Moose Enterprise’s Manny Stul named as leading Australian entrepreneur for 2015

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Manny Stul, Chairman and co-CEO of toy company Moose Enterprise, has been named the 2015 Australian EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™. 

Mr Stul won the prestigious title ahead of 27 other national finalists at a gala awards dinner held in Sydney last night. 

As the Australian winner, Mr Stul will travel to Monte Carlo in June next year where he will compete against national winners from over 60 countries for the chance to be named the 2016 EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™.

In 1974, Mr Stul created what became one of the largest, most innovative gift companies in Australia. Skansen Giftware listed on the ASX in 1993. 25 years later, he took control of Moose Enterprise. It has since grown from 10 people to more than 200. 

Moose Enterprise designs toy products in Australia and develops, manufactures and distributes from its factories in China and Hong Kong to over 80 countries. It is the fourth largest toy brand in Australia and the eighth in the US. 

Chair of the independent judging panel Dr Glen Richards, the founder and Non-Executive Director of Greencross Limited, said the judges were impressed by Manny’s persistent determination to develop innovative, high quality toys in an extremely competitive global market. 

“Moose Enterprise is an Australian company that is taking on the world by combining an incredibly innovative local design team with the cost advantages of low cost manufacturing,” Dr Richards said. 

“Manny has demonstrated an ability to understand the demographic of his target market and deliver high quality, innovative toys that are now attracting extraordinary demand from retailers around the world.” 

Eight other fantastic Australian entrepreneurs also took home national trophies from the awards ceremony. The 2015 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National winners, by category are: 

  • Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year and Industry category – Manny Stul, Moose Enterprise Holdings & Controlled Entities
  • Emerging category – Kayla Itsines and Tobias Pearce, The Bikini Body Training Company
  • Listed category – James Spenceley, Vocus Communications Limited
  • Services category – Cyan Ta’eed and Collis Ta’eed, Envato
  • Social entrepreneur – Dr James Muecke AM, Sight for All
  • Technology category – Timothy Power, 3P Learning Limited
  • EY Family Business Award of Excellence –  Brian White AO, Ray White Group

EY Oceania CEO and Area Managing Partner, Tony Johnson congratulated the winners, saying the winning entrepreneurs’ stories provided inspiration and valuable lessons for those aspiring to emulate them.

“Entrepreneurs have an eye for opportunities and take calculated risks. They drive job creation, spark innovation and grow our economy. It’s for these reasons that EY has a long-term commitment to recognising and supporting the best entrepreneurs from Australia and around the world,” Mr Johnson said. 

“This year we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards in Australia. And every year we see the incredible talent and enthusiasm that Australian entrepreneurs bring to the table.

“On behalf of EY, I congratulate all of our 2015 national category winners for their innovative ideas, determination and entrepreneurial spirit. I wish Manny Stul all the best when representing Australia at the World EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards in Monte Carlo next year. 

“I’d also like to congratulate Brian White AO, Chairman of Ray White Group for being named as the first Australian winner of the EY Family Business Award of Excellence. 

“Family businesses face unique challenges and the White family has navigated these challenges with great success for three generations. Ray White Group is a testament to the economic and social value that entrepreneurial families contribute.” 

Adam Bennett, Group Executive, Business and Private Banking, Commonwealth Bank added his congratulations to the winners and finalists. 

“The Commonwealth Bank recognises the great value entrepreneurs bring as innovators that find new solutions to old problems. We look to entrepreneurs as beacons of innovation and leadership. Their achievements and drive inspire the broader business community. 

“Congratulations to all of the finalists and especially Manny Stul, this year’s Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year,” he said. 

For more information on the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program go to www.ey.com/au/eoy

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Notes for editors

Bios and judges’ comments for each of the national category winners are attached. Photographs from the awards ceremony will also be available, on request, from the morning of Friday 16 October. To arrange an interview with the Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year or any of the national category winners, please contact Mac Dalton on +64 275 389 839 or mac.dalton@nz.ey.com

About EY Entrepreneur Of The YearTM

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognises the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognising them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries. 

The Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program, launched in 2001, is conducted in five regions culminating in the national awards. The program honours entrepreneurs whose ingenuity and perseverance have created and sustained successful, growing business ventures.  Entrepreneur Of The Year’s primary objective is to identify, acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding contribution entrepreneurs make to the Australian business community and economy. 

The Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year program now has alumni of over 1,400 entrepreneurs who have participated in the program. Since the program’s inception more than 15,000 people have attended Entrepreneur Of The Year events and award ceremonies in Australia. 

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