Ventura Welcomes Sports Industry Veteran Katy Young Staudt

Ventura Welcomes Sports Industry Veteran Katy Young Staudt

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – August 1, 2018 – Ventura Partners, a leading innovator in talent acquisition and leadership advisory, announced today the addition of sports industry veteran Katy Young Staudt as Managing Director in its Sports & Entertainment Practice.  Staudt will open a Ventura office in Phoenix.  The S & E practice, led by Ventura partner Chad Chatlos, is one of the preeminent leaders in college and professional sports searches, leading searches for college athletic directors, commissioners, premier coaches and senior executives across all of sports. Ventura has recently completed searches for clients including Ole Miss, Clemson, Penn State, Texas A&M, Auburn, Iowa, Utah, Kansas State, Nebraska and Purdue.

“We are thrilled to have someone of Katy’s experience and respect on our team,” said Chatlos.  “Katy leads discrete, highly confidential searches, and treats candidates with respect, transparency and class—pillars of our practice at Ventura Partners.  We are immediately a stronger team with her addition and I cannot wait for her to get started.”

Over the past decade and a half, Staudt has established herself as one of the most trusted and influential search consultants in the sports and entertainment worlds. During her time at Witt/Kieffer and Eastman & Beaudine, Staudt conducted numerous searches for Division I head coaches and directors of athletics, and has worked closely with clients across professional sports properties including MLB, NBA, NHL, PGA TOUR, USTA, Churchill Downs, and more.  Staudt has also served as the Director of Recruiting for Learfield, Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing for the University of California-Riverside, and as a Vice President of Business Development for a national non-profit organization.

“As a former collegiate student-athlete, watching women achieve at the highest levels of athletics has always inspired me,” said Ventura founder, Julie Ford.  “To have a woman of Katy’s caliber join Chad’s team in the Sports & Entertainment Practice enhances our perspective on issues that are coloring the pursuit of excellence in college and professional sports today.”

Staudt received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Tulsa.  She is a former member of the Board of Directors for the NCAA Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award, and is currently serves on the Board of Directors for the College Football Assistance Fund. She was named a “Rising Star” in the Sports Industry by Partnership Activation Magazine and “30 under 30” in Sports by Sports Launch Magazine.  Staudt regularly speaks at the LEAD1 Athletic Directors Institute, NACDA, Women Leaders in College Sports, Learfield Minority Academy, the Collegiate Coaching Consortium, and Athletic Director University, among many other organizations and events.

What they are saying…

“Hiring Katy Young is a great move for Ventura Partners.  Having worked with search firms for the past 20 years, Katy is one of the most respected and connected leaders in the collegiate athletics space.  Her passion for matching great athletic programs with the right candidates shines through in every one of her searches.  After working with Chad and Ventura Partners on several critical searches for us at Ole Miss, I am confident she will be a perfect fit there.”

Ross Bjork, Vice Chancellor & Director of Athletics, Ole Miss

“Katy brings tremendous professionalism and search expertise with her to Ventura. Her contacts and knowledge of the market are assets to any organization looking to make a hire that creates sustainable success.”

Ed McLaughlin, Director of Athletics, Virginia Commonwealth University

“Katy brings a wealth of experience, nation-wide relationships, and professionalism to the search process. Katy is a true pro who directors of athletics and presidents can trust in the critical and confidential nature of the search process.”

Whit Babcock, Director of Athletics, Virginia Tech

“Katy has outstanding experience in the executive search industry. She will bring incredible knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise to Ventura Partners. I expect Chad and Katy to be a formidable team and to continue to be tremendous assets to athletic directors across the country.”

-Rick George, Director of Athletics, University of Colorado

“Katy brings professional integrity to the search process and is highly respected and connected in the world of intercollegiate athletics. Katy does a terrific job of delivering a top slate of candidates, facilitating the process, and protecting the key element in searches, which is confidentiality. Home run hire for Ventura.”

-David Sayler, Director of Athletics, Miami University

“Katy Young Staudt is one of the most connected individuals in collegiate athletics. She has an impeccable reputation of working confidentially behind the scenes, and is an expert at evaluating athletic directors, coaches, and recruiting top talent based on fit.  If I were a university or collegiate sports organization looking to make the right hire, Katy would be my first call.”

 -Fran Fraschilla, ESPN Analyst and Former College Basketball Head Coach 


About Ventura Partners

Ventura Partners, with offices in Beverly Hills, Chicago, Atlanta, and now Phoenix, serves clients which include top performing private equity funds, the world’s best-known and industry-disrupting brands, professional sporting leagues and tours, and a cross-section of athletic departments from across the Power Five conferences.  With 17 employees, the firm operates five practice groups:  Consumer Products & Services; CFO Services; Board Services; Sports & Entertainment; and Senior Leadership Assessment.