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Great Training – a Staple on the 3 Day Blinds Menu

bay-area-3-day-blinds-photo 36Back Row, From left to right: Tony Valli (District Sales Manager), Judeann Glover (Director, Sales & Training Development), Barbara Sloss, Jennifer Ghorman, Ramandeep Virk, Lisa Ome-Wilhite, , Karen Lotspeich, Chris Gallegos, Stefanie Cannizzo Front Row, From center to right: Deborah Anderson, Cheryl White (Training Facilitator), Nancy Farias, Stefanie Cannizzo, Orlando (No Cal Installer)

No matter your role, training is an ongoing process at 3 Day Blinds.  The Design Consultants in Tony Valli’s region of San Francisco and Northern California had a treat last week when Judeann Glover, our Director of Training and Development brought her workshop on maintaining relationships with past customers to their team meeting.  It was very interactive, and a lot of fun!  Above is a team picture taken afterwards.

3 Day Blinds Managers Get “Beachy” With Each Other!

3-day-blinds-beach-party-management-P10304783 Day Blinds Management – Back Row: Vivian Vo – Director of Financial Planning, Feri Khosrowpour – Controller, Greg Bibas – SVP, Marketing, Karin Jeske – SVP Merchandising, Dave Hall – CEO, Kevin Rabbitt – former CEO, now CEO of NEP Broadcasting, Front Row: Tikie Holewski – SVP, Scott Mendez – VP Sales

Yesterday, Dave Hall, CEO of 3 Day Blinds, and his wife, Jackie invited Dave’s direct reports, along with their families, to their ocean front home on the Newport Beach Peninsula.  In all, 30 people showed up, and we spent some fun time getting to know our co-worker’s kids and spouses, playing in the sand, as well as enjoying some delicious food and drink.  The weather was great, the sunset was gorgeous, and it was a wonderful time.  Thanks Dave and Jackie!

3-day-blinds-management-party-mendez1-P1030486Kristie (carrying son #4, due in May), Blake, Scott, Carter and Grant Mendez, Hugo Nguyen3-day-blinds-management-party-P1030480Jackie Hall, Wayne Garton and Kristie Mendez

3-day-blinds-beach-party-gregLilah, Greg and Ariane Bibas3-day-blinds-management-party-P1030481Vivian Vo, Emily Rabbitt and Fer Khosrowpour

3-day-blinds-beach-party-P1030483Back: Emily, Sara and Kristen Rabbitt Front: Michael Rabbitt and Hugo Nguyen

3-day-blinds-beach-party-dave-hall-P1030488Dave Hall, Grillmaster

3-day-blinds-beach-party-vivianVivian and son Hugo Nguyen at dusk.

3-day-blinds-beach-party-P1030498Our hosts Dave and Jackie at the end of the night.

Los Angeles Designers: Our Core Value of “One Team” in Action!

Team-LA-3-Day-Blinds-Santa-Monica-Showroom-P10304773 Day Blinds Design Team from Los Angeles – Gary Kvisler (District Sales Manager), Andrea Pocquette, Cindy Julia, Helane Kramer, Joyce Glick, Karen Scott, Richard Walther, Sharlene Lockwood, Liviu Barna in back, Karin Jeske (Irvine Support Center), Ray Soltani, Barbara Howell and Brent Reeves. Behind the camera: Scott Mendez.

I had the pleasure of attending the 3 Day Blinds Los Angeles Team Meeting in our showroom in Santa Monica yesterday.  The main purpose was to review our new Custom Drapery and Soft Roman Shade program, introduced a month ago.

I LOVED the energy and the interest…  this group of window treatments super stars were incredibly interested in learning how they can create the perfect look with these new products for their clients, as I would expect… but what really impressed me is how dedicated they are to working as a team to help each other succeed!

It takes an amazing person to excell as a window treatments designer.  These folks have a great eye for design, deep product knowledge of the materials, operating systems and functionality of the more than 1000 custom products we offer, technical abilities that allow them to take perfect measurements to ensure a perfect fit, project management skills to ensure that their clients’ expectations are met from inspiration to installation, and great people skills as well!

