Vice President, Partnerships & STRATEGIC BRANDING
Bryan Stewart is a senior executive with expertise in marketing, communications and branding, including 20 years of media and sponsorship experience in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors.
Stewart presents, negotiates and secures partnerships with established and emerging brands on behalf of iconic landmarks, entertainment and sports properties including The Greek Theatre, Hollywood Bowl and Santa Monica Pier. He also leads Premier’s Strategic Branding practice by applying strategic soundness, empathetic analysis, and compelling ideas in the pursuit of breakthrough solutions to marketing challenges.
In his previous role as president of The Outdoor Recreation Group, Stewart led profitability initiatives for the maker of Outdoor Products backpacks and camping gear as well as Columbia Sportswear, Dell and HP licensed products. As CEO of the Explore Transplant, he launched a living donation education program and guided the nonprofit successfully to a planned acquisition.
Previously, Stewart made enduring contributions to national, statewide and regional initiatives promoting organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation. As vice president of communications at OneLegacy, he founded and instituted Donate Life’s annual participation in the Rose Parade, a 12-year effort recounted in his book Hope Blooms: Organ Donation, the Rose Parade, and Our Journey to Save Lives (Advantage|ForbesBooks, 2018). As a charter board member and president of the Donate Life California state donor registry, board and faculty member of Donate Life America, and Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) committee chair, Stewart offered leadership, marketing expertise, data reporting, and legislative guidance to state donor registries and organ recovery organizations nationwide.
Prior to his 14 years in nonprofit management, Stewart was a brand consultant at Siegel+Gale, where he collaborated on a broad range of positioning, naming, identity and corporate communications projects for clients including Experian, EMJ, Technicolor and OneLegacy.
Stewart’s early career centered around professional sports. As director of marketing programs throughout Major League Soccer’s 1996 inaugural season, he instituted a creative services department to support corporate sales, sponsor services, game broadcasts, public relations, licensing and team marketing. Previously, as vice president at CE Sports, Stewart managed the ESPN-televised Bud Light Pro Beach Volleyball League for five seasons, producing as many as 24 tournaments sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, Paul Mitchell Salon Haircare, Sony, Champion, Norelco and Speedo.
Stewart began his career at Paramount Pictures, where he coordinated motion picture promotions in 23 markets and earned a writing credit on an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Stewart graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Raised in Oklahoma and Northern California, he resides in Pasadena, Calif. His interests include fitness, baseball, graphic design, karaoke and his daughter Sophia, an emerging cultural writer.