Yazdan Sanati, Managing Director of Perfect Blinds in Victoria, has had a lifelong passion for interior design and learning. Here, he and his team share how training combined both learning and practice and has proven invaluable to Perfect Blinds.
Reflecting on his early memories, Yazdan Sanati of Perfect Blinds, Cheltenham, Victoria smiles as he remembers the fondness for art that he shared with his sister as a child in Iran. Inspired by his father’s business acumen, Yazdan later found himself in Dubai studying interior design, eventually migrating to Australia as an international student with graduate qualifications in international business.
“I’ve always been hands on in whatever I do and have done production work on the factory floor as well as sales and marketing hardware and materials,” Yazdan tells WFA.
“When the opportunity to become involved with and ultimately purchase Perfect Blinds, I was actually interviewed by the staff here who asked me about my age, what I knew about the industry, my technical knowledge and my understanding of window furnishing products”.
Yazdan describes the pathway since purchasing Perfect Blinds in 2017 as being initially overwhelming, then stabilising, and now having taken off it is now about managing growth. He credits much to his team of seven at Perfect Blinds, especially Suzi Zammit, who plays a key role in sales and support.
Bringing her professional background in interior design to Perfect Blinds, Suzi thrives on the opportunities to collaborate with other people’s solutions, saying that she often thinks of her customers’ homes as her own.
Both Yazdan and Suzi emphasise the importance of training, Suzi reflects that Perfect Blinds is now busier, more successful, and more efficient than before, which she credits to a culture that embraces training for every individual in the Company. “Training is vital to understanding the whole product and process” she says.
Yazdan undertook the Certificate III in Blinds Awnings Security Screens and Grilles, and now has two more apprentices undertaking the same program. He believes the program and trainer Dot Grantham (featured in WFA January 2022) changed his thinking, while the combination of learning and practice making the program “unbelievably valuable.”
“I would recommend this program to anyone in our industry, as every individual staff member benefits greatly from the training and assessment program as it is designed and delivered by experts in our industry for our industry.”
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