“My career with 3 Day Blinds offers me a new challenge every day,” says Andrea Pocquette, who covers the South Bay regions in the Los Angeles market.  “I love meeting with my clients and helping them find the perfect custom window covering solution.  I also know that I have a great group of people making sure that all of the promises I make to my customers are kept, including our team of installers, the people making our products in the 3 Day Blinds factory, and everyone in our Irvine Support Center.  Most of all, I love working with the Los Angeles Design Team;  we work together to support each person and make everyone successful.”

If you’re ready to meet with your local 3 Day Blinds Designer, click here to type in your zip code, or call us at 877-614-3329.  Our Designers provide a free consultation at your home or place of business at your convenience.

If you would rather become one of our Design Consultants, check out our Career Opportunities.

Rolladen+Tore: Style, Solutions, Socializing and Schnitzel in Stuttgart

RT 2012 entranceEntrance to Rolladen+Tore Trade Show 2012 at Messe Frankfurt.

Sure, the Oscars were on TV Sunday night.  But many in the window treatments business missed seeing them, because they were on long flights from places around the globe to converge on Rolladen+Tore 2012 (or R+T as we call it) in Stuttgart, Germany, for the Big International Event in our industry that happens only once every 3 years.

There is no red carpet, and here the products are the stars –  primarily blinds, shades and shutters;  this is where 500 companies representing a myriad of countries come to show off their latest designs, materials, components, machinery and advertising materials at Messe Stuttgart, a large venue with 8 halls.

aeriel-view-messe-stuttgartAs seen on Google Maps, an aeriel view of the Messe Stuttgart trade show complex.

Messe Stuttgart is a great venue for the R+T Trade Fair; it is well laid out and has many inspiring spaces.
Spring came early, and we had mild, sometimes sunny weather

Karin Jeske and Jenni Su represented 3 Day Blinds at R+T.  Our objectives were to look for new suppliers, materials and components to bring back to help enhance our line which includes over 1000 custom blinds, shades and shutters, and to have face to face meetings with some of our important suppliers.

rt2012-jenni-suJenni Su on a balcony overlooking Hall 1 at R+T, Stuttgart.

RT-Stuttgart-2012-P1030445Greg Miles and Steve Huang from HT Window Fashions, Karin Jeske, 3 Day Blinds, and Jim Kintz, Lutron.

Many exhibitors have elaborate booths to show off their wares.  Hunter Douglas, our largest supplier, also had one of the largest displays at the show.

RT-Stuttgart-2012-Hunter-Douglas-Booth-P1030451Hunter Douglas at Messe Stuttgart 2012.

RT-Stuttgart-2012-almedahls-boothAlways fresh and colorful, the Almedahls booth featured new fabrics.

RT-2012-Warema-BoothThe Warema Display drew a lot of attention.

RT-Stuttgart-2012-P1030435In addition to fabrics, materials and components, companies like SMRE Engineering, demonstrate their manufacturing equipment.

Of course, one of the best aspects of attending R+T is seeing everyone in one place.  Here are just a few pictures from our 3 days at the fair:

RT-Stuttgart-2012-almedahls-rollease-P1030461Martti Palden, Almedahls, Derick Marsh, Rollease, Marianne Eklöf, Almedahls and Armin Luggen, Rollease.

RT-Stuttgart-2012-P1030446.JPG-bill-oconnor-bw-window-fashionsMarian Lin, Evashin, Bill O’Connor, B&W and Savana Ling, Evashin.

RT-Stuttgart-2012-Joellenon-Ropele-Jenni-Su-Gin-Huang-Kevin-Manning-Karin-Jeske-P1030424JoEllen Ropele, Smith+Noble, Jenni Su, 3 Day Blinds, Gin Huang, Evashin, Kevin Manning, Evashin, Karin Jeske, 3 Day Blinds.

RT-Stuttgart-2012-Hilmar-Skagfield-Terri-McDonnell-P1030426Hilmar Skagfield, Skandia and Terri McDonnell, Mariak.

