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Meet Our Staff
K. "Gynger" Connolly  -  Owner and President
Gynger graduated from Union College in Schenectady, with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and began an 18 year career with General Electric, holding management positions in Sales and Marketing of Power Systems in the US and Europe.  She also achieved the status of "Master Black Belt" in GE's Six Sigma Quality program.  Also, during her tenure at GE, she acquired her Juris Doctrate degree, focusing primarily on contract and business law, for the negotiations of large turbine orders for GE. 
However, in 1998, when her second child was born, she decided to join her father in the operation of Rand Manufacturing Co. Inc., and, in time, forming the new division "Blinds, Shades & More".  In addition to overseeing all company operations, she primarily focuses on marketing and sales of commercial window treatments.
She lived with her husband, Brian, and daughters Sarah and Elyssa in Niskayuna, NY.  She in involved in the Niskayuna schools, and is a Girl Scout Leader.  Her hobbies involve boating, skiing and stained glass work.


Henry W. Frick -  Vice President of Shop Operations
After a long career in Manufacturing, and Value Analysis/Engineering, Henry Frick and Gene Knopf purchased Rand Manufacturing in 1977.  They decided then to enter the window decorating business, and built that business to be one of the largest in the Northeast.
However, after Mr. Knopf passed away, and Mr. Frick had some health problems, he decided to sell the window treatment portion of Rand Manufacturing and focus again on the manufacturing business.  Today, Henry is in good health and continues to provide Rand Manufacturing and Blinds, Shades & More with the benefit of his experience, as well as oversee the daily factory operations. 
In his spare time, Henry enjoys ballroom dancing, boating and relaxing.


Anthony Valente -  Lead Installer and Window Treatment Specialist
Anthony graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Fine Arts/Woodworking/Furniture Making.  He spent over 10 years at Draper Industries in Rochester as a window treatment installer, before joining Blinds, Shades & More as our lead installer and window treatment specialist. 
He lives in Niskayuna, NY with his wife, Melissa and daughters Sarah and Laura.




Lee Ann Gillum - Decorator and Window Treatment Specialist
Lee Ann graduated from Northwood University in Michigan with degrees in Residential and Commercial Design Management and Marketing.  She is experienced in all aspects of window treatments, including draperies and commercial applications.  She especially loves the color and texture aspects of the textile industry.





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