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"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 Furman, Vice President, Mastercard

"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 Ruzek, SPHR, CHP, CBP, VP of Human Resources, Brownells

"I am hearing nothing but great things about the Director of Online Marketing who you placed here in the fall of 2009 in one of our major business units. You are the first recruiter we turn to when we have needs in e-commerce, digital and direct marketing."
-VP of Human Resources, 
Top Ten US Life Insurance Company


"Not only do you have deep expertise as a direct marketing recruiter, you truly understood our culture and our needs and served us with the highest level of professionalism and integrity. Thank you for a job well done!"
- George Wiedemann, CEO, Rewards Network, founder of Grey Direct and former DMA Board Member

Industry Visibility

"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 Campanelli, Managing Editor, DM News

Consultative Approach

"Here at ChoicePoint Direct, we have turned to Bernhart Associates Executive Search, LLC to fill many of our most critical positions. We consider you to be our strategic partner and a highly valued and trusted marketing recruiter resource who always keeps our best interests in mind." 
- Timothy Prunk, Chief Operating Officer, ChoicePoint Direct

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The current state of marketing hiring. An interview with Jerry Bernhart by Marketing Hire.

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Your organization's culture is the "nurturing habitat for success". The benefits of a culture that is alive and vibrant.

What makes a Good Multichannel Merchant? Read Jerry's article in "Multichannel Merchant."

Recruiting 101 for Web 2.0 Read Jerry's article in DM News

Agency Billing Rates: Digital vs Old School. See Jerry's comments in AdAge.

See Jerry's published research on average job tenure in digital and direct marketing

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Where a Trusted Name and Established Reputation Opens Doors to Exceptional Talent

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

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.

Check out our newest opportunities and our dedicated Digital Marketing Recruiter website.

Visit my blog to review my library of published articles on ecommerce and digital marketing hiring guidelines.

For more than 24 years, Bernhart Associates Executive Search, LLC, has been a prominent boutique executive search firm focusing in Digital Marketing, Data-Driven Multichannel Direct Marketing and Ecommerce across all major industries, agencies and service providers, B2C and B2B. He launched and ran the popular job posting site, which was ranked twice by CareerXRoads among the top marketing-specific job posting boards on the internet, with more than 600 employers posting jobs at its peak in the late 1990's. Jerry was also Director of Executive Search for the Database Marketing Institute, founded by database marketing author and pioneer Arthur Hughes, for 15 years, and was among the country's first recruiters to specialize in database marketing and CRM, placing data-driven marketers with hundreds of organizations worldwide.

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. 

Jerry Bernhart is a Trusted and Nationally Recognized Authority in Digital Marketing and Data-Driven Multichannel Marketing Recruitment:

"Eight Qualities Employers will look for in Digital Marketers in 2014."  Read Jerry's latest article on Marketing Profs, where he is a contributing author.

"Five Trends in Direct Marketing Job Hunting and Hiring"- By Jerry Bernhart, appearing in Target Marketing magazine, February 3, 2014.

--Jerry Bernhart participates in the Report on Salary Surveys by Bloomberg BNA, a global business and financial information news leader.

--Jerry has been interviewed dozens of times by leading publications in digital and direct marketing for his analytic recruiting expertise, most notably by AdAge for inclusion in one of its biggest selling research reports, "Smart Marketing Using Big Data," on how the growing demand for digital analytic talent is impacting recruiting.

--"The State of Digital Media Marketing Conference" - University of Missouri, St. Louis.  For the past three years, Jerry has joined a panel of distinguished digital marketing and ecommerce experts, authors and thought leaders to examine the latest trends in global digital media, held at the J.C. Penney Conference Center.  Check out the video of the full conference (Jerry's segment starts 47:30 into the program).

Recent Searches:

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:

Chief Marketing Officer, Appster
Vice President of Ecommerce, Scotts-Miracle Gro
Manager of Fan Engagement, The Pittsburgh Steelers
Chief Marketing Officer, Oasis Legal Finance
Director (Vice President) of Global Digital Communications, Dow Chemical
President, Kansas City Steaks, D-to-C
Chief Marketing Officer, Dealstruck
SVP of Loyalty Services, Truth in Loyalty/Cogensia
Senior Manager of Retention, Harbor Freight Tools
Chief Marketing Officer, 
Vice President of Marketing (CMO), Asset Marketing
Vice President of Marketing (CMO), Silver Star Brands
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 19,000 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."