RT-Stuttgart-2012-P1030425.JPG-erin-leo-patty-elinsonErin, Leo and Patty Elinson, Mariak.

RT-John Firtzgerald-Rory-McNeil-photo 37John Fitzgerald, Comfortex, Rory McNeil, Tech-Styles

RT-Stuttgart-2012-P1030453.JPG-sandee-young-skycoThe Skyco Team – Sandee, Tim and Mike.

RT-2012-Cindy-Parker-Mike-Gord-Steve-Gord Untitled - 2Cindy Parker, Rollease, Mike and Steve Gord, Blynco.

RT -  Marco-Bonilla-Mario-Murillo-Superior-Roman-Shades-P1030374Marco Bonilla and Mario Murillo, Superior Roman Shades

RT-Stuttgart-2012-John-Fitzgerald-Comfortex-P1030427Meinrad Rickenbacher, Comfortex, Jenni Su and Karin Jeske, 3 Day Blinds, John Fitzgerald, Comfortex
RT-Stuttgart-2012-Richard-Storch-P1030456Travis and Richard Storch, Storch International

RT-Doug Jackson-Reg Gervas-Sandee YoungDoug Jackson, Jackson, Sandee Young, Skyco, Reg Gervas, Jackson

RT-Stuttgart-2012-Greg-Spatz-Jay-Genzelo-Ian-Gibbs-The-Shade-Store-P1030428Greg Spatz and Jay Genzel, The Shade Store, Jenni Su and Karin Jeske, 3 Day Blinds, Ian Gibbs, The Shade Store, Rory McNeil, Tech-Styles

The 3 Day Blinds Board of Directors Names Dave Hall CEO!

In a conference call with all of 3 Day Blinds Managers, Tim Burke, Chairman of the Board of Directors of 3 Day Blinds announced that Dave Hall has been named our new CEO.

On January 3rd, we announced that Dave Hall was “taking over the leadership of 3 Day Blinds,” but yesterday we received the good news that this decision has been formalized, and that he is now officially our new CEO!  “Dave Hall has won our complete confidence and I am excited to announce on behalf of the Board of Directors that we have named him CEO of 3 Day Blinds,” said Tim Burke in a special conference call with the 3 Day Blinds management team.  “We unanimously agreed that Dave is by far the most qualified candidate to lead your team as you continue to exceed even our most optimistic forecasts.”

We never had any doubt that this day would come.  Dave was responsible for implementing many of the strategies that caused our tremendous growth in 2011, and as Tim indicated, the momentum has continued in 2012.  “Everyone is so excited about the news,” said Tikie Holewski, SVP.  “I have heard from the whole senior management team and from associates throughout the Irvine Support Center and across the country, in the field.  Now that we all know that Dave’s role is set in stone, we can fully focus on implementing all of our growth plans.”

Dave had just arrived back from a memorable family trip to visit his daughter in Rome (which had been planned before the January announcement) where she is currently attending college when he received the good news.  Hopefully he enjoyed that break, because we don’t antipate any big vacations any time soon!

Congratulations, Dave, from everyone at 3 Day Blinds! 

Celebrations Abound! Draperies are on Fire and VP of Sales Reaches “A Certain Age”

Soft-Shades-Untitled - 5Just introduced by 3 Day Blinds, Custom Soft Roman Shades.OK, our new Draperies and Soft Roman Shades are not literally on fire, but they ARE selling like hotcakes!  This morning, the 3 Day Blinds VP of Sales, Scott Mendez (who incidentally had an important birthday this week that involved a zero) had a conference call with all 200 of our Design Consultants, to recognize the outstanding performance of the team overall, and to call out a few individuals who had particularly successful weeks, thanks to our new products!

drapery-launch-Untitled - 4Scott Mendez, 3 Day Blinds VP of Sales.

