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I took the above picture along the Route des Vins in Alsace, France. 

At the time, the visual struck me due to the intersecting lines of perspective, varying geography, and the sheer beauty of the day.  Today, it represents the amazing things that can come from complex beginnings – in this case a delicious sensory experience from rows of dirt and centuries of expertise.

Our unique background is the key to assisting you in making sense of your complex situation.


SSC’s coaching is all about providing creative solutions to the realities of your problem set: We leverage our extensive network, education, skills, and experiences to lead you to your best solution. Whether it’s negotiating nuclear weapons treaties (nope, we can’t talk about it), or negotiating a term sheet (which we’re happy to discuss in generalities), we’ve seen a lot of outcomes, and can increase the probability that yours will be positive.

We at SSC believe in continuing education. For example, our founder continues to develop himself, and is constantly searching for the best tools out there to assist his own businesses and yours. To that end, Bernie Stone is a voracious reader, and is a Collaborator with Gino Wickman, whose books can be found here and here.

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“I have nothing but the highest praise for Bernie, with whom I worked at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Not only is he a strategic thinker and was very knowledgeable, motivated and collaborative as a colleague, but as a human he embodies the virtues of kindness, empathy, supportiveness and amicability. A great person who is an asset to any company, organization or group that would have the good luck to encounter him.”

Victoria C.

“Bernie is one of the most intelligent and honest people whom I’ve been blessed to meet and work with. He is caring, responsive, detail-oriented, and direct, and I like that. Mostly because I am not a few of those things and need people like Bernie in my corner. I would recommend him to do anything except maybe sing.”

Jason P.


With decades of international experience and insight, let Strategic Scouts streamline and solve your most difficult problems.

“Bernie is a talented, thoughtful officer with excellent people skills. Calm and deliberate in the face of pressure, he handles multiple tasks with cheer and aplomb.”

Joe P.

“Bernie is a leader and a mentor who can take the complex and disparate and make it easily understood and relevant. He is an eager and rapid learner. On several occasions I worked with Bernie in the former Soviet Union where I witnessed him use his language and interpersonal skills to deliver success. I would be honored to work with or for him in the future.”

Sulev S.

“Mr. Stone is one of the most insightful and honest people with whom I’ve had the opportunity to work in 20 years of federal service. He is tremendously intelligent, responsive and detail-oriented. Mr. Stone handles pressure very well and has my utmost confidence.”

Kirk S.