Topchik, Gary S. 1949-

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Topchik, Gary S. 1949-


Born June 19, 1949, in New York, NY; son of Martin (a milliner) and Lee (a legal secretary) Topchik; partner of Leonard H. Bloom (an attorney). Ethnicity: "American." Education: Hunter College of the City University of New York, B.A., 1971; Cornell University, M.B.A., 1976. Politics: "Moderate." Hobbies and other interests: All sports, especially tennis and swimming.


Home and office—SilverStar Enterprises, P.O. Box 433, Beverly Hills, CA 90213. Agent—Adrienne Hickey, American Management Association, 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019. E-mail—[email protected].


Marmon Group, Chicago, IL, director of training, 1980-83; Purolator Courier, Basking Ridge, NJ, director of training, 1983-86; Center for Management, New York, NY, project director, 1986-90; SilverStar Enterprises, Beverly Hills, CA, chief executive officer, 1990—. Presenter of leadership and management seminars in the United States and elsewhere.


Distinguished service award for service to the community from former Secretary of State Colin Powell, 2002; named consultant of the year, Information Technology Directors' Forum, 2003.


(With Mary L. Stewart) Equity Checking: Managing Assumptions to Achieve Organizational Success, Barrington Press, 1999.

Managing Workplace Negativity, Amacom (New York, NY), 2001.

The Accidental Manager, Amacom (New York, NY), 2004.

The First-Time Manager, 5th edition, Amacom (New York, NY), 2005.

Author of over fifty journal articles.


Gary S. Topchik told CA: "My motivation for writing is to allow managers and leaders of organizations to develop the skills needed to successfully manage their people. I have been influenced by all of the great managers I have observed and worked with.

"When writing a book or article, I spend two hours a day doing it, depending on the length and complexity of the assignment. I try to write during the same two hours each and every day.

"I have been inspired by those who give me positive feedback from the leadership and management seminars that I conduct around the world."



HR Magazine, November, 2000, review of Managing Workplace Negativity, p. 180.


SilverStar Enterprises Online, (April 19, 2006).