01 Mar 2005
Lighting It UpTopics:
Last December, David Wilkins (MBA ’90) admired the brilliant skyline of Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor, with its color-changing buildings and holiday lighting. “I love when nighttime comes,” the former investment banker told the Rocky Mountain News (December 24, 2004). Wilkins has more than a casual interest in lights, especially since 2002, when he acquired American Lighting, a specialty lighting company in Denver, Colorado. The firm sells its products to lighting showrooms, restaurants, amusement parks, and casinos as well as to cities, landscape contractors, and retailers.
“Outdoor lighting used to be a one-season event,” Wilkins noted. “Now most customers want to leave lighting up year-round because it signifies a special event.” Wilkins is excited by the prospect that more American cities may come to look like Hong Kong and thrilled to be involved in the lighting industry as an entrepreneur: “It’s very rewarding to actually make a tangible product and build a strong brand name.”
Class of MBA 1990, Section B