Mike Steward

Founder & CEO
Business Broker | Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas

Hi, Mike Steward here. I have been coaching business professionals throughout various roles since 2001. This is what I do! In addition to my own startups and acquisitions, I have worked helping owners and sales professionals across industries grow their businesses. I always have worked since the age of 14. After earning my bachelor’s degree, my career path started with 4 years of successfully growing territories in industrial sales. During these years I worked closely with engineers, maintenance crews, and corporate presidents. This allowed me to learn how to effectively communicate with a wide range of business people within some of the largest chemical plants and paper mills in the Southeast. During my 5 years as a District Manager for the world’s largest wine and spirits maker, I managed and trained hundreds of salespeople and managers. During these years I launched, managed and grew brands and people within the South Florida market, the #2 wine and spirits market in the United States, while always exceeding goals. In 2006, the entrepreneur bug bit. I have started and operated 5 new businesses from inception to exit. In addition, I have helped launch 2 major franchise brands while staying on as a COO, President and Vice President during post-launch stages. During the past 14 years I have also worked closely with close to 100 business owners in the ever changing industry of real estate. I have been humbly awarded with Realtor of the Year, served various roles on board of directors, including president, and earned certifications in coaching, training and state real estate educator license.

Michelle Steward, Phd

Area Director
Business Broker | North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky

Dr. Steward is an Associate Professor of Marketing at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She has taught marketing courses there for the last 16 years. She received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University. Over the years, she has worked with businesses in her research to better understand how to drive superior performance. Her research has been published by Harvard Business Review, the Journal of Business Research the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, and numerous other business journals. In addition to being an award-winning educator, she also serves on the editorial review board of the marketing field’s top marketing education journal. Personally, Dr. Steward enjoys new challenges that come in a variety of forms. For example, years ago she ran the Marine Corp Marathon in DC (ask her who passed her at mile 16), and a few months later she did a sprint distance triathlon in the Gulf Coast (yes, the swim component was in the Gulf of Mexico, and she only had a single speed bike on loan). In the recent past, Dr. Steward has enjoyed a SUP experience in Sarasota, an indoor rock-climbing experience in Chicago, a spinning class in Boston, a three-day hike along part of the Appalachian Trail, and a cross-country ski adventure in Colorado.