"Where a Trusted Name and Established Reputation Opens the Door to Exceptional Talent"

Our Focus Areas:

  • Data-Driven Multichannel Marketing Recruiting
  • Digital Marketing Recruiting
  • Internet Marketing Recruiting
  • Ecommerce Recruiting
  • Analytics Recruiting
  • Database Marketing Recruiting
  • CRM and Loyalty Marketing Recruiting
  • Database Marketing Recruiting
  • B2C
  • B2B
  • US, Europe, Asia

Digital and Data-Driven 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.

Bernhart Associates conducts research on salary and incentive compensation data.  Ask how we can help you ensure that your compensation packages are competitive.

Sample Job Descriptions for Recent Placements:

Our Approach

Our Recruiting Process is time-tested, and highly defined.

We do not delegate the all-important tasks of recruiting, interviewing and negotiating to research associates or junior staffers. Jerry Bernhart personally makes each and every contact throughout the entire recruiting process, leveraging his extensive experience and nationwide cross-referenced contact network to locate, evaluate and help you hire top performers. 

Because we accept a limited number of searches, we are not hamstrung by "off-limits" boundaries. Our candidate pool is practically unlimited.  In most instances, we can have qualified candidates on your desk within just two weeks.

Our Philosophy

We highly value our client relationships. We immediately notify you when we surface extraordinary talent, we offer you guarantees on every search and extended terms for companies in a pinch. 

We believe digital, multichannel marketing, ecommerce, analytics and CRM recruiting is an ever-changing process, requiring different methodologies and approaches as market conditions dictate, so we regularly attend seminars and conferences to stay on top of the latest trends in digital and multichannel marketing recruitment, search and placement.

Jerry Bernhart has given roundtable sessions on negotiation skills at national direct marketing conferences, so you'll know that your search is in the hands of a highly skilled negotiator. 

Our Partners

Bernhart Associates is a proud partner of the The Direct Marketing Association (DMA), which joined us in producing the 2009 Employment Outlook Report, and has distributed the Bernhart Associates Hiring Survey to the entire DMA membership.

For your direct and database marketing needs, Bernhart Associates refers clients to The Wheaton Group, specializing in database construction and hosting, data management, analytics and consulting.

Cornerstone3, an executive coaching and consulting firm, helps leaders and teams expand their leadership skill-set, improve their overall effectiveness and achieve results that matter.  Todd Alexander, President and Principal Consultant of Cornerstone3, is the former Chief Sales Officer and VP of Leadership & Culture for Taylor Corporation.

Douglas Berger Communications represents Public Relations for the Bernhart Associates Quarterly Digital and Direct Marketing Hiring Survey. Doug is the former Executive Director of Communications for the Direct Marketing Association (DMA).

Jan Davis provides Bernhart Associates expertise in strategy, marketing and social media.
A former CEO, Jan is an active board member of start-up to mid-cap private companies and non-profits.

Craig Elzas provides expertise in business development. Craig is a veteran direct marketing senior executive and a leading authority in the field of database marketing, formerly the COO and EVP of Cohorts.

Bernard (Bernie) Silverman and Affiliates contributes research and analysis for the Bernhart Associates Quarterly Employment Survey and Report. Bernie has more than 30 years experience leading research and analytics for leading service providers in digital and direct marketing.

Carol Worthington Levy is an 8-time DMA Echo Award Winner, is a sought after speaker and teacher, and works with many my clients in providing marketing-driven design and copywriting. 

Web design and internet marketing expertise is provided by Chad Monson. Chad has been providing ecommerce solutions for leading multichannel marketers for more than 15 years.

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Bernhart Associates Executive Search, LLC
2068 Greenwood Drive
Owatonna, MN 55060


A proud member of many regional and national direct marketing associations, Minnesota Association of Personnel Services, the Database Marketing Institute and Advisory Board of Data University.

Bernhart Associates Executive Search, LLC 2068 Greenwood Drive Owatonna, MN 55060 507-451-4270