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Stephen Stoltz.

Name: Stephen Stoltz Age: 39 Title: Chairman/CEO of Polyvend Inc.

When we caught up with Stephen Stoltz of Conway, he was juggling his time between meetings and telephone calls.

"Let me call you back in 30 minutes," says Stoltz, an aggressive Notre Dame graduate.

Meanwhile, his secretary filled us in on Stoltz's background: He once sold bubble gum.

"Prior to this, he was the regional sales manager for the Donruss Co.," the secretary says.

Stoltz left Donruss, a confectionery company owned by General Mills, to work as national sales manager for Polyvend Inc. in 1975.

Three years later, he was president of the vending machine manufacturing company.

Polyvend places vending machines across the country and throughout Europe. The demand for its services is great. Does that make Stoltz a hot property?

"I'm going to stay put working my butt off," he says. "As CEO and chairman, I'm intimately involved in all aspects. But as the company grows, I become less involved in the day-to-day operations and more involved in strategic planning.

"I tell you what, we had a fantastic past 18 months."

So good that Polyvend began Polymold, a branch that makes plastic components for other companies.

Stoltz, who graduated from Notre Dame in 1974 and can still talk Irish football with the best of them, is active outside the office. He is a member of the board of the First National Bank of Conway, chairman of the National Automatic Merchandising Association and chairman of the Arkansas Young Presidents Organization.
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Title Annotation:Our 30 for the 90's - An Update
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Sep 16, 1991
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