Meet The Team
Meet Our Team
Mark Perel - Owner
Mark has many years of experience in window treatment design, and is very knowledgeable with Hunter Douglas Products, Soft Treatments, Shutters, & Motorization. He first started off working for his father at their family-owned window treatment store located in Nassau County. Mark shadowed his father for 7 years learning the family business in and out before branching off on his own, taking over Homestead Window Treatments, a pre-existing window treatment store in the Huntington area. “My father was a great teacher/mentor who has taught me everything that I know and I am forever grateful for that. I wouldn’t be where I am in life today without him! Now being older and having a business of my own I constantly keep challenging myself to gain a reputation that is unbeatable. Customer Service is extremely important to me and my wife and I strive to provide the most seamless, and care free service you will ever encounter!”
Laura Perel - Owner
“Laura graduated from St. Josephs College with a bachelors degree in education. While still in college, she spent a lot of her time helping out at the showroom. During that time, she developed a love for the business and decided that this was the career path for her! Since then, they have teamed together and made Homestead what it is today! My husband and I make a great team and are very passionate about working hard and watching our business flourish. We are very proud of earning the title of best window treatment store on Long Island for three consecutive years in a row, and it is our goal to maintain that title for many more years to come!”
Isabella Perel - Future CEO
Isabella, aka Izzaboo, is an aspiring CEO of Homestead Window Treatments with lots to learn, but she is up for the challenge! Izzaboo would paint the whole world in yellow because that’s her favorite color. If she was President, the whole world would be pineapple and watermelon-themed, and Frozen would play in the movie theater every day. Her hidden talent is melting the heart of anyone who meets her!
Kathy Grannis - Designer
Kathy brings Homestead over 20 years of experience in window treatments. What we love about Kathy is that she has the patience to walk her clients through the many design options in window treatments available today. She really loves a challenge and has always had a great rapport with her customers.
Lori Madison - Designer
Lori is an interior designer who specializes in custom window treatments. She has over 20 years of experience providing design services for both residential and commercial spaces. She earned her degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology and has continued her education through the years with various design seminars and programs. Lori strives to save you time and money by guiding you through the design process, saving you from making costly mistakes. She will help you turn your home interior dreams into a reality. Do you have any questions for Lori? Let us know in the comments!
Margi Lovrich - Designer
Margi has been designing window treatments for 18 years. She studied design at Long Island University, and The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. She got her start selling window treatments in 2003 when she called in a local competitor for a quote for blinds and drapery in her living room and dining room. The salesman was the owner, so when he saw her detailed sketch of swags and jabots, he looked around the room, and then offered her a job right there on the spot. She’s been at it ever since, and she still loves what she does! Margi is well-versed in Hunter Douglas and Graber blinds, soft treatments, shutters and motorization.
Megan Happel - Designer
Megan has been in the Design field for a little over 7 years now. What she loves most about being a designer is the ability to be creative every day. She finds it rewarding to help her clients envision how beautiful their home can truly be. In her free time, she enjoys bringing out her creativity in Zumba or cooking fun meals!
Steve Haimowitz - Designer
Steve is a lifelong window treatments expert. Although his expertise spans all types of window coverings, his specialty is in soft treatments. Steve owned a drapery workroom for over 20 years and has been a friend of the Perel family for almost as long. The enormity of his knowledge and experience is eclipsed only by his big personality. Prepare to have a few laughs along with your window coverings!
Rob Daniels - Installer/Repair Technician
Rob is our trusted repairman for blinds and shades, with over 30 years of experience working at Homestead Window Treatments. Whether you need a re-string or a mechanical repair, Rob is there to help.
Roberto Pereira - Installer Blinds, Shades, Shutters
Roberto is our trusted installer for 8 years. He also works as a Maintenance Manager when he’s not installing blinds and shades for Homestead. Roberto is a Hunter Douglas Certified Master installer, and he specializes in blinds, shades, and shutters. Roberto’s expertise in shutter installation and consistent great customer service have been praised by customers, and we are very lucky to have him on our team!
Justin Davis - Installer - Blinds & Shades
Justin is a professional installer of window treatments. Prior to working for Homestead, he had a background of installing televisions and sound systems. He always gets the job done right and makes sure the customer is happy.
