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Stephen P. Konstans
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An experienced veteran of the retained executive search business, Stephen Konstans has spent more than 20 years helping companies secure candidates for critical executive roles. He has special expertise in filling high-level finance and accounting positions such as chief financial officer or controller. Relying on the expert judgment that comes with experience, he brings to each engagement a deep knowledge of accounting, finance and general business, along with a powerful network of contacts, a strong work ethic and the intuitive people skills to effectively evaluate candidates and serve clients.
Prior to joining Pearson Partners in 2005, Stephen spent over three years running his own executive search and consulting practice. Building on an early career in auditing with both Arthur Andersen and KPMG, he entered the recruitment field in 1990 by joining Robert Half International, where he twice was ranked among the top 15 recruiters worldwide for accounting and financial professionals—including being ranked No. 1 in the world for one quarter. He later worked his way up at D. E. Foster Partners, Inc., the successor firm to KPMG’s executive search practice, where he began as a senior consultant and was ultimately promoted to the director level.
Stephen served as a moderator and panelist on separate panels for the Dallas chapters of Financial Executives International and Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, both times addressing the topic of helping chief financial officers attain a chief executive officer role. He has served as a moderator for several Pearson Partners International Spotlight SeriesSM breakfast events. He also served as a moderator for a Dallas FEI chapter panel addressing “The CFO Perspective on Private-Equity-Backed Organizations.”
Stephen serves on the advisory board for the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance and is president-elect of the Trinity Christian Academy Alumni Association Board. He previously served on the boards of Executives In Action and the SMU Business Associate Program, where he was named Mentor of the Year.
Stephen is a former Certified Public Accountant. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from Southern Methodist University and has continued graduate studies at The University of Texas at Dallas.
He spends his free time coaching youth basketball, teaching Sunday school and spending time with his wife and three daughters.
What motto do you live by?
I try to live by the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Why did you feel executive recruiting was the right field for you?
I really enjoy getting to know people and developing relationships. The recruitment business, when the day is done, is about relationships and people. These are things I naturally enjoy, and it has worked for me.
If you had to change careers tomorrow, what job would you choose and why?
I’d coach either high school or college basketball. I love having an impact on young people’s lives, and I love the thrill of competition and teaching the importance of hard work and teamwork.