Leading The Way

Meet the executives who guide our path forward.

Philip L. Bernstein
Chairman Philip L. Bernstein

Philip Bernstein began working for Jacob Stern & Sons, Inc. while in high school. He continued working for the company throughout college, and in March of 1964, began his full-time career with the company at the Jacob Stern & Sons’ facility in Philadelphia.

After holding positions of increasing responsibility, Mr. Bernstein assumed full management for the company and its divisions in the mid-1970’s. In 1980, Mr. Bernstein acquired all remaining family-owned shares of Jacob Stern & Sons, becoming the sole owner of the company.

In 1984, Mr. Bernstein relocated the company’s headquarters from the Philadelphia area to Santa Barbara, California. He continued to manage the daily operations of Jacob Stern & Sons and its divisions until 2002, when the first non-family CEO of the company was appointed. Mr. Bernstein retained the position of Chairman, a role he continues to maintain in the present day.

Mr. Bernstein completed his undergraduate degree in French and History from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and received his M.B.A. from the Wharton Graduate School of Business in Philadelphia. In addition to his career with Jacob Stern & Sons, Mr. Bernstein served in the military intelligence division of the U.S. Army Reserves.

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