2017 Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Athletics Symposium

Chad Chatlos will deliver the keynote address kicking off the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Athletics Symposium this July in Denver, Colorado.  The event will cover best practices for hiring coaches, assessing talent and interviewing techniques.

Ventura Partners Lands New CEO for Boa Technology

June 9, 2017 – Executive search firm Ventura Partners has recruited Shawn Neville as chief executive officer of Boa Technology Inc. Bob Damon, a partner at Ventura, led the assignment. Read the complete article here:

Three Rookie Mistakes Experienced CEOs Make in Managing a Private Equity-Backed Company, The Journal of Private Equity (Vol. 20, No. 1)

Robert Damon (Bob Damon), Partner, was recently published in The Journal of Private Equity. The article, as titled above, provides a top-line analysis of mistakes new CEOs, with deep Fortune 1000 company experience, make in running a private-equity backed company. Bob is a thirty-year veteran in advising private-equity firms on the hiring of C-level executives. In the article, Bob offers prudent advice for new CEOs as they take on these challenging assignments. Click the link to the article:

Creating a Culture of Collaboration, by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief, Hunt Scanlon Media

Ventura Partners’ Founder Julie Ford, along with Robert Damon (Bob Damon), were interviewed by Hunt Scanlon on the topic of how the emergence and evolution of LinkedIn has compelled a new model in the recruiting industry. LinkedIn has made the recruiter’s once sacrosanct golden Rolodex virtually obsolete — and no longer a key networking differentiator. The result is widening demand for a ‘culture of collaboration’ among recruiting partners and between search firms and clients. For a look at the interview in its entirety, click the link:

Ventura Partners Recruits President for Zildjian

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5.11 Tactical (Irvine, California)  Vice President, Human Resources

The FBI Training Academy adopted the original 5.11® Pant as its training pant in 1992 forging a decade long relationship. 5.11 is now a leading brand in uniforms, tactical equipment and performance apparel/accessories for military, law enforcement and public safety personnel.

ACG Materials (Norman, Oklahoma)  Chief Financial Officer

AG Materials, operating out of 30 locations in the United States and Canada, mines, mills, processes, and distributes minerals and aggregates to a wide variety of end-use industries.  The company is owned by HIG Capital.C

Affinitiv (Chicago, Illinois)  Chief Financial Officer

Affinitiv, a CIP Capital company, is a marketing technology company built on advanced analytics and a leading-edge technology platform, enabling car manufacturers (OEMs) and dealers to produce, manage, measure, and optimize multi-channel communications.

Engine Shop Agency (New York, New York) Vice President

Engine Shop is an experiential marketing agency that specializes in creating and producing integrated event-based programs with amplified digital extensions.

Boa Technology (Denver, Colorado) Vice President

Founded in 1998 in Steamboat Springs, Gary Hammerslag revolutionized the snowboard boot with his dial-based closure system. Since its initial creation, Boa has become the leading designer and manufacturer of dial-based closure systems that are utilized in various shoe applications, sports, utility wear, and medical products.

Big 10  (Confidential)

Successfully identified and recruited a defensive coordinator for one of the Power 5 conference schools.

Boyd Corporation (Modesto, California)  Chief Financial Officer

Genstar Capital-owned Boyd Corporation is a global manufacturer and market leader in engineered rubber, plastic, metal, flexible environmental sealing and energy management solutions.

Community Investors, Inc. (Denver, Colorado)  Chief Financial Officer

Community Investors, owned by CIP Capital, is a leading technology company providing SaaS-based solutions to businesses and groups dedicated to the support of homeowners.

Cisive (New York, New York) Chief Financial Officer

A leading, private equity backed, technology-enabled B2B services company marketing a wide array of services to over 1500 clients across industries including several companies in the Fortune 1000. The company focuses on offering fraud deterrent/detection services as well as providing investigative and security consulting services, such as general and financial investigations, due diligence, litigation support, insurance services and environmental services.

Confluence Outdoor (Greenville, South Carolina) Chief Financial Officer

Confluence Outdoor, a premiere designer and manufacturer of canoes, kayaks and accessories, is the country’s leading provider of watersport products.  Owned by J.H. Whitney & Co., Confluence is committed to helping every customer find their paddling passion.

Convene (New York, New York) Chief Operating Officer

Convene is the nation’s fastest growing, hospitality industry disruptor with an expanding network of meeting, event, and conference venues that combine technology, culinary, production, and human-centered design into a transformative user experience. In partnership with leading commercial landlords, the company also leverages its workplace as a service platform to provide on-demand solutions for building tenants and their employees.

