This week's podcast is with Leonard N. Stern.
Mr. Leonard N. Stern founded The Hartz Group, Inc. in 1966 and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Stern founded Hartz Mountain Industries Inc. in 1966 and serves as its Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer since 1970. Mr. Stern began his career at Hartz in 1959, taking over operations of his father's pet supply business. From 1986 to 1999, he successfully built Stern Publishing, publishers of the Village Voice, the LA Weekly, the Seattle Weekly, the Cleveland Free Press and City Pages in Minneapolis, into America's leading publisher of alternative weekly newspapers. He served as Chairman and Director of Hartz Mountain Corporation. Mr. Stern serves as a Director of Hartz Mountain Industries Inc. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York. He served as a Director of Rite Aid Corp. since 1986. Mr. Stern served as a Trustee of New York University from 1976 to 1996. He is the recipient of numerous honors including: "Doctor of Humane Letters" awarded by Yeshiva University in 1985 and an Honorary "Doctor of Law" degree in 1995 from Fairleigh Dickinson, as well as the Albert Gallatin medal from New York University. Mr. Stern earned B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from New York University.