Ecommerce Recruiter and Digital Marketing Recruiter

Jerry Bernhart, Principal of Bernhart Associates Executive Search, LLC, Ecommerce Recruiter and Digital Marketing Recruiter.


I am proud to announce that I have been profiled among 11 leading Digital Influencers in the new book, “Digital Influence for Baby Boomers,” by author Janet Granger.


Attending the Midwest Digital Marketing Conference in St. Louis, Internet Retailer OR B2BNext in 2019?  I’ll be hosting panels at all three events on hiring B2B digital marketing talent. Hope to meet you there.


“Jerry is a ‘must follow’ on LinkedIn”

Nearly thirty years of experience, more than 20 of it as a leading Ecommerce Recruiter and Digital Marketing Recruiter. Featured speaker and presenter at more than 40 marketing-related conferences, webinars and other top learning events. Interviewed, quoted and by-lined by dozens of some of the most prestigious and widely followed publishers and research organizations in marketing including Ade Age, Bloomberg, Forrester, Gartner, American Marketing Association, the CMO Council, DMA, NAPCO, and many, many more. Creator and operator of my own web-based business for 8 years. Of course I put your interests first. Of course I leave no stone unturned. Of course I won’t waste your time trying to cram square pegs into round roles.  You would expect all of that and more from someone of my stature as a leading ecommerce recruiter and digital marketing recruiter.
So… what makes me different?

Experience. Pure and simple. When you do the same thing every day for nearly three decades, and achieve honors and nationwide recognition doing it, you get good. You get really good. And I do not delegate the all important task of recruiting to partners, staffers or trainees. I make every single call.

Share your successes.

Share your challenges.
Tell me about your long-term business goals, and your most urgent needs.
Let’s explore the possibilities.

Focus Areas:

  • Ecommerce Recruiter and Digital Marketing Recruiter
  • Digital Marketing Manager/Director/Vice President
  • Ecommerce Manager/Director/Vice President
  • Director/Vice President of Marketing
  • Chief Marketing Officer
  • Director/Vice President of CRM
  • Sales and Business Development
  • B2C/B2B
  • US, Europe

Thought Leadership and Industry Recognition: Interviews/Participation/Presentations

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

I am 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 first Director of Marketing for Swan Global Investments.

The latest numbers are in: 91% of my placed hires have been with my clients for at least two years. That’s because I put a laser focus on the number one hiring success factor: Cultural fit.

My e-book, 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 and ecommerce, is available in the Kindle Store on Amazon..

Looking to hire your Digital Marketing and Ecommerce dream team?  Here’s your hiring checklist.

Check out my newest opportunities and my dedicated Digital Marketing and Ecommerce Recruiter and CRM Recruiter websites.

For more than 29 years, Bernhart Associates Executive Search, LLC, has been a prominent boutique executive search firm focusing in Digital Marketing, Ecommerce, Data-Driven Multichannel Marketing and CRM across all major industries, agencies and service providers, B2C and B2B. I launched and ran the popular job posting site, which was ranked twice by CareerXRoads among the top marketing-specific job boards on the internet, with more than 600 employers posting jobs at its peak in the late 1990’s. For 15 years, I was also Director of Executive Search for the Database Marketing Institute, founded by database marketing author and pioneer Arthur Hughes, and among the country’s first recruiters to specialize in database marketing and CRM, becoming a leader in data-driven marketing recruitment.

I also provide ecommerce and online marketing experts on a contract and freelance basis.

Need sample job descriptions? I have hundreds of them, at no cost, in every specialty of digital marketing.

In 2002, I achieved membership in the prestigious Pinnacle Society, a premier consortium of 75 of the top executive recruiters in North America.

A very small sampling of my very extensive library of articles, interviews, white papers, webinars and conference presentations:

My book, “Careers in Ecommerce and Digital Marketing”, has been endorsed by professors and other instructors at colleges throughout the U.S.

DM News interviews me:  “Five Roles Making Waves in Direct Marketing”

“Eight Qualities Employers Will Look For In Digital Marketers In 2014.” My article in MarketingProfs, where I have been a contributing author.

“Loyalty Marketing: Looking For More Than Required Skills in 2014”. I write in Loyalty360.

“From Cell Phone to Sell Phone: Hiring The Best Mobile Marketers.”  A white paper I wrote published by the International Journal of Mobile Marketing.

“Five Trends in Direct Marketing Job Hunting and Hiring.”  I write in Target Marketing magazine.

My writings and interviews have appeared in many other leading publications in digital marketing, ecommerce, direct marketing and CRM, among them AdAge which featured me in its top selling research report, “Smart Marketing Using Big Data”, on how the growing demand for digital analytic talent is impacting recruiting.

I have participated in the Report on Salary Surveys by Bloomberg BNA, a global business and financial information news leader.

“The State of Digital Media Marketing” conference, held at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. For several years I have joined a panel of distinguished digital marketing and ecommerce experts, authors, thought leaders and college instructors to examine the latest trends in global digital media and the impact on educational curriculum. Check out the video of the first conference in 2013 (my segment starts 47:30 into the program).

Visit my complete library of past by-lined articles and extensive list of interviews.

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

I do not delegate the all-important tasks of recruiting, interviewing and negotiating to research associates or junior staffers. I personally makes each and every contact throughout the entire recruiting process, leveraging my extensive experience, “high recognition” quotient, and nationwide cross-referenced contact network to locate, evaluate and help you hire top performers. This gives your search enormous credibility. You are being represented by a recruiter on the “A” team.

Because I accept a limited number of searches, I am not hamstrung by “off-limits” boundaries. My candidate pool is practically unlimited. In most instances, I can have qualified candidates on your desk within just two weeks.

I highly value my client relationships. I immediately notify you when I surface extraordinary talent, I offer you guarantees on every search, and I offer extended terms for companies in a financial 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 best practices in digital and multichannel marketing plus the latest trends in recruitment, search and placement in this specialized field. 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.

Additional Testimonials from clients, associates, industry leaders and candidates.