Dear Exciting Windows! Members:

Unlike the pristine winter landscapes of Alaska, New York City in January is not a pretty site. The freshly fallen snow quickly transforms into a mix of grime and slush upon its congested sidewalks and the frigid cold is magnified by the wind tunnels of its avenues.

Your winter experience may not be as menacing as mine, but cold is cold. With this in mind, I have provided a great excuse to escape winter and thaw out for a few days this February in Florida.

Here’s your excuse:

With the explosive growth of the Smart Home, window coverings are no longer an afterthought. Our products, be it a roller shade, roman shade or draperies are no longer limited to simply up, down or stop commands. With new competitors entering our arena, we must know an array of new technologies in order to survive and prosper.

The question you may be asking yourself is how do I learn what I need to know in order to take advantage of these profitable opportunities?

Here’s your answer:

Come join us for Shading Solution Training Day. In conjunction with Merit Décor, Bandalux and Somfy, I have organized a day of training for both the beginner and advanced window covering professional.

When and where:

The event will take place at the Merit Décor and Lancaster 2018 Buying Show on Monday, February 19th, 2018. Imagine spending a few days in the sun at the fabulous Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Florida (only 7 miles from Disney World).

What will I learn?

Shading Solution Training Day is a day of education. The sessions are divided into basic and advanced learning tracks all based on the concept of Engineered Shading Solutions.

Learning Level #1 – These sessions are geared for those just getting started in the window covering industry. The attendee will leave with basic knowledge on offering basic Shading Solutions for manual or motorized installations.

Learning Level #2 – This is for the seasoned professional looking for new and exciting innovations. The attendee will leave with advanced industry knowledge and the ability of offering Engineered Shading Solutions.

The Schedule:

9:00 – 10:00 General Session

The Bandalux Advantage

10:30 – 12:00 Learning Level 1

Designing, Building and Selling Basic Shading Solutions

10:30 – 12:00 Learning Level 2

Advanced Motorization, Automation and Integration with Somfy

12:00- 1:00 Lunch

Enjoy lunch provided by Bandalux

1:00 – 2:00 General Session

The Science & Performance of Shading Fabrics

2:30 – 4:00 Learning Level 1

First steps to Offer Motorization with Somfy

2:30 – 4:00 Learning Level 2

Designing, Building and Selling Engineered Shading Solutions

4:30 – 5:00 General Session

How to Build your Business with Bandalux

The Instructors:

Neil Gordon – Bandalux Contract – Decorating with Fabric – President

Stephen Barnes – Somfy – Southeast Architectural Specification Manager

Cost to Attend:

There is no cost to attend Shading Solution Training Day. The only requirement is that you have a current account set up wit Merit Décor and Lancaster. This is free of charge to Exciting Windows members. To learn more about this contact Christy Johnson at .

How to Register:

To register for the event go to:

When you’re there click on the box shown below.

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My Promise:

I know that taking off and traveling from your business is never easy. My promise to you is you will learn the latest technologies in the burgeoning field of Engineered Shading Solutions and you will go home energized and equipped with valuable knowledge that will propel your business to new sales opportunities and profits.

Be bold! Take a few days off in the dead of winter to absorb the Florida sun and spend time with good friends. You have been given your excuse.


Thank you,

Neil Gordon


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