Meet Our Team

Leaders Who Care

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We’ve collected some of the brightest, most experienced minds in the franchising industry who are dedicated to helping franchisees be as successful as they want to be to live their dreams and own their own lives. Meet those who are responsible for taking Home Franchise Concepts from a single brand in 1992 to one of the world’s largest franchise businesses, with over 1,275 franchised territories in the U.S., Canada & Mexico.

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM IS DEDICATED TO HELPING YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

SHIRIN BEHZADI

Chief Executive Officer

Shirin joined Budget Blinds as Chief Financial Officer in 1999, providing fiscal, strategic and operational guidance for Budget Blinds and the continually growing family of brands, including Tailored Living, Home Franchise Concepts, BB Commercial Solutions, Inspired Drapes, Concrete Craft and MADE Blinds.

She oversaw prudent management of the National Advertising Fund (NAF) across all brands, helping to ensure that the dollars worked hard for our franchisees. Additionally, Shirin managed several departments and has been a critical member of the project management team, researching, planning, and creating Home Franchise Concepts and its subsidiary companies.

Today, as CEO of Home Franchise Concepts, Shirin leads the executive team to direct all aspects of the company’s operations to expand our family of brands to become the largest retailers in the home improvement space. With her financial, operational and franchising experience and her strong passion to help our franchises realize their financial and personal dreams, she is poised and prepared for exciting synergistic growth of the HFC family of companies and their franchise owners.

TOM HILLEBRANDT

Chief Financial Officer

Tom joined us in April 2016. He brings over 25 years of senior financial management experience to HFC working for a diverse group of companies ranging from Big-4 public accounting to start-ups to a billion dollar plus global manufacturing business. His industry experience includes technology, consumer products and retail businesses with extensive mergers and acquisition experience.

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JONATHAN THIESSEN

Chief Development Officer

A 24-year veteran of the franchise world, JT started with the company in 2003 as a Franchise Licensing Advisor.

And now as Vice-President, he is responsible for strategic planning, direction, and franchise growth of HFC’s three brands: Budget Blinds, Tailored Living, and Concrete Craft.

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GAYLE MILLING

Chief Marketing Officer

Bringing over 25 years of strong marketing experience, Gayle Milling joined the HFC team in March of 2017. Her past experience includes helping to build & transform some of the top consumer brands across specialty retail, ecommerce, restaurant franchise systems, 7 packaged-goods businesses for companies such as McDonald’s, PepsiCo & PetSmart to smaller start-up online businesses. Click here to Read More

FAISAL KHAN

Chief Information Officer

Faisal Khan is Chief Information Officer of Technology at Home Franchise Concepts. He joined HFC in 2016, bringing with him over 20 years of leadership experience in IT and Business Strategy, Operations, Supply-Chain and Chain-Management.
He led numerous enterprise technology transformations, customer experience programs and business integrations

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JOHN CAMPBELL

Sr. Executive Vice President Of Product Strategy

John Campbell joined Budget Blinds in September of 2000 with the primary purpose of starting & managing a vendor alliance program. This program has been successful in giving Budget Blinds’ franchises a competitive advantage in their territories while providing a substantial Rebate/ Co-op revenue stream that supports Budget Blinds’ national marketing efforts.

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JENNIE AMANTE

Executive V.P. And General Counsel

Jennie has worked in franchising her entire career, commencing in 1987. She joined the company in 2004 as our General Counsel and in 2012 also became Vice President. Jennie oversees the Legal, Human Resources, Training and Business Support departments. Jennie’s career in franchising began in operations until she transitioned to law in 1998 after earning her law degree in her native Australia.

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DANIEL TAFOYA

Executive V.P. Of Key
Accounts

Dan started his career at Home Franchise Concepts in 2002, taking on various senior management positions developing business strategies, training, support programs and strategic partnerships.
He has an extensive background in leadership positions, including: Sales Manager, District Manager, Regional Director, Vice President and President.

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TRACY CHRISTMAN

Executive V.P. of Product Dev. & Management

A 23-year veteran of the Window Coverings industry, Tracy began her career with HFC in 2002.
Brought in as the Vendor Alliance Manager, She built a program with a network of the industry’s leading suppliers to meet the surging needs of the company’s growing franchise system.

