Stuart has been personally involved in the insurance business for over 40 years. He joined the staff of IIANC as Director of Education in 1995. In 2004 Stuart became Vice President of Insurance Operations and Technical Affairs for IIANC. In 2014 he served briefly as Interim CEO of the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina, Inc., IIANC Member Services, Inc., and the North Carolina Association of Insurance Agents, Inc. As VP of Insurance Operations, he managed the designated insurance agency for the State of North Carolina placing all coverages which the State does not self-insure, was administrator of the IIANC Errors and Omissions Insurance program of agents and managed the insurance benefits operations for members of the Association. Stuart is semi-retired but continues to teach, write, is a frequent speaker on insurance matters and is a technical resource for 600+ agencies and 6,000+ agents that are members of IIANC.
Prior to joining the IIANC staff, Stuart was the owner of The Powell Agency, Inc. of Reidsville, NC, a family agency whose roots can be traced back to the 1890's. He has been a frequent instructor of insurance courses. Stuart is on the National Faculty for the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC). He has taught in various CIC Institutes and Graduate Seminars. He is the author of numerous articles on insurance and related matters. He is also a past president of the Piedmont North Carolina Chapter and a past board member for the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the Society of CPCU. Stuart served on the National Producer Advisory Council for Commercial Union Insurance Company from 1979-1981. In 1991 he was presented the Ernest F. Young Education Award by IIANC. Stuart is a member of the Risk Management and Insurance Program Advisory Board for East Carolina University School of Business. IIANC is endowing a scholarship in Insurance and Risk Management at East Carolina University in Stuart's name. He also serves on the Chairman's Advisory Committee for the North Carolina Industrial Commission and is a member of the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Community College Foundation, Inc. Stuart retired after twenty plus years with IIANC and assumed the position of Executive in Residence in the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University where he teaches insurance courses to risk management and insurance majors.
Stuart graduated from Catawba College in Salisbury, NC with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy. He received a Master of Arts degree from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC where he was the recipient of a Graduate Scholarship and Fellowship. Stuart's graduate studies involved a group of Oxford University writers and scholars known as the "Inklings" which included J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis among others. He has written articles and lectured on The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia.
Stuart is married with two children and four grandchildren. His current hobbies include studying classical languages, sailing, and fly fishing.