What People Are Saying
"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
"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 Manos

"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 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

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

Harrison Tao
Internal Recruiter for ALEXION

" 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
"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
"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

"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 guy...you 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

"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

"I know I thanked you several times when you placed me at CarboMedics, and I certainly thanked you all along the way in mentoring me during my two years as a recruiter, but I owe you even more thanks for the chain of events that occurred in my life because of those things you did for me...Being unemployed for the first time in my adult career, it was a very depressing, humbling and scary time. You appeared out of nowhere and placed me at CarboMedics.....so many people reach high levels of success and they are under the illusion that their sales ability, management skills or good looks are what propelled them to the top. They fail to remember those who without their help, they never would have succeeded. If you ever make it to the DC area, I've got to meet THE MAN in person!"

Dean Gould
November 2016

"What in heck???? I freaking adore you. How you do it every year is beyond me! Do you ever sleep???"

Lissa Burke
Kaizen Executive Search

"Damn, you are killing it again this year! I can not wait to see you up on that stage in Chicago. I am motivated, inspired and in awe."

Vicki McCarthy
Kaizen Executive Search

"Steve, I can not thank you enough for guiding me through the interview process with Precision Diagnostics. Everything from your closing strategies, to your proper interview attire are absolutely top-notch. You stayed in touch with me every step of the way and were always available for questions. For that, I am forever grateful."

Kyle Adams
March 2017

Synchronicity, a concept, which holds that events are "meaningful coincidences" if they occur with no causal relationship yet seem to be meaningfully related.[1]  If you believe in that concept then our meeting 15 years ago, was definitely synchronicity.  You have really had a tremendous impact on my life professionally, maybe as much as anyone along the way.
First, in 2002, really needing a new job and living in one of the most expensive places in the country, like an angel, you appeared out of nowhere to present the CarboMedics opportunity.  I have absolutely no idea how you got my name and resume at that time but you really helped me get to a better place in life.   
Then, in 2006, upon the birth of my son, who at the time doctors thought had a serious heart condition, I was desperate to find a way to not travel and stay home, to be near him.  Once again, I was fortunate with being able to buy Scott Storch’s recruiting business and once again, you show up to be my mentor and partner of sorts.  You could have said “Go fly a kite.”  But once again, you helped, supported, and coached me.  You sent me great candidates that provided a source of well-being for me and my family and for that I’m indebted.
Now, in 2017, when I really wanted to get back to coaching and developing a sales team, and my current role at the time was no longer providing me with growth and the mental challenge I need; of all the people I’ve contacted for help, you came up with yet another career progressing and mentally stimulating job.  In an effort to uncover as many opportunities as possible, in a short period of time, I literally contacted everyone I know in the industry, from former managers, former reps, about 6 other recruiters directly, formers customers, you name it.  I hate to say it because I know recruiters hate to know reps or managers are working with multiple recruiters, but I literally linked in to probably 100+ recruiters over the last few months in order to get back to sales management, a job I had achieved so much success at doing.   I had to get back to building and leading teams.    
Nothing can explain the chain of events that have occurred.  Much of it doesn’t make sense.  Of all those people I contacted; who found me the right job, the right fit, and the right income?   Once again, Steve Paster.  So there you have it.  3 major life events in my career that you have brought to me.   What are the odds that the same recruiter ends up placing me in two different jobs at times when I really needed to get to a better place?   For me, the odds are just incredible; miraculous.  Synchronicity.   That is why I felt compelled to include you, among all the people for whom I’ve worked, in my book as people who have really helped me in my career.  
So thank you Steve, for helping me for a third time in my life.  I’m indebted to you and I wish there was a way to repay you.  I am going to find a way to get to New Orleans, maybe with my son, for a weekend, and buy you and your wife a nice dinner.   I know you’ve impacted many lives the same as mine and I think it is a life’s work that is very commendable; helping people better their lives.  You should feel good about.  I know you do.  I also know that so many people take recruiters for granted and don’t take the time to really thank them.  But trust me, I’m thankful every day for the impact you’ve had on my life and my family.  I greatly appreciate all you’ve done.  I wish you another 20 years of tremendous success in a business you still seem to love and do well at."

