Dan Stern Wins Wine Barrel Award on National Boss Day!

There are few people in the world who impact their employees the way Daniel Stern does! Here's a small snapshot of the mark he makes on the world:


Abby Deutsch

screen-shot-2016-10-07-at-6-48-45-pmTo Dan, whose advice is always superb...no matter how many years go by before I take it!







Andrew Brotzman

screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-9-58-27-pmWorking for Dan has been more than a blessing. He is kind, generous, and friendly. He’s made it possible for me to lead a flexible, free life. And he made this happen (look right).




Bill Gerrard

b943cca835cfa7e83bea6940d26d1a70Hi, Dan! In honor of your day today, I just wanted to thank you for the opportunities, support, and laughs you've given me over the past few years. You're truly a great guy to work for!






Carl Rosenthal

Dan and I have only known each other for a few months, but I guess what sticks with me most is his eclectic tastes. Even in our few conversations, Dan has recommended some really good books and TV shows (I just started reading The Nix upon his recommendation, as well as a lot of cool articles)- It’s the sign of a true Renaissance man- an expert not only in his job but in many other random areas. Also, he is a great ping pong player, and I am still convinced that he hustled me the first time we played!


Cat Pierro

The test is always right.

The test is always right.

The best thing about Dan Stern is that he is not a self-conscious boss or one who tries to sustain studied mannerisms. Nor does he resort to artifice or entangle himself in circumlocutions. The young, middle-aged, and old Dan speaks directly through his emails, which are informal for the most part and which undisguisedly reflect his changing moods. What does all this serve to suggest about Dan? Maybe it's the multifaceted nature of his leaderly persona. Maybe it's the maturity he displayed even as a youth. Or maybe it's the effect aging has had on his temperament. Then again, it could be the longevity of his tutoring career. But I think it's the consistency of his letter-writing style! Dan, thanks for being the same cynical, spontaneous, critical, preachy, or possibly witty guy all year-round.


Dean Beckwith

The tutoring business is rife with bosses who are little more than procdilbert-boss-dayurers: they pair students with tutors and expect magic to just happen. With Dan, however, I feel like I have a genuine partner, someone who has my back if and when the metaphorical feces hits the fan. His overflowing positivity somehow always manages to assuage that most frightful of beasts: the panicked parent.


Diana Stern

image1Dan is always so responsive and helpful. I really value his advice.








Melissa & Melinda Ball

img_5476Dan is a wonderful person to work for. He always supports us and accommodates our busy schedules. He always makes us feel like we are part of a team. Most importantly, he is really fun to talk to about life. He has a lot of wisdom and is a compassionate listener. He is the type of boss that you can come to with not only professional questions but also personal issues. He is great at giving life advice and has tremendous insight into people!



Mike Brotzman

photo25Dan Stern will always hold a special place in my heart, above all else for introducing me to Josh Schoen, and more importantly to Josh Schoen's laptop, and the ketchup thereto applied (look right).






screen-shot-2016-10-11-at-1-45-58-pmI would say the most remarkable thing about Dan for me has been the way in which he fosters a team mentality in his tutors. As a former independent tutor for many years, I have been surprised by how much I have come to value this, and now a year into the job, I am so glad I made the switch.

As a tutor himself, Dan is intimately acquainted with the challenges (and the joys) of what we do -- when things go well with my students, I have felt deeply appreciated, and when things have been difficult, I have felt encouraged. His commiseration with the difficulties of the job have made me feel accepted as part of a tutoring team, which includes Dan himself, Andrew, and Stephanie, in a way I never felt in my previous work. I am grateful that he took a chance on me, and I wish him a happy National Boss' Day!


Steph Morris

We've come a long way!

A look back!

I can’t believe that we’re coming up on 8 years! And if it hadn’t been for Danielle, I might never have known that National Boss Day existed . . . that being said, I do my best to appreciate working for you every day, and I continue to be grateful for finding that Craigslist ad that led me to you during one of my lowest moments.

Since then, you’ve been witness to countless changes in my life, as I've been to yours. As those images run through my head, I want to simply say that you’ve been a constant catalyst for my growth on so many levels, and that means so much more to me than any job could offer. And you’ve played so many roles to me from employer to empathetic advisor to giggle buddy. To top it off, MAP has grown at a tremendous rate, and continues to support not only a wonderful band of tutors, but also the hundreds of families it guides along the way. In short, I count you and the MAP/CEO team as family, and look forward to the many more views we will share along the way.


