Seymour Stein is an entrepreneur in the music industry who has been a part of the business since getting his first job as a clerk for Billboard magazine in 1958. Stein is a vice president of Warner Bros. Records and a co-founder of Sire Records. In 1966 Stein and record producer Richard Gottehrer founded Sire Productions, the label under which he signed pioneer artists such as the Ramones and Talking Heads in 1975, the Pretenders in 1980 and Madonna in 1982. Other acts signed by Sire include Depeche Mode, The Smiths, Ice-T, The Undertones and Echo & the Bunnymen. Stein’s influence in signing and promoting the “New Wave” genre of music that he is sometimes credited with coming up with the name as an alternative to the term “punk”. To date, Stein remains the President of Sire Records and is also Vice President of Warner Bros. Records. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 14, 2005, under the lifetime-achievement category.