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ERE Media Has a New CEO

by
David Manaster
Sep 5, 2012, 2:36 pm ET

When I started ERE Media in October 1998, it was a labor of love. I was a 23 year old, and spent every spare moment after my day job thinking about how to grow my hobby into something real. When we launched the first ERE Expo, I wore a suit and glasses so people would think I was older than I was. I’m pretty sure that nobody was fooled.

Next month will mark ERE’s 14th anniversary. The company now operates four brands, and has become the preeminent source of information for the recruiting profession. Thanks to TLNT, our footprint among HR professionals is rapidly growing. The team is the best in the business, and has been working together for years. I’ve had Lasik surgery, and wore jeans to the seven conferences that we produced last year.

In short, the company has matured. Despite my best efforts, so have I. It’s an exciting and important time in the recruiting/HR world, and it’s the right time for ERE to step up with new ideas, new information, and new services — things that will help us continue to better serve our community. And I’ve discovered that even though this company feels like a part of who I am, I like being the underdog more than I like running the show.

And so after a period of soul searching, I have decided to step down as CEO of ERE Media.

Ron MesterI’d like to introduce Ron Mester, ERE’s new CEO. Ron is uniquely qualified to grow a company like ERE Media. His understanding of recruiting and HR runs deep. He ran Towers Perrin’s San Francisco based Strategy & Organization consulting practice. More recently, Ron served as CEO of Staffing Industry Analysts, where he and Founder Peter Yessne grew the business dramatically before its sale to Crain Communications.

ERE’s team is the best group of people I’ve ever worked with, and with just over a dozen people, they regularly accomplish things that much larger companies are unable to. It’s going to take a special person to lead this team.

I’ve gotten to know Ron well in the last few months, and I know that he is the right person to steward the the unique and quirky culture of ERE Media. He is thoughtful and energetic – exactly what the company needs to take it to the next level.

Over the next couple of months we will be transitioning over the day-to-day responsibilities of running the company, until only Ron is at the helm. I will remain the Chairman of the company, and will always be available to lend a hand if I can help.

Ron will be saying a few words to introduce himself tomorrow morning, as we kick off the ERE Expo at 9:00 AM Eastern. As always, we’ll be streaming the event live, so even if you are not with us here in Florida you can tune in and hear what he has to say. I’m sure that you will all be as impressed as I am.

This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to offer specific legal advice. You should consult your legal counsel regarding any threatened or pending litigation.

  1. Joe Essenfeld

    Congrats on a great run. It has been a pleasure working with and getting to know you. I look forward to the future ahead.

  2. John Sumser

    Amazing. David, you defined an industry while it was in transition. An astonishing feat. Congrats. Welcome to the adventure, Ron.

  3. Debbie McGrath

    David always admired your work and will continue to do so . Congrats.

  4. Steven Rothberg

    I’ll always be proud to have known you when ERE was little more than a small email list and great idea.

    I think that I was subscriber 200 or something like that. Assuming that’s correct, it is pretty cool that you have 199 members of your immediate family.

  5. Susan Strayer

    David–congrats to you on such a successful run and to Ron–wishing you both much success!

  6. Simon Meth

    Congrats David and thank you for everything you have contributed to our industry over almost 14 years! Love the Douglas Adams reference. So, what’s next for you?

  7. Martin Snyder

    David we have done a good bit of business over the years, so I can say with authority that you and the team are first class right down the line. ERE has been an important part of our brand building – sharing the same 14 year run of growing pains, lessons, and some big wins.

    It’s with gratitude and best wishes for the future that I process this news – looking forward to much more success with ERE.

  8. Amybeth Hale

    Congrats to you both! You’ve done something special with ERE and all of its titles over the years, David. Best wishes in whatever you pursue next.

  9. Joseph Murphy

    David
    Thank you.
    You vision, passion, innovation, and inclusion have created an engaged community, lifting and strethcing itself through collaboration and sharing. A significant legacy. Stay the course in your new endeavors.

