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Meet your Budget Blinds of Albert Lea Team!

  • Owner Gabriel Bio

    Gabe Haugland


    Gabriel Haugland is proud to serve the Budget Blinds of Mason City, Budget Blinds of West Rochester, and Budget Blinds of Albert Lea team as their owner! In 2007, Gabriel attended Drake Law School before joining the Iowa National Guard and serving as an Infantry Officer and JAG Officer. As a combat Veteran of Afghanistan, owning his own business is a new and exciting journey for his family and he is enjoying every minute of it. Gabriel has lived in Clear Lake since returning from Afghanistan in 2011 and loves calling the area home. He loves to fish, hunt, and attend Twins games with his family. He also enjoys spending time serving his local church in Clear Lake. He is married to his wife, Carolyn, and they have two beautiful children,Grace and Nick. Gabriel greatly appreciates the support of the local community and looks forward to working with each and everyone of you!

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    Ressa Thompson

    General Manager

    Let's all take a moment to celebrate and give a warm welcome to our amazing General Manager, Ressa Thompson! Ressa started her journey with Budget Blinds as an office assistant and worked her way up the ranks to become our GM. She is truly a valuable asset to our team.

    Ressa brings a special set of skills to the table and is affectionately known as our "mother hen." She loves the flexibility her job offers and takes pride in being able to grow as both an employee and a person. She was born and raised in the Albert Lea area and has lived there her entire life.

    When she's not working hard to ensure our customers have a positive experience, Ressa loves spending time with her family, going on walks, trying new recipes, and baking. She's a huge hockey fan and loves watching Minnesota Wild games with her husband and 4-year-old son, who is absolutely obsessed with hockey.

    Speaking of family, Ressa recently got married to her husband in December 2021, and they welcomed their beautiful daughter into the world in October 2022. They also have two golden retrievers named Rex and Honey.

    We are so fortunate to have Ressa as part of our team at Budget Blinds and we know she will continue to bring her positivity, expertise, and passion to everything she does. Cheers to you, Ressa!

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    Emily Garza Simoni

    Administrative & Marketing Assistant

    Help us in welcoming our new Office Support, Emily Simoni! Emily graduated Concordia College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business with a Marketing concentration and minors including Psychology and Music.
    With extensive experience in marketing, project management, and office administration she will be wearing many hats here at Budget Blinds!
    Emily is engaged with her fiancé Chris, and recently moved back to their hometown area of Wells, MN where they look forward to enjoying family functions, sports games, and community events. They recently purchased their first home and live with their two dogs Buddy and Bebe (and turtle Iridocyclitis).
    When Emily isn't wedding planning, she likes to spend her time playing the piano, reading books, baking, and drinking coffee with friends.
    We're so proud to have Emily join our team!
  • Brandon Bjoraker

    Brandon Bjoraker

    Sales Manager

    We have so many amazing team members that we just can’t resist featuring them! Today, we’re going to highlight the contributions of Brandon Bjoraker, who is our Sales Manager with extensive experience in residential and commercial construction. He began his employment with us in January 2019—and has proven himself an invaluable team member ever since. He brings many valuable skills to the team, and he loves new challenges and meeting new people in his job.

    Brandon grew up in Nora Springs, and currently lives in Ventura, where he has resided for the past 10 years. He’s an active member of his church, where he serves as a deacon.

    In his free time, Brandon has a very active lifestyle. He enjoys fishing and attending his daughters’ various activities, which include horseback riding, volleyball, basketball, color guard, band, vocal, and trapshooting. He’s been married for 19 years and has three wonderful daughters. Brandon enjoys life in the country with his family plus horses, cats, a donkey, and a boxer dog.

    Join us in celebrating Brandon’s contributions here at Budget Blinds—and for all the activities he participates in with his family. It’s things like this that make him a pillar of our community!

