General Manager, the Small & Medium-Sized Businesses Group, Sterling
David Bloom is General Manager of the Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Group at Sterling, the global leader in employment background screening solutions. His team recently launched the self-service SterlingNOW. David was included in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Brilliant 100 and on Business Insider’s list of 100 most interesting people in the NYC tech scene. David holds a BA degree from Bates College and an MBA from Cornell University
Same every day: Make my teams better and my customers happier.
“Is this really how it works??” I am constantly amazed at the knots businesses tie themselves into and how satisfying it is to untie those knots.
Writing my To Do list. I find it super satisfying to see my day laid out on paper…and then crossing things off.
Thank someone. Gratitude when shared spreads happiness. A simple thank you or acknowledgement of good work makes the world (and the office), a better place.
Don’t get mad. Don’t get frustrated. Solving problems are just part of the job.
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City? Before Seattle my family lived for five generations Brooklyn. New York will always be my City and the thing I love most is the subway. In one car you will find billionaires and the homeless; break dancers and mariachis; new immigrants and people whose families have lived in the same neighborhood for generations. And there’s magic that happens when something truly interesting happens and you give someone a knowing smile. Only in New York.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant? On weekends I make pancakes that my family calls “daddy’s special”. They are really good, if I say so myself.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Feet hit the floor, grab the dog and go for a walk. Her name is Toasty, the result of a very lengthy naming process guided by my kids.
10:00 AM – If not in a meeting (which is often) I am probably walking around to see what is up. I especially love poking in the engineering room. I know enough to ask questions and hopefully contribute a few ideas.
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal? I
have a bad habit of skipping lunch. With offices across the country and around the world meetings tend to creep onto the calendar at all hours (next Monday I have a 7am with London). But when I do get out I love the bahn mi sandwiches at What the Pho around the corner, and there is a cookie place…
7:00 PM – Home at the dinner table with the family, or at least the family not at soccer practice. Thanks to my amazing wife who is a senior marketing executive we take dinner seriously. No phones, no books, no one leaves the table until everyone is done. Even when it’s leftover extravaganza those are the most important 30mins of my day.
11:00 PM – Toss-up between going to bed and still on the couch with my laptop catching up on the day. Sometimes I get my best work done between 9pm and midnight. Does that sound sad?
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
I start the day with a cup of coffee at home, which usually is only half drunk by the time I head out, and another at the office. In the evening a glass of wine or a beer. There was a time I was an evening scotch drinker but not so much anymore.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
My photo app! Usually I flip through it to see which of my kids stole it last. Their selfies are hysterical!
What should everyone try at least once?
Travel to the developing world. See life through a completely different lens.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
In front of a white board. I am a visual thinker and a white board and dry erase marker help me explore thoughts and look for connections between issues. It is like traveling in my business mind.