After graduating from the University of Tennessee’s College of Communications, Ed Stewart worked in marketing and advertising until he met Pat Derby in 1976 when he managed the Auto Show in Cleveland, Ohio. Pat Derby was the national representative for Lincoln Mercury and trainer of the live cougars used in the car commercials. In 1984 Mr. Stewart and Ms. Derby founded the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) they introduced legislation to set higher standards for the care and handling of captive wildlife, and the bill was signed into law in 1985. Ed soon became involved with captive wildlife management and quickly developed his skills in design and construction of large-animal enclosures. A tireless advocate for animal welfare at the California State Legislature and the Department of Fish and Game to ensure better care for exotic animals for entertainment, and the bill was signed into law in 1985.