Game changing talent for the business of sports

Now more than ever, the sports and entertainment industry requires marquee talent in positions up and down the organizational chart.

As executive search consultants, our work requires a consultative relationship with our clients. Collaboration is a pillar of our service, allowing us to listen, design and execute an effective search process to meet the unique needs of each client every time.

Marquee Search Pillars of Excellence

  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Experience you can count on
  • Credibility/Highly respected
  • Collaboration
  • “Inside-the-tent” status
  • Consistency
  • Confidentiality
  • First-class/premium service
  • Access to high-caliber, hard to find talent

Clients

Jeff Yocom and Marquee Search understand how to turn a job search into a partnership. Jeff takes the time to deep dive into your company’s... Read Full Testimonial

Jared Shawlee, COO, San Jose Earthquakes

2017-04-14T15:56:30+00:00

Jared Shawlee, COO, San Jose Earthquakes

Jeff Yocom and Marquee Search understand how to turn a job search into a partnership. Jeff takes the time to deep dive into your company’s culture, values, and needs. His search will be conducted with the highest level of professional integrity and the pipeline of talent he presents will be top notch. I truly value his advice and have come to him prior to creating a position to understand the marketplace. Thank you Jeff for all you have done for the San Jose Earthquakes!
Our experience with Jeff and Marquee Search was phenomenal – seamless, efficient, and most importantly, effective. Jeff took the time, even before the engagement, to... Read Full Testimonial

Ari Segal, Formerly Arizona Coyotes Hockey Club

2017-04-14T15:53:26+00:00

Ari Segal, Formerly Arizona Coyotes Hockey Club

Our experience with Jeff and Marquee Search was phenomenal – seamless, efficient, and most importantly, effective. Jeff took the time, even before the engagement, to get to know our organization, both in terms of culture and strategic objectives, and had a well formulated point of view on the kinds of candidates to target. Once the engagement formally kicked off, he was more than consultative – we truly interacted as if he were one of us, a part of our team, and that’s a tribute and credit to the energy, enthusiasm, and diligence he brought to the process. The result was a compelling pool of candidates that met all of our criteria, which enabled us to pick the individual that was truly the best fit.
Jeff’s tenacity, follow-up, and network created through years of experience in our industry, as well his professional approach, confidentiality and integrity, made him a real... Read Full Testimonial

Alan Ledford, President, MountainStar Sports Group

2017-04-14T16:02:47+00:00

Alan Ledford, President, MountainStar Sports Group

Jeff’s tenacity, follow-up, and network created through years of experience in our industry, as well his professional approach, confidentiality and integrity, made him a real asset through the start-up of our organization. He truly identified individuals who we would have been hard pressed to find on our own. Truly a valuable service and a real asset to our efforts, and someone I recommend highly.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jeff on several occasions during my tenure in the sports industry. His attention to detail, sincere interest in... Read Full Testimonial

Ryan Barefoot, Formerly Denver Broncos

2017-04-14T16:03:17+00:00

Ryan Barefoot, Formerly Denver Broncos

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jeff on several occasions during my tenure in the sports industry. His attention to detail, sincere interest in meeting our needs, and the level of professionalism with which he consistently displays has allowed him to continuously exceed expectations. Jeff is one of the best at what he does, and an individual that I know will always go above and beyond when called on. He’s a talent and a great asset to the sports industry.
Jeff adds great value to any search process. He always delivered strong candidates we never would have identified on our own. When we worked with... Read Full Testimonial

Brendan Donohue, formerly Atlanta Hawks

2017-04-14T16:03:43+00:00

Brendan Donohue, formerly Atlanta Hawks

Jeff adds great value to any search process. He always delivered strong candidates we never would have identified on our own. When we worked with Jeff, we always ended up with an exceptional candidate who came on board and made an immediate impact.
I have known Jeff Yocom for several years and have worked with him on multiple occasions in the sports and entertainment business, both when hiring... Read Full Testimonial

