Buffy Gordon Filippell

Buffy Gordon Filippell

President, TeamWork Consulting

Over 15,000 men and women have a job in sports through Buffy G. Filippell – either through her executive search practice, TeamWork Consulting, or through her online executive recruiting software system, TeamWork Online.

In 1987, Buffy Filippell launched a first-of-its-kind business, a retained executive search firm specifically geared towards recruiting middle to senior level executives for sports teams, leagues, associations, arenas, high profile sporting events, corporate sponsors, sports marketing agencies and some sporting goods companies. Since then, TeamWork Consulting has been one of the most recognized retained search firms helping to fill over 350 executive positions with such notable sports organizations such as NASCAR; PGA TOUR; National Basketball Association; National Football League; National Hockey League; Major League Soccer, International Motor Speedway; Olympic Governing Bodies of Skiing, Cycling, Boxing; corporate sponsors such as Wells Fargo Bank, Anderson Consulting; agencies such as Velocity Sports & Entertainment; Millsport; Wunderman Cato Johnson and ProServ, and major events such as the 1994 World Cup and 1999 Women’s World Cup (soccer), and Olympic Games in Salt Lake. Her clients have included twelve NFL teams, eleven NHL teams, twelve NBA teams, and nine MLB teams. She’s recruited Commissioners of Leagues, team presidents, Chief Operating Officers of major events, and senior level executives with sports sponsors and agencies.

During the internet boom of the late 1990s, Filippell created and introduced a technical online version of her executive recruiting process, called TeamWork Online. The software system replicated her successful executive search methods in notifying prospective candidates, screening the right candidates, developing candidate profiles, and online interviewing techniques so teams, leagues and sports organizations could use the internet to identify and recruit their candidates through their own websites. This software system launched in the fall of 1999 has attracted over 1,000,000 candidate records applying for over 20,000 jobs across 47 job boards and has filled 73% of all jobs posted with online candidates. In 8 years the system has filled over 15,000 positions with online candidates.

Her 500+ minor/professional team, league, organization, and national governing body clients include many of the leaders in sports: Action Sports Tour, AEG, Anschutz Entertainment Group Germany, AFL/af2, AHL, American Airlines, Atlanta Falcons, Atlantic League, ATP/WTA Tour, California League, Charlotte Bobcats, Churchill Downs, College Sports Job Board, Comcast-Spectacor, DeBartolo Sports University, DNC Sportservice, Dover Motorsports, ECHL, Flash Seats, Frontier League, Houston Texans ,IMG, ISC Motorsports, LPGA, Mandalay Sports and Entertainment, Memphis Grizzlies, MLB and its Teams, MLS and its Teams, NBA/WNBA/D-League Teams, NFL Teams, NHL and its Teams, NLL, Opening Day Partners, Orlando Magic, Pacific Coast League Teams, Palace Sports and Entertainment, Portland Trail Blazers, Sam Houston Race Park, San Francisco 49ers, Sears Centre, Silicon Valley Sports and Entertainment, South Atlantic League, Tampa Bay Lightning, U.S. National Governing Bodies, Velocity Sports and Entertainment, World Racing Group, and WPS.

Ms. Filippell started her career with Wilson Sporting Goods as a National Tennis Promotions Assistant in Chicago and was promoted to Manager of Racquet Sports and Golf Promotions for Wilson based in London, England. From 1978 to 1984, she worked for Mark McCormack’s International Management Group (IMG) as its first female tennis agent and represented America’s young tennis star, Andrea Jaeger, and Australian tennis legend, Ken Rosewall. She also promoted IMG’s Tennis Legends Tour featuring Rod Laver, and a pro celebrity tennis tour headed by Academy Award winning actor and tennis enthusiast, Charlton Heston. She also served as the Commissioner of the Women’s Professional Racquetball Tour.

After returning from a second European stint, this time in Turin, Italy, by January 1985, Filippell joined Korn/Ferry International, a worldwide executive recruiting firm. Although she worked on searches for senior executives in banking, manufacturing, insurance and industrial products, Filippell brought in and conducted searches for the Women’s Tennis Association, LPGA, U.S. Cycling Federation, Sporting Goods Manufacturer’s Association, Prince and the Women’s International Pro Tennis Council.

Filippell currently serves as a Senior Advisory Board Member for Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business Sports and Entertainment Academy as well as Indiana’s Dean’s Associate program for the School of Health Physical Education and Recreation. She has led two sports marketing high school internship initiatives promoting Hawken School athletics in Gates Mills, OH in cooperation with the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. In 1987, she founded the Ohio Games (earlier called the Ohio Sports Festival), a statewide amateur Olympic-type event for athletes of all ages in the state of Ohio. She also served on the Executive Committee of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission until 1999. She was formerly a Trustee on the Board of the Women’s Sports Foundation and co-published the first Directory of Women in Sports Business with Richard Lipsey. In 2001, she was awarded the “Visionary” Award at the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Innovation in Business Conference which was sponsored by SBN Magazine. Then, in 2006, Indiana University recognized her as their HPER Alumni Leadership and Achievement Award winner as part of their celebration of National Girls and Women in Sport day.

Filippell was graduated from Indiana University; Bloomington, Indiana, with a Bachelor of Science degree and a varsity letter in tennis in 1976. She and her husband, Mark, have an 18-year-old son, Davis, a freshman at Williams College.