Stewart Bainum, Jr.


Stewart is a life-long Maryland resident and founder of The Venetoulis Institute. Stewart has built and led several successful businesses over the course of his career, including Manor Care, Artis Senior Living and Sunburst Hospitality. He is currently the chairman of Choice Hotels International, a role he has held since 1997. Stewart is a civic leader and served in the Maryland General Assembly between 1979 and 1987. He is currently a member of the Board of Advisors of UCLA’s Anderson School of Business, and was previously on the Board of Trustees of Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland Medical System, St. Mary’s College, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Bowdoin College. Stewart has had a 36 year romance with Sandy Yarish Bainum during which they raised two sons now 27 and 30.

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