Toni Parkhurst, Budget Blinds Franchise Owner Honroed as Franchisee of the year
Toni Parkhurst - Budget Blinds
LAS VEGAS, March 1, 2023 – The International Franchise Association (IFA) today named Toni Parkhurst, owner of Budget Blinds in Fairfield and Vacaville, California, as a 2023 Franchisee of the Year. Parkhurst was honored at the 63rd IFA Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, for being an outstanding franchise establishment owner-operator.
“Franchisee of the Year recipients represent the best in franchising,” said Matthew Haller, president and CEO of the International Franchise Association. “This is the highest honor IFA awards to individual franchisees, and local business owners like Toni Parkhurst exemplify the power of franchising and its positive contributions to communities around the world.”
The Franchisee of the Year Award, sponsored by IFA’s partner Paychex, recognizes leading franchise owners from IFA member brands whose outstanding performance and contributions help protect, enhance, and promote the franchise business model. Nominated by their parent company, individuals are selected for their service to their communities, fostering a strong and vibrant workforce, opening the doors for career growth and entrepreneurship, and supporting their fellow franchisees.
Parkhurst has been working in the window covering sector since 1991 and first became a Budget Blinds franchisee over 15 years ago. In a short amount of time, her business flourished, and she was able to accumulate $600,000 in annual sales in only her first year. Today, her company has grown significantly, reaching $7.5 million in annual sales in 2022.
In 2020, Parkhurst moved her Budget Blinds team into a brand new 5,700 square foot showroom and office facility where the team is able to invite customers in to view life size samples, as well as host workshops, events, mixers, strategic community planning meetings, and more. Parkhurst’s team has won the Best of Solano County for window coverings consecutively for thirteen years. Additionally, Parkhurst on the board of directors with her local Chamber of Commerce and is a strategic partner of the National Association of Realtors. She also belongs to the Solano County Builders Association and the Women’s Council of Realtors.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by the International Franchise Association and I’m truly humbled to see how far my team and company has come over these past 15 years,” said Parkhurst. “Being a Budget Blinds franchisee has been a very rewarding experience. I’m grateful for the incredible support I’ve received from Home Franchise Concepts and am overjoyed that everyday I’m able to serve the community I love.”
Budget Blinds is a window covering franchise with locations throughout North America that offers exclusive design-driven window covering solutions that consumers can shop at home for, and provides customers with free in-home consultations, virtual consultations, window measurements and installation services. Budget Blinds specializes in installing blinds, shades, shutters, draperies and smart home solutions.
There are approximately 800,000 franchised businesses across the U.S., providing over 8.4 million direct jobs and generating over $800 billion in economic output. According to Oxford Economics, franchising on average provides higher wages and better benefits than non-franchised businesses, as well as greater entrepreneurial opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, and other underrepresented communities.
About the International Franchise Association:
Celebrating over 60 years of excellence, education, and advocacy, the International Franchise Association (IFA) is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations, and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising and the approximately 790,492 franchise establishments that support nearly 8.4 million direct jobs, $825.4 billion of economic output for the U.S. economy, and almost 3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees, and companies that support the industry in marketing, law, technology, and business development.
About Budget Blinds:
Budget Blinds® is the largest window covering franchise in North America, offering custom blinds, shutters, shades, drapery, and more for residential and commercial consumers in more than 10,000 communities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Budget Blinds’ over 900 business owners, and 1,400 locations, have dressed more than 25 million windows since the brand’s founding in 1992. Budget Blinds is part of the Home Franchise Concepts (HFC) family of home improvement goods and services brands.