Natco's 3G Still Called To Connect In Flippin

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Jul. 29, 2013 12:00 am  

“I would work after hours copying, putting together binders for people and little miscellaneous stuff,” he said. “Then I would go home at night with my dad.”

Steven Jr.’s sister, Meghan Ward, remembers spending time in a garage with the company trucks and in the switchboard room.

But both siblings had different futures in mind.

“When I was younger, like a lot of younger people, I would say, well, that’s the last place I want to work,” Steven Jr. said.

Steven Jr. attended Hendrix College in Conway, then later Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

Ward moved across the country, most recently living in Utah.

Third Generation

Eventually, however, both siblings returned to their roots at Natco.

“After living other places, and doing other things, you realize that it’s a great place to work, and our area is a beautiful place to live in and a great place to raise a family,” Steven Jr. said.

He returned to the company in the 1990s and succeeded his father as president of Natco in 2009. Steven Sr. retained the title of CEO and moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. After telecom companies were deregulated in the late 1990s, Natco became a holding company, and Steven Sr. now manages the cash assets for each company, which includes Natco’s various segments as well as a few restaurants.

Steven Jr.’s wife, Danielle, also works for the company, and Ward returned in 2009 to become marketing coordinator.

Having the family continue its involvement at the company represented “one more level of dedication,” Steven Jr. said.



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