Ken C. Schmitt,
President and Founder
Ken has been placing mid and senior-level sales, marketing and operations professionals for 15 years. A native of San Diego, Ken prides himself on approaching each engagement from a holistic perspective, taking into account his client’s tactical, strategic and cultural needs and customizing each project accordingly.
Having successfully placed over 200 professionals in positions such as VP Sales & Marketing, Sr. Sales Professional, Creative Director, CMO, CFO, COO, General Manager, VP Operations, President, Board Member, Finance Director and Controller, Ken delivers a wide range of functional expertise to each engagement.
After spending 5 years in management positions with Enterprise Rent A Car, Ken joined Accountants Inc, a regional staffing firm focusing on placing accounting and financial professionals. Two years later, he was recruited to join the San Diego office of Heidrick & Struggles, a leading, global retained search firm, where he supported the firm’s former CEO on a variety of executive level searches. After rejoining Accountants Inc in 2003 to create and manage the Southern California AI Executive division, he was recruited by a local boutique firm, Judy Thompson & Associates. Three years later, in 2007, Ken launched TurningPoint providing customized Recruiting, personalized Career Coaching and Educational Workshops across a variety of industries.
An avid user of social media to identify top talent and brand his business, Ken has been educating professionals on the merits and use of this medium since 2006. With one of San Diego’s largest LinkedIn networks and a profile that ranks in the top 4% of all users, Ken has developed a reputation as the “go-to” professional for LinkedIn in San Diego. He was recently hired as the Social Media Instructor at Cal State University, San Marcos for their “Career Transition & Development” program, and has presented to more than 50 businesses and trade associations about the value of “Leveraging LinkedIn”.
In 2011, Ken launched the Sales Leadership Alliance, providing professional development and networking opportunities to the Southern California region. Ken earned his BBA in Business Economics from the University of San Diego in 1992, and spent 7 years as an active board member of USD’s School of Business Alumni Association. In 2013 he joined the board of Junior Achievement and in 2012 he became a board member for the San Diego HR Roundtable. Ken previously served as a board member for the San Diego Film Festival, in addition to President and Board Member for the Institute of Management Accountants. Ken lives in north county with his wife, a Marriage and Family Therapist, and two kids.