Nykolaychuk Praises the Brand’s Family-Like Culture
Heather Nykolaychuk is the new president of Budget Blinds, part of the Home Franchise Concepts portfolio. She joined the leadership team of the window coverings company in 2019 as chief marketing officer and was then appointed president of The Tailored Closet and PremierGarage in 2021. As president of Budget Blinds, she will replace Doug Phillip. Other Home Franchise Concepts brands include AdvantaClean, Bath Tune-Up, Concrete Craft, Kitchen Tune-Up, Lightspeed Restoration, Two Maids and Aussie Pet Mobile.
Nykolaychuk says she’s “looking forward to working with our franchisees and our associates to position Budget Blinds to achieve even greater success in the next five, 10, 30 years. There is a lot of competition in the window coverings space, and I’m excited to differentiate us through our products, marketing, resources and support.” She appreciates the family feel that the brand maintains, which can be difficult in businesses of Budget Blinds’ size.
Franchising beckoned to Nykolaychuk, who was seeking a professional environment that advocates for and celebrates its associates. Helping entrepreneurs achieve their dreams is fulfilling for her, she says. As a homeowner herself, Nykolaychuk has struggled to find the right partners to work in her home and create a space she can be proud of. Budget Blinds does this, she says, which is gratifying to her.
A Growing Team
In other announcements about Home Franchise Concepts executives, the franchisor recently named Paul Ebert president of Aussie Pet Mobile and Faisal Khan as the brand’s chief operating officer. CEO Andy Skehan released a statement regarding Khan and Nykolaychuk’s new positions. “I’m confident that with Heather and Faisal’s new leadership positions, we will realize immense value from our investments in our team and infrastructure while creating a competitive advantage that will advance our business and people.”
Having a North Star
Before investing in a franchise, Nykolaychuk wants candidates to know there’s a difference between being an entrepreneur and a franchise owner; franchising allows them to build their own business without having to do it from scratch. She urges franchisee candidates to consider a franchisor’s culture and to choose a brand whose products and services stir their passions. She adds that a strong partnership with the franchisor generates momentum and emphasizes that prospects should know their North Star or start with their end goal in mind before they invest in a franchise.