Jerry Bernhart is proud to be ranked by LinkedIn among the top 3% of ALL LinkedIn users in the Staffing and Recruiting industry in the United States for overall effectiveness in social recruitment. This high distinction was based on the following four criteria:

  • Brand building (Bernhart Associates Executive Search, LLC)
  • Size and quality of talent pool, including more than 26,000 Followers
  • Identifying qualified candidates
  • Quality of candidate engagement and very high level of positive feedback

What Others are Saying

It’s a true honor to write a recommendation for Jerry Bernhart. As you’ll see from his many grateful LinkedIn recommendations, Jerry is a respected thought leader, innovator, and coach who is highly experienced, successful, AND generous. There is a paradigm shift taking place in the field of recruiting; its no longer business as usual. That Jerry monitors trends in the field of Digital and Multichannel Marketing, and his recent launch of his ‘Twitter’ site speak volumes on his ability to innovate. I have been fortunate enough to have been ‘placed’ by Jerry, and I have contracted with him to provide candidates for leading-edge direct marketing, digital marketing and analytic assignments. I have been on both sides of the fence. He is someone you need on your “A” list of executive recruiters in digital, ecommerce and direct marketing.
Michael OusleyMarketing Executive
Jerry has gone well beyond simply finding candidates with relevant skill sets. Jerry has worked to gain an in-depth understanding of our business, our culture and our goals. He worked even harder to find candidates that fit our business and organizational needs.
Bernie Sensale-CEO, Fortunoff Back Yard Store, former SVP Marketing, Zale Corporation
Hiring great talent is critical to one’s success and we had an opening for a key role with an eCommerce/Direct Marketing specialty. Other recruiters told us we were asking for the world…Jerry just got the job done. I’ve known Jerry for nearly 20 years, as do many others in the industry. That comes in handy when you need to find the passive candidate. Jerry does a terrific job of finding great candidates that didn’t know they were interested in a job change, finding what really motivates them to move, and then handling all the communication leading up to an offer. When we weren’t getting traction with another firm, I told our HR dept. that we needed to get Jerry. I’m pleased to say he delivered. I would highly recommend him for great results, his deep industry knowledge, strong communications, and a positive attitude. Thanks Jerry
Lissa CuppVice President, Direct to Consumer & eCommerce at The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
I’ve known and worked with Jerry Bernhart since the mid-nineties and benefited from his recruiting services as well as his extensive network of personal contacts. I believe that Jerry Bernhart’s experience and reputation are second to none. No other recruiter has the contacts, network and experience that Jerry does. His twenty five years’ experience in the industry, his rolodex and his client list make him an exceptionally valuable resource. His quarterly Hiring Survey is also a unique and valuable tool for anyone following trends in the field. The results of his work have been helping multichannel marketing organizations grow and prosper for more than two decades.
John ScammonPrincipal at CornerStone Leadership Services, LLC
I have known and worked with Jerry for over 20 years. He has more experience than anyone I know when it comes to recruiting great candidates in the analytics, online media, mobile marketing and marketing automation areas. Throughout my career I have relied on Jerry’s expertise to find and place great candidates. I would work with Jerry anytime in the future and highly recommend him.
Tony AgrestaManaging Director, Ontotext USA
Jerry is a consummate professional recruiter. His direct and digital marketing industry connections, market knowledge, strategic vision, attention to detail, and tireless work ethic is unmatched….but what really separates him from the pack is his unselfishness. He will not recommend a candidate unless he is sure it’s the right fit for all parties involved. He is THE best known and highest caliber headhunter in digital marketing and ecommerce- hands down!”
Rich WilliamsSenior Sales Executive at Acxiom
Without question, Jerry Bernhart is the best recruiter I’ve ever worked with. I recently needed to hire a V.P. of Direct Marketing and needed to do a thorough search. After researching the market, I chose Jerry and couldn’t be happier. He has a well-earned reputation as one of the nation’s leading executive recruiters in the multichannel marketing field. Throughout the assignment I was impressed by his industry and marketplace acumen and by his seemingly endless network of qualified candidates. Jerry worked tirelessly to find some really great candidates. He always gave me a thorough assessment of each candidate and I quickly learned his judgment was spot on. If you are in the market for an executive level position in the digital / direct marketing space you should really considered getting Jerry on your side.
Jim SharkeyLife Insurance | Direct Marketing | Business Development at Independent Consultant
I first hired Jerry 16 years ago while building the Insurance Division of Trans Union. His results were excellent and his customer service stood out from the crowd. Since then I have watched as Jerry became a recognized expert in digital marketing and direct marketing recruitment. I recommend Jerry highly for any assignment that requires an experienced digital or multichannel marketing expert.
Mory KatzManaging Director US at Pro Global Insurance Solutions plc
Jerry has been an excellent resource for me in filling important direct marketing roles, both at Bowflex (Nautilus, Inc.) and The Oreck Corporation. Jerry’s contacts with direct marketers and e-commerce professionals is exceptional. Moreover, working with Jerry is a genuine pleasure. He’s extremely dedicated, diligent and he does what he says he’ll do – all with a great attitude.
Mike AmburgeyChief Marketing Officer at Direct Digital, LLC
Without question, Jerry Bernhart is the best recruiter I’ve ever worked with. I recently needed to hire a Vice President of Direct and Digital Marketing and needed to do a thorough search. After researching the market, I chose Jerry and couldn’t be happier. He has a well-earned reputation as one of the nation’s leading executive recruiters in the multichannel marketing field. Throughout the assignment I was impressed by his industry and marketplace acumen and by his seemingly endless network of qualified candidates.
Jim SharkeyLife Insurance | Direct Marketing | Business Development at Independent Consultant



