Bold Solutions for Bold Moves
Paul Miklautsch (left), Micah Zender (right), Ron Hegyesi (below)
Photo by Wes Battoclette
Taking the jump to a new market, a new product or a new direction with a company is always risky. It’s an intim- idating process rife with speed bumps and potholes, but it’s imperative that companies grow and change with the landscape of the economy and consumer needs. Without change and adaptation, companies stagnate.
The risks and challenges of growth can be mitigated if the company is able to identify market needs alongside its own strengths, weaknesses and abilities. Last year, VEGA Americas decided to make a foray into the wastewater treatment industry. Knowing that there was an opportunity, but not quite sure how they could fulfill the gap, president, Ron Hegyesi sought out Ray Attiyah at Definity Partners who suggested contacting Paul Miklautsch and Micah Zender, co-founders of Start Something Bold. The consulting company designs revenue growth by helping companies create solutions around their customers.
“Part of what we communicate to people as consultants is that we’re brought in not to tell you that everything’s pretty, but we’re brought in to create tension within your team to get everyone thinking differently, which opens your team up to new ideas and ways of looking at your business,” says Miklautsch.
Before making the transition into wastewater treatment, VEGA simply worked to produce products for the measurement of level, density, weight and pressure. This move challenged Hegyesi to teach his team about waste- water treatment effectively and in a manner that would allow the business to cohesively transition into the market.
“We are relatively established in the existing markets that we’ve served for anywhere from five to 15 years, and we were going to a new – new to us – but very established and competitive market,” says Hegyesi. “If we just worked in our normal way, the chances of success would be very low. So we brought in Start Something Bold to give us some tools or different ways of thinking to where we can spike that curve and have a different way of entering the market.”
Start Something Bold handled researching the world of wastewater treatment, producing a book of data, culture and observation cultivated as a result of traveling all over the country to a multitude of locations. This data was combined with an analysis of what VEGA’s customers thought of them as well, in an effort to patch holes in service while moving forward.
“For our research we listened to the voice of the consumer in multiple locations from multiple levels within the industry, from people who set the regulations to people that perform the ground work,” says Zender. “We hear things, make observations and bold, supported conclusions regarding a company’s future direction and we come back to present those ideas to the company.”
Between these consumer critiques and the background information collected on the intricacies of the wastewater treatment world, Zender and Miklautsch’s team was able to craft 12 different concepts they believed VEGA needed to implement to successfully move forward. “We cross-referenced environmental concerns and stakeholder issues to determine where problems could lie,” says Miklautsch. “From there, we figured out goals and ways to solve these problems based on criteria we knew was important to Ron.”
Zender adds that Start Something Bold works to em- power businesses to make smart bets that are based on the right information and the right ideals, but there is a need to know the company’s goals and how to also accommodate their needs within these bets.
“Part of what we do is we try to come in and understand where each business wants to go, what’s unique about each business and make sure that we filter everything that’s not relevant to growing their business,” says Miklautsch.
Start Something Bold is located at 3914 Miami Road Suite 214, Cincinnati, OH 45227. You can reach Paul and Micah at 513.376.3998 or visit their website at startsomethingbold.com.
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Start Something Bold has a partnership with Definity Partners, a manufacturing consulting firm focused on empowering frontline leaders. Together, they help companies Run, Improve and Grow their businesses. Definity Partners is headquartered at 8650 Governors Hill Dr. Suite 110, Cincinnati, OH 45249. You can reach them at 513.381.7200.