20/20 Foresight Executive Talent Solutions Assists the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with Marketing and Communications Search

March 12, 2024 – 20/20 Foresight Executive Talent Solutions has assisted in the recruitment of Julie Stapf as vice president of marketing and communications of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Stapf is a highly accomplished, award winning marketing and communications leader. She joins the Pittsburgh Symphony from the Cleveland Orchestra, where she served for several years as vice president of sales and marketing. Prior to that, Ms. Stapf held leadership positions in marketing, sales, and communications at the Hartford Stage, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, U.S. Marine Band, and the Levine School of Music.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a globally renowned organization, sought a VP of marketing and communications to lead its earned revenue and customer experience efforts while managing a large and diverse team. Collaborating closely with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 20/20 aligned the organization’s growth objectives with its vision for enhanced experiences to formulate a recruitment strategy. The firm created a target list that extended nationally into all areas of live programming including music, theater, museums, and entertainment. This approach resulted in a highly varied pool of candidates that helped the PSO crystallize what mattered most for this role.

Jonathan Berman, managing director of 20/20 Foresight, led the recruitment efforts that led to the placement of Ms. Stapf into this senior position. Mr. Berman covers searches, executive marketing, and organizational consulting across the U.S. He works with real estate clients across all functional areas including executive leadership, development, acquisitions, asset management, revenue generation, administration, and capital markets. Beyond real estate Mr. Berman also serves private equity and non-profit sectors. He has more than 25 years of growth strategy experience in consulting, operating,  and  entrepreneurial  roles.  Working  with  global  leaders  across industries including Deloitte, GE, and Lenovo, he has led numerous projects that span all aspects of transformation to drive revenue and profitability.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has a history of touring both domestically and internationally since 1900. The orchestra currently counts more than 36 international tours, including 20 to Europe, eight trips to the Far East and two to South America.


Formerly known as 20/20 Foresight Executive Search, the firm recently rebranded to 20/20 Foresight Executive Talent Solutions. This name change represented the culmination of the firm’s evolution into a full-service, vertically integrated talent advisory firm. In 1994, 20/20 Foresight Executive Search was founded as a real estate-focused executive search firm. Over the last 30 years, it has grown to include 13 offices across the U.S.

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“We developed unsurpassed expertise in the real estate sector and grew into the largest real estate executive search firm in the country,” said Bob Cavoto, founder. “We are proud of this achievement, but we do so much more. We have broadened our industry focus to encompass financial services and professional services and expanded our platform to offer a comprehensive suite of talent advisory services.”

The firm’s new platform includes three core services. 20/20 Foresight will continue to provide executive search serves. It has also been ranked as one of the “Top 50 Recruiters” by Hunt Scanlon Media. With a suite of consulting services, 20/20 Foresight will continue to help organizations manage their human capital and create an infrastructure that supports their business strategy. Services include compensation consulting, succession planning, board advisory, organizational design, executive coaching, leadership assessments, and litigation consulting. Lastly, 20/20 Foresight offers a comprehensive job finding program for select, highly qualified executives. From career strategy to offer negotiation, 20/20 Foresight manages the entire job search process.

“We are tremendously excited for this next phase of our journey,” said Stephanie Cook, co-chairperson and chief administrative officer. “Over the past 30 years, our proven approach has consistently yielded successful outcomes and cultivated lasting client relationships. With our enhanced platform, we stand ready to support both our existing clients and new ones, addressing all of their executive talent requirements.”

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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