Steve Paster

Placing People into Pharmaceutical and Medical Sales/Sales Management/Marketing Positions:

Since 1985, Steve Paster (PASTER & ASSOCIATES) has placed over 3,000 people just like you into medical and pharmaceutical sales and sales management positions nationwide.

In 2015, Steve placed 90 candidates
In 2014, Steve placed 82 candidates
In 2013, Steve placed 87 candidates
In 2012, Steve placed 87 candidates
In 2011, Steve placed 86 candidates
In 2010, Steve placed 89 candidates
In 2009, Steve placed 88 candidates
In 2008, Steve placed 101 candidates
In 2007, Steve placed 110 candidates
In 2006, Steve placed 113 candidates
In 2005, Steve placed 119 candidates

No other single medical/pharm recruiter in the U.S. has made more placements in the last twelve years.

In 2016 and 2015, Steve is playing a major role in several company's expansions:

  1. PACIRA (Exparel for pain management)
  2. ALEXION PHARMACEUTICALS (6th largest biotech co specializing in ultra rare life threatening diseases)
  3. BONE SUPPORT (Resorbable bone void filler that grows bone in 6-12 months)
  4. MEDSURANT (Neuro intra-operative monitoring)
  5. KEYSTONE DENTAL (Dental implants)
  6. DIOPSYS (Tests for Amblyopia and Glaucoma)
  7. VOLCANO-PHILLIPS (IVUS to Interventional Radiologists)
  8. MALLINCKRODT PHARMACEUTICALS (Injectable for nephrology patients)
  9. INJURED WORKER'S PHARMACY (Prescriptions for injured clients and patients of attorneys and orthopedic surgeons)

These companies, and many others, work with us because of our proven record in delivering you – the absolute best sales talent!


"I appreciate that you work with urgency and results!"

Harrison Tao, Internal Recruiter for ALEXION
December 2015

"I stand firm that you are the best in the business. you are awesome. I like working directly with you."

Thomas Urso, Regional Sales Manager for Verathon
December 2015

"I am in the final stages of interviewing and I want to thank you for the guidance you provided me and probably countless other individuals who are trying to improve their lives. Your articles and suggestions have been invaluable and without your tips on how to create the perfect 30/60/90 day strategy, to nailing the perfect face to face interviews, I would not be in my position today. I will forward all prospects to you from here on out as a small token of my appreciation."

Brian Kim
June 2015

"I just want to take a moment to thank you for all your help in this interview process at ALEXION. You have been wonderful and supportive. If there is anything I can do to help you, please let me know."

Dr. Michelle Glover
June 2015

"I wanted to let you know that I passed my background check with PACIRA and am in the process of transitioning. Thanks again for all your support and for the excellent professional you are in this industry. I just recommended a former colleague and close friend to you. I appreciate all you do Steve. You are awesome!"

Michael Barba
April 2015

"I want to thank you for all the help you provided me during my job search. I have been dealing with recruiters in this business for years, and have never received such individual attention. You provided updates and return calls promptly, something I was not used to from past experiences. Please keep me on your contact list as I would happily recommend you to any qualified friends looking for a recruiter. I am very excited about the job you helped me secure at Dendreon! Please stay in touch. Thanks again."

Bryant Nelson

"I can not thank you enough for recruiting me and helping me through the interview process with Verathon Medical. The coaching and insight you provided me with was invaluable. I am extremely grateful for this new career endeavor; It is definitely the best opportunity I could have asked for. Joining Verathon is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I can not wait to get started!"

Lindsey Mischka

"Thank you you for all of your due diligence through the process in getting hired by Bayer-Medrad. I had an exceptional experience with you, from getting prepped, to assisting with my business plan, and being able to consult with another sales rep. Your follow through and enthusiasm did not go unnoticed. Thank you for handling my situation with grace. I would not hesitate to share with others your contact information so they may have a rewarding experience."

Allison Schmidt

"Thank you for all your efforts in helping me land my new sales position with Keystone Dental. You were instrumental with advice on tweaking my resume and insights about the people with whom I would interview. Your attention to detail, encouragement, and coaching were instrumental in this process. Your communication and organization enabled me to enter these interviews with confidence. I have already recommended you to several colleagues who are interested in making a change and will continue to do so.

Although I am certain you have hundreds of testimonial letters like this one, please feel free to post it on your web site. Also, please accept this Minnesota Vikings foam finger as a gesture of gratitude for your diligence and professionalism. YOU are #1!"

Steve Mano

"Steve, you really get our business and continue to send us excellent candidates once again!"

Jeff Horomanski, National Sales Manager for Guerbet

"Steve, There is a reason why I don't push to open up our doors and use other recruiters, even if it would mean that we get a greater sample size of candidates. I truly respect the seriousness and long term perspective you take to your business. Unlike other recruiters I have worked with in the past, you in my humble opinion, are concerned more about your long term reputation than the immediate commission."

Brad Peacock, Area Business Manager at Gilead

" I've known my share of recruiters, and honestly, you are my favorite. You are transparent and supportive, unlike others. I call your kind of honesty RESPECT with a capital R."

Jeanie Motowski

" I want to take a moment to thank you for everything. First of all, thank you for immediately getting back to me when I emailed you my resume. If it was not for your quick response, I would not have been offered my dream job just 3 days later! I can't tell you how many times I have sent in a resume for a job and to never hear back. I'm sure there are multiple reasons why: I didn't have the niche; my resume didn't look strong enough; it wasn't a real job, just a recruiter building their book of business, etc....However, throughout the short time I worked with you, you displayed professionalism, and quick & timely responses. I'm excited about your future!"

