WF Vision Magazine- 2021
Kelly Clements, one of the speakers with WF Vision Magazine discussion on Cordless Window Treatments.
3 Top Industry Leaders were invited to discuss their perspectives on the importance of Cordless Treatments in today’s marketplace.
Kevin Mayer- Rollease Acmeda, Kelly Clements- Gordon’s Window Décor, and James Geiger- J Geiger discussed on a Facebook Live event hosted by Sophia Bennett from Vision Magazine.Watch Entire Discussion Here.
Nest by SevenDays 2020
2020 was in one word, ‘unprecedented’. Kelly, our president shared her view of this very tumultuous time.
Gordon’s Window Décor shifts to meet the need during COVID-19
My Champlain Valley-Local 22 & Local 44 showcased our production shift during March 2020 to fabricate necessary PPE in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our quarterly lifestyle magazine that educates, entertains and informs. Each issue will be filled with spotlights on local characters, organizations, dining, shopping, things to do and see and some of the most amazing and breathtaking photography capturing the beauty of central Vermont. 2018 Vermont Trend Watch.“
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Small Business Administration -2018
“Gordon’s window treatments are fancied halfway across the globe in Australia and New Zealand (a blogger Down Under recommended them a few years ago, showing the influence of social media on modern marketing). Upwards of 20% of their approximate $3 million in sales are exported outside the US. While continuing to do retail at their facility in Williston, their future success lies with commercial sales, solar shades and secure shades. Already, they’ve installed secure shades at schools in Williston and Essex Junction. With the flick of a button, all the shades at a school could be lowered in an emergency, or when it’s simply hot and sunny. Owner, Gordon Clements said, “…not only is Gordon’s the only manufacturer of shades in Vermont, you’d probably have to go all the way to Boston to find another one. “-Courtesy of Vermont Biz
Trend Watch- 2017
Always wonderful to be included in this amazing publication. LOVE being in TrendWatch.
Trendwatch 2017 <- Click to Read Full Article.
Q & A with Kelly Clements, G2 president of Gordon’s Window Décor -2016
Once again, thank you to Family Business Magazine for featuring Gordon’s.
Family Business: Usually in the second generation, a company branches out and hires department heads and professionalizes the management. Have you found that challenging in a casual culture like the one at Gordon’s?
Kelly Clements: Yeah, it’s been very challenging. The team that I’ve got is deeply passionate about this company, and that is so exciting and so gratifying. It also means that there’s a lot of opinions. We’ve always been a very democratic company, and so there’s nobody on staff who’s afraid to voice their opinions. We have a lot of heated discussions about “What do these changes mean? Are we losing what made Gordon’s, Gordon’s?”
I would say the most difficult time was the six months or eight months when I first took over. Because Dad and I did not do an awesome job communicating what we were doing—what the plan was. And, you know, we learned a lot from that. We do a better job now, for sure, and now there’s some really exciting things that happen.
Emerging Leaders is a free executive-level training program for established business owners poised for growth. Over the course of seven months at Vermont Technical College’s Williston campus, each participating entrepreneur will learn immediate ways to improve their business and will create a three-year strategic growth plan to build a sustainable business of size and scale.
Twenty entrepreneurs throughout Vermont completed a seven-month executive education series October 12, 2016 at Vermont Technical College in Williston. The “graduation” celebrated businesspeople from across the state. Emerging Leaders is the only federal training specifically tailored for small business executives poised for growth. The free program includes approximately 100 hours of classroom time, connects small business owners with a network of industry experts and peers, and supports the creation of a three-year strategic growth action plan.
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Family Business Magazine 2015
“Kelly, 36, became president of Gordon’s Window Décor last year when her father, Gordon Clements, passed the torch—literally.”
Kelly was recognized by Family Business Magazine in the “25 Under 35” edition and by Vermont Business Magazine as a “Rising Star.” This year, Gordon’s Window Decor was named “Vermont Family Business of the Year” by the Small Business Administration.
Our very own Kelly was featured in Family Business Magazine!
Workplace Family Values Bring National Acclaim to Local Business-2015
Williston, VT – Gordon’s Window Décor has been awarded the 2015 Vermont Family Owned Business of the Year Award by The United States Small Business Administration (SBA). The nomination-based award honors the company’s long-term standing as small business whose ownership is passed from one generation to the next.
Gordon’s Window Décor started in founder Gordon Clements’ basement in 1986, and has since transformed into a locally and nationally recognized name, supplying custom-made window treatments and soft goods from their Williston showroom and production facility. As of February 2015, ownership transferred from Clements to his daughter, Kelly, who was previously the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Although the title is new to Kelly, the father-daughter duo has been working cooperatively with their team of builders, installers, and retailers for 13 years.“Kelly took over as President this year – but has really been running Gordon’s for some time now. So this award is really about her – and more importantly the team she has formed,” says Clements. “Their dedication to provide competitively priced, extremely high quality product and service is what makes this award possible. The team reflects Kelly’s devotion to value and our customers’ satisfaction.”
