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!
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.
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”!
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.
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.
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.