Steve Ericson - Installer - Blinds, Shades, Draperies
Steve Ericson has been a professional window treatment installer for 28 years. He started in the industry when he worked alongside his mother building vertical track systems, while she sold blinds and shades. His career began in commercial window treatment installation, and eventually he transitioned out of corporate to build his own residential company, SRC Installations. While he is a Hunter Douglas Certified Master Installer, he currently specializes in drapery and motorization.
Melissa Latino - Showroom Manager
Melissa is our showroom manager. With over 15 years of experience in office management and customer service, she oversees the coordination of all of our design projects from start to finish. Melissa strives to ensure our business runs smoothly and that each client enjoys their design experience with us. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, jogging and working on interior design projects throughout her own home.
Mel Dowlat - Administrative Assistant
Mel’s experience in design dates back to 2008, when I attended NYIT for graphic design, followed by Nassau Community College for Interior Design/Marketing. After graduating, I worked for a well-known design firm for over 13 years as a Memo Coordinator/Research Design Associate/Showroom Assistant. I really love pulling together fabric stories/projects. In my spare time, I enjoy crafting, being outdoors, traveling, and listening to music.
Patti Siegel - Showroom Assistant/Field Expert
Patti’s 20+ year career in window treatments began when she became a stay-at-home mom. When the window fashions she designed for her own home became a hit with friends and family, she knew she was onto something. After seeking professional training to refine her skills, she became a force in the industry. Patti is thankful to be a member of the Homestead team, using her knowledge and hands-on experience with window treatments to help cleints and the team members alike. In her spare time, Patti enjoys hiking with her husband, visiting her children in Colorado and Florida, decorating her home, and loving her cat, Zoe.
Jenn Penna - Showroom Assistant
Jennifer works remotely from Florida and brings us 20 years of experience in window treatments. She considers it a blessing to work for Mark & Laura at Homestead for nearly a decade. Her favorite parts of the job are working with decorators to choose fabric, color, and hardware to create the perfect treatments for our clients.
Sam Castain - Consultation Coordinator
Sam brings six years of customer service experience to Homestead, previously working in retail sales and management. She thrives in customer service because she enjoys forming connections with others. In her free time, she enjoys reading and writing and pursuing any other creative endeavor she can get her hands on.
Corinne Oliveira - Marketing Manager
Corinne resides in Holbrook, NY with her husband and cocker spaniel, Lucy. She graduated from Southern New Hampshire University in 2020 with a Master’s in Digital Marketing. Her career in marketing began with a marketing role at an accounting firm, followed by a Content Marketing Assistant position at a medical company. While she enjoys all facets of marketing, she especially enjoys developing social media marketing strategies. As a creative type, you’ll often find Corinne painting, reinventing her home decor, crafting, or working on graphic design. And you may also see her in our social media posts!
Taylor Hotelling - Marketing Assistant
Taylor graduated from Adelphi University in May 2021 with a bachelor’s in Communications with a concentration in digital and cinematic studies and is now pursuing her Master’s degree in Digital Marketing at the Zicklin School of Business. She has always had a love for all things marketing, especially social media, and began her career as a Social Media Manager Intern in 2017. Being creative is her passion, from graphic design to building marketing strategies and to DIY projects.
Taylor is looking forward to graduating and seeing where life will take her!
Dru Cuffie - Warehouse Manager
Andru resides in Huntington Station, NY. He brings Homestead 6 years of warehouse experience. As our warehouse manager, he handles all incoming deliveries, inventory management, and the organization of our warehouse. In his spare time, he enjoys music, dancing, and cooking.
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He’s a window treatment design expert with years of experience working with Hunter Douglas products. He first started working in the family business at his father’s store before branching out on his own and opening up Homestead Window Treatments. Mark knows his stuff, and he can help you find the perfect window treatments for your home.
Laura’s story is one of grit and determination. After graduating from St. Joseph’s College with a bachelor’s degree in education, she worked at the family tile store. She loved the business and decided that this was the career path for her. With her husband, they have teamed together and made Homestead what it is today!