Lori Patnode, who serves Seattle and Renton, WA was recognized for placing the first order.  In fact, it came in immediately after our IT team flipped the switch that allowed our Designers to specify the product on their laptops to provide an instant quote for their clients in the home.  “I could not WAIT to begin selling this product,” says Lori.  “For this first order, my client, who lives in one of the most beautiful homes in my community and has very discriminating taste, immediately fell in love with one of the fabrics and HAD to have it custom-made in one of our beautiful Soft Roman Shade styles.  She is accustomed to working with interior designers for her custom fabric treatments, and she was shocked by how low our prices are and how quickly we can deliver.”

Lora Remlinger, who is our Design Consultant in St. Louis, has had the largest single order for our new products.  “I am so excited because our product offering is now complete!  Draperies and Soft Shades offer a myriad of new choices for our clients and new ways for us to tie the window treatments to the rest of the room.  I love color and design, and this program makes it easy for me to confidently deliver a designer look.  The style and quality of these new, made-in-the-USA, custom-made window treatments simply can’t be replicated with off-the-shelf products, and there is something for everyone in this assortment,” says Lora.

Lora was recognized again because she and Debi Barish who serves the Newport Beach, CA area, tied for first place in the number of orders placed for new products this week;  3 orders each!  “I need to be versatile, because my client base in Orange County, CA  is extremely diverse.  In a typical week I may work with clients in a beachfront mansion, a golf course property, a sprawling ranch, a craftsman-style cottage, a boutique hotel, a mountain hideaway, a brand-new tract home, a dentist’s office, and a modern condo.   After  working with these new products for a week, I can say that our clients universally LOVED our new fabric and product selection, and I am thrilled to be able to offer these new style options to my clients,” says Debi.

drapery-ed-scott-JPGEd Scott leads the team in a sparkling cider toast.

Speaking of ranches, back at ours, in Irvine, CA we did a little celebrating of our own.  Tikie Holewski, SVP, and Ed Scott, SVP of Info Technology recognized the whole team, with special kudos for Amber Neeley, Cristin Harrigan,  Judeann Glover,  Kevin Sanders, Mary Kay Stam, Max Luong, Natalie Niverson and Rosa Aguirre, a few individuals who made key contributions to pulling this whole thing off, and surprised the entire office all with a lovely sparkling cider toast!

Unexpectedly, a few of us even got rewarded with something a little more “real”!

drapery-launch-celebration-Untitled - 3SVP Tikie Holewski presents Jeff Luzadder and Jenni Su with tokens of appreciation on behalf of the company.Jeff Luzadder , who skillfully programmed the new products into our point-of-sale system, and hid a lot of sophisticated calculations in the background to make these products easy and foolproof for our designers to specify, while sending accurate job tickets at lightning speed to the factory floor, was awarded a bottle of Silver Patron Tequila.  It was definitely appreciated, but we’re not quite sure it will make up for the fact that his kids may not recognize him now, after the long hours he dedicated to this project!

Jenni Su accepted a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne for herself, and another on behalf of her sidekick, Ashley Ragland (who was “grounded” during this part of the celebration, in her cubicle, by an important conference call).  Jenni and Ashley worked tirelessly to pull together the perfect fabric line from textile mills around the globe, define specifications with our factory, create the sample books and develop training materials for the new products.  Of course, they are already busy planning our next product update!

Your blogger, Karin Jeske, also received a nice bottle of champagne, and she acknowledged the role that Ed Scott played in ensuring a near-flawless IT deployment, key to the program success.

Drapery-Launch-CelebrationAshley Ragland poses in between a bounty of sweets and our new Top Down Bottom Up Flat Roman Shade.

We then proceeded to devour a myriad of pies in at least a dozen flavors, in honor of Scott’s birthday.

A lunch at Javier’s  for the core team also took place, and in case you were wondering, despite the fact that no one offered to crack open the “gift” they had been presented, contrary to what the photo implies, we were allowed to order a little bit more than water!   When we arrived, we must have looked like we were going to produce a lot of loud laughter, because they put us at a table surrounded by a 10-foot wall – this was no doubt appreciated by their other customers.

