Bizwatch: No Bull Entertainment
Vail, CO, Colorado
Business name: No-Bull Entertainment Co., LLC
Date opened: July 13 (Friday the 13th)
Owners: Patrick and Lucila Tvarkunas
Contact info: http://www.ridenobull.com, 471-6144
What goods or services do you provide? We provide family entertainment with our mechanical bull operation to anywhere in the region.
What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? We are a fully mobile operation that aims to give each and every customer a “No-Bull” experience, with a smile. We offer a new and fun way to bring life to any party, reunion, wedding, or corporate event.
What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? What can your customers expect from you? No-Bull is the name of our business and our philosophy. Our customers can expect to not worry about the details, and concentrate on having a great time at their event.
Safety comes first, and our mechanical bull is decades away from the old “Urban Cowboy” stereotypes everyone still has in mind. Our bull’s sophisticated electronics, coupled with a constant flow airbag crash pad assure a fun ride for kids from age 2 to 85. We aim to provide an unforgettably fun day with unmatched customer service gained through years of experience in the valley’s service industry.
Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: Patrick grew up in Maryland and came to the valley seven years ago after graduating from the University of South Carolina. He was a pre-med biology major before succumbing to the call of Colorado, arriving as a lift op at Beaver Creek.
Lucila came to the valley seven years ago from Argentina to work at the Hyatt. They met in 2003 while Patrick was driving the snowcat sleigh to Allie’s, where Lucila was then working as a server. They have traveled extensively during the summers to Central and South America, while saving up during the winters. They were married in March of 2005.
Patrick currently works during the school year as in-school suspension coordinator at Battle Mountain High School. Lucila works at Zach’s Cabin in Bachelor Gulch during the winter.
What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? Every night has been great so far. It is always fun to step back and realize that our job involves nothing but smiles and good times, and that atmosphere is great to work in.
Last week we had an 85-year-old woman valiantly mount our bull, Loco. She needed a little help getting on and Patrick was kind of “assisting” in getting her tush into the saddle. She posed for some pictures and we all had a good laugh before helping her back down onto terra firma via a very safe dismount with a bit more assistance. She was a great sport and we hope we have that same attitude in about 50 or 60 years.
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