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An Innovative Approach to Sustainability With Stu Benton, President and CEO of Bradford Soap Works

By Jeremy Weisz posted 02-14-2022 04:00 AM


Stu Benton Stu Benton is the President and CEO at Bradford Soap Works, an international manufacturer of personal care products focused on sustainability. He has been with Bradford Soap Works for over ten years, serving as their CFO before expanding to his current position. Stu has held several executive manufacturing, distribution, and financial roles for companies including Northeast Security Inc., New Energy Alliance, Plymouth Rubber Europa S/A, and more.

Stu holds a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from Bentley University and an Executive MBA from Suffolk University. He is the Past President of the Massachusetts Society of CPAs and previously served on the Board of Directors of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the Governing Council of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • Stu Benton shares the origin point of his career in accounting
  • Why you should create your own definition of “winning”
  • Stu talks about his transition from finance to a senior-level leadership role
  • The importance of supportive leadership to bring a business’ vision to life
  • Stu describes how Bradford Soap Works is sculpting a future around environmentally friendly products
  • How can an effective leader overcome talent challenges in a business?
  • Stu’s advice for the next generation of finance leaders
  • Stu gives examples of how to encourage effective communication with leadership teams

In this episode…

How do you run a successful, sustainable business? For Stu Benton, it’s about understanding the vision behind the company. As he says, building a long-lasting business begins with gathering like-minded individuals that are passionate about the company’s core values and mission.

Stu is the leader of a manufacturer of personal care products that has dominated the market for more than 140 years. To grow in the industry, Stu knows that communication across all levels of a business is critical to cultivating an environment of passion and innovation. So, how can you mirror these core values in your brand?

In this episode of Level Up, Nick Araco sits down with Stu Benton, President and CEO at Bradford Soap Works, to discuss the framework of a successful brand. Stu talks about his transition from finance to leadership, why supportive leaders are crucial for brand success, and how he builds on his company’s fundamental value of innovation. Stay tuned!

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