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Ken Schmitt, CEO & Founder

Ken Schmitt, a San Diego native, has been placing mid and senior-level professionals since 1998.  Having launched TurningPoint Executive Search in 2007, his firm now employs 9 professionals.  Ken and his team at TurningPoint have placed over 350 of the nation’s leading sales, marketing and operations professionals, partnering with national clients across numerous industries such as tech, software, manufacturing, distribution, consumer products, professional and financial services, healthcare, life sciences and hospitality. The team at TurningPoint takes a high touch, concierge-style approach to placing first class talent, in a variety of business structures including privately held, venture backed start-up, private equity owned, early stage and mature, family-owned businesses.   

In 2015, TurningPoint was named “Best Sales Recruiting Firm in California” by Corporate Vision. That same year, Ken launched the “Dynamic Disruption Summit” in San Diego, bringing sales and marketing leaders, and small business owners together, as industry experts from across the country address leading edge, disruptive trends across the sales and marketing landscape.

Additionally, Ken is the Founder and CEO of the Sales & Marketing Leadership Alliance, which he launched in 2011. With chapters in San Diego and Orange County, and supporting over 100 members, the SMLA is a professional membership organization committed to providing peer-2-peer networking and professional development to the region’s sales and marketing leaders.   

An avid user of social media to identify top talent, build his professional community, and brand his business, Ken maintains one of San Diego’s largest LinkedIn networks and a profile that ranks in the top 1% of all users.   

Ken is an Advisory Board Member for B2B DataVerify, a San Diego-based lead generation firm, in addition to Global Transitional Care, a healthcare services firm based in Newport Beach. He also serves as an Executive Board Member of Junior Achievement San Diego and San Diego Sports Innovators. Ken is an active Board Member of the San Diego HR Roundtable and is an Advisory Board member of the American Marketing Association, San Diego chapter, and the American Association of Inside Sales Professionals. Ken earned his BSBA in Economics from the University of San Diego and is a former board member of USD’s School of Business Alumni Association.  

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