What Others are Saying

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.
Rich WilliamsSenior Sales Executive at Acxiom
If you want the best recruiter in the CRM world, then you need Jerry. There is truly no one else like him: He knows all the major players at the big retailers (specialty, apparel, etc), and is considered the “go to guy” for hiring in CRM, direct marketing, and database marketing. He’s been a fixture at CRM and direct marketing conferences for as long I’ve been attending. I’ve known him for 15+ years, and when I got laid off, he was the first recruiter I called. Not only is he a great recruiter with the highest ethical standards, but he’s a wonderful friend as well.
Craig MurraySenior Vice President , Harte-Hanks
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 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
Jerry is one of the rare people in the Direct and Digital Marketing Industry who truly get it – quickly and accurately understanding one’s hiring needs and then matching it to his absolutely vast rolodex of talent. The candidates he presents are invariably on target and within spec. I have worked with Jerry on several roles, most recently for that difficult, high level Marketer, with both print and digital experience. He also placed me where I am now. Jerry nailed it.
John McKinvenPresident Consumer Division, The Kansas City Steak Company
Jerry has delivered for me, beyond my expectations. He has wide and deep contacts in the digital and direct marketing industry. His quarterly employment survey adds value to the direct marketing community and, in my opinion, serves him well in maintaining an extremely high profile in the direct marketing industry. He is very professional, has a sense of urgency and a operates with very high level of integrity.
Bill TysonDistribution I Insurance I Life and Health Insurance | Direct Marketing | Reinsurance | CMO | COO | Strategy
We chose your search firm over others because you not only had the track record of placement success in this specialized field, but you asked great questions when we discussed our opportunity with you. Your experience and expertise quickly became apparent, and we became convinced that you would be an excellent search partner for us- which you were, with the multiple candidates we hired through your firm. Great job!
Brad FurmanVice President, Mastercard
Jerry is a savvy and experienced resource for top notch direct response and analytical staff. His ability to find the “good fit” on both sides of the equation is exceptional, and his knowledge of the industry is terrific.
Nancy ShaverSavvy Omni-Channel Marketing Consultant
Jerry is one of those recruiters who is completely focused on his client and the candidates needs. I have found Jerry to be a top notch recruiter — he has so much knowledge about the needs businesses require in today’s massive challenging environment. I can honestly say Jerry REALLY understands the business. This is so critical in getting the best candidate. I’ve also heard from many candidates that they have found Jerry to be honest, the highest of integrity and an outstanding communicator. If you’re looking for a recruiter — call Jerry first… I promise it will be the best move you’ll make.
Scott BergSenior Marketing Executive | Digital Expert | Web & eCommerce | Advertising | Operations | Demand Generation
Thank you for the outstanding job you did in helping us wih our Chief Marketing Officer search. You took the time to truly understand our business and our culture, which was reflected in the caliber of your candidates who were well researched and pre-qualified. What I thought would be a very difficult search went very smoothly and was completed within the agreed upon time frame because of the great job you did. Well done! We couldn’t be more pleased.
Meg RuzekSPHR, CHP, CBP, VP of Human Resources, Brownells



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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 Comparenow.com

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 directmarketingareers.com, 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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  • Direct Marketing Recruiting
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  • Sales and Business Development Recruiting
  • B2C
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  • 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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