Zach Tomasovic

woody-allenHappy National Boss Day Dan! Though I'm still very much the new guy, it's never felt that way. Thanks for welcoming me into the MAP tutor community with open arms- it's been a real pleasure tutoring so far. I took your recommendation to read Getting Even by Woody Allen by the way- what a great read!







And (drum roll, please!) Danielle Stern

Dan promoting CEO at a conference while his father Jon Stern looks on. Also proof that Dan owns a button down shirt!

Dan promoting CEO at a conference while his father Jon Stern looks on. Also proof that Dan owns a button down shirt!

I’m not writing this part as your wife. I’m writing it as your business partner. The person who has been by your side for every big meeting, new hire, and important decision in the past five years. The person who has watched you take a side hustle you started as a way to support your passion for journalism, and turn it into a business that has helped so many others make money while pursuing their dreams. The person who has seen you act as a friend, therapist, mentor to clients and employees alike. The person who has watched you assemble a remarkable team that produces astounding, phenomenal, odd defying results, year after year.

I’m not writing this part as your business partner. I’m writing it as your wife. The person who has seen one too many dinners go cold because you were talking a client off the ledge. The person who knows you always go to bat for your employees, even when disgruntled clients try to hold them accountable instead of their own children. The person who knows you take calls at all hours of the day, from the crack of dawn to long past when any reasonable person should be calling anyone, always trying to secure new business so all your tutors are continually satisfied with their workload. The person who knows how long your daily to-do list is. The person who knows how many times you’ve worked through the night until the sun came up.

A few years back, you instituted the Wine Barrel Award in honor of your father, Jon Stern. A successful businessman who espoused the importance of hard work, ethics, integrity, going the extra mile, never cutting corners, and someone who put equal importance on making sure both his clients and employees were happy. This year, we have come to the easy conclusion, that there is no one more deserving of this award than you. Somewhere your dad is looking down, beaming with pride and a huge grin, saying, “My son, Dan… he’s just the best.” And we couldn’t agree more.



wine-barrel-award-image-1The story is set in Europe in the early 1900’s where small, self-sufficient communities called shtetls dotted the map. They were like their own small economy where everything they needed was provided by someone in the community. The shtetls were run by elders and there was a doctor, a teacher, a shoemaker, a blacksmith, a seamstress, farmers and more. You get the picture. Well this one small Jewish community in particular was facing some danger with its grape crop. Because of the harsh weather, it looked as though there would not be enough wine to make it through the winter months with enough wine left over to celebrate Passover.

So the elders erected a huge wine barrel in the center of town and built stairs to reach the top of it. Then they stated that each family save a small amount of wine each night in the bottom of their bottles, bring it to the wine barrel, and pour it in. This way, by the time Passover arrived, the town would have ample amounts of wine for the celebrations.

Each night you could witness people traipsing across the cold and frigid evenings, up to the top of the stairs, and then pour in their small but important contribution of wine. And as Passover arrived, the elders set the date for the town to gather to break open the spigot and fill everyone’s carafes with wine. As they gathered and the elders called for the filling of the first carafe, something strange happened. Water came out of the barrel, not wine. They called for another carafe to be filled but the same thing happened again – more water. After a third, fourth, and fifth carafe was filled with water, it became clear what had happened.  

People had given the appearance that they were doing the right thing. They traipsed across those cold evenings and walked to the top of the stairs so that everyone watching would see them making their contribution. But instead of contributing wine, each person counted on the next person to pour in wine and so they simply poured in water. They expected the next person to do the right thing but no one did so and, as a result, all the families suffered and the community was not able to celebrate the holiday as tradition had called for it to be.

… My dad told this story to every associate at his company. He would talk to people about this tale and why each person’s contribution is so important. “There are no shortcuts,” he would say. “We need everyone doing the right thing.” And this leads me to the core of who my dad was and why this award is so meaningful to me and everyone who is part of it. He stood for what is right, especially when it requires hard work and sacrifice, because in the end, that’s what allows everyone to truly benefit.

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