What Others are Saying

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
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
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 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
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 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
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 THE Direct Marketing Recruiter who stands out in this industry as being the most plugged in and knowing everyone who is anyone. I have known and worked with Jerry for years to find candidates that were top of their game. Jerry always delivers and is a consummate professional who can be trusted for his knowledge, connections and personal integrity.
Kathryn WardellFounder and Principal at Bolder Digital Marketing & Media
Jerry is the go-to guy for finding digital and multichannel marketing talent. I might be a little biased since Jerry has placed me twice, but he knows where to find the right people and how to match them with organizations. He has been invaluable to me in terms of my own career as well as helping me build teams at my various engagements.
Keith ClarkSr. Director, CRM and Loyalty at Hertz
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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