Cliffworks Japan - Asia Executive Recruiting


About / Cliff’s Resume



1990年にリクルーターとなりました。私のクライエントは主に、SaaS, 四大コンサルティング会社、金融会社、テクノロジー、メディアなどです。



活動内容 日本・アジア地域

– 職業紹介(リクルート)
– 新しい会社又は職業を紹介
– 有名なバンドのコンサートやワールドツアー手配
– 国際的レコードアーティストの連絡係
– 外資系企業の日本への参入支援
– アジアの製造業者からの斡旋
– アジアでのソーシャルワーカー部長

US citizen lived in MD, DC, NY, NJ, French Morocco, S. Calif, Vietnam, Saipan, Japan, Thai Lao, Cambodia.

Served in Vietnam Japan Guam Philippines Dpt. of Defense / Bob Hope – USO tours.

Tokyo resident since 1970’s, fluent business-level Japanese.

Extensive experience recruiting, concert tours, sales rep, anti-piracy, social work.


Behavioral Psychology 1997 Dr. George F. J. Lehner, UCLA, private studies.
El Camino College, Calif. 1969 – 75. Liberal Arts, Music Theory, Japanese.
Jazz guitar Barney Kessel, Bob Reid. Alto sax Lee Matalone. Vocal Laura Hart.   

Professional Experience

1990 – present  Talent acquisition, Music industry consultant

  B2B partner with top recritment agencies in Tokyo.

• Big Four Consulting, SaaS, blockchain, crypto, entertainment, finance, media, tech, startups.

• Trainer of new hires at Career Exceed.

• Music industry consultant, Int’l recording artist liaison. 

• Concert tours Eagles, Don Henley, Stevie Wonder…

• Managed 2 successful venues in Tokyo trained 30 local and int’l staff.

1985 – 1990  Paramount & Universal Home Entertainment , Tokyo

• Release scheduling, sales forecasting seven Asian territories.

• Supervised video production of 140 titles per month for all territories.

• Annual sales $300 + million USD.

• Joint-venture with JVC (Japan only).

• Anti-piracy enforcement with MPAA Asia.

1980 – 1985    Japan Country Manager UK Publisher Northern & Shell

• International Musician, UK Penthouse, Frankfurt Musik Messe Daily

• Established ran Tokyo advert sales office. Represented all group publications.

• Produced Japanese edition of Pro Musicians Equipment Test Guide magazine.

1978-1980    Musician, promoter, instructor for Japan Airlines

The Ventures arranged my first job in Japan performing in Int’l house band

at famed Akasaka showroom Golden Gessekai supporting famous Japanese singers –

Matsuo Kazuko, Ozaki Kyohiko, many more.

Service English instructor for JAL and JAA flight crews.

Promoted, performed concerts throughout Tokyo.

Concert tour work with Int’l recording artists and consulting for MI industry clients.

Schecter Guitar Research – hired to grow business and anti-piracy enforcement. Held workshops nationwide.


Author of book of arrangements of popular hit songs for easy guitar

• Featured soloist 2012 with #1 Thai band Carabao a dozen concerts.  

 Years of concerts guitar harmonica vocals with Grammy winning group Ambrosia.

Member of: 

Multi #1 hit group The Association hits Cherish, Windy, Never My Love, Along Comes Mary.  

Art Pepper Tommy Gumina Jimmie Smith casual jazz combo. 

Duo with Drew Bradford of The Young Americans.

Dutch Kinimaka Hawaiian Pop Trio.

• Tour support, product sales to recording artists Stevie Wonder, Stones, etc. 

• Consulting: Manpower Japan, Peavey Electronics, Fender Japan, Gibson, Mesa Engineering

• 1968-1977 Bandleader / agent with members of Stevie Wonder, Ambrosia, Steve Miller, Bob Dylan, Huey Lewis.

• Concerts, recordings: Ambrosia, Art Pepper, John Lee Hooker, Robert Cray, Andrae Crouch, Chuck Girard. Japanese artists: Matsuo Kazuko, Hirota Mieko, Cherish, Ken Tamura, Ai George, Midori Kawakami. Thai: Carabao, Jintara Punlab.


Social worker Cambodia, Thai Laos.
Concert performer (100+) with superstar Thai singer Jintara Punlab.

Government and Related Service

Vietnam 1972 Dept. of Defense / USO

• Tours of Vietnam, Japan, Guam, Philippines.  Honorary rank of GS-15 Captain.

​Documentary about entertainers in Vietnam during the war:

     “Entertaining Vietnam”  

     Video clip from film “For the Boys” depicting the USO in Vietnam

Cambodia 1995-97

• Communications during coup d’état for Cambodia liaison to Interpol.

Commendations / Awards

General Fred Weyand, Vietnam, US Army Chief of Staff Award:

“For outstanding contribution to the morale and welfare of the United States and other free world military assistance forces in the Republic of Vietnam while touring the command entertaining personnel of all services. The significant and lasting impression you made enhanced the morale of the fighting forces and reflects great credit upon yourself and your profession.”

USAF Award

“For outstanding contribution to morale and entertainment of US Armed Forces personnel” Philippines, 1972.

US Army Special Forces Major Mark A. Smith 

Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Legion of Honor, former POW: “I have personal observations of Cliff in scenarios from charitable endeavors to revolution and war. In any capacity calling for professional conduct and a unique ability to deal with Asians from peasants to royalty, Cliff has my highest personal and professional recommendation.“ 


JAL, JVC, Paramount, Universal, multinational firms, US military leaders, Grammy winning groups, Dr. George F. Lehner, Professor Emeritus Psychology, UCLA.