_drapery-launch-P1030215From Left to Right: Max Luong, Kevin Sanders, Jeff Luzadder, Natalie Niverson, Karin Jeske, Jenni Su, Ashley Ragland, Ed Scott

So, if you would like to be the first on your block to review the new 3 Day Blinds Drapery and Soft Roman Shade programs, which include an exclusive collection of 168 fabrics, you’d better hurry!  Just call 877-614-3329 to schedule your free in-home design consultation . One of our design experts will help you choose the perfect custom blinds, shades, shutters or draperies for your window, take guaranteed measurements, provide an instant quote and arrange for professional installation.

Circle of Excellence Team Members attend 3 Day Blinds Board of Directors Meeting

3-day-blinds-presidents-club-circle-of-excellence-IMG_98523 Day Blinds Circle of Excellence Recipients for 2011. These are the top 10 Design Consultants of the 200 that serve markets across the United States.3 Day Blinds Circle of Excellence Recipients, 2011:
(from Left to Right, with Rank, Name, Cities Served, and Link to each Designer’s Web Page):

#1  Cindy Julia – Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, CA

#6  Kimberly Brock – Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, AZ

#5  Corinne Mar – San Mateo, Redwood City, Palo Alto, CA

#2  Gary Gilbert – Scottsdale, Phoenix, Paradise Valley, AZ

#4  Angela Helton – Encino, Sherman Oaks, Woodland Hills, CA

#9  Sue Gwin – San Francisco, San Mateo, San Bruno, CA

#10 Annie Butler, Galleria, Bellaire, Houston, TX

#3  Eric Horan – Denver, Lakewood, Golden, CO

#8  Helane Kramer – Los Angeles, Hollywood, Pasadena, CA

#7  Jeanette Nouribekian – Calabasas, Woodlands Hills, Tarzana, CA

The best-of-the-best rolled into town yesterday for dinner at Montage, in Laguna Beach, and a meeting this morning with the 3 Day Blinds Board of Directors!  These are our most successful Design Consultants; the ones who have served the most clients by providing their fabulous product recommendations for custom blinds, shades and shutters, and ensuring a trouble-free experience.

greg-moore-cindy-julia-mary-george-3-day-blinds-IMG_9858Cindy Julia, 3 Day Blinds’ top Design Consultant for 2011 (center) with board members Greg Moore (left) and Mary George (right).

At the meeting this morning, each Design Consultant described to our board of directors and executive management team, the secrets to their success:  some common themes included building relationships in their community, both with other businesses and clients, the great marketing tools provided by the folks in the Irvine Support Center, the products that are constantly being refreshed and their confidence that they have a top notch company standing behind them to deliver on all of the promises they make.

Mary George, a board member, listened intently, and observed that each Design Consultant, in their own way, expressed that they love their job and look forward to the new adventure each day working with clients brings.

Collectively, the members of the board expressed what an honor it was to be in the presense of “the most important people in the company, those who work face to face with our clients.”

With our rapid growth, we continue to recruit talented Design Consultants in markets across the country.  Click here to see a listing of current career opportunities.

Or, if you are in need of great custom blinds, shades, or shutters and would rather experience the great service our Design Consultants provide, call 877-614-3329 to schedule your free in-home design consultation now!

eric-horan-annie-butler-3-day-blindsEric Horan and Annie Butler, along with their 8 other colleauges described what makes them successful as 3 Day Blinds Design Consultants.

circle-of-excellence-dinner-3-day-blindsOut to dinner at Montage in Laguna Beach, CA
circle-of-excellence-dinner-3-day-blinds-1Angie Helton, Jeanette Nouribekian, Judeann Glover and Augusta Gohil enjoy conversation and dinner.

Hele Mei Hoohiwahiwa (Come Celebrate) at the 3 Day Blinds Luau!


Each time we at 3 Day Blinds  hit a new number of weekly appointments with a nice set of zeros at the end of it, we have to celebrate, right?  The Luau, complete with an over-the-top buffet lunch and hula hoop contest is becoming a favorite tradition at the Irvine Support Center!  Take a look!


