Budget Blinds Awards James and Elaine Trotter as Franchisee of the Year for Record-Breaking Sales

Published on 13 July 2017 in News
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Local owners of Budget Blinds, Jim and Elaine Trotter, Awarded Franchisee of the Year for record sales

Local owners of Budget Blinds, Jim and Elaine Trotter, Awarded Franchisee of the Year for record sales

Budget Blinds, an international window covering franchise with nearly 1,100 territories across North America, recently announced James and Elaine Trotter as Franchisee of the Year, a top recognition and award bestowed upon a local franchise owner with the best overall sales volume in a single calendar year.

The Trotters, franchise owners of three territories in the Florida area – Brandon, North Tampa and Land O’ Lakes – have owned their Budget Blinds’ businesses since purchasing Budget Blinds in Tampa in October, 2008. This past year, in 2016, they achieved the highest sales volume in the company’s history and improved by a double-digit percentage over 2015.

“It is a great honor to receive this prestigious award as Franchisee of the Year,” said Elaine Trotter. “Both Jim and I, as well as our entire staff, appreciate the opportunities of business ownership in the Budget Blinds network. Not only do we have strong ties with our fellow franchisees and staff at the corporate office, we have wonderful customers and friends in the community.”

Active members of their local church group and local business associations, the Trotters are also involved in Habitat for Humanity, the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Metropolitan Ministries and the national Veteran cause, Homes for Our Troops.  

“We feel blessed to give back to our community and help others in need,” said Jim Trotter. Shirin Behzadi, CEO of Budget Blinds and its parent company, Home Franchise Concepts, said, “Jim and Elaine Trotter are wonderful people. It’s a privilege to know them personally and professionally. I’m delighted for their successes and for their ongoing commitment to their community. They truly represent the entrepreneurial spirit in every way.”

The Trotters began their Budget Blinds journey with a small showroom in Land O’ Lakes, FL. In 2012, they relocated their showroom to 1208 W. Fletcher Avenue in Tampa.  

In 2015, they opened their second showroom in the Riverview Town Center, a central location in East Hillsborough.  

The design centers showcase blinds, shades, shutters and an array of window covering solutions that include energy efficiency, child safety and trending fabrics.  

Services include expert measuring, professional installation and products backed by the best warranties in the industry.

Budget Blinds also offers commercial window covering solutions.Visit the Budget Blinds website to learn more about Budget Blinds of Brandon, North Tampa and Land O’ Lakes. 

About Budget Blinds

Budget Blinds was founded in 1992 and is part of a family of brands under the umbrella of Home Franchise Concepts®, franchisor of home improvement service companies including Tailored Living® and Concrete Craft™.

Budget Blinds has nearly 1,100 franchise territories serving over 9,000 cities throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. The company offers a full line of high-quality, custom window coverings including shutters, shades, blinds, draperies and window film.  

It also provides free in-home consultations as well as complete measuring and installation services. Budget Blinds has been recognized as a leader in the franchise industry by organizations such as Entrepreneur, AllBusiness, Inc. and Franchise Business Review. 

For more information on Budget Blinds, visit www.budgetblinds.com or connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/budgetblinds.

For franchise opportunities, please visit www.budget-blinds-franchise.com.

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