2016 award winner
Chairman and Co-CEO | Moose Enterprise Holdings & Controlled Entities
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015, Australia
EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016
The child of Polish refugee parents, Manny Stul worked in construction in remote northwest Australia to raise the capital to start his first business. It subsequently went public in an IPO as one of the largest, most innovative gift companies in Australia.
A passionate entrepreneur, Manny later took control of Moose Toys, and in just 15 years he increased sales by 7,200%. This established it as the No. 6 toy company in the US and the No. 4 toy company in Australia, with products sold in over 80 countries. In Manny’s mind, Australia was always a starting point to global success.
Had Manny been diverted by adversity, Moose could well have been derailed during one of the largest toy recalls in history. Ignoring advice to declare bankruptcy, Manny’s tenacity and resilience resulted in no staff layoffs. Approvals were reached with local and international governments. Ongoing trade agreements were signed with each and every distributor around the globe. All these contributed to helping the business survive, recover and subsequently thrive.