Pink toolboxes empower handy woman
Camille Plumlee has waist-length blonde hair, big blue eyes, and French painted fingernails. She loves to look feminine but make no mistake — when she has to, Plumlee can weld a hammer, drive a fork lift, or snake a sewer with ladylike style.
Pink saws, pink drills, pink socket sets, pink tape measures — all of her tools are pink and have been well used while doing home improvement projects in her profession as an interior designer. They’re Tomboy Tools and Plumlee loves them so much that she’s one of the company’s top top sales associates in the nation.
Tomboy Tools is a direct sales company whose business model resembles companies such as Pampered Chef or Tupperware. The difference is a “tool party” might also include a lesson in home improvement on subject such as texturing mud, drywall or automobile repair.
“It’s all about empowering women to know that they can do these things for themselves,” Plumlee said from inside the tool shed at Sticks and Stones, 2920 D 1/2 Road, where she works seven days a week. Her interior design business, C’easonal Decor is also located at that address.
Plumlee has been with the company for two years, starting as a consultant and building her crew to nearly 25 associates who work from Kansas to California. “I just fell in love with these tools — we have something for every woman from foo foo to the hardcore tomboy,” she said.
She discovered the Denver-based company online after seeing Tim, from http://www.askthebuilder.com wearing a pink toolbag. “I just clicked on it and I was so impressed with the way these tools fit women,” Plumlee said.
All of the tools, she explained, are ergonomically made to fit women’s hands. They are light-weight but still sturdy enough to last, she said. “And no man is going to steal your pink hammer,” she added with a laugh.
Plumlee attributes her sales success to seizing every opportunity she can to introduce women to Tomboy Tools. She’s had booth space at the Women’s Expo and Country Jam. She also arranges demonstrations whenever she travels. She’s done demonstrations in Texas, the Midwest and southern California.
Her favorite tool is the 8 volt impact drill. The battery pack in a typical drill is heavy, she explained. The Tomboy Tool drill is light enough to make overhead drilling a cinch for women who lack upper arm strength, she said.
Plumlee is also appreciated by the company whose entire business relies on the success of sales associates such as Plumlee.
“Camille does a great job on achieving some of the highest team sales month after month. She is consistently in our top 10 in the country for generating team sales (hers and her teams) which both are important for a successful business. She does an excellent job in mentoring her team members and helping them to be successful as well,” said Janet M. Rickstrew, CEO and Co-Founder of Tomboy Tools, Inc.
Plumlee believes that Tomboy Tools will be a household name within the next two years and she’s excited to be a part of the growing business. For more information about Tomboy Tools visit http://www.tomboytools.info/camilleplumlee.com.