Vaco team

Founder and CEO

Jerry Bostelman

Jerry Bostelman

“What we do is not unique, but the way we do it is transformational.”


Jerry Bostelman founded Vaco with a simple idea in mind: to create a place where the talented malcontents of the world could be free to do work they love, where smart companies could connect with exceptional humans, and where people would work hard, have fun, and never want to leave. Just your typical everyday, life-changing stuff. He started out with just one employee – himself – to serve as top salesperson and recruiter, website developer, accountant, payroll clerk, executive admin, A/R manager, treasurer, copywriter, and general performer of duties not otherwise assigned.

He has now joyfully fired himself from all of the above in favor of much more qualified applicants, but that scrappy entrepreneurial flame still burns bright at the heart of everything Vaco does. With a world-class infrastructure in place today, Jerry is now free to devote his time to supporting the employees, partners, clients, candidates and consultants of the Vaco Nation as they free themselves from whatever environment, circumstance, or soulless bureaucracy is holding them back.

Jerry began his career serving six years in the Marine Corps Reserves, where he was meritoriously promoted twice, served a five month active tour of duty in the first Gulf War, and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant (E-5). He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He founded Vaco Resources in 2002, joining forces with Brian Waller and Jay Hollomon (Continuum Search) to become Vaco in 2004.

As a heart-driven leader, Jerry is deeply dedicated to serving his local community. He is an active supporter of Safe Haven Family Shelter, the only shelter in the middle Tennessee area that supports families as a whole unit; he is also an active Board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee. He is honored to have been recognized through the years by the business community, including Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Southeast region and the Williamson County Impact Awards. Jerry lives in the Nashville area with his wife, Angela and their three sons.

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