What Others are Saying

Between your articles, your conference presentations and your quarterly direct marketing employment survey, it is hard to imagine anyone in the digital and direct marketing industry who doesn’t know who you are. We view you as a leading authority in the digital and direct marketing industry and we’re always grateful for your contributions to DM News.
Melissa CampanelliManaging Editor, DM News
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
I first hired Jerry 13 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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



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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.

Currently in progress:

Chief Executive Officer, ActiveForever
Vice President of Marketing- Confidential (leading financial services provider)
President, IR-500 Internet Retailer (confidential)
Chief Marketing Officer, Confidential (IR-500 with heavy DRTV)
Vice President of Sales and Ecommerce- Leading CPG Company

Recently completed:

Director (Vice President) of Global Digital Communications, Dow Chemical
President, Kansas City Steaks, D-to-C
Chief Marketing Officer, Appster
Chief Marketing Officer, Comparenow.com
Chief Marketing Officer, Dealstruck
Chief Marketing Officer, Oasis Legal Finance
Vice President of Marketing (CMO), Asset Marketing
Vice President of Marketing (CMO), Silver Star Brands
Vice President of Ecommerce, Scotts-Miracle Gro
SVP of Loyalty Services, Truth in Loyalty/Cogensia
Manager of Fan Engagement, The Pittsburgh Steelers
Senior Manager of Retention, Harbor Freight Tools
Chief Marketing Officer, onlineshoes.com
Director of Marketing, The Perfect Workout
Sr. Manager of Loyalty, Total Wine
Corporate Vice President of Search Engine Marketing, New York Life Direct
Corporate Vice President Internet Strategy, New York Life Direct
Ecommerce Consultant, New Pig
Director of Customer Engagement, Education Management Corporation
Internet Marketing Director, Cigars International
Director of Ecommerce, Metals of America
Director of Marketing, Kansas City Steaks

More than 20,000 relationships and 7,000 endorsements on LinkedIn. Thank you to the thousands of leading digital and data-driven multichannel marketers who have chosen to include Jerry in their “inner circle.”

  • Multichannel and Direct Marketing Recruiting
  • Digital Marketing Recruiting
  • Ecommerce Recruiting
  • 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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