Leaders at the National Convention of The Arc of The United States recently honored The Arc of Jefferson County President and CEO Chris B. Stewart, CPA, CGMA, with the “Rising Star Award.”  The award was given out by The National Council of Arc Executives in New Orleans on September 30th.  It recognizes the recipient for making significant contributions to their Arc chapter within their first five years in a leadership position.

Stewart became President and CEO of The Arc of Jefferson County last year after serving as its CFO for fourteen years.  The organization serves more than 700 people with intellectual disabilities each year through early intervention, day programming, residential support, and employment assistance programs.

“Chris has exemplified professional leadership working with the Alabama Department of Mental Health by suggesting opportunities that will assist our state in moving forward with innovative and cost effective strategies in an effort to improve our state’s service delivery system for people with intellectual disabilities,” said Terry Pezent, Executive Director of The Arc of Alabama.

Pezent also recognized Stewart’s leadership in his chapter’s fundraising and developing innovative supports and opportunities for work skills development for people who are intellectually disabled.

“He has a keen ability to network within his community as well as other disability organizations to better serve those he supports,” said Pezent.