Ron McKey, When doing Business Globally
1356_ 2/25/13 - Ron McKey is the Founder and President of FlyingBeds International; we're talking about doing business globally. Ron tells us that FlyingBeds is a two way company, he's noticed out in the market place that FlyingBeds is an exclusive, high-end presentation of Murphy beds, the Murphy Bed concept, in America. At Ron's factory here in Denver, he manufactures exquisite, unique Murphy beds. Murphy beds meaning beds that fold up into the wall. When he's out in the market place Ron said, "When I am selling over in Germany, Barcelona, Israel, Egypt; I've run across other companies that are just as unique as me in their concept. So, like the Italian bed that I bring in from the Colombo Company are the narrowest in thickness. Meaning they really fold up in 10" of space - that's amazing. But then over in Germany is a company owned by Karl Warner the Lift Bed Company and they take their beds and put them on the ceiling. They run them up by electric motor. That is cool. Very expensive but cool." Larry asked, "What are the most interesting challenges you face when dealing with these organizations overseas?" Ron replied, "They are always concerned with installation. It's relatively easy to decide on the design with email and the Internet, and we can over-night a sample to them and we can make adjustments and approve it." When asked, "What advice would you give other entrepreneurs wanting to do business overseas?" RM: "Well, you're not going to get any overseas commerce by being the lowest priced guy in the marketplace. This is my opinion, you're going to have to have something unique, either a great service or a product no one else is making. But I also bring back in products that are not available to Americans. I look at it as a fair trade. We're building a relationship with these other countries." Having worked with Ron on his website, Pat asked about the Shoji Bed and room Ron designed and created for a family living in Japan. Her question goes to Ron's background and how he does what he does. He chuckled and referred to his background as a dairy farmer from Oregon and a mechanical drawing class. He doesn't tell us about his work in the military, installing and repairing the electric wiring and cables in airplanes or his experience as a buyer or his university education in business and marketing. Pat's conclusion, there's... Listen, Watch and visit http://www.flyingbeds.com/ RELATED LINKS: FlyingBeds International || Video Library || Economy Builders || Blog || KEYWORDS: Ron McKey, Murphy Beds, FlyingBeds, Wall Beds, Italian Smart Beds, Colombo,
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Celebrating their 30th year in business, we've tracked down Ron McKey, founder of the Colorado based FlyingBeds. He's gone from Murphy Beds to FlyingBeds in more ways than one. He's had a ton of experiences, has a fabulous, unbelievable website, does a lot of business online not only in Colorado but all over the country and internationally. He is in all respects a real character - and it comes through... over the phone, in an interview and on his website - and people love what he is and what he does. His furniture is custom made and he helps the would be designer/client re purpose a room to be beautiful and valuable. Ron explains the problem with this concept is that not everyone is not a born designer - it just isn't in their blood. So Ron lends his vast experience to help guide the process. Starting with, what do you want this room to accomplish? One of my favorite lines, found on his website is the 'deceptive purpose' of a room. Ron says, "I want the room to become valuable. Make it earn the investment cost." It may look like a beautiful home office with fabulous surround furniture in Cherry (you'll positively drool looking at the photos on his site) that turns into a state of the art guest room for that special visitor, with a view of the Rockies over the Cityscape of Denver or Singapore or... He'll talk with you, work with you and help you bring out that special, one of a kind, heirloom quality room with the right questions, renderings, drawings and an entertaining conversation. We wanted to know what Ron's most difficult task was. He said it was getting the client to realize "we aren't a Murphy Bed company". It's the combination of Hollywood movies and sofa beds that are stuck in their mind. - Think "I Love Lucy". It is easy for the customer to forget we are a space design company and not a joke. Larry asked Ron why and/or how FlyingBeds is different from other Murphy Bed type manufacturers - Ron replied, We say, "What do you want?” not, “This is what we have." Listen for more... Related Links: FlyingBeds Home || FAQs || Economy Builders || Blog || Keywords: Ron McKey, FlyingBeds, Murphy Beds, Furniture, Custom Made, Space Design Company, Home Office, What do You Want this Room to Accomplish - bytes=7676136
Listen to: Ron McKey, Founder & Pres, FlyingBeds
You are the most important part of our design theme. It is your assignment of the Murphy Room's purpose that guides us in suggesting how to make the room dual purpose.
The tour of this website will demonstrate our ability and reluctance to hide the Murphy Bed mechanism. We don't professionally photograph the installed system. In most cases, the installer had just packed up and turned around for the last time and snapped a photograph. There aren't any luxury bedspreads and throw pillows being sold here.
I have a guiding principle: Give me the largest room available. It is the most valuable. Now, let's hide a Murphy Bed that functionally compliments changing the room. Concentrate on the 'Closed Position'. That is what makes the Murphy Bed concept valid. When the bed is lowered, you have a bedroom .(you already have one of those!).
If you visit our Wall Bed showroom, you will be visiting our factory at the same time. We are the manufacturer of the
furniture surrounding the Murphy Bed lift mechanism. If you work with us without visiting, you will receive samples and full renderings of any Wall Bed system we design together. We delivery and install from Maui to Bangor.
Enjoy the tour. Call us at 888 892-4645 We look forward to delivering a new room for your house! I welcome a call anytime. Or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All the best,
Ron, The Pilot
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Larry Nelson popular host of the Number One Google rated, online business talk show, w3w3.com, recently interviewed Ron McKey... Listen here
This is the Lift Bed System from Germany. A normal Murphy bed could not be lowered into this room because of the extension from it's storage space. But, if we take this king size bed and lift it into the ceiling the room magically becomes dual purpose. And, best of all, it's remote controlled - electircally operated! LINK to featured page.
Beaver Creek Custom Art Bed Face on SICO Queen EuroBed This picture of the Denver skyline with the Rocky Mountain backdrop was custom made in our factory
for this installation in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
Sue's Sidefold Murphy Bed hides inside functional bar
To find Sue's "deceptive" FlyingBed click on the photo above.
This is Marlene's Oak sofa bed in San Francisco, near Noe Valley. This system has two pier cabinets 28" wide, each.
The day we arrived for installation of this system, we were told it was the first and last day of summer in San Francisco. By Gawd, they were right. The next day the winds came, the fog came, the rain came, and Mark Twain's famous saying came true to his word.
This is an introduction of our new picture framed table with hidden locks. Story to follow..
This Cherry Sofa/Bed traveled along ways. We double crated each piece in 3/4" plywood and sent it via ABF Freight Line to Los Angeles. The next I heard it landed in Hong Kong on its way to the destination Singapore!
Chip in Singapore selected all options. From lighting to mattress, to raised Cherry Panels. This system is beautiful !