As partner, Mark Gress Jr. brings more than a dozen years of experience in the sports industry. He initially joined Prodigy Search in early 2015 as Director, Recruiting before being promoted in 2016. He previously served three years as Senior Executive Recruiter for Turnkey Sports & Entertainment where he successfully recruited and filled numerous positions within the Sports and Entertainment field, including key, senior roles with organizations in the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS, NCAA and Motorsports.
Gress’ previous sports experience also includes stints at the Philadelphia Eagles in the Premium Services Department during the transition from Veterans Stadium to Lincoln Financial Field and at the Drexel University Athletics Department where he focused on staffing, operations, recreation and club sports, and facilities.
Prior to joining Prodigy Search in January 2015, Gress served as Interim Director of Career Education for Arcadia University in Glenside, PA. Prior to that, he spent four years in Drexel University’s career center where he acted as the primary career counselor for all Sport Management students and alumni in one of the most highly-regarded Cooperative Education (Co-op) programs in the world. For the last five years, he has also served as an Adjunct Professor for Drexel University’s Graduate Sport Management Program.
Over the course of his career, Gress has led and participated in various professional presentations. In 2017, he moderated a session at the National Sports Forum in Minnesota (“Insights on Building and Maintaining a Winning Corporate Culture") and moderated a panel discussion at the University of Miami Sports Industry Conference ("Ask the Recruiter").
Gress graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management (cum laude) and Master of Science degree in Education with a concentration in Sport Management (summa cum laude). Gress, his wife Kristine, and son Mark III reside in Philadelphia, PA.