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.

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LEN PERNA

FOUNDER, PRESIDENT & CEO

Runs the show. Managed the successful completion of more than 500 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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Melissa Dean

MELISSA DEAN

CFO, CAO & SENIOR RECRUITER

In charge of all financial and business operations for Turnkey Sports, Turnkey Intelligence and Turnkey Search. Top recruiter. Past international experience at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Graduate of Duke University, University of Southern California.

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Gene DeFilippo

GENE DeFILIPPO

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Runs 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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Carolyne Savini

CAROLYNE SAVINI

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Runs the department. Past experience at Learfield Sports/University of Memphis Tiger Sports Properties, current Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University. Graduate of Villanova University, Ohio University, University of Pittsburgh.

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Diana Busino

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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BRYAN LICK

RECRUITER

Responsible for candidate interviews and advisement, outbound recruiting, managing the Turnkey Search database. Clients include Madison Square Garden, the PGA Tour, IMG College, AEG. Graduate of Rutgers University.

Daina Lecuona

DAINA LECUONA

RECRUITING ASSOCIATE

Identifies and recruits candidates, manages candidate interviews, new business prospecting. Past experience with  the DC Breeze, Monumental Sports & Entertainment. Graduate of Georgetown University, Florida State University.

Kyle Brown

KYLE BROWN

RECRUITING ASSOCIATE

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.

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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 [...]

Temple University Testimonial

January 18th, 2017|0 Comments

"It was a pleasure working with Turnkey in securing our new head football coach, Geoff Collins. They did a [...]

Georgia Tech Testimonial

September 26th, 2016|0 Comments

"I could not be more pleased with the job Turnkey did for us. They were able to identify candidates [...]

Bowling Green State University Testimonial

June 10th, 2016|0 Comments

"The professionals at Turnkey Search assembled a very strong applicant pool for our Director of Athletics position. I was [...]

Turnkey Chosen to Lead Tennessee AD Search

January 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

Following a competitive bidding process, the University of Tennessee (UT) has selected Turnkey to manage the institution's search for [...]

Alabama Names Greg Byrne to AD Post

January 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Pending official board approval, Greg Byrne will begin his new role as The University of Alabama's Director of Athletics [...]

NCAA Head Coach Placement Highlights Turnkey Search in Q4

January 9th, 2017|0 Comments

In Q4 of 2016, Turnkey Search completed a wide variety of searches, including the placement of Geoff Collins in [...]

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