Tom Ehly’s parents started Ehly’s Interiors 35 years ago and Tom grew up in the business. When he graduated from college, he joined the firm and became a partner. When his parents retired in 2009, he took over the business and has been running it ever since. Ehly’s Interiors has been in business since 1977. They are family owned and operated and feature a large product line of window treatments, blinds, flooring, wall coverings, upholstery and consultations. They also repair most major brands of blinds.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
Our industry has experienced many ups and downs in the last 10 years.
Finding the right product mix and pricing structure while balancing excellent customer service requires constant diligence.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
Winning the BBB integrity award was a significant achievement.
Having an A+ rating for over 15 years is something we take seriously.
Tell us a little about your family.
My wife and I have been married for 31 years. I have three daughters, a great son-in law and two grandchildren. My parents are retired but still help in the business.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
When I received Jesus Christ as my personal savior many years ago. Second would be marrying my college sweetheart 31 years ago.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Watch football or read a good book.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I nearly died in a motorcycle accident at 17.
What are you the most proud of?
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t ever give up. If at first you don’t succeed try again.
What is the one goal you would most like to accomplish?
To be able to pass on the family business to the next generation.
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
Read people’s minds.
What are your plans after retirement?
Travel, read and babysit grandkids.
What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life?
Empathy for others.
Which talent would you most like to have?
Ability to talk in front of large crowds.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
I read the Bible every day. Also The Innocent by David Balducci.
What is your favorite movie?
What is your favorite TV show?
Burn Notice or old westerns.
What is your favorite local restaurant?
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?