Chad Watson, Director of Sales and Business Development, Green Bay Packers

2017-04-14T16:01:30+00:00

Chad Watson, Director of Sales and Business Development, Green Bay Packers

I have known Jeff Yocom for several years and have worked with him on multiple occasions in the sports and entertainment business, both when hiring as a sales manager and more recently when I was recruited for my current position with the Green Bay Packers. During my many interactions with him, Jeff has always impressed me with his consummate professionalism. During the fall of 2014, Jeff reached out to gauge my interest in the Director of Sales position with the Green Bay Packers. I soon committed myself to the interview process and Jeff could not have been more helpful throughout. He made himself available at every turn for questions, advice and coaching. We were operating from different time zones but it didn't matter if I needed something early in the morning or late at night, Jeff was always there to offer counsel. The opportunity Jeff presented to me was a great fit and I accepted the position in late December 2014 to lead the Packers’ sponsorship sales team. The experience has been rewarding and fulfilling, while offering new challenges and opportunities for career growth. Now that we've had the chance to settle into the Green Bay community, I believe we've found an ideal long term home for our family. I strongly recommend Jeff Yocom and Marquee Search for your recruitment needs, whether you're looking for a job in the sports and entertainment business or hiring his firm to represent your search.
Jeff set the standard of what to expect in working with an executive search company. Marquee Search was thorough, responsive and brought us an incredibly... Read Full Testimonial

Matt Farrell, CMO, USA Swimming

2017-04-14T16:01:58+00:00

Matt Farrell, CMO, USA Swimming

Jeff set the standard of what to expect in working with an executive search company. Marquee Search was thorough, responsive and brought us an incredibly talented candidate pool for our Communications & PR Director position. When hiring a position, you always hope to have a tough decision among a field of great candidates and that’s exactly what happened. I sleep well at night knowing he brought us not only the best candidates, but all of them were thoroughly vetted for their experience and their motivations. I won’t hesitate to work with Jeff and Marquee Search again in the future.
I had the pleasure of working with Jeff Yocom to fill the key role of VP of Corporate Partnerships for The Oakland Raiders. His personal... Read Full Testimonial

Mark Shearer, CRO, Oakland Raiders

2017-04-14T15:57:11+00:00

Mark Shearer, CRO, Oakland Raiders

I had the pleasure of working with Jeff Yocom to fill the key role of VP of Corporate Partnerships for The Oakland Raiders. His personal commitment to the search was evident from day one. Jeff spent a lot of time and energy upfront to get to know me, the team and the organization at large. He didn’t hand me a predetermined “list” of candidates he was going to contact for the role. He asked a lot about the organization’s new structure and worked hard to identify and vet each candidate and their references before he brought them to our attention. The result was a solid list of strong candidates and high quality interviews that made our decision a lot tougher than we had hoped, but we know we found a great fit for years to come.
Jeff has been a fantastic resource over the past few years. Jeff truly takes the time to learn about our company and team culture, as... Read Full Testimonial

Erin Vagley, VP of Administration, Seattle Sounders FC

2017-04-14T15:58:33+00:00

Erin Vagley, VP of Administration, Seattle Sounders FC

Jeff has been a fantastic resource over the past few years. Jeff truly takes the time to learn about our company and team culture, as well as the requirements of the position we are hiring for. I can always count on Jeff to deliver candidates who are the perfect fit – we actually hired the top 2 candidates from our most recent search! Marquee Search provides a valuable service to the sports industry and I highly recommend Jeff to anyone in need of executive search services.
We had an awesome experience working with Jeff Yocom of Marquee Search for our hire of a new Director of Major Gifts. I hired another... Read Full Testimonial

Debbie Hesse, Executive Director, USA Swimming Foundation

2017-04-14T16:00:46+00:00

Debbie Hesse, Executive Director, USA Swimming Foundation

We had an awesome experience working with Jeff Yocom of Marquee Search for our hire of a new Director of Major Gifts. I hired another firm for a previous search, and the experience utilizing Jeff’s services was night and day better. He provided great analysis of candidates, coaching, and top of the line prospects. His communication was excellent throughout the search process. We hired a very qualified individual. I will DEFINITELY utilize Jeff for any needed hires in the future!
I recently worked with Jeff Yocom to complete a search for a Corporate Partnerships role that we had been looking to fill. It was a... Read Full Testimonial

Jamey Sunshine, Formerly Lagardère Unlimited

2017-04-14T16:04:42+00:00

Jamey Sunshine, Formerly Lagardère Unlimited

I recently worked with Jeff Yocom to complete a search for a Corporate Partnerships role that we had been looking to fill. It was a pleasure working with Jeff throughout the process. He quickly understood the type of person we were looking for, both from a skillset and personality perspective, and it was clear he had the experience and contacts to fill the role in a timely manner. Jeff had a communication style that I appreciated, keeping me up to date, while also allowing me to stay focused on the other priorities on my end. We filled the role fairly quickly, and we are incredibly happy with the candidate we chose. We will happily turn to Jeff again as soon as we have another opening to fill.
Thanks to Jeff Yocom and Marquee Search, Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) has timely filled the Executive Director positions as we expanded into new business territories... Read Full Testimonial

