Ken Schmitt, CEO & Founder
Ken Schmitt has been a recruiter for over 20 years. A San Diego native, he grew up in an entrepreneurial household with a father who was a Jack in the Box franchisee for 25 years, and a mother who left the accounting world to become a real estate agent.
Prior to entering the Executive Search industry, Ken spent more than 5 years with Enterprise Rent a Car. Earning 3 promotions and opening 2 offices along the way, Ken worked in San Diego and Orange County, managing teams from 5-15 professionals.
In 1998, he answered an ad in the newspaper for a job as a recruiter and never looked back. After spending 9 years working for a local boutique firm, a large regional firm and one of the world’s largest Executive Search firms, Heidrick & Struggles, he launched TurningPoint Executive Search in 2007, and now employs 7 professionals in a 100% remote work environment.
In 2016 and 2017, TurningPoint was ranked one of the Top 150 Fastest Growing Private Companies in San Diego (SDBJ). Ken and his team at TurningPoint have placed nearly 400 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, lifesciences 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.
Ken is also the Founder and CEO of the Sales & Marketing Leadership Alliance (SMLA), which he launched in 2011, and the annual Sales & Marketing Leader of the Year Awards (SMLYs). With chapters in San Diego and Orange County, and supporting over 120 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. Likewise, the SMLY Awards showcase San Diego’s top performing, and most well rounded sales & marketing leaders
An avid user of social media to identify top talent, build his professional community, and brand his business, Ken maintains one of Southern California’s largest LinkedIn networks and a profile that ranks in the top 1% of all users.
He serves as an Executive Board Member of San Diego Sports Innovators (SDSI), and HR Café (formerly San Diego HR Roundtable), and is an Advisory Board member of the American Marketing Association (AMA), San Diego chapter, and the American Association of Inside Sales Professionals (AAISP). 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.
Ken resides in beautiful Carlsbad, CA, with his wife – a Marriage and Family Therapist – and two kids.