About J.R. Adams & Associates

A Business Based on Core Values

Jerry Adams established J.R. Adams & Associates in 1970 with a mission to provide unparalleled executive search solutions, while maintaining our core values of Integrity, Respect, Commitment, Diversity, Professionalism and Confidentiality. Our reputation is impeccable in identifying and evaluating candidates that fit each individual client’s diverse culture and specific needs.

At J.R. Adams & Associates we work with select clients that retain our firm, to provide customized senior level recruiting solutions as well as business consulting and coaching services.

We identify and evaluate the best candidates that meet the needs of an organization by first learning about its unique culture.
We put candidates through the entire interview process to provide our clients with those best suited to become a contributing asset to their company and culture.

We believe that recruiting is defined as ethically matching the right person to the right place and serving as an ambassador to our clients.

Working with a Short Client List to Deliver Select Executive Candidates

At J.R. Adams & Associates, we work with a select client list to deliver the best qualified executive candidates that fit their company culture. We provide this service with confidentiality to both the client and candidates, and we do not partner with 3rd parties.

Retained searches conducted at the following levels for both public and privately held companies:
Board Directors • C-Suite and Officers • Vice Presidents • Senior Level Directors


We teach what we excel at, RECRUITING:

Teach recruiters a systematic recruiting process and interviewing techniques.
Provide recruiting and interviewing workshops and seminars.
Consult and advise business owners and Senior Level Executives.
Speaking engagements on recruiting, interviewing and selection processes.

Executive Search

We work hard to find you the right candidate, from start to finish. We research, source, screen, interview, recruit, select and complete the employment process. It is our goal to understand the scope of each position and deliver the most qualified candidates to be successful in that role.

Because we represent the client, we consider ourselves to be an extension of your business and adhere to our core values to ethically influence the right candidates to consider the opportunity available.

Global Industries Served

Financial: Specialty Finance & Banking, Commercial Lending, Agricultural Lending, Private & Investment Banking, FinTech "Financial Technologies" and Private Equity.
Insurance: Standard & Non-Standard Auto, Commercial Risk and Life.
Hospitality & Leisure: Restaurants, Hotels, Resorts, Travel Services, Cruise Lines, Industry Suppliers
Consumer Services: Audio Visual, Residential & Commercial AV
Retail: Department Stores, Specialty Retailers, Mass Merchandisers, Fashion & Luxury Goods
Sales: Financial, Entertainment, Pharma, Printing, Sports & Recreational Equipment

David Henderson


David Henderson began his professional career in the United States Marine Corps. He served as a Field Marine for 4 years beginning in 1985 and then served an additional 3 years as a Marine Recruiter. Upon graduating Recruiting School in San Diego, CA. Sergeant Henderson was named Marine Recruiter of the Year in 1991 and was honorably discharged from the U.S.M.C. in 1992.

Mr. Henderson started his private career with Gilbert/Robinson, Inc. (later known as Houlihan’s Restaurant Group) in Kansas City, MO as a Regional Recruiter. He quickly transferred his recruiting and leadership skills to corporate America where he excelled through the ranks. Mr. Henderson spent time as a Manager of Recruiting and was later promoted to Director of Professional Staffing with complete responsibility for the Employment Department.

In 1997, Mr. Henderson was recruited to Nashville, TN to lead the Employment, Recruiting and Selection divisions for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. As the Director of Employment, Mr. Henderson had total responsibility for both the executive selection function as well as overseeing the field management recruiting process.

In late 1999, Mr. Henderson started his own recruiting company, H&A Recruiting, Inc., specializing in the hospitality and accounting industries. H&A Recruiting experienced steady growth while branching out into a multitude of other industries. In 2004, H&A Recruiting was acquired by J.R. Adams & Associates, Inc., a retained executive search firm established in 1970. Mr. Henderson was named Vice President of Operations overseeing both the Nashville, TN and Birmingham, AL offices. In 2009, Mr. Henderson was promoted to his current position, President, with complete operational and administrative responsibility for the organization.

Our Foundation

Mission Statement

Provide our client with expertise and confidential executive search solutions while maintaining our Core Values.

Our Core Values

At J.R. Adams & Associates, a core set of values guide every aspect of our work.

Core Values


This is the core value that our company was founded on. We represent the client and disclose of our findings on each candidate we pursue. Honest feedback on candidates is our cornerstone, even if it is negative. Our goal is the client’s goal: find the right person for the job – period.


We respect the time and confidentiality of every candidate and client. We always contact candidates professionally, as 98 percent of our candidates are already gainfully employed. Our reputation for confidentiality opens up the largest pool of candidates to interview.


We are committed. We never contact any employee of our clients, and we always become ingrained in our client’s company culture. Our representatives are a direct reflection of our clients, and we view ourselves as someone the client would hire as an internal employee.


We embrace everyone as an individual. We believe in the diversity of cultures, perspectives, attitudes, and ideas. We treat everyone equally, and as such recruit from a diverse base of candidates based on their individual merit and the needs of our clients.


Humble. Friendly. Professional. Courteous. In all avenues of communication, we are polite to our candidates and clients, always treating them the same way we would like to be treated. We are the first contact between a candidate and your company, we ensure it's positively memorable.


One of the most important values. We work under strict confidence with the client and all candidates. We never provide any information about the client until it is time and we never provide candidate information until we receive full permission from that candidate

J.R. Adams & Associates
139 Maple Row Blvd.
Hendersonville, TN 37075

(615) 206-7728

David Henderson

(615) 969-6528