  • Chris Jascha

    Chris Jascha

    Design Consultant

    Here at Budget Blinds, we believe in recognizing our team members and all the amazing things they bring to the table! That’s why we’re highlighting Chris Jascha today!

    Chris is a highly skilled Design Consultant with more than 20 years of experience in construction and design. He brings an impressive attention to detail to his work, ensuring that every project he takes on is executed to the highest standard. Since starting his employment with us in January 2020, Chris has quickly become an invaluable member of our team.

    Although he has lived his whole life in Southern Minnesota, Chris is keen to explore new places and cultures. He is currently learning to speak Irish, and he has a passion for travel. In his free time, he enjoys hitting the open road on his beloved Harley.

    Chris is happily married to his wife Jessica, and the couple resides in Owatonna, MN. He’s also the proud, happy grandfather of 1 grandchild. Despite his busy schedule, he always makes time for his family and loved ones.

    Join us in celebrating everything that Chris does here at Budget Blinds, at home, and in the community. He’s been an amazing addition to our team!

  • Mike Mogk

    Mike Mogk

    Design Consultant

    We're excited to shine a spotlight on one of our team members at Budget Blinds. Meet Mike Mogk, one of our Design Consultants who brings a wealth of expertise to our team.

    Mike has spent his entire adult life working in construction and design, making him an invaluable asset to our team. Also - how impressive is this! He was actually Gabe's very first employee at Budget Blinds!

    Although he grew up in Northwood, Iowa, Mike currently calls Albert Lea his home. When he's not helping our clients transform their homes with beautiful window treatments, he enjoys fishing and riding motorcycles.

    Mike is married with five kids and two grandkids, which keeps him busy outside of work. We're lucky to have someone with such a strong work ethic, passion for design, and commitment to his family on our team.

    His experience and skills speak for themselves. He's a valuable member of our team, and we appreciate his dedication to our clients and their homes.

    Thank you, Mike, for all that you bring to the team at Budget Blinds. We appreciate your hard work, dedication, and passion for design!

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    Tony Larson

    Design Consultant

    Let's shine a spotlight on one our new team members, Tony Larson! Tony joins the Budget Blinds team as a design consultant and we are so lucky to have him!


    Clear Lake, Iowa is home to Tony and his wife Becky who share five children together. Their children Gabi, Mateo, Max, Gage, and Drake keep them busy with sports, school activities, and community events! Although Tony keeps a busy schedule he still loves to create time for sports, hunting and fishing.


    Tony started his Budget Blinds career August of 2023 and has shown tremendous skill in what he does! Owning his own business is one of the many factors that keep him driven. His management skills, and friendly personality are the perfect combo which is why clients love working with him.


    Thank you Tony for joining us at Budget Blinds, we love celebrating our great team members! 

  • Travis Tarr

    Travis Tarr

    Commercial Project Manager

    Hello, Budget Blinds fans! We want to introduce you to one of our star employees, Travis Tarr, who serves as our Commercial Project Manager. Travis brings over 20 years of experience as an estimator and project manager, which has made him an invaluable member of our team. He loves meeting new people and working with contractors, and he's equally at home in the office or out in the field.

    Although Travis is originally from Clear Lake, Iowa, he has been a part of the surrounding communities for many years. When he's not hard at work on commercial projects, he enjoys coaching his children in sports and fishing in his free time.

    Travis has an impressive educational background, having earned a 4-year degree from the University of Northern Iowa in their Construction Management Program. He brings this expertise and skill to every project he oversees, and his attention to detail is second to none.

    We are incredibly lucky to have Travis as part of our team at Budget Blinds, and we want to thank him for his hard work and dedication to making our commercial projects a success. Join us in giving Travis a big round of applause for his contributions to our community and to our company!

  • Ryan Becker

    Ryan Becker

    Installation Technician

    Let's give a big round of applause to one of our talented installers, Ryan Becker, who has been an integral part of the Budget Blinds team.

