There are many mountains in life. I’ve climbed a lot of the figurative ones. Now I’ve chosen to conquer seven of the literal ones – the tallest one on each continent. Six of them are behind me. Everest remains.
I’m Kent Stewart. This is my story.
I was born in Gadsden, Alabama but grew up in Warren, Ohio. After graduating from high school, I attended the University of Alabama and graduated with a business degree in 1978. I received my law degree in 1981 and, after passing the bar in 1981, began a practice concentrated on real estate law and sports management. At one time, my firm represented a number of professional football players along with major college and NFL head coaches.
I started climbing completely by accident when in 2006, my wife, Julie, and I decided to attempt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. That was all the taste of mountain climbing we needed. We embarked on an adventure to see if we could climb the Seven Summits – the highest peak on each of the seven continents.
Together, we summited the first five: Kilimanjaro in Africa, Elbrus in Europe, Vinson in Antarctica, Kosciuszko in Australia, and Aconcagua in South America with little more than a hiccup. We took on Mount McKinley (Denali) in Alaska, but failed our first attempt. I went back and summited Denali solo in 2011 – my sixth of the seven.
In 2013, I attempted to climb Mount Everest and complete the famed Seven Summits but was unsuccessful. Which brings us to where we are now. In April of 2014, I’m going to take on Everest again. Julie and I have been married for 32 years and have two children: Tanner, a professional musician in New York; and Taylor, a sophomore at Vanderbilt University as of this writing.
And my day job? I’m the founder and CEO of Reli Settlement Solutions, LLC, a title insurance and real estate closing firm headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. We have twelve offices throughout Alabama, Tennessee and Florida. I’m also the founder and managing partner of the law firm of Stewart & Associates, PC.