Stew Leonard Jr.
President & CEO, Stew Leonard’s
Stew Leonard Jr. is President and CEO of Stew Leonard’s, a unique family-owned farm fresh food retailer recognized as one of FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work for in America” for 10 consecutive years. Stew Leonard’s has received worldwide acclaim for its innovation and excellence in customer service. It has been dubbed “The Disneyland of Dairy Stores” by The New York Times for its in-store entertainment and listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having “the greatest sales per unit area of any single food store in the United States”.
Stew Jr. took over as president and CEO in 1991 and grew the company from one retail food store in Norwalk, Connecticut to seven stores across Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, as well as eight family owned wine stores. Stew Leonard’s welcomes over 20 million visitors a year, employs over 2,500 team members and has annual sales exceeding $500 million.
Stew Jr. has been internationally recognized as a company leader and has appeared on numerous national television shows such as CBS Early Morning Show, Martha Stewart, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, The History Channel and The Food Network. He is considered one of the top public speakers in food and wine industry and has given over 250 professional speeches to leading companies around the world through the prestigious Washington Speakers Bureau.
Stew Jr. graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Accounting and earned his MBA from UCLA in 1982. He lives in Westport, Connecticut with his wife Kim and their four daughters.