The Vermont Family Owned Business of the Year Award is part of SBA’s National Small Business Week campaign, where select businesses across the nation are awarded for their exemplary efforts. The SBA, founded in 1953, helps Americans start, build, and grow businesses. All awarded-winners not only fit the description of their particular award, but also support and benefit their community and create good jobs for their teams of employees.
“We are so proud of this award because it recognizes something far beyond just being a family business,” Kelly said. “It recognizes our team, coming together day in and day out to provide the highest quality window shades on the market and an experience that makes our client’s smile- that’s what this award is all about.”
Kelly, speaker at TW15 Program-Effective Cross-Generational Communication Strategies
What can the older and younger generations do to bridge the generational divide and really communicate? Each generation has different styles and standards of communication, and often, this can be a barrier to effectively finding common ground and agreement….. How can each generation adapt to the styles of other generations?
Read Entire Article here: Vermont Business Magazine
Top 25 under 35 in Family Business
Excerpts from article.
Kelly, the chief operating officer* at Gordon’s Window Décor, says she wears, “a ton of hats” at the company, which is based in Williston, VT and was founded by her father, Gordon Clements, in 1986. She manages the retail team, works with her father to shape the vision of the business, develops systems and processed and focuses on “making sure we have raving fans internally and externally.” …….Kelly says she get satisfaction from “being part of a company that rocks.” She adds, “The fact that it’s my family is the cherry on top.” Kelly also says she’s delighted to play a major role in setting the direction of the company at an early age. “If people are nervous about joining the family business, I would advise them to give it a shot, ” she says, “It’s a great way to have an impact on the business as well as the family relationship and see family members in a whole new light.”
Read about Gordon’s Window Décor in Window Fashion Vison Magazine April, 2011
Most people don’t typically think of Vermont when they they think of trends, but Gordon Clements, owner of Gordon’s Window Décor, based in Vermont, with additional offices in upstate New York and Virginia, believes his clientele is on the leading edge of consumer behavior.
“Given all that has hit the consumer lately—the loss of pension savings, the downturn in the home market, spiraling energy costs—I think Vermont is already the market the rest of the U.S. will become,” Clements said. “Vermonters are pragmatic, careful, demanding and have long favored buying local. We are fact- and value-driven and, given that our winters can interminable, have always been energy-conscious.”
Growth is on the horizon as Gordon’s Window Décor, a local family business that has been manufacturing custom window treatments in Essex Junction for 25 years, transitions to the next generation.
“I think our growth is due to the fact that we manufacture insulating window shades that save substantial amounts of energy- a vital component in our country’s efforts to cut our dependence on fossil fuels” Explains Gordon Clements, owner of Gordon’s Window Décor.
And grow they have. With distribution now well established in Ireland, as well as across the US, similar interest from Russia and recent sales in Japan, Gordon’s has been hiring and just bought a larger factory/showroom in Williston. They will be moving at the end of March. That is a lot of change for any company especially combined with serious succession planning. It has truly been a busy year for Gordon’s. – Courtesy of Vermont Business Magazine
Green Energy Times article, The Window Shade Solution, features Gordon’s
GORDON’S WINDOW DECOR DONATES SHADES TO LOCAL SALVATION ARMY FAMILY THRIFT STORES
Essex Junction, VT – Finding ways to save money and reduce your energy bill is a common goal and can be achieved by installing the right type of window covering. During these tough economic times the opportunity to purchase quality shades at an affordable price is rare.
Recently Gordon’s Window Décor donated approximately 200 window treatments to the Salvation Army for sale in their stores. Three of their Vermont Family Thrift Store locations were the recipients of Gordon’s generous donation; 358 Dorset Street in Burlington, 1333 Williston Road South Burlington, and 197 Pearl Street Essex Junction.
“We are very pleased to be the recipients of window treatments from Gordon’s Window Décor,” stated Greater Burlington Salvation Army Thrift Store Supervisor Marco DiCarlo. “Local business supporting local business is how Vermonters can thrive in these challenging economic times.” Donations from local businesses are sold to community residents at discounted prices and the proceeds are immediately turned back into the community through the Salvation Army’s services and support. “Buying local really matters,” added DiCarlo.
All Family Thrift Stores are fully operated by The Salvation Army so the proceeds go directly into their charity work. In fact, every dollar generated by a store is used to fund the Salvation Army Rehabilitation Centers. “Choosing the Salvation Army to receive this donation made perfect sense with their new location right down the street from us,” explained Kelly- Sales Manager EcoSmart Shades. “It felt very natural for Gordon’s Window Decor to partner with a nonprofit that serves our community as well as others across the state.”
