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Bound by Business: Fathers and Daughters

Episode 277 of Window Treatments for Profit


Today With Gordon and Kelly Clements:

In this episode of Bound by Business, we have the privilege of learning from Kelly and Gordon Clements, the father-daughter duo behind Gordon’s Window Decor. Gordon founded the company in 1986, growing it from a one-man operation in his Vermont basement to an internationally recognized business. In 2003, Kelly joined the company, working her way up from entry-level positions to eventually taking over as president in 2015.

Throughout the conversation, Kelly and Gordon share invaluable insights on navigating multi-generational leadership transitions, leading with values, fostering a culture of innovation, and building trust with team members. They emphasize the importance of putting family first, staying curious, and being willing to take risks.

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Kelly Clements is the second-generation president of Gordon’s Window Decor, founded by her father Gordon Clements in 1986. Ms. Clements graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communication with a degree in film and started her own film company upon graduation through which she had the opportunity to travel the world. Through her extensive travel she discovered how much roots mattered to her- specifically her Vermont roots.

Gordon’s Window Décor was named the Vermont Family Business of the year by the Small Business Administration and Clements was recognized by Family Business Magazine in the “25 Under 35”. She has been honored to speak on panels at various conferences including Transitions West and the SBA.

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With unwavering conviction, Jessica Harling can break down complex decisions to simplify an action plan. Her dynamic problem-solving can confront potential obstacles proactively and energize any team, making others feel valued to achieve their ambitious company goals. She is the founder of Behind the Design, a People Operations company that enthusiastically collaborates with leadership to build dream teams! From recruiting to training and process development, their intuition for creating strong emotional connections discovers and nurtures rockstar talent with established streamlined processes that impact the company’s bottom line.

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