Sterling Management Systems
|Trading name||Sterling Management Systems|
|Founder(s)||Dr.Gregory K. Hughes, DDS|
|Key people||Kevin C. Wilson, Chairman, CEO|
|Owner(s)||Kevin C. Wilson|
|References: Awards: INC 500 award winner 1988, 1989|
Sterling Management Systems offers practice management seminars and training to Accounting, Medical and Dental and other private practice professionals. Founded in 1983 in the back office of a dental practice in Vacaville, California, it is currently located in a 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) office in Glendale, California. It has been named in 1988 and 1989 by INC Magazine as among the 500 fastest growing companies in the US.
Sterling provides services under a license from WISE, the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises, which oversees the use of L. Ron Hubbard's copyrighted materials in applications in the business community at large.
According to the LA Times, SMS offers and teaches the same techniques the Church of Scientology has for years employed including heavy marketing, high productivity and rigid rules of employee conduct.
According to the company's website it has delivered practice management seminars to over 160,000 professionals, and courses to more than 70,000 clients and staff.
For practice owners and key executives Sterling's services involve formal training delivered at their facilities in Glendale, California. Staff training is typically delivered at weekend workshops held by Sterling throughout the year in major cities around the US.
Hubbard Management Technology
Sterling offers training and implementation support programs based on the management techniques developed by L. Ron Hubbard, author and founder of the Church of Scientology. These services are provided under a license from WISE, the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises, an international membership organization which licenses the use of Hubbard's copyrighted management materials and oversees their use in applications in the business community at large.
According to New Religions: A Guide, Sterling Management is a subsidiary of the Church of Scientology. and according to the books Perspectives on the New Age and The New Age Movement and the Biblical Worldview, the Church of Scientology oversees the operations of both WISE, and Sterling Management.[dubious ]
In a journal article in the Marburg Journal of Religion, Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi questioned whether secular activities of Sterling Systems had any effect on the religious categorization of Scientology. Hugh Urban also analyzed Sterling Systems within this context, in his article "Fair Game: Secrecy, Security, and the Church of Scientology in Cold War America.
WISE, SMS and the Church of Scientology
WISE consulting companies like SMS may introduce their client to the religious aspects of Scientology and refer clients to the church for training and/or other religious services. Estimates vary as to the number of people introduced to Scientology in this manner, officials of the WISE consulting company Singer Consultants estimate that 20% of their clients end up taking courses in Scientology while Pat Lusey, co-founder of another WISE consulting group, Uptrends, has stated that 50% of the clients of WISE consulting groups end up in Scientology.
No such estimates are available for SMS. The company states on their site that they are licensed to deliver the secular management technologies of L. Ron Hubbard only, that it has "happened where clients have asked for assistance in personal matters that lie beyond the scope of Sterling’s work. At that point, if asked by a client, we let them know that, if they want, we can introduce them to a Scientology practitioner who can tell them more."
Glover Rowe and his wife Dee stated in 1990 that they were forcibly held against their will by Scientologists after attending two Sterling seminars:
"They put a telephone in front of me and said I should call every member of my family and tell them I was a member of the Church of Scientology. I refused," said Mrs. Rowe. "At that point, they said, 'but you see Dee, you have to.'....... "For seven hours, a man drilled me, tried to brainwash me," said Mrs. Rowe. " l begged him to let me go, he kept saying, 'but you see Dee, you can't.' He tried to get me to confess to crimes. He started getting me to tell him sex stories. He made me list every overt sin I had committed. They insisted I write down everything I had done wrong. I couldn't list anything bad enough to please them." (" 'Management Seminar' Harrowing Experience", by Terry Dean, Cherokee County Herald, December 12, 1990 pp. 1A, 5A) 
Sterling Management disputes this account, saying that the account is "extremely exaggerated and contains complete untruths," saying that after being published in a small weekly newspaper in Cherokee County, "the story was then picked up and forwarded by a number of web sites whose stated and sole intentions are to slam and cause trouble for the Church of Scientology and anything vaguely related to the works of L. Ron Hubbard. " The company points to documentation that Glover Rowe, a dentist at the time, has since had his license to practice suspended and later permanently revoked for unethical business practices including misuse of nitrous oxide, making obscene phone calls to his patients, and burglary in violation of a restraining order. 
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