Since our inception in 2008, Heads Apart Group
has been focused on building a strategic, relationship based executive search practice, providing confidence and trust with our candidates and exceptionalism to our clients.
Gary Bembridge is Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Heads Apart Group, a limited engagement boutique executive search and consulting firm specializing in digital media, technology, and the venture capital community.
Prior to founding Heads Apart, as a technology industry veteran, Gary spent 18 years as a top performing digital media executive sales leader including 10 years at Microsoft Advertising launching successful online advertising business and was a member of the MSN Executive Leadership Team. As a player/coach, Gary’s teams have generated over $700M in media budgets. Gary is also an active sparring partner for international based startups seeking North American go to market entry, early staffing and revenue strategy. To date, Heads Apart have been instrumental in strategic engagements that have led to three client acquisitions.
Heads Apart is a committed Industry Partner with best in category Silicon Valley venture portfolio companies, working to increase opportunities for women and men of diverse backgrounds to thrive in technology, digital ad tech, venture capitalism and entrepreneurship. In addition, Gary is a leading voice and strong advocate, speaker and policy builder for Diversity, Inclusion and Pay Equity in the workplace.
I recruit talented people who are not looking for work. As an industry insider and successful performer with over 20 years of experience, I engage even the most passive candidates at senior levels, with a high level of trust and integrity. The result is a right hand partner who can help you achieve success by making a great hire.
Founder & CEO
Jackie Bembridge is a senior level executive with experience in diversity, equity and inclusion entrepreneurship, general management, operations, marketing, communications, entertainment and event planning.
Jackie was on the leadership team at Heads Apart Group in 2015 when President Obama challenged the tech industry to become more inclusive by hiring more people of color in tech as well as invite them to have a seat at the table in their boardrooms. Heads Apart Group collaborated with the National Venture Capital Association “NVCA” to create a Diversity and Inclusion Program in order to address underserved communities in technology. The Task Force was instrumental in creating the beginnings of a Diversity and Inclusion Vertical at Heads Apart, Group which highlights women and minorities. Said Jackie, “There is still much work to be done in this regard and I am proud to have been there at the beginning. Heads Apart Group now has a Diversity Equity and Inclusion Vertical which highlight women and minorities candidates for positions in the tech industry.”
While working as a manager for Book for Young Readers at Bantam Double Day Dell (now Random House), Jackie was head of the volunteers for Mayor David Dinkins’ Youth Program which invited corporations to visit disadvantaged public schools in NYC and help with their beginning reading programs. She attended assemblies, participated in classroom projects and helped teachers in other areas of need for a period of two years.
During Jackie’s years at Bertelsmann Music Group (now Sony), Jackie was in the leadership group to help disadvantaged youths who wanted careers in the entertainment industry. She helped procure their demo tapes, helped with resumes and media communications. The winners were awarded contracts and a $5,000 stipend to begin their careers as singers, producers, publishers or songwriters in their respective genres.
Jackie is currently Co-Founder & COO at Head Apart Group and Founder of several startup companies (My Celeb Kids, Brown Skin Girls, Brown Skin Kids and Thumbkin’s List) which are geared towards improving the lives women and children in underserved communities through education and the arts globally. Her passions are family and empowering women and children especially those who are black, brown and bi-racial through education and performing arts.