Bizwatch: Pink Monkey Solutions
Vail, CO, Colorado
Business Name: Pink Monkey Solutions, LLC
Date opened: July 1.
Owners: Nathan Cox and Michael Baugh
What Goods or services do you provide? Pink Monkey Solutions is an event deco and lighting company. If you’ve got an event like a wedding, corporate event or building opening and need beautiful and functional lighting we are the guys to call. That’s not all we do, though. We have extensive backgrounds in events and have a wealth of problem solving experience.
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We like to say, “We’re called Pink Monkey Solutions… Not Pink Monkey Problems!”
What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? We thought our plan of attack should be to try and come up with a catchy name that might set us apart from our competition. So far that’s been working out OK. However, there is no advertising like word-of-mouth after a job well done.
Pink Monkey Solutions focuses on providing the best possible service and allowing the “grapevine” to spread the word. That way, we feel the customer can differentiate us from our competition. We’re the ones with the goofy name who do an unbelievably great job at a fair price.
What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? What can your customers expect from you? Mike’s grandfather taught him this one, and we have made it one of our mottos: “If a job is worth doing then its worth doing right” That pretty much sums it up for Pink Monkey Solutions. Our philosophy is to do the best job every time. Our customers can expect a job well done, professionalism, and courtesy.
We like to think that our customers will be blown away by the work we do, and then want to go and hang out afterward because we’ve been that much fun to work with.
Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: We met in 1994 at Ithaca College where we were both enrolled in the theater program to study acting. As a part of our college curriculum we both studied theatrical lighting. We moved to New York City in 1998 to pursue careers on the stage. While in New York, Nathan found part-time work on electricians’ crews. He developed a passion for lighting. His journey eventually landed him as the Master Electrician of the Vilar Center where he worked for several years. He later formed his own company, Cox Designs, and began to branch out into the events decorating lighting world.
Around this time Mike moved to Vail and we began designing a way to go into business together. Mike had spent the last five years traveling the country as an events marketing “jack of all trades.” In July we combined forces to bring to you Pink Monkey Solutions.
What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? In our second week in business, Pink Monkey Solutions got an interesting call from the personal assistant to self-proclaimed “genius” performance artist “Phillipe Von Phillipe du Phillipe”, who was working on an installation on a ranch just outside of Vail. The assistant was panicked on the phone and spoke with a heavy French accent.
He exclaimed, “Pink Monkeys…. Pink Monkeys… we have a problem. You must come immediately.”
We said, “Sir, please, calm down… how may we help you? Do you have a lighting problem?”
He said, “Yes! You must come quick… we need you.”
We hurried over, were brought to a field and to our amazement found a distraught “Phillipe Von Phillipe du Phillipe” with 500 Costa Rican snowball monkeys all with their fur dyed pink. Behind the monkeys was a large light. The monkeys were running wild.
“Phillipe Von Phillipe du Phillipe” exclaimed, “These damn monkeys will not stay in the light. You are Pink Monkey Solutions, fix it!” We looked at each other, said, “A job is a job,” proceeded to put up a much larger light, and went home. True story.