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TOM HILLEBRANDT
TOM HILLEBRANDTChief Financial Officer
Tom joined us in April 2016. He brings over 25 years of senior financial management experience to HFC working for a diverse group of companies ranging from Big-4 public accounting to start-ups to a billion dollar plus global manufacturing business. His industry experience includes technology, consumer products and retail businesses with extensive mergers and acquisition experience.

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JONATHAN THIESSEN
JONATHAN THIESSENChief Development Officer
A 24-year veteran of the franchise world, JT started with the company in 2003 as a Franchise Licensing Advisor, and, now, as Vice-President, he is responsible for strategic planning, direction, and franchise growth of HFC’s three brands: Budget Blinds, Tailored Living, and Concrete Craft.

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GAYLE MILLING
GAYLE MILLINGChief Marketing Officer
Bringing over 25 years of strong marketing experience, Gayle Milling joined the HFC team in March of 2017. Her past experience includes helping to build & transform some of the top consumer brands across specialty retail, ecommerce, restaurant franchise systems, 7 packaged-goods businesses for companies such as McDonald’s, PepsiCo & PetSmart to smaller start-up online businesses. Gayle’s recent role as head of global digital strategy at Oakley lends itself well to the development of HFC’s digital marketing focus to fuel brand growth.

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FAISAL KHAN
FAISAL KHANChief Information Officer
Faisal Khan is Chief Information Officer of Technology at Home Franchise Concepts. He joined HFC in 2016, bringing with him over 20 years of leadership experience in IT and Business Strategy, Operations, Supply-Chain and Chain-Management.

He led numerous enterprise technology transformations, customer experience programs and business integrations.

Click here to Read More
JOHN CAMPBELL
JOHN CAMPBELLSr. Executive Vice President Of Product Strategy
John Campbell joined Budget Blinds in September of 2000 with the primary purpose of starting & managing a vendor alliance program. This program has been successful in giving Budget Blinds’ franchises a competitive advantage in their territories while providing a substantial Rebate/ Co-op revenue stream that supports Budget Blinds’ national marketing efforts.

Click here to Read More
JENNIE AMANTE
JENNIE AMANTEExecutive V.P. And General Counsel
Jennie has worked in franchising her entire career, commencing in 1987. She joined the company in 2004 as our General Counsel and in 2012 also became Vice President. Jennie oversees the Legal, Human Resources, Training and Business Support departments.

Jennie’s career in franchising began in operations until she transitioned to law in 1998 after earning her law degree in her native Australia.

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DANIEL TAFOYA
DANIEL TAFOYAExecutive V.P. Of Key Accounts
Dan started his career at Home Franchise Concepts in 2002, taking on various senior management positions developing business strategies, training, support programs and strategic partnerships.
He has an extensive background in leadership positions, including: Sales Manager, District Manager, Regional Director, Vice President and President.
Click here to Read More
TRACY CHRISTMAN
TRACY CHRISTMANExecutive V.P. of Product Dev. & Management
A 23-year veteran of the Window Coverings industry, Tracy began her career with HFC in 2002. Brought in as the Vendor Alliance Manager, She built a program with a network of the industry’s leading suppliers to meet the surging needs of the company’s growing franchise system.

Click here to Read More
ADELE NASR
ADELE NASRVice President Of Digital Marketing
KAREN LIBBY
KAREN LIBBYVice President Of Budget Blinds Franchise Operations
RICH MICHOWSKI
RICH MICHOWSKIVice President Of Concrete Craft Operations
DAVE ANGERS
DAVE ANGERSVice President Of Tailored Living Operations
KELLY CROMPVOETS
KELLY CROMPVOETSVice President Of Franchise Operations
HEIDI FLESHMAN
HEIDI FLESHMANVice President Of Training & Education

ADELE NASR

Vice President Of Digital Marketing

KAREN LIBBY

Vice President Of Budget Blinds Franchise Operations

RICH MICHOWSKI

Vice President Of Concrete Craft Operations

DAVE ANGERS

Vice President Of Tailored Living Operations

KELLY CROMPVOETS

Vice President Of Franchise Operations

HEIDI FLESHMAN

Vice President Of Training And Education