In Case You Missed It!

May 1st, 2014 Posted in In Case You Missed It

Editor’s Note: William D. Stuart ’74 was originally run in the spring/summer 2012 edition of The Spartan

William StuartWilliam D. Stuart ’74

“Never give up on your dreams…”

Many of us have shared the sentiment Bill Stuart felt when he was fresh out of high school; “I was young, and didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do with my life or how I would ever achieve any level of success.”  Fortunately the time he spent at ACC helped him to not only to “get a clue” but he came out “knowing what he wanted to do with his life!”  Since then, Bill has accomplished a great many things.  While Bill acknowledges that he had some great professors while attending ACC, one in particular made the real difference, Professor of Marketing Bill Lovell.  Stuart admits that he even missed some ‘Happy Hours’ at Curley’s because he didn’t want to miss class; “this marketing thing really captured my interest.”

Following his graduation from ACC, Bill went to Albany State where he graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Marketing.  Over the past 37 years, he rose to the level of Senior Vice President for two major US retailers before starting his own consulting company in 1995.  He is the CEO of Stuart & Associates Inc., a leader in sales and leadership development for retailers and manufacturers.  Since then William’s company has helped some of the largest corporations in the world (P&G, Microsoft, Hoover, Philips consumer electronics, Best Buy, etc.) develop and launch new products.  He and his company have shown their clients how to drive revenues and bring more of the profit to the bottom line.

“I have had a great life.” Bill shares.   He and his wife have seen the world, something he never thought could have happened.  He feels that it was all sparked by a marketing class he took 36 years ago from a guy who cared enough to give his students his best.  “Thank you Professor Lovell.”

Bill currently lives in Franklin, TN with his wife.  They have three sons; the His oldest is out on his own “making a name for himself,” and his twins are in college.  They love to ski, cruise and travel the world.  Stuart enjoys cycling, collectable street rods, and flying RC planes.  He shares that his life has turned out so much better than he could have ever dreamed, and it all started at ACC.  The advice he has to share is simple “Never give up on your dreams whatever they made be, no matter what others might think or say.  Remember this:  There is only one person who stands between you and success and that’s the person you look at in the mirror every morning!”

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