  10. DeeDee Doke

    David,
    It was a pleasure to meet you last spring at the ERE Spring Expo in San Diego — I’m sorry our acquaintance seems to be getting cut short! Congratulations on delivering, with your team, such a fine product over the years. We at Recruiter magazine/recruiter.co.uk wish you all the best in whatever adventure you pursue next!
    Cheers,
    DeeDee Doke, Editor, Recruiter/recruiter.co.uk

  11. Kelly Dingee

    Congrats David and thank you….for all of us virtual professionals that have found ERE to be the watercooler to exchange ideas and debate as well as provide knowledge and conferences that are unlike others.

    All the best to you as you move forward with new endeavours!

  12. John DePolo

    David- Congratulations to you and all of the great work you put into ERE over these years. ERE has been a daily source of ideas and inspiration, and I also enjoyed leading the
    Recruiting Leadership board for years. Hopefully, you can dial it back a bit! Welcome to you Ron and best wishes. You have big shoes to fill.

  13. Trudy Knoepke-Campbell

    Will certainly miss you, but you should be so proud of what you have accomplished. Hope whatever adventure you embark on will be as great a ride as ERE has been. Still expect you to show up at the expos. Take care….

  14. Michael Vangel

    Congratulations David on building an organization that always aspires to do great work and succeeds. Your passion in building the ERE brand has been embraced by your team, your presenters, your sponsors, your exhibitors, your attendees and your readers.

    I am grateful to know you and to have been able to collaborate with the terrific folks on your team. It has truly been an honor and a pleasure. Look forward to meeting Ron. Wish him and you much continued success.

  15. Peer Goudsmit

    Hi David, Thank you for starting ERE Media!!,!

  16. Steve Levy

    There’s simply not enough space to write about all my David Manaster stories… What you have created and fostered is a bully pulpit for people who care about people to write about a loved and often misunderstood profession.

    Frankly, if it weren’t for ERE I wouldn’t know all these fine people whom I now call friends.

    Big shoes, Ron…

  17. Maureen Sharib

    This is wonderful news David and presents an interesting aspect of small business and entrepreneurialism. Some of us are meant to start things – some of us are meant to run things. I’d be very interested in hearing your thoughts on that topic. It’s a subject that trips many up. Being where you are in your career I think you are especially equipped to convey that message.
    Maureen

  18. Maureen Sharib

    Yeah. Big shoes.

  19. Mike Grennier

    David. I remember meeting you several years ago. I recall you wearing a suit! (probably the only guy there in a suit).

    Congrats on an amazing run. You should be proud.

    Your industry is.
    Mike

  20. Glenn Gutmacher

    Yes, ERE and its divisions ably filled an important gap. Your alliances and acquisitions (Fordyce, SourceCon, etc.) were also strategic. It all shows you had vision (and more), and it is a great sign of a maturing company to put someone other than the founder at the helm for the next stage of development. I have enjoyed the opportunity to present webinars, live conference sessions, write articles and more for ERE over the years and wish you well, David! I suspect we’ll see your next recruiting industry incarnation before too long – though I’m sure you wouldn’t be able to keep away from ERE events for a long time, anyway.

  21. Paul Basile

    David, congrats on creating and growing a fine organization. Are you staying in NYC? We are overdue for a catch-up lunch…

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  23. Peter Zollman

    David —

    Congratulations! But you’re much to young to retire, or to become “just” chairman. So it’ll be real interesting to see your next act!
    Hope to catch up soon.
    Best regards,

    Peter

  24. Michael Specht

    David congratulations on building such an influential organization and good luck in your new adventures.

  25. Ernest Feiteira

    David, Congrats on what you’ve built so far. You clearly get talent acquisition. You’ve recruited good people along the way and now even recruited your own CEO replacement, that’s a sign of a good leader. It’s been great working with you on the Meetups in NYC. I know you’re not leaving, see ya soon…

    Ron, look forward to meeting you.

    Cheers…Ernie

  26. Barry Geiman

    “..Congratulations David…..ERE has been an exceptional resource for HR and the staffing industry. From your forums of brainstorming ideas thru groups to your Blogs, articles and discussions of new and emerging tools, techniques,and technologies. I look forward to the future with the continued growth of ERE..”

    Best Regards,

    Barry Geiman

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