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

Steve started his consulting career in 1976 with People Management (now SIMA International). In 1984, he was appointed Senior Vice President and Head of Executive Search and Selection; from 1990 to 2005, he was president of People Management Northeast; and from 1996 to1999, he simultaneously served as chairman of the People Management partnership organization. In 2005, he formed People Management SMD LLC.

Prior to joining People Management, Steve was on the staff and faculty at University of Saint Joseph, where he ran the Career Planning and Placement Office and taught the career counseling sequence in the graduate counseling program.

After joining People Management, Steve continued teaching at Saint Joseph until 1985 and also taught an advanced practicum, “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 and has served as vice chairman of the Greater Hartford Chamber of Commerce Technology Council. He has been profiled as one of North America’s top executive recruiters in the book The New Career Makers, based on survey results of CEOs, senior HR executives, and other business leaders. Steve is the author of several articles and the book Managing Yourself, Managing Others: Learn How to Improve Effectiveness, Productivity, and Work Satisfaction.

He has an MS degree in education and an EdS degree in counseling from the State University of New York at Albany. His B.S. is in Sociology from SUNY at Oswego.

Steven M. Darter
Steven M. Darter