Sterling Strategies’ experience begins with the extensive resume of its founder.  John Sterling is a renowned strategy expert and consultant.  He has over 25 years of experience providing strategic planning and strategy development services to companies, professional service firms and non-profit organizations.  As President of the Strategic Management Association in Chicago, Vice President of the Association for Strategic Planning (Chicago Chapter), Contributing Editor to Strategy & Leadership, and an active writer and speaker on strategy topics, John brings an unparalleled depth to the strategy development process.  Those professional affiliations and the broad network they afford, enable Sterling Strategies to tap expertise (industry, function, market) directly relevant to each client’s needs.

Our corporate work spans many industries and includes work for nearly every sized company.  We have served Fortune 100 companies, mid-cap public companies, large privately held companies, as well as the occasional start-up.  Our sweet spot tends to be larger middle market companies – both publicly and privately held.

With a highly diversified strategy practice, Sterling Strategies has developed a distinctive ability to come up the learning curve on a new industry very quickly.  With over 20 years of consulting experience, Sterling Strategies already has industry experience and expertise across a number of markets including:

  • Branded consumer foods
  • Pipelines and other transportation
  • Insurance and financial services
  • Professional services
  • Telecommunications
  • Power tools
  • Packaging
  • Contract manufacturing
  • Integrated steel and integrated aluminum
  • Metro newspapers
  • Printing