Meet Our New Leader – Dave Hall

It was announced on January 3rd that Dave Hall would take over the leadersip of 3 Day BlindsPromotions from within are a frequent occurrence here at 3 Day Blinds, but the announcement by our board of directors that our CFO, Dave Hall, was being promoted to COO and taking the reins of our company, was met with extra delight and enthusiasm by all.  Dave joined us about a year ago, after spending 15 years with GES Exposition Services, a company with nearly one billion in revenue, serving in many roles, including CFO and COO. 

When he arrived at 3 Day Blinds, Dave immediately immersed himself in every aspect of our exciting custom window treatments business, and it was amazing how fast he caught on to all we do, from procuring raw materials for manufacturing our custom blinds and shades, to providing world class service to our clients.  All of us in management immediately felt as if we had a new partner to help us improve our part of the business and we appreciated his keen insight and ability to make things happen, not to mention his slightly sarcastic sense of humor!

After the announcement was made, Dave spoke before the team in Irvine, and by phone to all of our designers, showroom personnel and manufacturing team:  “I am thrilled to lead 3 Day Blinds.  2011 was incredibly successful for us, and 2012 will be even more exciting.  We have an outstanding team in place, and our rapid growth is allowing us to provide our excellent service to more clients every day and offering great career opportunities for our employees as well.”

OK, so we’ve established that he is totally qualified and is backed by a great team…  is there more to know? Yes! As of tomorrow, Dave has been married to Jackie (who just outfitted their beautiful home in Honeycomb Shades by 3 Day Blinds) for 28 years, and they have 2 children, Justin, 22 and Paige,19.  He loves hiking, skiing, travel and the outdoors and expresses his creativity by being a darn good photographer! In fact, we convinced him to share some of his beautiful photos, taken with his Nikon D90 camera in some of his favorite places, with us, below:

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah

Big Horn Sheep in Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, Nevada

Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, NV

Zion National Park, Utah

Mountain Goat in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

AlaskaCongratulations, Dave, on your promotion.  All of us at 3 Day Blinds look forward to working with you to make 2012 our best year yet!

3 Day Blinds Announces the Circle of Excellence Members, 2011

At 3 Day Blinds, we have 200 Design Consultants across the country.  All of these talented individuals were hand-chosen to represent our company because of their combination of technical and people skills, creativity, integrity, work ethic and commitment to excellence.  But within every group, there is the cream of the crop… the best of the best… and at 3 Day Blinds, we recognize our top 10 Design Consultants annually by receiving them into the President’s Club Circle of Excellence.

The 2011 Circle of Excellence recipients were recognized on Tuesday in front of the entire team by Tikie Holewski, SVP.  “I was honored to share the names of the Circle of Excellence recipients with the group.  Everyone here at the corporate headquarters, in our factory and in our 19 showrooms knows that our first priority is to support our Design Consultants; they are on the front lines serving our clients in person.  These top 10 individuals have been tremendously successful in providing great product recommendations and superior service to their clients, and we want to recognize and thank them.”

All of our Circle of Excellence recipients will be visiting the Support Center in Irvine in February to meet with our Board of Directors and our senior management team.

Do you need new custom blinds, shades or shutters? If you are lucky enough to live near a Circle of Excellence member, they would love to meet with you to help you choose the perfect custom window treaments for your home.  The consultation is free, and we can professionally install your window treatments in as little as 3 days.  Just click on their name below!  If you don’t see your city listed, we probably have a Design Consultant nearby.  Just call 877-614-3329 and we will schedule your appointment at a time that’s convenient for you!

#1  Cindy Julia – Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, CA

#2  Gary Gilbert – Scottsdale, Phoenix, Paradise Valley, AZ

#3  Eric Horan – Denver, Lakewood, Golden, CO

#4  Angela Helton – Encino, Sherman Oaks, Woodland Hills, CA

#5  Corinne Mar – San Mateo, Redwood City, Palo Alto, CA

#6  Kimberly Brock – Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, AZ

#7  Jeanette Nouribekian – Calabasas, Woodlands Hills, Tarzana, CA

#8  Helane Kramer – Los Angeles, Hollywood, Pasadena, CA

#9  Sue Gwin – San Francisco, San Mateo, San Bruno, CA

#10 Annie Butler, Galleria, Bellaire, Houston, TX