Family owned and operated Gordon’s Window Décor has been serving the window treatment needs of homes and businesses since 1986. For more information call 802-655-7777, visit www.gordonswindowdecor.com, or stop by the factory showroom in Essex Junction.
Gordon’s Window Décor aligns with recovery money
Gordon’s Window Décor aligns with recovery money – Governor Douglas visits Gordon’s Window Décor as reported in the Essex Reporter. From: News 44 Fox Kerrin Jeromin
Gordon’s Window Décor Loves a Parade – Rain or Shine!
Gordon’s Window Décor proved you do not have to be a professional dancer to have joined in the Quadricentennial Parade last Saturday in Burlington, Vermont.
Burlington, VT July 15, 2009 — Gordon’s Window Décor proved you do not have to be a professional dancer to have joined in the Quadricentennial Parade last Saturday in Burlington, Vermont. Even the torrential rain couldn’t dampen the spirit of their group, which included employees male and female, young and seasoned and even had the participation of an eight- month pregnant employee! The Quadricentennial parade was one of the many events celebrating the 400th anniversary of French explorer and cartographer Samuel de Champlain’s travels by sail, oar, and paddle to the lake that now bears his name.
The Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission was excited about the prospect of having an all dance parade, which was scheduled to commence rain or shine, and The Gordon’s Window Décor crew was happy to take on the challenge. With the help of renowned choreographer Karen Amirault the group mastered a special dance routine reflecting their enthusiasm for their community. After weeks of evening practices – the staff felt ready to rock and roll down Main Street for the Quadricentennial Parade Celebration.
The parade itself included dance routines from around the world including the Abenaki Nation, The Bosnian Lilies Folk Dance Group, Peru Mestizo, Inc., various dance studios from around the area, appearances from Senator Bernie Sanders and Vermont Governor Jim Douglas. Sandwiched in between over 70 performing groups was the lively staff of Gordon’s Window Decor, right behind The Karen Amirault Dance Company & KIDZ and in front of The Tibetan Association of Vermont.
Betty S., employee of Gordon’s Window Décor, said, “I was enthusiastic and excited about participating, even in the rain. Our passion as a whole was great despite the poor weather.”
Gordon Clements, President of Gordon’s Window Décor seconded Sargent’s statement, “although our choreography did not win us a Dancing with the Stars award, the crowd’s cheering and enthusiasm was warming through the downpour and kept our team going strong. It was a great team building experience and we had a lot of fun out there.”
Gordon’s Window Décor is located in Essex Junction, Vermont. They are the creator and sole manufacturer of EcoSmart Insulating Shades and EcoSmart Roller Shades. Along with carrying a wide range of window treatments and window film, Gordon’s Window Decor provides consultation, measuring installation and cleaning of all their products. They have been serving the Vermont, New York, New Hampshire and Massachusetts areas for over 23 years.
GreenGuard and OekoTex Certification
Company: Gordon’s Window Décor
Company Contact: Kelly Conklin
Phone #: 802-338-9344
ESSEX JUNCTION, VT (May 12, 2009) – Gordon’s Window Decor, the pioneering producer of customized window treatments, is proud to announce the GreenGuard and OekoTex certification of its Green fabric line of EcoSmart Roller Shades.
Three of EcoSmart Roller Shades™ fabrics have earned GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification and the GREENGUARD Children & Schools certification from the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute as well as Oeko-Tex certification.Both the GREENGUARD Certification Program and the Oeko-Tex Program are industry-independent, third party testing programs.
GREENGUARD Certification is a tool for architects, designers, product specifiers, and purchasing organizations wanting to locate, specify, and purchase off-the-shelf, low-emitting products for indoor environments.
OekoTex Textiles, which are awarded the certificate, are free of concentrations of harmful substances that are detrimental to health.
“Here at Gordon’s Window Decor we are constantly trying to find ways to help consumers marry aesthetic needs with environmental concerns,” Explains Kelly C., Manager, ”Consumers do not need to settle on unattractive window treatments just because they care for their environment. They can certainly have both and our green fabric line is proof of that.” Customers can go to GordonsWindowDecor.com to set up a free, no-obligation design consultation or stop by the Essex Junction Showroom.
Gordon’s Window Decor, founded in 1986, is a leader in the window fashion industry. Gordon Clements, President and founder of Gordon’s, has been working in the industry for over 30 years. The company builds all EcoSmart Roller shades in their factory in Essex Junction, Vermont. Every shade is hand signed by its craftsperson. They also build EcoSmart Insulating Shades, some models of which qualify for a Federal Tax Credit. EcoSmart stands by its mission statement, which is “To design, and manufacture quality, innovative, custom treatments in a way that gives our customers the highest attainable value, in a timely manner.”