When it comes to not taking work too seriously, Tom Stern is all business.
Tom discusses "How He Overcame Success Addiction"
View a page of the book written by Tom Stern.
Tom was part of the team that won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Subject "The Moon and The Son."
Some of the biggest names are saying some amazing things about Tom Stern.

When it comes to not taking work too seriously, Tom Stern is all business.

Raised by a super-successful C.E.O, Tom cut his teeth on the world of stand-up comedy and entertainment management, then veered back into the corporate world by becoming one of the top executive recruiters, or ďheadhunters,Ē in the nation. Now, he has channeled his experience straddling the corporate and show business worlds into a nationally-syndicated comic strip and a nationally-syndicated radio show.

In anyone else, this melding of disciplines may have created an identity crisis. In Tom Stern, it has created a man with a mission: to redefine corporate culture and attitudes, to bring fun back into the shaping of a career, and to make sure that everyone, no matter what their rank, has a few laughs along the road to success.


What an honor to have been part of the team that won
the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Subject. Not only did I get to make significant contributions to the final draft of a script by Joe Kennedy and John Canemaker, one of the world's most respected animators, but I got to work alongside the film's incredibly talented Producer, my sister Peggy Stern. Plus, I even gave the film its title. "The Moon and the Son."

To sit in the Kodak Theatre and to hear the name of your project called as a winner... I literally jumped out of my seat. Let's face it, the Oscar is the granddaddy of awards. Sure, I had previously achieved a ten-year streak, winning Best Corporate Recruiter at my firm every single time. But it just didn't mean as much. Maybe because I was the sole proprietor.

SHOW: 78th Annual Academy Awards
INFO: Acceptance speech for Best Animated Short Subject "The Moon an the Son.".

Tom, The work in the Forbes CEO Forum book is very funny!!

Michael D. Eisner


Dear Tom: Thanks a lot for sending information on CEO Dad. I really enjoyed it, very clever idea. Hope to see more of it in the future.

Jay Leno

To Whom It May Concern: I hereby certify that CEO Dad is fresh, funny, entertaining, and market ready. Itís time for Dilbert to move over and make room for CEO Dad. Thank you for your consideration.

Jerry Seinfeld

Dear Tom, I very much enjoyed being on your show. You are very creative and very funny, but most importantly, you are original! I'm predicting great things for Tom Stern.

Gloria Allred

Dear Tom: I canít thank you enough for your efforts in the last year for the center. Your candidates have been top-drawer and itís clear youíre both well networked and have an excellent knowledge of our field.

Itís been a pleasure working with you and I wish you continued success with Stern Executive Search.

Marc Feigen, McKinsey & Company

Dear Tom: Stern Executive Search (SES) has exceeded my expectations! The quality of the candidates presented to PW is excellent and Iím quite pleased with the 23 replacements you have made over the last year. Your ability to place a variety of professionals from Director to Consultant with a diversity of skills in organizational change, financial infrastructure, operations, SAP implementation, entertainment, telecommunications and high technology has been instrumental in building our practice. Additionally, during 1995, we instituted a CI framework with seven Centers of Excellence and you furnished us with four leaders -- a extraordinary accomplishment.

These excellent results have convinced me that we should continue our relationship with your firm for another year. We anticipate SES will continue to be a major supplier of excellent consultant candidates in 1996 and we look forward to another highly successful year.

William P. Baptiste, West Region Partner-in-Charge, Management Consulting Services, Price Waterhouse LLP

Tom: The vital link in the recruiting process is the recruiter. There are many search consultants, but few possess critical attributes of intellect, intuition, and integrity of the highest order. Tom Stern has all of these. In all my dealings with him, his tenacious commitment to making the right match sets him apart. I need look no further. Tom Stern is the leader in the search business.

David Marcrander, Senior Vice President, Director of Quality Management, Smith Barney Shearson