Ken Schmitt

Oceanside, CA United States
TurningPoint Executive Search
HR / Recruiting / Staffing

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“We are a boutique search & career coaching firm in San Diego working across all industries. Our functional focus includes sales, marketing, operations, and accounting/finance at the mid-senior levels. We offer a combination of contingent and retained search.”

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“First and foremost, we are a resource to the SoCal marketplace. Whether you are a corporate recruiter, a line manager, business owner or job seekers, we avail ourselves at all times. One of our Core Values is "Giving free advice is a good thing" and we live up to this every day.”

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Ken's Short Bio

I have been in the recruiting and search industry since 1998. I am a native of San Diego, having earned by BSBA in Economics from USD in 1992. Prior to launching my firm in 2007, I worked for Heidrick & Struggles - one of the Top 2 firms in the world - Accountants International and a small boutique firm called Judy Thompson & Associates.
With a virtual model and a team of 3, my goal for 2011 and 2012 is to continue to prove out unique concept of combining executive search with career coaching, to hire 2 additional staff members, and to build on our reputation of providing excellent talent that remains with my client for many years.

Ken's Resume

Ken has been placing mid and senior-level professionals for more than 13 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 195 professionals in positions such as CFO, Controller, COO, Finance Director, VP Operations, VP Sales & Marketing, President, Board Member and Director of Internal Audit, 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 in 2004. In 2007 Ken launched TurningPoint providing customized recruiting, personalized Career Coaching and Educational Workshops for mid and senior level professionals.

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 organizations about the value of “Leveraging LinkedIn”.

Ken earned his BBA in Business Economics from the University of San Diego in 1992, and has been an active board member of USD’s School of Business Alumni Association since 2005. He has presented to USD’s MSEL program, Cal State University San Marcos, Vistage, the IMA, the IIA, SHRM, NHRA, The Controller’s Council, USC, UCSD, Princeton Club of San Diego, The Boardroom, InlandNet and the CFO Roundtable.

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