Dakine (Hood River, Oregon) Chief Financial Officer

Located at the base of Mt. Hood in Hood River, Oregon, Altamont Capital-owned Dakine builds backpacks, travel bags, accessories, outerwear and clothing for people who love to surf, snowboard, skateboard, mountain bike, ski, windsurf, kiteboard and travel.

Fox Head (Irvine, California) Vice President, Global Products

For over 4 decades, Fox Racing has been the global leader in motocross and mountain biking gear and apparel. Fox outfits the world’s best competitive athletes and enthusiasts with products that combine innovation and style, rooted in the brand’s original competitive motocross spirit.

G-Form (Providence, Rhode Island)  Chief Executive Officer

Founded by athletes that shared a vision for using advanced polymer technology to revolutionize impact protection and vibration dampening for competition, G-Form uses a rate dependent material that stiffens on impact to absorb energy.

Lindora Clinic (Costa Mesa, California)  Chief Marketing Officer

Lindora Clinic is America’s leading clinical weight management provider and enjoys a reputation as the gold standard in weight management.

Nixon Watches (Encinitas, California)  Vice President, E-Commerce

Blending style and sport, Nixon produces premium watches and accessories for the active/lifestyle consumer.

Southeastern Conference  (Confidential)

Worked alongside our client, one of the Power 5 college conference, to identify and successfully recruit an offensive coordinator.

Sheex (Sarasota, Florida / Marlton, New Jersey)  Chief Merchandising Officer

Sheex is the creator and disruptive leader in premium performance bedding and sleepwear that breathes better than traditional cotton and regulates body temperature for a cool and dry slumber through the night.

Symplicity (Northern Virginia) Chief Financial Officer

A leading SaaS solutions provider targeting colleges, employers, and the government, boasting strong and entrenched relationships with over 1000 colleges and a proprietary database of over 700,000 enterprises. The company was recently purchased by a multi-billion-dollar private equity investor with the goal of transforming the business into a world-class solutions provider.

Valtris Specialty Chemicals (Independence, Ohio)  Chief Financial Officer

A carve-out of Ferro Corporation, HIG Capital-owned Valtris is a leading provider of specialty chemicals, serving industries as diverse as building and construction, packaging, consumer goods, transportation and oilfield additives.

Avedis Zildjian Company (Norwell, Massachusetts)  President

The global leader in cymbals, drumsticks and other percussion products, Zildjian was founded in Constantinople by an Armenian alchemist named Avedis Zildjian in the 17th century, during the Ottoman period

Vizio (Irvine, California)  Board Director

Founded in 2002 as “V Inc.” by William Wang and Ken Lowe, Vizio is the maker of the top-selling UHD TVs and America’s #1 Sound Bar Company. The company is best known as a producer of affordable flat-screen televisions.


Clemson University Athletics, Head of Compliance

We are leading the search for a Head of Compliance at Clemson. This individual will be responsible for leading the compliance department which conducts NCAA rules education for coaches, staff and student-athletes, monitors coaching staff member’s recruiting activities, processes reports to the NCAA and the ACC, monitors student-athletes’ initial and continuing eligibility, monitors student-athletes’ receipt of benefits and much more.

Confidential (Irvine, California) Chief Financial Officer

Our client is a highly profitable and fast-growing value-added supplier that was recently purchased by a well-known, top performing private equity group.

Drybar (Irvine, California) Senior Retail Leader

No cuts, no color — just blowouts!

prAna (Carlsbad, California) Global E-Commerce and Digital Leader  

Lifestyle clothing from yoga to rock climbing and beyond.

Peet’s Coffee (Emeryville, California) President, Retail

The premier premier specialty coffee and tea company in the United States.

Purdue University Athletics, Deputy Athletics Director

The Deputy Director of Athletics is an extension of the Director of Athletics (AD) and well-versed in all aspects of the Purdue Athletics Department. The position reports to the Vice President/Director of Athletics and functions as chief strategist and advisor to the Director with responsibility for all operational areas of the department in the Director’s absence. This individual will serve as the Chief Operating Officer for Intercollegiate Athletics with primary oversight of all external functions, including athletic communications/new media, media relations, brand enhancement, marketing, fan experience, ticketing/sales and creative services.

Vision Venture Partners (Beverly Hills, California) Chief Revenue Officer

Vision Venture Partners (VVP) is a private equity firm comprised of four partners: Rick Fox (Founder), Amit Raizada (Founder), Stratton Sclavos (Founder), and Jace Hall (Partner); joining decades of business success and value creation in the high tech, video game, professional sports and lifestyle industries.