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Steve Snodgrass

Founder and CEO

Steve has three decades of C-level management and marketing experience in diverse industries including financial, franchise, sports and service-driven entities. He is a seasoned business development executive with deep knowledge in marketing human capital solutions to senior ranking executives and board members. His proficiency gained from working with all levels of positions within organizations has provided clients with multiple management and human resource solutions.

Steve blends his business acumen with a sports industry skillset to the firm’s Sports Recruiting and Consulting practice. This includes playing and coaching tennis at the NCAA Division I level, ownership of an indoor tennis facility where he also served as general manager and head teaching pro, and the father of two NCAA student athletes.

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Before founding Snodgrass Partners, Steve was a co-managing principal for the executive search practice within DeFrain Mayer, a large regional human resources consulting firm. He gained a rare perspective on the executive search process through earlier roles as vice president of corporate communications for international franchisor ERA Real Estate and vice president at a full-service advertising and public relations agency.

A four-year varsity tennis player at Kansas State University, Steve went on to coach the men’s and women’s team for seven years.  As a young entrepreneur, Steve also designed, built and operated an indoor/outdoor racquet club and recreational facility in his late 20s. He remained the highest percentage owner of the club for 34 years and was instrumental in its sale in 2010.

Steve earned his Bachelor of Science degree from K-State. He holds certificates in numerous leadership programs including the Strategic Alliance Program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he has taught behavioral interviewing techniques and The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen R. Covey Leadership Center). Steve is a graduate of the Leadership Overland Park Class of 1991 and is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and Kansas City Society of Association Executives (KCSAE).

Steve has four grown children – Carrie, Lance, Jeff and Kelsey – and five grandchildren. In addition to playing and coaching at the collegiate level, Steve also understands what it’s like to be the parent of a student athlete. Lance played soccer at Regis University where he remains the all-time leader in assists. He was inducted in the Regis Hall of Fame in 2016. Jeff was a kicker at Kansas State University under coaching legend Bill Snyder. He received All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors in 2006. Steve and wife, Bridget, live in Overland Park, Kansas.

Email: Steve@SnodgrassPartners.com
Phone: (913) 681.2200 ext. 2
Mobile: (913) 484.5106

Steve Snodgrass

Steve Snodgrass

Founder and CEO

Steve has three decades of C-level management and marketing experience in diverse industries including financial, franchise, sports and service-driven entities. He is a seasoned business development executive with deep knowledge…

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Tom Jacobs

Tom Jacobs

Sports Recruiting Co-Founder and Advisor

Tom Jacobs is a 28-year veteran in the field of athletics administration. He co-founded Snodgrass Partners' Sports Recruiting and Consulting practice and serves as a key advisor. Tom was named Senior…

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Lee Dicklitch

Lee Dicklitch

Vice President, Collegiate Sports

Throughout a 16-year career working in the sports and entertainment industry, Lee has served in a variety of roles at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)…

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Sharon Long

Sharon Long

Research Consultant

Sharon has more than 30 years of executive search experience. She specializes in research strategy development, candidate and company identification and initial candidate assessment.  For more than a decade, Sharon’s…

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Christa Townsend

Christa Townsend

Executive and Sports Recruiting

Christa has a proven track record of identifying, training, and developing high-performing, results-oriented teams during her 25-year career. She is experienced in mergers, co-promotions, new business development, and product launches.…

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Jolynn Johnson Smith

Jolynn Johnson Smith

Executive and Sports Recruiting

Jolynn Johnson Smith is a seasoned staffing and recruiting professional with more than 20 years of experience working for an array of companies, including GE/Genworth Financial, the Federal Reserve Bank…

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Matt Westfall

Matt Westfall

Executive and Sports Recruiting

Matt began his life absorbed in golf and tennis. He played golf in high school, then changed sports for college when he played tennis under Coach Steve Snodgrass at Kansas State…

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Paul Alfred

Paul Alfred

Executive Recruiting

Paul is a highly focused and persistent staffing consultant who has more than 15 years of success building complex technology, financial and marketing workforces across the industry spectrum. He has…

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Steve Butler

Steve Butler

Executive Recruiting

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Allied Partners

Dr. Brian Russell

Dr. Brian Russell

Executive Leadership Assessment Consultant

Dr. Brian Russell provides executive leadership consultation to Snodgrass Partners, helping to vet candidates by providing executive leadership assessment and consulting. He has become one of America’s most recognized psychologists…

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Dr. Mark Kovacs

Dr. Mark Kovacs

Performance Physiologist Consultant

Mark Kovacs, PhD, FACSM, CSCS*D, is the CEO of the Kovacs Institute, which is a performance sciences institute focused on elite individuals looking to optimize performance in sport, business and life. He…

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Megan Kahn

Megan Kahn

Alliance of Women’s Coaches

A former collegiate athlete, NCAA Division I assistant basketball coach and athletic administrator, Megan is the executive director of the Alliance of Women Coaches. Both Snodgrass Partners and the Alliance…

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Jeff Moore

Jeff Moore

Moore Leadership

Jeff is well-known and highly-respected throughout college athletics – not only for what he accomplished as a coach, but also for his prowess and the tangible results he has delivered…

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Larry Bonfante

Larry Bonfante

IT Executive Coaching Consultant

Larry Bonfante is the founder of CIO Bench Coach, an executive coaching practice for Information Technology (IT) executives and the author of the book Lessons in IT Transformation. He has…

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Celia Slater

Celia Slater

True North Sports

Pioneering, forward-thinking and solution-focused, Celia Slater is the owner and founder of True North Sports. She is a nationally-recognized leader committed to providing professional development opportunities for coaches of all sports…

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John Shukie

John Shukie

Forward Progress Athletics Consulting

Forward Progress Athletics Consulting provides our clients with proven academic and compliance-related programs – including the Academic Progress Rate (APR) and Graduation Success Rate (GSR) data – to enhance the…

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Jose Pires

Jose Pires

Black & Veatch BEx

José serves as the Global Vice President and Director of Business Excellence (BEx) for Black & Veatch where he oversees the global identification, prioritization and execution of several hundred mission…

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Stefana Saxton

Stefana Saxton

Black & Veatch BEx

Stefana Saxton serves as a Business Excellence Innovation Leader for Business Excellence (BEx) at Black & Veatch where she works with internal and external clients to identify, prioritize, and execute…

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Thomas McCoy

Thomas McCoy

Executive Compensation and Employee Engagement Consultant

Tom McCoy is a noted author, educator and speaker whose work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal. He is considered a thought leader on the topic of Organizational…

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Donna Pirotte

Donna Pirotte

Marketing Consultant

Donna began her career amidst the rapid growth of the personal computer industry in the mid 1980’s. She held sales, training and brand marketing positions for a variety of software…

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Corporate Partners

Tennis Industry Association

Tennis Industry Association

Corporate Partner

Snodgrass Partners is an official Corporate Partner of the Tennis Industry Association (TIA). We share TIA’s mission to promote the growth of tennis and the economic vitality of the tennis industry.

Through our partnership, we add-value to TIA and its members – in particular club owners and managers – by delivering the highest-quality tennis professionals to serve their needs, both in coaching and management positions. For more information, contact TIA Executive Director Jolyn de Boer.