Stuart is based in Tampa where he’s embedded within Ashley HomeStores’ business. In addition to the Ashley business, his Business Unit includes Jack Link’s and Rust-oleum. He is a proven leader in marketing, with broad experience managing top brands across Retail, CPG, QSR, CDR, Tourism and Real Estate. He and his exceptionally talented team’s ability to innovate, produce and manage outstanding work for Ashley has helped them achieve positive business results when the rest of the category has been down.
Stuart joined Empower from Carat where he was SVP, Managing Director for both the Atlanta and Chicago offices. He was a key executive responsible for growing the Dentsu Aegis agency to be one of the largest media agencies in the U.S. He has an incredible breadth of experience stretching across 20+ years in the industry. Clients include Mentos, Subway, O’Reilly Auto Parts, LongHorn Steakhouse, RE/MAX, Captain D’s, Aaron’s, Outback Steakhouse, South Carolina Tourism, Bonefish Grill, Family Dollar, Rescue Rooter, Carson Products (L’Oreal) and Carrabba’s. He also established a Retail Center of Excellence for Carat US which assisted with onboarding General Motors, Macy’s, Diageo and The Home Depot.