Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Everything You Need to Know about Search Firms and More – San Diego ExecuNet

September 5, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am


Join us at our next ExecuNet Networking Meeting at the Tamarack Beach Resort in Carlsbad on Thursday, September 5th from 8-11am.

Everything You Need to Know about Working Search Firms and More

Guest Speaker: Ken Schmitt – CEO & Founder of TurningPoint Executive Search

“The more things change, the more they stay the same” is a phrase we’ve all heard.

All of this may sound all too familiar:

  • I respond to a posting and all I get is dead silence — not even the courtesy of an acknowledgement.
  • Whatever happened to professionalism and common courtesy?
  • People who I thought would really be helpful — weren’t.
  • Phone calls don’t get returned.
  • I get contacted by a recruiter; they tell me I’m a great fit, and I never hear from them again.
  • I hear a lot of “sorry, you’re over qualified.”

There’s no denying that searching for a new job can be a challenging time. While it can be difficult, it is also a time of enormous opportunity and possibilities. First impressions, especially at the executive level, are vital, so there are some things you’ll want to attend to right away.

Join us for the Execunet Meeting in Carlsbad on September 5th at the Tamarack Beach Resort to hear Ken Schmitt, President of the Turning Point Executive Search to address the “ins and outs” of dealing with search firms in today’s candidate driven economy.

About Our Speaker


Ken Schmitt has been recruiting for 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.

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 recruiting job 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, and in 2018, Ken was acknowledged as one of San Diego’s Most Admired CEOs (SDBJ). Ken and his team at TurningPoint have placed nearly 400 of the nation’s leading sales, marketing, operations and C-Suite 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. With chapters in San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles, supporting over 120 members, the SMLA is committed to providing best in class speakers, peer-2-peer networking and professional development to the region’s 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.

Ken 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.



About ExecuNet

ExecuNet networking meetings are here to help you improve your networking skills, increase your contacts, and shape your job-search efforts. At each meeting you will hear from a career management expert and network with senior level professionals. Take the next step in your job search and get connected to the decision makers in your target industries and companies!

ExecuNet Networking Meetings are exclusively for middle to senior management professionals in career transition.

Continental Breakfast Included


8:00 – 8:30am – Check-In & Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45am – Introduction
8:45 – 9:30am – Guest Speaker
9:30 – 11:00am – Round Table Networking


For the 90 minutes of structured networking introductions, it is suggested you bring business cards and prepare:

  • A 3-4 minute summary of your background
  • Your top 5 target companies
  • How you can help others
  • How others can help you

Meeting Sponsors

Share This!


September 5, 2019
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Event Category:


Hire Consulting Services


Tamarack Beach Resort
3200 Carlsbad Blvd.
Carlsbad, CA 92008 United States
+ Google Map


The numbers below include tickets for this event already in your cart. Clicking "Get Tickets" will allow you to edit any existing attendee information as well as change ticket quantities.
Tickets are no longer available
Share This!