Village People: Byran Stewart, Maywood’s First Black Treasurer, Recognized

Friday, January 18, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Featured image: Byran Stewart, who was presented the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. |Submitted photo

Byran Stewart, Maywood’s first African American treasurer and a pioneering financial administrator who has served a range of roles across state government, was recently presented the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

The prestigious award is given out by the New Jersey-based Marquis Who’s Who Ventures, a company that produces Who’s Who in America biographies that chronicle the lives of accomplished people in a variety of sectors, including politics, medicine, law, business, art, religion and entertainment.

Stewart, a graduate of Proviso East High School, earned an associate’s degree from Triton College in 1977 before obtaining bachelor’s degree in finance from Easter Illinois University in 1980.

His career spans more than 30 years, over which time he’s invested millions and managed billions of public/private dollars, according to the press release announcing the award.

In addition to being Maywood’s first black treasurer, Stewart was also the first black director of appropriations for a former Illinois Senate president and the first black chief financial officer for the Illinois Department of Transportation.

In his retirement, Stewart serves as CEO of The Stewart Group, a consulting company that advises business, governments, nonprofits, conglomerates and investors on fiscal matters, according to the release.

Stewart is a longtime deacon at Second Baptist Church in Maywood and serves on a range of boards. “I’m grateful to God, family friends, relatives and a network of professionals whose support I cherish,” said Stewart. VFP

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