Mark Tudi

Mark Tudi is the Founder of SPORTS CAREERS and SPORTSEARCH, with its primary business activities completely focused on Human Capital needs for leading organizations in over 45 Sports, Recreation and Live-Event Industry segments. Founded in 1988, SPORTSEARCH specializes in sourcing the critical layer of management, customized search assignments and leadership development.

For over 30 years, Mark has established a high-profile track record in sports career development, with over 25,000 personal interviews and nearing 800 successful retained search assignments. He has represented the career interests and managed opportunities for many of the leading executives, personalities and organizations in Sports. His client list includes members of the Sporting Goods Manufacturers’ Association (SGMA), the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), over 200 Professional Teams, Leagues and Sports Marketing Organizations, as well as several leading Corporate Sports Empires.

In 1988, Mark created SPORTS CAREERS, the Industry’s original and most comprehensive Employment Resource Program, designed to help individuals build and manage a career path in Sports. During the 1990’s, he successfully financed the business through the ownership group of the Phoenix Suns, led by Jerry Colangelo, which was later sold to the Franklin Covey Corporation and established as a job board on CBS Sportsline.com. Since then, Mark re-acquired SPORTS CAREERS and has served over 250,000 members, 5,000 active Employers and over 15,000 filled positions at all levels through multiple strategic assets at SPORTSEARCHONLINE.COM.

In addition, Mark founded the Sports & Entertainment Human Resource Forum (SEHRF) to build professional recognition and a unified Industry community for today’s Human Resource Managers, Hiring Authorities and Employers. Most recently, he resurrected the SPORTS CAREERS Conference, the Sports Industry’s first and largest meeting of its kind, where people managers and the career-oriented connect.

Mark started his career in sports at the age of 23 by starting his own sporting goods sales agency and then helped build the annual sales volume to over $100 million for two of the nation’s leading Manufacturers’ Rep firms.

A graduate of Bowling Green State University majoring in Journalism and Business Administration, Mark has written over 250 articles and made over 250 radio, television and speaking appearances, including two years as co-host of the Sports Club’s Career Hour on the Business Radio Network. He is a Visiting Professor of Practice and Student Mentor for the Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University Sports Business Programs.

Mark has been an active Member of the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission for the past 20 years, serving as the Chairman of the Board, Executive Director and currently on the Board of Directors for a 6th term. Most recently, Mark was appointed to the Board of Directors for the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC). He is also on the Board of Directors and a Chartered Founding Member of the International Retained Search Associates (IRSA).

Some of Mark’s personal accomplishments include a 34+ year marriage with three children, successful rehabilitation from a fractured neck, coaching a three-time Arizona State champion youth soccer team, and is a founding board member and original Executive Director of the National Pain Foundation. Mark was also a highly ranked and decorated amateur wrestler…back in the day.

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In His Words

"There is no substitute for Excellence – not even success. Success is tricky, perishable and often outside our control; the pursuit of success makes a poor cornerstone, especially for a whole personality. Excellence is dependable, lasting and largely an issue within our own control; pursuit of excellence, in and for itself, is the best of foundations,” The Heart of the Order, by Thomas Boswell (Doubleday, 1989).