There are several sources of 'insider' information for corporate
contact listings. All of them cost money or require a database
subscription, but you can often access some of the relevant databases
through a public (or better yet, a university) library system.
Here are the key resources to be aware of:
The 'Yellow Book' is the informal name for the Leadership Directory
series of books for contacting politicians, media, foundation heads,
and of course, corporate leaders. You can find information for the
corporate directory here:
...The Corporate Yellow Book is the nation's leading directory of the
people who manage and direct the largest and fastest-growing public
and private companies in the United States. Published quarterly, it
enables subscribers to reach corporate leaders, including board
members and administrative services professionals.
I have seen print versions of the Leadership Directory books only in
specialty libraries...you would be hard pressed to get access to this
through a local public library. Subscription information for the
directories are included at the link above.
Three databases with executive contact information that ARE often
found at local libraries are Mergent:
...Search and generate specific list of targeted individuals with
company name and address using various search criteria such as age,
salary, education, current title and more.
Dun and Bradstreet (usually what they call their Million Dollar database):
...D&B's North American Million Dollar Database provides the
information professional, marketer and sales executive with
information on approximately 1,600,000 U.S. and Canadian leading
public and private businesses. Company information includes industry
information with up to 24 individual 8-digit SICs, size criteria
(employees and annual sales), type of ownership, principal executives
and last but not least, Reference USA:
...The ReferenceUSA database contains, in module format, detailed
information on more than 13 million U.S. businesses
Each system has its own strengths and weaknesses. Mergent, for
instance, has a powerful but confusing interface -- I usually have to
build my searches three or four times before getting the results I
want. ReferenceUSA, on the other hand, is fairly straightforward to
use, but provides results only 25 listings at a time, without an
option to download large lists.
See if the libraries you have access to have one or more of these
systems available for your use.
Lastly, there is a very interesting, internet-accessible site called Jigsaw:
...Jigsaw is an online business contact marketplace where marketers,
recruiters, and sales professionals can get fresh and accurate
business contact information.
Jigsaw can work as a sort of barter system. If you put new contact
information INTO the system, you can take contacts out as well. Or,
if you don't want to bother, you can just pay a fee for each contact
I've used Jigsaw a few times myself with good results...I would
suggest spending a bit of time exploring this site (it isn't totally
intuitive) and making use of their search capabilities. Note that you
can search (on a name, company, industry sectory, city, etc) and see
partial results without being a member of Jigsaw. But (of course) if
you want the full contact information, you'll have to sign up.
Five excellent resources for you to explore! I trust that will do the trick.
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All the best,
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