Stewart is a native of New Orleans, graduating from Jesuit High School and later Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance where he was inducted to the National Honor Society of the Financial Management Association in his senior year.
Over his career, Stewart has served as Chairman of the Small Business Advisory Committee and the Executive Board of the West St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce. He also served for four years as an elected representative on the St. Tammany RPEC and graduated from the Leadership St. Tammany Class of 2007.
He and his wife, Katie, have three children (Lucy, Rori, and Ryan) and reside in Mandeville and are parishoners at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church where the last few years he has served on the executive planning committee for the annual Fleur De Fall parish fundraiser.
In 2009 Stewart co-founded Bruce Shields & Associates, LLC with his partner Jeff Bruce after 5 years as an advisor with The MassMutual Financial Group. Stewart specializes in both personal and group benefit insurance strategies along with group retirement plans such as 401(k)s, group medical, business succession strategies, and retirement strategies.