Cara O'Daniel
(July 2016)

"Steve was so responsive in helping me secure contacts to land at the next stage of my career. I highly recommend Steve when seeking out new opportunities."

Gina D'Este

"Thanks Steve for the conversation today. You are an inspiring man - I love your energy and passion."

Joseph Reed
Fellow recruiter
(January 2016)

"I am very proud of you and tell everyone that I had the good fortune of being able to hire and coach the #1 Medical Recruiter in the country."

Joel Rice
Mentor and former Sales Consultants Recruiter
(August 2016)

"My appreciation shows no end for you. Thank you once again for allowing our recruiters to work with you. You make all of us better at our craft."

Beau Bales
Fellow recruiter
(August 2016)

"It is important to me that you know how much I appreciated your expertise and assistance. It has been extremely helpful during this transition in my life.....know that I am aware I did not hit a homerun for you and hence my need to let you know how much I appreciated you."

Leslie DeShaizo
(June 2016)

"I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for all services rendered, I am telling you right now, and I mean this, you are a very cool are the one who found me I will never forget that. The previous time, I was not even looking for employment. I had 2 kids at home with separate illnesses, yet, I became a Presidents' Club Winner. Who knew? In closing, you are a great human being, for sure. I will always appreciate you and your professionalism. Walk in peace my friend."

Terry Miller
(June 2016)

"You are the best recruiter that I have worked with in my entire career, and I am not just saying that lightly."

Steve Wright
VP of Sales - Keystone Dental
(February 2016)

"Congratulations on another GREATTTT year are amazing! In a league of your own...untouchable, but yet so approachable..."

Linda Mende
President Executive Sales Search

"Well, it finally happened, my retirement. Before I disappear into the sunset, I wanted to write and thank you for all you have meant to First Interview over the years.....You have been, not only incredibly successful as a member, but you have been someone who operates his business with integrity and good will. The positive relationships you have established with so many of the members says volumes about you as a person and how you run your business....You have always been there whenever we needed your help or support. Whether it was helping find new members, writing articles for the newsletter, serving on the Board, leading sessions at meetings or serving as a sounding board for me and/or Bob Werrbach, all these are remembered and appreciated....Thank you again for the important role you have taken, and continue to take, as part of the network.....It has been great knowing you and working with you for all these years. I wish you all the best in the years ahead."

Bob Mikesell, Former President of First Interview
Top 5 reasons why YOU should work with Paster and Associates
  1. We get you hired fast!
  2. National Placement Capabilities (we can place you in any city)
  3. Industry leading hiring contacts to get you hired
  4. Interviewing and resume assistance
  5. Nationwide network of "friendly" recruiters

Bottom line: people work with us because we deliver results.
We know WHY people get hired and WHY people do not get hired.

First Interview Record of Accomplishments:


- #1 out of 330 recruiters and the #1 office in the country (including firms with multiple recruiters)


- #1 out of 330 recruiters and the #1 office in the country (including firms with multiple recruiters)


- #1 out of 330 recruiters and the #1 office in the country (including firms with multiple recruiters)


- #1 out of 300 recruiters and the #1 office in the country (including firms with multiple recruiters)


- #1 out of 350 recruiters and the #1 office in the country (including firms with multiple recruiters)


- #1 out of 350 recruiters and the #1 office in the country (including firms with multiple recruiters)


- #1 out of 350 recruiters and #1 office in the country (including search firms with multiple recruiters)


- #1 out of 350 recruiters


- #1 out of 350 recruiters


- #2 out of 350 recruiters


- #1 out of 350 recruiters


- #2 out of 350 recruiters


-#2 out of 350 recruiters


- #1 out of 350 recruiters

He has ranked #1 nine years in a row and 11 times in the last 14 years - and he has worked strictly by himself with his amazing First Interview Network.

He has ranked #1 or #2 all eighteen years with First Interview.

Work with us for FREE:

We are a contingency recruiting company, which means it does not cost you a penny to work with us. When you get hired, your new employer pays our fee.

Giving you a competitive advantage!

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Steve Paster
President, Paster & Associates

Steve Paster was born in Norwich, Connecticut. He received his B.A. Degree in English from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, where he was also sports editor of the school newspaper.

Steve started in sales at the age of 16, as a door-to-door Fuller Brush salesman. He later owned a product center, recruiting and training other sales reps. After college, he spent seven years as an advertising sales rep for Universal Match, where he won numerous president's club awards, and three award winning years at Matthew Bender, selling law/tax books to attorneys, accountants, and major corporations.

In 1985, Steve joined Sales Consultants in Encino (Division of Management Recruiters, the world's largest executive search firm). In his second year, he was #1 on the pharmaceutical/medical sales desk out of 440 offices, and had established a new worldwide company record for total amount of dollar volume cash-in on the medical desk in one year.

After 2-1/2 years, Steve decided to open up his own office, where he has since made a major impact in placing numerous sales, sales management and marketing executives into medical, surgical, pharmaceutical and biotech companies.

He has ranked #1 or #2 all nineteen years with First Interview. First Interview is the largest network of recruiters in the world. The 330 member network allows members to place candidates anywhere they need to be.

Steve is an avid sports fan, attending numerous New York Yankees, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Pelicans, and LSU games annually. Being from Connecticut, he is also a passionate UCONN Huskies basketball fan.

Steve's Minnesota Vikings Video

Steve lives in New Orleans with his five kids and six grandchildren.