Sterling Management

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Sterling, Glendale, Calif.
Emery Wilson Corporation doing business as Sterling[1][2]
FoundedVacaville, California
(March 1983)
FounderDr.Gregory K. Hughes, DDS
HeadquartersGlendale, CA
United States
Key people
Kevin C. Wilson, Chairman, CEO
ServicesBusiness consulting
OwnerKevin C. Wilson
WebsiteWeb site
Footnotes / references
Awards: INC 500 award winner 1988,[3] 1989[4]

Sterling Management [1] is a consulting firm led by CEO and Chairman Kevin Wilson. A private corporation owned and operated by the Emery Wilson Corporation, it offers business administration seminars and training based on L. Ron Hubbard's teachings[5] to dentists, accountants, veterinarians, optometrists and other medical and 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 Los Angeles, California.


Sterling provides services under a license from WISE, the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises[1]p. 10, which oversees the use of L. Ron Hubbard's copyrighted materials in applications in the business community at large.

For practice owners and key executives Sterling's services involve formal training delivered at their facilities in Los Angeles, California. Staff training is typically delivered at weekend workshops held by the company throughout the year in major cities around the US.[6]


According to a deposition by Emery Wilson's Director of Public Affairs, from 1994 to 2015 the company was affected by the economic climate, reducing its staff complement to 25 from nearly 300.[1]p. 7

Relationship to the Church of Scientology[edit]

The company is licensed to train the administration methods of L. Ron Hubbard, but claim that they are not a religious organization.[7] The company's Director of Public Affairs has, however, stated that most of the company's employees are involved in Scientology.[1]p. 25


Sterling has been criticized for its "high-pressure sales tactics".[8][9][10] According to the LA Times, Sterling 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.[11]

Wilson's New Religious Movements and Heela's The New Age Movement describe Sterling as an "est-like movement", referring to Werner Erhard's Erhard Seminars Training.[12][13]

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 claimed that their tests indicated that without auditing, their business would fail and Dee would abuse their child.[8]

"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)[14]

Sterling 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."[15] Sterling's blog also reproduces the order revoking Rowe's license to practice dentistry and reports on his criminal record.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Dr. Robert L. Meinders, D.C., Ltd. Supplement to its prior comments on the Emery Wilson Corporation d/b/a Sterling Management Systems’ petition for waiver
  2. ^ Fictitious Business Name Statement first published in Daily Commerce, Los Angeles on 1/14/94 File No. 94-58012
  3. ^ INC 500 List, 1988
  4. ^ INC 500 List, 1989
  5. ^ Wilson, Kevin. "Message from the Chairman and CEO - Sterling CPASterling CPA". sterling CPA. Emery Wilson Corporation. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
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  8. ^ a b Behar, Richard (May 6, 1991). "The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power". Time. p. 5.
  9. ^ Koppel, Ted (1992-02-14). "Scientology Leader Gave ABC First-Ever Interview". Nightline. ABC News. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
  10. ^ Mallia, Joseph (March 2, 1998). "Milton school shades ties to Scientology". Boston Herald. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  11. ^ Sappell, Joel; Welkos, Robert W. (1990-06-27). "Church Seeks Influence in Schools, Business, Science". Los Angeles Times. p. A1:1. Retrieved 2006-11-17.
  12. ^ Wilson, Bryan R.; Jamie Cresswell (1999). New Religious Movements: challenge and response. Routledge. p. 56. ISBN 0415200490.
  13. ^ Heelas, Paul (1996). The New Age Movement: the celebration of the self and the sacralization of modernity. Blackwell Publishing. p. 62. ISBN 0631193324.
  14. ^ Dean, Terry (December 12, 1990). ""Management Seminar" Harrowing Experience". Cherokee County Herald.
  15. ^ a b "Glover Rowe and Sterling Management Systems". Sterling Management Systems Company Blog. Emery Wilson Corp. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2016.

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