Since 1976 Steve has focused his consulting on helping organizations to improve results through a better understanding and positioning of people and helping people to make good decisions about work. He specializes in executive and management development, team development, selection, succession, coaching, and consultation on issues related to job fit, performance, and the effective utilization of motivated strengths. He also has extensive experience in retained executive search.

Steve started his consulting career in 1976 with People Management Inc. (now SIMA International Inc.) In 1984 he was appointed Senior Vice President and Head of Executive Search and Selection; from 1990 – 2005 he was President of People Management Northeast; and from 1996-1999 he simultaneously served as Chairman of People Management International, LLC (PMI’s partnership organization.) In 2005 he formed People Management SMD, LLC., and in 2011, he semi-retired, providing consulting services on a limited basis.

Prior to joining People Management / SIMA International, Steve was on the staff and faculty at Saint Joseph College where he ran the Career Planning and Placement Office and taught the career counseling sequence in their graduate counseling program; and he worked in insurance sales and retailing where he participated in opening and managing two businesses.

After joining People Management, Steve continued teaching at Saint Joseph College until 1985 and also served as an adjunct faculty member teaching an advanced practicum course on Managing to Strengths to MBA students in the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford.

Steve has considerable experience as a guest speaker and facilitator; appeared on radio and television talk shows; and has served as Vice Chairman of the Greater Hartford Chamber of Commerce Technology Council. Based upon survey results of CEOs, senior HR executives, and other business leaders he was profiled as one of North America’s top executive recruiters in the book "The New Career Makers". Steve is the author of several articles and the book, Managing Yourself, Managing Others.

Steve has an M.S. in Education and an Ed.S. in Counseling and Personnel from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany. His B.S. is in Sociology from SUNY at Oswego 

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