

August 27th, 2018|0 Comments

The Carolina Panthers announced the hire of Tom Glick as the team's new President. Glick joins the Panthers with [...]

University of Maine Chooses Ralph as Director of Athletics

August 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Following a comprehensive national search led by Turnkey Managing Director Gene DeFilippo, the University of Maine announced that Ken [...]

Learfield Hires Vaca as Senior Director, Sales Analytics

July 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Learfield has announced the hire of Alfred Vaca as the company's new Senior Director of Sales Analytics. Vaca joins [...]