Despite having worked for fourteen years as an international investment banker for the artists formerly known as Bear, Stearns & Co., Steve Maslow will always consider himself first and foremost a student of the markets.
While at Bear Stearns
, Steve's social idealism and his
faith in the Human Spark, led him to work with entrepreneurs, first in emerging market countries and then in Silicon Valley.
Beginning in 1988, Steve
was part of the team that negotiated with governments, unions, and public and private investors to list the first Mexican companies on the New York Stock Exchange
In August 1991, Steve
was attempting one of the first institution- investor conferences in Moscow, when the tanks of the unsuccessful coup d'etat rolled in and unnerved investors (and his
Lacking an adult sense of career preservation, and using an investment style that might be termed "serially monogamous," Steve
continued to arrange public-private partnerships in China, Brazil and South Africa: traveling to Johannesburg to witness "the Handover" Steve
defied "Street wisdom" and, with the help of friends working at competitor firms, created the first investment company dedicated to projects in the newly apartheid-free South Africa.
Nine years before Bear Stearns's collapse, Steve
retired from the firm to write and teach (and take up his
life-long interest in serious cooking.) In 2002, Steve's
work "The Significance of Style Drift" was awarded one chapter in a book on portfolio management by the top money managers in the country.
The piece was reprinted in several trade publications.
As a result, Steve was offered and accepted a teaching position at CUNY (Baruch).
At night, Steve attended The French Culinary Institute, took the diploma in nine months and worked as a saucier in a three-star New York City restaurant for several years.
was then offered a position as an executive recruiter at Robert Walters Associates
, the global executive search firm in New York.
While entrepreneurial candidates are the most challenging to place, Steve
sees innovators as the best candidates for teaching him and for leading others around them to think creatively.
Entrepreneurs move far beyond market platitudes.
works extensively to place entrepreneurs with sustainable scalable ideas into profitable global projects.
In the past year, nearly two dozen entrepreneurs found work through Steve's efforts, and he
continues to stay in touch and to learn from them.
clients include some of the world's largest, oldest, smallest, and newest corporations.
most recent not-for-profit work has been to organize his
quantitative analytic candidates into a fundraising drive while persuading Wall Street firms to provide matching funds, 100% of which went to Chinese earthquake relief efforts.