Terry Stewart

Born: 1946 Daphne, AL

Rock Administrative Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Terry StewartTerry Stewart has been the President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum since 1999. The Museum, a nonprofit organization, exists to educate visitors, music fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. Since opening in 1995, the Museum has welcomed more than eight million people with annual visitors coming from all 50 states in the U.S. and more than 100 countries.

Stewart was born in Mobile, Alabama and raised in the nearby town of Daphne. He earned two undergraduate degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1969.  Then in 1972 and 1974, he went on to earn his MBA in Finance and JD in Law at Cornell University.
Stewart spent the next fifteen years building a traditional business background. He served as an officer of Connecticut Bank & Trust Company from 1974 to 1979. From 1979 to 1984, he served first as Vice President of Business Development and later as General Manager of Strategic Planning and Business Development for the Continental Group, Inc.  From 1984 to 1989 he served as Vice President of Business Development for Combustion Engineering, Inc.
Stewart then switched gears and began pursuing a career in a less traditional industry.  In 1989, he joined Marvel Entertainment Group, a leader in the fields of publishing, merchandising, advertising, trading cards, toys, software and children’s television.  Marvel is best known for its comic book characters including Spiderman, the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, Blade, Silver Surfer and an additional 3,000 super heroes. In 1991, Marvel went public and Stewart was named CNBC Marketing Executive of the Year.  During his nine years at Marvel, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer and later as Vice Chairman.
Long active in civic and philanthropic endeavors, Stewart is currently on the board of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation in Philadelphia, and he serves as an advisor for the annual Summer Stage Concert Series in Central Park in association with the City Parks Foundation in New York City. Terry also serves on the Nominating Committee for the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and the Advisory Committee for the prospective new National Museum of Hip-Hop.  He is a member of the Abu Dhabi Investment House Entertainment Advisory Board in Abu Dhabi. Locally, he serves on the boards for the Cleveland Film Commission, Positively Cleveland: the Cleveland Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio. Previously, Stewart served on the boards of the U.S. Committee for UNICEF in New York and the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, based in Chicago.
Stewart has received a number of distinguished awards. In 2008, he was named the 48th Annual Business Executive of the Year by the Sales & Marketing Executives Association of Cleveland. In 2010, he was elected into the Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni, named a “Person Who Matters” by Crain’s Cleveland Business and one of “The Power 100” by Inside Business Magazine. This year he has been elected to receive the 2011 VERA award (Voice Education and Research Awareness).
Terry is well known as an avid collector of pop culture memorabilia. His extensive collection includes a world-class record collection, concert and movie posters, rock and roll memorabilia, and jukeboxes.

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