Heana Simpson, COO, Positive Coaching Alliance

2017-04-14T16:05:07+00:00

Heana Simpson, COO, Positive Coaching Alliance

Thanks to Jeff Yocom and Marquee Search, Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) has timely filled the Executive Director positions as we expanded into new business territories during the past few months. Jeff not only understands PCA business model, but more importantly he understands PCA mission that necessitates the type of leaders required for the Executive Director positions. Jeff produces quality candidates and as an extension of PCA, Jeff represents PCA well and handles the candidates with care. It's been a pleasure working with Jeff and Marquee Search.
Jeff has always been at the top of the list when it came to finding the best candidates in the sports and entertainment world. I... Read Full Testimonial

Mike Berndt, Regional VP, INTERSPORT and LIVE NATION

2017-04-14T16:05:44+00:00

Mike Berndt, Regional VP, INTERSPORT and LIVE NATION

Jeff has always been at the top of the list when it came to finding the best candidates in the sports and entertainment world. I have hired his candidates into Sr. Director and Director roles all across the country while at Live Nation Entertainment, and also worked with him on the other side of the table when he placed me at Intersport overseeing their Entertainment & Hospitality business in Chicago. He has a fantastic rolodex of candidates, is always very thorough in getting to know exactly what is important for each search, and is a great communicator with both the candidates and the companies that are searching for them. He will continue to be my first phone call whenever I have an open senior or mid-level position that needs to be filled with the best candidate.

Services

For clients

Following the precept that there is an “art and science” to executing a search for a key employee, Marquee Search’s rigorous process starts with building a firm and comprehensive understanding of our client’s needs. The “art” of the placement involves the deft touch of matching a candidate with the right personality to the corporate culture of our client. The “science” includes identifying the skills and core competencies needed for the position and clinically executing a laser-focused search for, and assessment of, potential candidates in order to deliver a short-list of the prospects most aligned with our clients’ needs.

Key benefits of working with Marquee Search include:

Access to top talent: High-performing candidates are too busy being successful in their career to look for another job. Marquee Search can get their attention to tune them into their next career opportunity.

Experience and network you can trust: Why work with anyone but a trusted industry insider with a track record of success and robust network cultivated over two decades?

Professional representation: We work with blue-chip brands as an extension of their organization and professionally represent our clients in every communication.

Confidentiality and integrity: Propriety, lack of proactive recruiting experience, or a need for confidentiality can hinder in-house recruiting efforts. While recruiting for our clients, we have broader latitude and face fewer impediments to reach the right candidates.

Process:

Marquee Search is hired by our clients on an engaged basis. Our fee is very competitive and commits us to the successful completion of every search we take on. Please contact us to learn more about our service info@marqueesearch.com.

For candidates

By specializing in sports and entertainment and focusing on mid to senior-level professionals, Marquee Search builds long-term relationships with  our clients and candidates. We believe in providing value to industry professionals through not only access to key positions in the industry, but also guidance, advice and information that help people successfully navigate the challenges their career arc and the industry can present. Candidates never pay Marquee Search for representation or career coaching.

Confidentiality is frequently a concern for those currently employed. We share that concern, paying great respect to the career equity candidates have built.

About

Jeff YocomFounder/President

Jeff’s vast executive search experience shapes Marquee Search’s commitment to delivering impact and value for clients. An Arizona State University graduate, Jeff has spent the last twenty years contributing to the success of his clients by delivering the right talent at the right time. Jeff is responsible for placing over a thousand successful professionals in new positions, the majority of those placements are in the sports and live entertainment industry.

Jeff is married and has three daughters. He loves spending time with family, BBQing, golfing and taking in all of the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Jeff is also a proud member of the Positive Coaching Alliance’s Leadership Council.

Tyler NelsonManager, Executive Search

Tyler believes in a high touch, personal approach to executive search, which aligns with the core values of Marquee Search. Providing the highest level of service to both clients and candidates drives Tyler. Combining this commitment with his passion for the sports and entertainment business allows Tyler to be a strong resource with insightful information about the job market.

After graduating from Linfield College, where he played varsity golf, Tyler pursued a career in public accounting for a couple of years before pivoting to the recruiting industry.

Tyler is married and resides in Portland, Oregon. He often finds himself spending time with his family while trying to sharpen his talents on the golf course when the PNW weather allows.