"Businesses of Broome" sits down with Kelli Morris, office administrator at Gates Garage Door Co.
Kelli Morris, office administrator, and Nate Jacoski, office manager
Winter Clark | March 7, 2019
The following interview has been edited for clarity.
Winter Clark: So, first, how did Lee (your husband) decide to start this business?
Kelli Morris: He wanted to do something in the local area that he knew how to do, but that there wasn’t a lot of. He did garage doors when he was in Florida, and when we came back here, he was a mechanic. He started his own business and then met Scott Gates, whose family owned Gates Door Company for a very very long time. Lee worked with him for a while. Then, Scott decided that he wanted to sell the business, so we purchased it in August of 2009. Lee found it was a really good fit for him. He loved the work.
WC: And what about you, how did you get involved?
KM: Well, I’m married to the owner. I came from human services, and being here really has a lot to do with providing for our family. It’s really nice to be a part of the community, too. We used to be over in Johnson City. Recently, we moved to Endicott. I do all of the advertising and marketing here and it’s really nice to find ways to donate, give back, and just be involved as a small business.
WC: So you just named something that’s really important to you and your husband: giving back to the community. Could you say a little bit more about that?
KM: I think it’s really important to be involved, especially as a small business. A lot of people go to big box stores and think that they’re getting a really good deal. We’ve heard so many times that they get the runaround there. Here, it’s very personal. Nate, who works here, is actually my cousin. One of our neighbors also works here. We’re really all kind of intertwined in some way. It really feels good to be a part of something and help our community in any way that we can.