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
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
Expertise in marketing and media research and analysis. Adept at using data to develop insights that drive results. As a result of his quarterly Bernhart Associates employment survey, Jerry has a extremely thorough understanding of the latest trends in multichannel marketing hiring and employment. He provided many key insights when we partnered on a first-of-its-kind hiring report for the DMA, which we sold through the DMA bookstore and became one of our best selling research reports that year.
Anne Frankel
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
Jerry is the most knowledgeable recruiter in the database marketing industry. Our paths crossed many times as I was being recruited or I was recruiting my team. He is professional and effective. I highly recommend him!
Omer ArtunCEO, AgilOne
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
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
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 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 knows everybody in the CRM space and stays on top of not just the people but the trends. He truly looks to find the right fit for your company, not just place somebody. If you need help filling a CRM role, Jerry is a great recruiter.
Erica ThompsonVice President of CRM, Petsmart



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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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  • Ecommerce Recruiting
  • CRM and Loyalty 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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