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We’re proud to announce the just-completed placements of the first Vice President of Ecommerce for Scotts Miracle-Gro, the first Global Chief Marketing Officer for Appster, and the Chief Marketing Officer for

The latest numbers are in: 94% of our placed hires have been with our clients for at least two years. That’s because we put a laser focus on the number one hiring success factor: Cultural fit.

Jerry Bernhart’s ebook, Careers in Ecommerce and Digital Marketing, the first book of its kind on career preparation and present/future employment opportunities in the major specialties of digital marketing, is now available in the Kindle Store on Amazon, and has been endorsed by digital marketing instructors at many leading colleges and universities.

Visit my popular blog on best practices in digital marketing, CRM and ecommerce recruitment.

For more than 25 years, Bernhart Associates Executive Search, LLC, has been a prominent boutique executive search firm focusing in Digital Marketing, Data-Driven Multichannel Marketing, CRM and Ecommerce across a wide spectrum of industries, agencies and service providers, B2C and B2B, from start-ups to Fortune 50. Viewed as a leading go-to source and authority in the recruitment of digital and multichannel marketers, Jerry has been featured at dozens of industry conferences and has authored scores of articles and white papers on best practices in digital and multichannel marketing hiring and recruitment including a ground breaking white paper for the Mobile Marketing Association. A contributor to Bloomberg, AdAge, MarketingProfs, Loyalty360, DM News, Multichannel Merchant, BtoBOnline, Chief Marketer, the Mobile Marketing Association, the Direct Marketing Association and many more.

Jerry is the only executive recruiter to have appeared twice on the cover of “Target Marketing” magazine.

Jerry was Director of Executive Search for the Database Marketing Institute for 11 years, and was among the country’s first recruiters to specialize in digital marketing, database marketing and CRM. He was also the founder of, one of the internet’s first marketing-specific job posting sites. This first-hand experience allows Jerry to speak at a deep level with employers about their digital marketing and ecommerce needs.

Described by MarketingProfs as among the “experts and in-the-trenches marketers who know what they are talking about,” Jerry is proud to be listed on AdAge’s list of recommended marketing headhunters, and Marketing Sherpa’s list of “Best Headhunter and Recruiter Sites for Marketing, Advertising and PR Pros.”

Check out our newest opportunities, and our dedicated recruitment websites for digital marketing and ecommerce and CRM.

We also provide digital marketing and ecommerce experts on a contract and freelance basis.

Need sample job descriptions? We have hundreds of them, at no cost, in every specialty of digital marketing.

  • Multichannel and Direct Marketing Recruiting
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  • CRM and Loyalty Marketing Recruiting
  • Direct Marketing Recruiting
  • Analytics Recruiting
  • Database Marketing Recruiting
  • Sales and Business Development Recruiting
  • B2C
  • B2B
  • US, Europe, Asia

Digital and Multichannel Marketing Recruiter, and author on best practices in digital marketing hiring and employment, with placements made in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Des Moines, Greensboro, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Lexington, Louisville, Madison, Ft. Lauderdale, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Haven, New York, Omaha, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR and ME), Richmond, Rochester (NY), Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Tuscson, Washington DC, plus dozens of other primary and secondary metro areas nationwide.

Our experience, track record and reputation set us apart.

In February, 2005 and December, 2009, Jerry Bernhart was featured on the cover of Target Marketing Magazine along with other leading experts including DMA Hall of Famers Don Peppers and Martha Rogers and Merkle CEO David Williams, discussing how marketing industry trends are shaping the way digital and data-driven multichannel marketers do business.

Jerry is actively involved in online social media. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for our latest career opportunities and our popular Tweetchat, the only online digital and multichannel marketing employment forum of its kind.

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