A native of Southern California, Stewart Hume is a graduate of UCLA with a BA degree in English. Following graduation, he spent three years in the U. S. Air Force as an officer and pilot in the Strategic Air Command. He then attended Thunderbird Graduate School in Arizona where he received a second bachelor’s degree in foreign trade.
Out of Thunderbird, he was hired by Citibank where he began a long career in international banking; first came training on Wall Street, then five years on assignment in Brazil where he could use his Portuguese language skills and learn about banking overseas. All of that was a good experience, but Californians usually return home and so did he, to San Francisco and a long career with Bank of America.
By this time he had found and married the love of his life, Jane, who was born in Uruguay of British parents. So his focus on internationalism continued. Aside from arranging global lines of credit for large multinational companies, Stewart provided protocol and hospitality to many senior officers of the world’s largest banks. Making deals was part of the job, but he especially enjoyed entertaining business leaders from all over the world.
After departing Bank of America, he worked as a financial consultant and later as Executive Director of the British-American Chamber of Commerce. Soon he was picked to be Director of Community Relations for the Westin St. Francis Hotel. This was a marketing position where he was encouraged to join and be active with many local organizations. He served on the boards of several non-profits and had a long affiliation with the San Francisco-Shanghai Sister City Committee, appointed by then Mayor Dianne Feinstein.
He maintains his community contacts as a long time member and past president of the St. Andrew’s Society of San Francisco, as a board member of Il Cenacolo and as a member of the Queen’s Club, the Old Guard, the Bay Club and other civic organizations. Stewart was also a member of the Screen Actors Guild, appearing in several commercials and had walk-on parts in several major films and the TV series “Nash Bridges”.
He and his wife regularly attend the S F Opera, Symphony, Ballet and concerts. They enjoy theater, film, travel and fitness. Most weekends are spent at their home in Sonoma Valley, where in recent years, Stewart has worked as a volunteer docent at the Jack London State Park.