Your career doesn’t have to be work

The New York Times called it ‘the Microsoft of business comic strips. This biting, nationally-syndicated comic strip about a struggling CEO and his dysfunctional family like a business.

On the rungs of the ladder of success, Frank Pitt is firmly planted at the bottom of the middle. Trained by his own upbringing to value work above everything, Frank finds himself constantly stymied by the emotional needs of his wife Chloe, his under-achiever son, and his over-achiever daughter, who is just about ready to buy him out when she grows up.

CEO DAD reflects Tom’s interest in finding humor in the pitfalls of the working world. To generate laughs while maintaining the right level of interest about serious issues like work/life balance. Frank Pitt represents anyone who has ever been so caught up in their work that they forget to see the riches that are right in front of them. Sound familiar?

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How To Avoid Getting Fired By Your Family

Dave Barry meets Dilbert in the outrageous world of Tom Stern’s CEO Dad. From the comedic suspense of a well-executed takeover of his employees to the personal humiliation of being fired by his family on TV, Stern delivers a humorous business book that is packed with dozens of spot-on cartoons that illustrate the serious real-life conflicts that business executives everywhere have with the people they love and offers the chance for every CEO Dad and Mom to find a way to laugh all the way back to work-life sanity.


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NBC’s Today Show

Tom Stern is discussing The Balancing Act – When Fathers Work Too Much

Naomi’s New Morning

Tom Stern and his family is interviewed by Naomi Judd discussing the life of a CEO Dad

CNBC’s The Big Idea

Tom Stern is interviewed by Donny Deutsch on CNBC’s The Big Idea

New Morning

Tom discussing the real life of CEO Dad


Here’s what people have to say:

J.R. Ewing? Gordon Gecko? Dagwood? CEO Dad owes nothing to them. Entirely fresh, entirely new, he steps from his
creator’s brain as innocent and salty as Botticelli’s Venus—that is, if Venus were a fatuous, blustering US executive with an
emotional intelligence of zero. I feel grateful that Tom Stern first brought him to me four years ago, and that Forbes was first to
publish him. Hail to thee, CEO Dad!

Alan Farnham

Senior Editor, Forbes

Tom Stern helps us laugh our way to the revolution—and revelation—that dads can be just as loving and nurturing as moms;
indeed, that men who try it live longer and don’t get fired by their families. For any man suffering from corporate testosterone poisoning in general, and the CEO Dad syndrome in particular, prescribe this dose of learning-through-laughter.

Gloria Steinem

Writer, Lecturer, Political Activist, and Feminist Organize

Tom Stern manages to put the ‘fun’ into ‘dysfunctional’ in this hilarious account of his transformation from an aggressive, selfabsorbed, work-obsessed smart-aleck into a kinder, somewhat gentler wiseacre—emphasis on wise. If you or a CEO dad
needs help prioritizing, make this book a priority.

Ann Pleshette Murphy

parenting contributor to Good Morning America; author of The 7 Stages of Motherhood

CEO Dad News & Articles

Drawing a Life

Fast Company
By Ryan Underwood


CNBC series that’s funny and money

The Hollywood Reporter
By Paul J. Gough and Kimberly Nordyke


Father Doesn’t Know Best

U.S. News & World Report
By Kimberly Palmer


Dad … I guess I still love you

Daily News
By Julia M. Scott


Balancing work and family, the ‘CEO Dad’ way
By Anita Bruzzese


Avoid family’s pink slip

Dallas News


More of CEO dad’s pain is self-inflicted

India Times


Do CEOs make lousy dads (and moms)?

CNN Money
By Anne Fisher


An Interview with Recovering “CEO Dad” Tom Stern

By Shari Lifland


Work Ethics

New York Post
By Jonathan Bender