Leadership Team

Bringing it all together

Diversity of Ideas

The People of STEWART think of diversity in terms of where we’re going … the best ideas usually result from bringing people together with different backgrounds, different experience, difference expertise. When we are challenged like that as a team, the results are usually exciting and extraordinary. That’s what diversity means to STEWART.

As an organization whose very core belief is diversity in everything we do, we are proud to be a leader in this area for our customers. We believe that business is not just based on diversity of the individual… but diversity of the team, its processes, its approach, its thoughts, and most important of all, its output.

At STEWART Industries our customers output is always structured around quality, consistent communication, accurate delivery, and a long-term relationship atmosphere. As president and co-owner of this organization, I invite you to see what supply chain diversity is all about.

From our Systems to our People, I am proud to be responsible for the daily success we all share though our customers. I ask you and your organization to give us the opportunity to show you how we shine!

Joseph M. Stewart

Co-Founder & CEO, STEWART Industries, LLC

Before starting STEWART Industries Mr. Stewart was an executive officer of the Kellogg Company in Battle Creek MI. He retired after 20 years of service as Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs and Chief Ethics Officer. Mr. Stewart then served 14 years on the Board of Directors of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Previously Mr. Stewart was Director of Food Services for Washington D.C. public schools

Stewart has served on many local, national and international organizations boards: such as, the Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Hygiene; Grand Valley State University Board of Control; Southern University System Foundation; Medical Education for South African Blacks, and the Auto Club of Michigan.

Mr. Stewart has a B.S. degree in Foods and Nutrition/ Institutional Management and an Honorary Doctorate from Southern University in Baton Rouge La. and an Honorary Doctorate In Public Services from Albion College, Albion Michigan.

Erick Stewart

President, STEWART Industries, LLC

As Co-Owner and President of STEWART Industries LLC, Erick is proud to be part of a growing team that provides next level contract services including Assembly and Quality Inspection. Erick serves his community by being active in a variety of areas. Since 2002 he has been a board member of the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Greater Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region. Since 2003 he has served on the Starr Commonwealth Board, Battle Creek TIFA Board, and the Bronson Battle Creek Board & Finance\Investment Committee. Since 2004 he became Chairperson of the Urban League Board of Directors, Minority Health Partnership, and Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce.

During his current tenure Erick has had a passion for Education through his service on the Lakeview Schools Foundation Board, support the establishment of the Urban League Focus Academy, countless youth engaged educational programming through his families donor advised fund (BCCF) in addition to adding value on the Kellogg Community College Foundation Board. Erick received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Southern University, Agricultural  & Mechanical College at Baton Rouge

Rob Oleksa

Chief Financial Officer, STEWART Industries, LLC

Rob joined STEWART Industries in the fall of 2015 as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining STEWART Industries, Rob was the Executive Vice President of Staffing for Employment Group in Battle Creek, MI.  During his 23 year tenure at Employment Group, he oversaw the company’s day-to-day operations of its staffing business across the State of Michigan, while also helping the company’s Executive Team set and execute against its long-term growth strategies.

Rob earned a BS in Accounting from Michigan State University and currently lives in Marshall, MI with his wife, Jenny, daughter, Sami, son, Danny, and his two dogs, Sawyer and Hurley.  When he’s not busy “crunching the numbers” at the office, you can find Rob either on the golf course or on a nearby pickleball court.

Filmore Walker III

Chief Operating Officer, STEWART Industries, LLC

Filmore joined STEWART Industries as Chief Operating Officer in the fall of 2015, after being a member of the Board of Directors from 2005-2015. Prior to STEWART Industries, he had a 26 year career with the Kellogg Company in which he held various positions within the company including Vice President of Supply Chain Innovation, International including Europe, Asia Pacific, and South America, Vice President of Supply Chain, Asia Pacific, which included manufacturing plants and logistics networks in Australia, China, India, Thailand, Japan, Korea, and South Africa, Vice President of Manufacturing, Snacks Division, Vice President of Supply Chain, Wholesome and Portable Snacks, Vice President of Supply Chain, Frozen Foods and Warehouse Club, and Director of Supply Chain, South Africa.
 
Filmore earned a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1987 and currently resides in Holt, MI with his fiancé Mitzi. Filmore has three sons, Filmore IV, an Industrial and Operations Engineering graduate from University of Michigan, Andrew a senior and Darius a freshman, both attending Michigan State University, studying Applied Engineering Sciences and Electrical Engineering respectively. In his spare time,
Filmore enjoys playing golf and basketball, and learning the various styles of ballroom dancing.