Meet the Team of Southern Shutters Shades & Blinds Serving Austin and Central Texas
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We place high importance on employing the most professional, knowledgeable people in both our showroom and manufacturing facilities. We also pride ourselves in hiring, training and retaining highly qualified and skilled professionals. In doing so, Southern Shutters has created the most friendly and proficient staff in town.
Dawn LatterShowroom Manager
Patrick Baylor Production Manager
Mark has been in the window covering business since 1989. He learned the craft from the ground up by working for his family-owned shutter company in Dallas before launching Southern Shutters in Austin, in 1993. Utilizing his degree in production management from North Texas University, he built his production facility in Manor (15 minutes east of Austin) where he draws on local, talented professionals to supply Central Texas with a full variety of window covering options.
Dawn Latter recently relocated to Texas from Wisconsin where she lived for all her life. She spent 18 years working for The Home Depot in just about every area of the store. She uses her knowledge of home improvement to better serve our customers and brings her organizational, operational and customer service skills to our showroom. Dawn is an avid baseball fan and always supports her favorite team, the Atlanta Braves. She loves playing softball in her free time. Dawn was on the board of directors for her local softball league in Wisconsin holding the positions of Member at Large and most recently as the Women’s Commissioner.
Production manager and arch department supervisor. Patrick trained as a woodworker in Europe for 2 years. He began his career with us in the summer of 2006 as an installer. After a year, he moved into the arch department as the supervisor. This is where his formal training really paid off. He oversaw the arch department until the fall of 2012. Thanks to him, we have a robust arch department and can back up our claim that "arches are our specialty!” In the fall of 2012, Patrick took over the management of the entire factory. Bringing with him the vigor of youth and multifaceted experience, he coordinates the manufacturing and installation of custom crafted plantation shutters well within our lead time. Patrick loves anything having to do with sports, especially baseball, and he enjoys spending time with his dog.
Chris LovellOwner/Factory Representative
Jeff DornakFactory Representative
Tony CarlsonFactory Representative
Raised in Georgetown, Chris began as an installer for Southern Shutters in 1996. Having displayed a knack for design, he moved into sales in 2000. Through his devotion and understanding of the craft, he was made a partner in 2005. He remains active in sales, providing you with knowledgeable insight when designing your custom window coverings. In his spare time, Chris stays active with his wife and two young children.
Jeff Dornak started out as a satisfied customer purchasing Plantation Shutters from Southern Shutters Shades and Blinds in 2010. The quality workmanship, attention to detail, and flawless execution attracted Jeff to join our team from a long career in marketing sales. In his downtime he enjoys exercising, watching sports, spending time with family, and golfing.
Tony has been with Southern Shutters Shades and Blinds since 2014. Originally from Chicago, he has lived in the Austin area since 2008. Tony has owned and ran several businesses over the last 20 years in the building and real estate industries. His years of project management experience are a true asset when it comes to specifying your shutter configuration and installation. Tony is very active with his son and enjoys traveling, golf, baseball and gardening.
Eddie RodriguezLead Installer
Eddie has been with the company since the summer of 2005 when he started with the company as a woodworker in the fabbing department. It did not take long for us to notice his love of woodworking and eye for detail. Eddie is very self-motivated. He moved into the installation department in 2007 and has been our "go to" guy ever since. For fun, Eddie enjoys billiards, watching sports, movies, and spending time with his family.
Xavier Keller, a Texas Native who has been installing shutters with us since early 2017. He has 12 years of carpentry experience. When not working, he enjoys hiking. He also enjoys making and playing music, which he has done for 15 years.
Dino RochaPaint Department Supervisor
Skylerr BirnbaumOffice Manager
Dino first started as a sander in the paint department of Mark's father's company in Dallas in 1988. He continued to work as a painter in the Dallas area until joining us here in Austin during the summer of 2003. His nearly 25 years of experience in painting and staining of shutters is evident in the furniture quality finish he and his department apply to all our shutter orders.
Skylerr Birnbaum has been with us since April 2014 when she came to us from the Texas Department of Insurance where she processed Workers Compensation claims. We were very fortunate to have her join our team. Skylerr has proven to be a great asset and is continuing to impress us with her abilities. Sklyerr is a native Austinite and has a young daughter. Skylerr grew up in Tarrytown and graduated from Austin High in 2003. Skylerr graduated from Austin Community College with a degree in Liberal Arts. In her spare time Skylerr likes to read and dance. Skylerr has a passion for music and really, really corny jokes.