Meet Your Franchise Leadership Team

Budget Blinds’ stellar team of management leaders are some of the brightest, most experienced minds in the franchising industry.

We're Dedicated to Your Success

As part of our parent company, Home Franchise Concepts, the Budget Blinds leadership team has years of hands-on business building experience and a passion for entrepreneurs. Our management team works hand-in-hand with our expert Franchise Licensing Advisors who have expertise in guiding franchisees through the process.


Doug Phillips

President, Budget Blinds 


A 25-year franchise industry leader, Doug is known for creating results in sales, market growth and performance. His passion is working with business owners and helping them grow profitable operations. Prior to joining the company in 2019, Doug leads regional teams in 27 countries as the Vice President of International Operations with International Dairy Queen.


Tracy Christman

Executive Vice President, Product Development and Strategy, Budget Blinds 


A part of the executive team since 2011, Tracy is a 27-year veteran of the Window Coverings industry. She developed our Vendor Alliance Program with a network of the industry’s leading suppliers to meet the surging needs of the franchise system. She’s known for building key vendor relations and partnerships with the top manufactures in the industry. Tracy is constantly advancing our vendor relationships and new product development. 


Dan Tafoya

Executive Vice-President, National & Commercial Accounts, Budget Blinds


Dan is responsible for overseeing the smooth operation of national and commercial accounts. He has a well-earned reputation for C-Suite level experience in the consumer services industry. He is highly skilled in customer service, sales, and entrepreneurship. A graduate of California State University-Fullerton, Dan brings a wealth of strategic planning and business development to the team.  


Rich Michowski

Rich Michowski 


Rich’s strategic planning expertise is well-known in the franchise industry. He manages franchise operations. Rich has built sustainable business expansion, strategizing new protocol, tracking tools, and sales plans to drive consistent growth. He implemented our new post-franchise training program to create profitable, sustainable business plans. His work achieved a 16% average annual sales growth rate for Budget Blinds alone.  


H. Scott Barrett

President and Chief Executive Officer, Home Franchise Concepts   


Scott joined HFC September 2019. He has an extensive background in franchise management and the franchise business model. He has had a successful history leading a JM Family business. In addition, Scott understands the JM culture and will be a strong ambassador for the “JM Family Way” at HFC. Scott’s focus is to support our franchisees and his passion is to enable them to successfully serve homeowners in their markets through the brands they know and love.


Heather Cates

Chief Marketing Officer, Home Franchise Concepts 


Heather is known throughout the marketing industry for building strategic brand platforms. With more than 20 years of marketing expertise, she has held leadership positions at Nissan, Mattel, Taco Bell and, most recently, Allergan. Heather’s most notable integrated marketing campaigns include the Taco Bell “Nacho Fries (Web of Fries)” campaign and the Botox “Own Your Look” campaign. Heather joined HFC in early 2021 and understands the importance of partnership in franchise organizations. Her focus is on growing our brands together. 


Jonathan Thiessen

Chief Development Officer, Home Franchise Concepts 


In 2003, Jonathon, better known as JT, joined Home Franchise Concepts as a Franchise Licensing Advisor. JT’s drive and leadership skills rose him through the ranks and now he is our Chief Development Officer. Every day, JT puts his 28 years of franchise industry experience to work directing our strategic planning, direction, and franchise growth. His in charge of all six Home Franchise Concepts brands: Budget Blinds, Tailored Living, Concrete Craft, AdvantaClean, Kitchen Tune-Up, and Bath Tune-Up. 



Faisal Khan

Chief Development Officer, Home Franchise Concepts 


As our Chief Information Officer since 2016, Faisal is known for his industry expertise in technology management and business strategy, operations, supply-chain and manufacturing. With more than 20 years of leadership in the technology field, he brings a wealth of experience in enterprise technology transformations, business integrations and customer experience programs.  

Family of Brands

Budget Blinds® is a member of a family of brands under the umbrella of Home Franchise Concepts® (HFC). With over 1,300 franchised territories in the U.S., Canada & Mexico, HFC is one of the world’s largest franchisors of home services companies-and owned by JM Family Enterprises, Inc. A privately owned company with assets great than $17B.

Our Expert Franchise Advisors

If you’re like the vast majority of potential franchise owners, you’ve got a lot of questions. We’re here with answers and help. Our team of dedicated Franchise Licensing Advisors will walk you through the entire process. Each one knows what it takes to help you own your own franchise and become a successful local business owner.


Aaron Cady

Director of Franchise Licensing


Lisa McGill

Franchise Licensing Advisor


Ralph Rooney

Franchise Licensing Advisor


Dayn Benson

Franchise Licensing Advisor


Shawna Bergstrom

Franchise Licensing Advisor


Troy Molen

Franchise Licensing Advisor


Bryan Cranfill

Franchise Licensing Advisor


Chris Tye

Franchise Licensing Advisor


Craig Green

Franchise Licensing Advisor

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