    Ryan brings an exceptional set of skills to our team, including his punctuality and dedication to ensuring every installation is done to perfection. He takes immense pride in seeing our customers satisfied with their new window treatments.

    Although Ryan has lived in Alexandria for a few years, he grew up in Clear Lake, giving him a deep understanding and connection to our service area. We're lucky to have him on our team!

    When Ryan isn't installing window treatments, you can find him indulging in his hobbies, such as fishing, hunting, hiking, snowboarding, and traveling. He's always up for an adventure!

    Ryan is dedicated to providing top-notch service to all of our customers. His work speaks for itself, and we couldn't be more proud to have him on our team.

    Join us in thanking Ryan for his hard work and commitment to excellence. Budget Blinds is lucky to have such a talented installer on our team!

  • Austin Kuper

    Austin Kuper

    Installation Technician

    Attention all Budget Blinds customers and fans! We would like to take a moment to highlight one of our amazing team members, Austin Kuper (AKA Ozzy), who is an installer on our team. Ozzy brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience from his previous work in construction, including bricklaying. He enjoys the freedom of the job and not being in the same place day after day.

    Originally from Independence, Iowa, Ozzy moved to Clear Lake when he started his job with Budget Blinds. He has been a valuable member of our team since then and has been an essential part of our success in serving the surrounding areas.

    When he's not on the job, Ozzy enjoys spending time with his daughter, Izzy, who is 6 years old. His hobbies include fishing, and he's especially fond of chasing walleyes.

    We want to express our appreciation for all of Ozzy's hard work and dedication to providing excellent customer service and high-quality installations for our clients. We're lucky to have him on our team! Join us in giving Ozzy a round of applause for his fantastic work at Budget Blinds!

  • Zane Wyant

    Zane Wyant

    Installation Technician

    Ladies and gentlemen, we would like to take a moment to introduce you to Zane Wyant, one of the outstanding installers at Budget Blinds. Zane brings with him a wealth of experience from his previous job, where he served as a lead for a home-building construction company. He finds a lot of joy in the simplicity of installing window treatments compared to the complexity of building houses, and he enjoys all the exciting challenges that come with the job.

    Zane is a true local, having lived in Albert Lea his entire life. When he's not on the job, he enjoys hitting the road on his motorcycle and taking in the beautiful Minnesota scenery. He is also a huge animal lover, although he doesn't have any pets of his own... yet!

    We are incredibly grateful to have Zane on our team at Budget Blinds. He is a skilled and dedicated installer who consistently provides exceptional customer service to all. Join us in congratulating Zane for his contributions to our team and our community. Thank you, Zane, for your hard work and commitment to our mission of bringing beautiful window treatments to our customers' homes!

  • Al Attig

    Al Attig

    Installation/Service Manager

    We are thrilled to shine the spotlight on one of our exceptional team members at Budget Blinds. Meet Al Attig, our incredible Installation/Service Manager, who has been with us since 2004 and brings a wealth of expertise to our team.

    Al is our go-to person when it comes to fixing blinds of any style. His extensive experience and special skills make him an invaluable asset to our customers and the entire team. If you have a blinds-related challenge, Al is the guy to call!

    Born and raised right here in Albert Lea, Al's deep-rooted connection to the community shines through his exceptional service and dedication. He has been a resident of this town his entire life, and his commitment to delivering outstanding results is unparalleled.

    When he's not busy exceeding customer expectations, Al loves spending time pursuing his hobbies. Whether it's boating, golfing, or bow hunting, he knows how to embrace the great outdoors and enjoy life to the fullest. Al is also a proud husband and father of two wonderful daughters, making family time an essential part of his life.

    Let's all raise a toast to Al Attig, a true rockstar in our team! We appreciate his hard work, his exceptional skills, and his unwavering commitment to our customers. Thank you, Al, for making Budget Blinds the best in the business!

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We look forward to working with you!


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