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Derek Stewart

Strategic Asset Managers

Derek Stewart

Managing Director, Strategic Asset Managers

Sometimes you need an external view, somebody to challenge your thinking. It’s great to have that conversation in Vistage.

“Sometimes you need an external view, somebody to challenge your thinking. It’s great to have that conversation in Vistage.”

Derek Stewart

Managing Director, Strategic Asset Managers

Strategic Asset Managers is a chartered firm of Independent Financial Advisers founded in 2001 by Derek Stewart. Strategic Asset Managers exists to manage individuals wealth, helping them to attain their aspirations whether in business or in life.

Having been in financial services for 37 years, Derek’s main challenge was knowing where to air new ideas, particularly without alarming his board of directors. “I have an excellent board that I work with but sometimes, you need an external view. Before introducing a new idea or concept to my board, it helps to have run it past my Vistage Chair or group. This way I know how others may see it and can help frame the idea in a way that is aligned with the future direction of the business.”

When Derek was introduced to Vistage by Chair, Laura Gordon; he quickly found his Vistage peer-to-peer group to be invaluable, sharing thoughts and ideas with other business leaders looking in from the outside. “I was surprised by how open and trusting people were. That gave me a lot of confidence to discuss anything, getting input from other people without fear of sensitive information leaking into the marketplace.”

The dynamic within Derek’s group is lively, representing a wide breadth of backgrounds and experiences. The one-to-one sessions with Laura also allow a level of accountability, not possible with an executive board. “My Chair, Laura Gordon is always on the lookout for me, knowing the business as she does, helping me achieve my goals.”

The speaker sessions within his Vistage group meetings, provide new knowledge to help Derek run his business better. “I enjoy the external speakers coming in to a meeting and the learning that I take away from that.”

Derek is also now a Vistage Speaker, combining his extensive experience in the financial sector with a sporting/coaching background to cover a range of topics including Lifestyle Modelling. The workshop “The Dash” will help you reflect on where you are in your business and personal life.

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