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Talentor USA TurningPoint - San Diego

TurningPoint Executive Search offers a holistic and customized approach to hiring mid and executive-level sales, marketing, operations and leadership talent. Whether you are a company seeking to fill a challenging position through an effective and targeted recruiting process, or a professional looking for support to connect with your ideal employer, our firm was built with you in mind.

About us

Our team of recruiters offers more than 80 years of combined experience in recruiting, human resources, sales, marketing, training, and management. As the San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and U.S. economies have continued to expand and evolve, TurningPoint has built a reputation as a world-class search firm supporting a variety of industries. By combining a local presence with national search capabilities, we are uniquely positioned to work with companies of all sizes and structures to identify, attract, and retain tomorrow’s leaders today. Our personal, “concierge-style” approach to recruiting and on-boarding first-class talent, is validated by our 95% fill ratio and 94% retention rate. Each recruiter is invested in your success!

Our entire team is committed to living our Core Values:

  • Being High Touch, Accessible, and Responsive
  • Building Open and Honest Relationships through Candid Conversations
  • Fostering a Family Spirit and Personal Growth
  • Making Long-Term Placements, not Short-Term Commissions
Our special fields of competences

Our partners and team

Empl US Ken Schmitt
CEO & Founder

Ken Schmitt has been a recruiter for over 21 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.

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. Ken also launched the Sales & Marketing Leadership Alliance in 2011, with nearly 120 members across chapters in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and Austin (2020), providing their clients with access to additional talent and market intelligence.

In 2016 and 2017, TurningPoint was ranked one of the Top 150 Fastest Growing Private Companies in San Diego (SDBJ). In 2019, they were also voted a Top 20 "Best Places for Women to Work", by Databird. 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 including as tech, software, analytics, manufacturing, distribution, consumer products, professional and financial services, healthcare, lifesciences and hospitality.

Empl US Elaine Rosen
Director of Marketing and Operations

As Director of Marketing and Operations, Elaine wears many hats at TurningPoint Executive Search. She oversees corporate branding, marketing, social media strategies, web site management, daily operations, and human resources. Born and raised in Australia, Elaine came to San Diego in 1993 through the University of Queensland’s international exchange program. In April 2008, Elaine joined the TurningPoint Executive Search team as their first Talent Manager, handling recruiting, career coaching and training. Passionate about emerging technologies, branding trends, Elaine applied her eye for design as she transitioned to Director of Marketing in 2012.

Empl US Danielle Mathis
Practice Director
Empl US Dina Hemmi
Recruiting Practice Director
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Our services

  • Talentor Services 1 Executive Search

    Executive Search

    An exceptional solution for securing top talent for leadership positions.

  • Talentor Services 2 Professional Search

    Professional Search

    Talentor’s recruitment service has placed many of the world’s leading professionals.

  • Talentor Services 4 Career Services

    Career Services

    We offer individual training and coaching tailored to the candidate’s leadership development.

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Turningpoint Executive Search

4225 Executive Square Suite 600
CA 92037 La Jolla
United States

Thanks to Ken, Dina, and Elaine for helping me land my dream job. You guys are true professionals and I couldn’t be happier with the result. Good people with an exciting business and vision.

Sam McCully — VP of Marketing at Avoya