Stewart McMillan, a Purdue University Calumet graduate, has been the President and CEO of Task Force Tips, a leading manufacturer of firefighting equipment, since 1982. Stewart, his wife Kathryn and their two children, Kelly and Ian, reside in Valparaiso. Stewart is a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers and remains active in the Fire & Emergency Management Alliance as well as the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers Association. Over his career he has obtained several patents and been co-inventor of others. Stewart’s greatest satisfaction however comes from creating an environment where people and their ideas can flourish into products that meet the needs of people around the world.
Additionally, he is currently active on a number of community initiatives and was named Distinguished Community Leader by the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce in 2008. Stewart has benefited as a long-time member of the World President’s Organization. He is retired after 30 years as a member of both Union and Washington Townships (IN) Volunteer Fire Departments. Stewart is a certified instrument rated pilot for multi-engine aircraft and has flown missions for LifeLine Pilots, a non-profit organization that transports critically injured or ill patients on mercy flights to needed medical facilities.
Stewart’s most valued Purdue Calumet experience:
“Without Purdue Calumet I would not have been able to get my degree while at the same time building the business that I am still involved with today. My aspiration was to go to Purdue Lafayette, reality said that going to college for four years on campus would kill out tiny enterprise. While getting my degree in Engineering at Purdue Calumet I was able to work full time and still go to school.”
Stewart’s advice for Purdue Calumet students:
“Take every opportunity to learn leadership that you possibly can. Nothing happens without people and nothing happens without people who are willing and skilled to guide people to a successful outcome that is greater than each could achieve individually.”