The STEWART Industries team is made up of some of the best and most interesting people in our industry, which is something we’re very proud of. They’re the key to how we help our customers save millions of dollars month after month.
We love to get to know our customers, so we thought it might be nice to let you know us, too. That’s why we’re kicking off our Meet STEWART series with one of our founders himself: Erick Stewart.
Tons of Experience
Erick first got involved in the manufacturing industry after college. He graduated from the Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College at Baton Rouge with a degree in Marketing. Not long after that, Erick started working at a multinational tier-one automotive firm, where he focused on purchasing, quality systems, finance, and IT.
That wide range of experience meant that Erick was the perfect man for the job when he and his father, Joseph M. Stewart, decided to start STEWART Industries in 1999.
An Approachable Personality
One of Erick’s strongest assets is his charisma (he made us write this) and problem-solving skills. In fact, he was a member of Phi Kappa Delta in college, which is an honors fraternity that’s dedicated to public speaking and debate. Maybe that’s why Erick is such an easy person to get along with, and why he truly listens when his clients talk.
Erick’s open and jovial personality is also what helps boost the culture of the STEWART Industries team as a whole.
“From day one,” he says, “we’ve been a pivot company to meet our customers’ needs. Plus, we’re flexible and we have a great company culture, which makes that possible.”
Excitement at Work and at Home
Erick’s approachable demeanor and dedication to excellence doesn’t stop when he leaves the office. He’s a part of several professional organizations in his community, too.
Erick is a Chair for the Battle Creek Tax Incremental Finance Authority Board, a Board Chair for the STARR Commonwealth, and a Silver Life Member of the Battle Creek branch of the NAACP. He’s also a Board Member of the Small Business Administration Michigan (SBAM), and a Guest Mentor for value chain analysis, peer-to-peer support, and stage ½ perspectives for the Edward Lowe Foundation.
Still, somehow Erick finds time to ride his bike along the Battle Creek bike trails, participate in community initiatives, and stand up for people in his community. He does all this while helping his wife raise two young boys, too. Now that’s a jam-packed life!
We’re lucky to have Erick on our team. He always manages to brighten up every room he walks into. If you don’t believe us, contact us today. You’re sure to be connected with our team, who listens well and helps cheer up your day.