Dean Gould
April 2017

"Steve, I got the official offer today. I will say you are the best recruiter I've ever worked with. You truly care about your clients and you are super informative and accessible. I greatly appreciate all that you have done and will refer you to everyone I know...Thanks again"

Michael Casey
Newly Hired to Myoscience
"Dear Steve,
It is very hard to put into words how thankful I am that I have met
you sir. You took a chance on me and gave me an opportunity to
interview for Alexion. You were with me every step of the way
throughout the entire interview process. With your help, I was more
prepared than I have ever been for an interview in my life, and I was
hired for the position. The opportunity and the work you put into me
has changed my life sir. I have the most rewarding job in the world
Steve, and I can not thank you enough for everything."

Palmer Karr
Newly Hired to Alexion
June 2019
"Hi Steve,

Just a quick massive to thank you for all you do. There is a reason I seek you out and refer colleagues to you - you are the best.

Many thanks for placing me again!

Warm Regards,"

April Davies
San Diego
November 2019

"Good evening and I hope this message finds you well! I wanted to tell you "thank you" for taking time out of your work schedule this afternoon to sit down with me to discuss my professional background and experience along with discussing the Strategic Contract Manager role with MiMedx in more depth. I came away from the interview today feeling very excited about what's happening at MiMedx under new senior leadership and look forward to continuing discussions with Ron and the internal contract team within Market Access in the not so distant future.

IDN's and large hospital systems are key customers within any healthcare organization and they demand superior service, intellect, relationships built on trust, and individuals who listen to their needs and deliver clinical and economic value all-while meeting shared priorities. With that being said, I have spent the last four years working with large IDN's and GPO's on the non-acute and acute side delivering the above mentioned needs of this key constituency and understand how to successfully negotiate, implement, and manage large complex GPO agreements, S2 agreements, direct contracts, and local pricing agreements.

In addition, and as I mentioned during my interview with you today, I know how to successfully work across teams, collaborate effectively across functional roles, and lead internal colleagues without authority to maximize top line contract sales growth and ensure pull-through as it pertains to contract compliance.

Lastly, corporate culture and people are the backbone of any organization and I really have been impressed during the interview process thus far with everyone I have spoken to and thoroughly enjoyed our conversation today. I feel confident that you and I could work seamlessly together within Market Access to achieve and exceed on the corporate sales goals and business objectives laid out by senior leadership and or business objectives that are defined by the both of us within our region of responsibility.

Thank you again Larry for your time today and I look forward to hopefully joining the MiMedx organization!

Have a great Friday ahead.


Many thanks for placing me again!

Warm Regards,"

Stephen D. Hoffman
October 2020

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

Jeff Horomanski
National Sales Manager for Guerbet
"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

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

Linda Mende
President Executive Sales Search
"Steve's inside knowledge about the medical industry and the guidance that I received from him was instrumental in my search for a medical sales job. It is very easy to tell that he truly cares and wants nothing but the best for the people that he works with. He will only set you up to succeed! He is an excellent person to have in your corner."
"P.S. While I was not expecting your Vikings to go 16-0, the offensive line is becoming a growing concern. It's nice to see Zimmer call a spade a spade when he said they were soft. Hopefully this lights a fire under some of them!"

Vinny Lamovec
November 2016
"Steve, Thank you so much for your help in getting me this fantastic position with Alexion. You have gone above and beyond and that is greatly appreciated!"

Adam Pool
November 2016
"I saw Joe Buck's book online last week and it looks great. When I was in broadcasting for FOX SPORTS WEST about 5 years ago, I talked with him. He's a very nice guy and is the Steve Paster of broadcasting - the best in the business."

David Bagga
Executive Medical Recruiter
December 2016
"We have both been doing this a long time. Your success is very impressive!"

Drew Foster
Garner Group
"You are truly an amazing recruiter with the volume you do. I need to learn from you😊"

Ronith Dunn
RDunn and Associates
"Steve, I just wanted to send you a quick thank you note. I got my written offer from BoneSupport yesterday and my start date is 3/6.

