Tom Stern
  Jorge Pacheco

Tom Stern's personal experience is the inspiration for CEO Dad. His father was a powerful CEO and pioneer in the cable television industry.

As a child, Tom was a wise guy, the black sheep of the family. His father was serious and very driven. Their power struggles were terrific training for Tom's career as a standup comedian.

After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in 1978, Tom spent the next 10 years making people laugh. He did so first as a performer, next developing comedy programming for HBO, and finally as president of film and television for Spotlite Enterprises, an agency for comedians.

In 1989, eager to make his mark, Tom reinvented himself and began a career as an executive recruiter. To his surprise, he achieved his greatest success in the corporate world his father had inhabited. Before he knew it, Tom was CEO of a leading search firm with clients ranging from PriceWaterhouseCoopers to Sony Studios.

He spent the next 10 years raising a family and pushing himself to the limit. Everything was about winning. Eventually, he realized his attitude was becoming much like his father's.

CEO Dad is the creative expression of that epiphany, Tom's daily reminder to keep a sense of humor and always remember what's truly important. Or as he likes to say about the lesson it took him almost 50 years to learn: "Sometimes it's hard to read the writing when you're banging your head against the wall."

Tom currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters. The Stern Executive Search web site is at

Born to a father who was a professor of art at Purdue University, the art gene was in Jorge's blood. A graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon Art. Jorge has been a professional cartoonist for 18 years, working for such companys as DC, Harvey, Dark Horse, Archie, Hanna Barberra, Warner Brothers, Cracked magazine, and Herrington and Co. Working on CEO DAD has realized the life-long dream of becoming a syndicated comic strip artist. While not drawing CEO DAD, Jorge can be found winning tennis tournaments in Southern California, running 10K's, and adjusting to becoming single.
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