Local blinds franchise wins rookie of the year


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February 12, 2015 9:09 AM

Jason Schreiner, left, and Tammy Watton of Lloydminster's Budget Blinds won Rookie of the Year at the Budget Blinds National Convention in January. - Photo Submitted

Hard work or “blind” luck?

Lloydminster’s Budget Blinds scored Rookie of the Year for 2013-2014 as they beat out roughly 70 franchises in the U.S. and Canada in terms of sales at the Budget Blinds National Convention in Washington, D.C. last month.

The Rookie of the Year award goes to the franchisee with best sales for all new franchises that opened that year. Owner Tammy Watton and Jason Schreiner, installation and sales, of the Lloydminster location, said they were surprised when it was announced they were receiving the accolade.

“We were absolutely shocked and humbled at the same time,” said Watton. “It is a huge compliment and very rewarding to know that our hard work is paying off.”

Budget Blinds Corporate holds the national convention in the U.S. each year where all the franchisees on both sides of the border get together to look at the previous year’s business and see what’s new for the year to come. Franchisees get a chance to look at new products at the vendor showcase and attend business training seminars.

Watton and Shreiner said they make it their mission to provide the broadest window covering selection in the area, as well as offer the best warranty and customer service. And this isn’t the first time they’ve received recent honours for their services.

“Our customers have responded by awarding Budget Blinds the 2013 and 2014 Consumer Choice Award for Northern Alberta,” said Watton.

Watton, an interior decorator, said she’d been recommending Budget Blinds to customers before eventually opening her own franchise. Then in 2013 she decided it was time to open her own location here in Lloydminster.

They also said there are happy to learn that their company is putting forth several initiatives to support those who have served in the military.

“We are so excited to announce that Budget Blinds is thanking and supporting our veterans and military service men and women to help build their future through the Homes for Our Troops, Troops in Transition’ and ‘Wounded Warriors Canada’ programs,” said Watton.

Homes for Our Troops is a program that provides window coverings for specially adapted veteran homes and “Troops in Transition” gives Veterans the chance to own a franchise with no initial entry fee. According to the Wounded Warriors website, they are group that is “committed to ensuring we provide a diverse set of programs and services for our wounded soldiers and their families.”

As for Rookie of the Year, Watton and Schreiner want to thank all the people who’ve helped them achieve the award.

“Thanks to all our customers, whom without your support, (we) could have never accomplished this amazing achievement. In addition, special thanks to our family and the staff at End of the Roll Lloydminster for all your support.”

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