I've spoken with many recruiters over the years and you are by far the most helpful I have ever worked with. You took a genuine interest in myself and my situation and it made a big difference to me. Your website was a great prep tool going into interviews and is something that is very unique to you. I have not come across any other recruiters with a website like yours that helps prepare candidates in a very clear and concise way.

Simply put you are bar none the best recruiter I have ever worked with and I can't thank you enough for encouraging me throughout this process while also providing me with pointers that made all the difference.

I am really looking forward to joining BoneSupport and being a success. Best of luck to you in the future if there is every anything I can do for you please just let me know."

Ryan Vaughan
March 2017


I am writing to thank you for the quality of service provided by you during my recruiting process. Your Professionalism was unmatched compared to the other recruiters I used and never once did I not get enough candidates or get an immediate response to any of my questions. As you know the interview process is a challenging task but you made it much easier to manage and took many of the time consuming issues away from me. I had many qualified candidates who were more prepared for the interviews due to your screening process so not to waste my time with interviews that were not a good match."

Chuck Duffy
Regional VP of Surgical Sales - Olympus Corporation of the Americas
December 2017

"One of my very god friends and peers has decided to begin exploring new career opportunities. As soon as she mentioned this to me, I immediately thought of you Steve, based on our long standing relationship, your reputation in the industry, and your uncompromising integrity."

Burr Cota
Burkhart Dental
June 2018
I wanted to say that your are by far an asset to any candidate that is privileged enough to work in conjunction with you. I was pleasantly impressed with your ability to assist with review of all of my documents with regard to appropriate information and grammar corrections.
I feel confident in his skills to successfully provide a strong foundation for any candidate to excel and reach their career goal and position desired. Steve is amazing and I would recommend him to anyone who knows what they want; he will get you there."

Berdine Procter
Kulzer Dental
October 2018
"Steve Paster is phenomenal. He just placed me at Keystone Dental. I have worked with recruiters as a Regional Manager hiring and being recruited for sales representative opportunities and Steve is by far the most charismatic, professional and genuine I have ever worked with. He has a vast network of professionals he has placed that have gone on to lead teams. One thing that really resonated with me was his ability to build a relationship with the candidate very quickly. He is someone in your corner fighting for his candidates. He is genuinely concerned about his clients."
Jeremy Browning
Keystone Dental
November 2018
It’s been an absolute pleasure getting to work with you. From the moment I was put in contact with you, all the way to the acceptance of my new position with BTG, I felt well communicated with and I was being very well taken care of. Thank you for all you’ve done and the continued support."

Rose Hruby
May 2019
I want to extend a very heartfelt thank you for your referral of me to the Vericel position I just obtained, and over the past 20 years, other positions. You are truly by and far, the absolute BESTrecruiter in our industry! Individuals who have been around for awhile all know you and your excellent reputation precedes you! Steve, a referral from you really means something to employers seeking candidates and that is because of “who" you are and your established presence and respect you have gained over many years. Steve, you are always aware of quality openings in the med device market space, who as candidates has skills in specific areas and their best attributes, and you are extremely well networked and respected. I honor our professional relationship over the past 20 plus years, and again, thank you for being extraordinary at what you do!
Thank you,"

Lisa Ferrier
August 2019
Thank you for your help these last three weeks. I appreciate all that you have done for me; the advice, the optimism and being a Champion to help me obtain this position with Emmaus Life Sciences"

Amberly Sohm Mawson
Emmaus Life Sciences
June 2020
"With utmost sincerity, I want to thank you Steve. In these "unprecedented" and uncertain times, you were able to assess the needs of businesses and match my talents to a company to create a "Trifecta Win!" Over the course of my professional career I have had the opportunity to bid for various positions and consider myself a solid "interviewee", however, it was during this latest process of working with you that I realized how to modify my behaviors to have a greater impact. You were a coach to me and instilled some valuable lessons that helped me land my DREAM Career! Steve, your confidence, diligent work ethic (working during a hurricane!) professionalism, follow-up, and dig-deeper mentality are what drove me into action to own my journey in career development. I appreciate you, thank you."

Natasha Welsh
Smile Source
November 2020