Team Leaders Rob & Jill Cooper
Rob and Jill Cooper are the very proud owners of Budget Blinds Edmonton & St. Albert. Both left their corporate careers 10 years ago to open their franchise and haven’t looked back since. “The phone started ringing with our very first marketing promo and our business has grown consistently every year since we opened!” The couple finds it amusing how often people comment (usually with wry surprise)how well they work together despite being married (for 12 years). Jill says, “We’ve always had fun working together and I think our skill sets really complement each other.”. Around the office Jill is known as “the colour girl” while Rob is “the detail guy”
Office Manager Anne Hudson
Anne Hudson is our uber-organizer who keeps everything in our office on track and in its place. Never at rest, in her spare time Anne puts on her volunteer hat to organize events for both her church and community, including yearly Family Day and Halloween parties for the whole neighbourhood! And she doesn't stop there; Anne is also a super-Mom to four super- kids, fosters cats and kittens in her home, and is an avid baker. Thankfully, our staff get to appreciate Anne's home-baked goodies every week. Yum!
Administrative Assistant Ashley
Ashley is our Super-Admin and Fergus’ best friend. Callers to our office have no idea that our friendly Ashley has to work around a 14-pound feline that refuses to leave her desk-top. But the pair are partners indeed, even sharing a water-cup (blech!)
Ashely grew up in Millet, AB but calls Edmonton home. Her favourite hobbies are reading and collecting books (with an amazing collection of around 400!), watching horror movies, and listening to music.
We are thrilled that Ashley loves her job as it’s her enthusiasm and cheery voice that greets our customer every day. We certainly enjoy having her!
In Ashley’s own words: “What I love about BB (Budget Blinds) is that everyone is so friendly and welcoming, I truly feel like I have been welcomed into a family and also feel like I have extended my own. Customers are treated no different and it’s wonderful to see that this is a company who truly cares about the people that they interact with. I absolutely love it!”.
Consultant Jesse L'Heureux
Jesse is a local boy, born and raised in Edmonton to do two things: bring your dream home to life with the perfect window treatment and dominate league championships in dodgeball. He spent five years in a supervisory role where he led his team to win western Canada’s Achievers Contest! Jesse, better known as Gingerhulk, loves working with our amazing clients as much as he loves baking, board games, traveling, and Game of Thrones. He might say his favourite things about our city are the downtown farmer’s market, the construction, and the speed traps, but we happen to know he’s Canadian enough to successfully knit a toque.
Consultant Malgorzata Strozyk
Malgorzata is our charming, fun-loving style consultant with a European flair. Originally from Poland, Malgorzata and her family have called Edmonton home for the past 27 years. She raised her 2 boys here as well as her other love, 2.5 year-old puppy, Azor. The consummate sales professional, Malgorzata, spent 10 years working in the cosmetics industry before trying a career in the culinary arts. Now she shines as a Budget Blinds style consultant, bringing glamour to the homes of her thankful clients.
Malgorzata loves movies, books, and socializing with friends. She enjoys travelling and exploring different cultures, explaining why her favourite part of the job is meeting with our incredibly diverse family of clients and helping each person adorn their home in a way that fits just right.
Consultant Sharon Pandza
Sharons' vibrant personality is as charming as her Aussie accent. Sharons' background includes years of retail experience working as a fashion stylist at C'est Sera Boutique in Edmonton. At Inspired Drapes and Budget Blinds, Sharons' customers continue to rely on her keen eye and design sensibility to make-over their interior spaces with custom window fashions. Whether your style is classic elegance, rustic, country-chic or modern , Sharon is an expert at guiding your choices to achieve the look and feel you want for your room.
Installers Zachary & Lee
A lot of detail and technical ability are behind making your new window fashions look great and function beautifully in your space. Our installers, Zachary and Lee are experts at doing just that!
Zachary Smyth is a native Nova Scotian who has years of industry experience installing both flooring and window coverings. Lee Frisby is a Canadian Armed Forces soldier and part –time blinds installer. Both are heroes to our customers. At least, that's what many of our customers say after their new blinds and drapes are installed!
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