Management Team

Sheldon Kahan

Sheldon Kahan - President / CEO

Sheldon joined Interstate + Lakeland Lumber in 1978 after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture. He began his career as a road salesman and over the course of time got involved in all aspects of the company. In 2000, he assumed the overall responsibility of running the company and in 2008 became the majority shareholder. During 2008 he used his architectural training to create a window, door and millwork showroom like no other. One review stated "Drawing inspiration from the window display cases of Manhattan's jewelry stores, as well as artifacts displayed in New York's American Museum of Natural History, Sheldon Kahan has created a museum and gallery of his own". His design was awarded the Show Room of the year by ProSales Magazine, the industry's leading publication. He is committed to maintaining the quality reputation of the company that has been built over the past ninety-two years, his commitment was recognized in 2011, when Sheldon was honored among his peers for his dedication, passion and leadership in the building materials world by being elected as the "Ct. Lumber Person of the Year". The Lumber Person of the Year award is one of the highest honors given by one's peers in the lumber and building material industry. He is now preparing the next generation to carry on into the future, his commitment to maintaining the quality reputation of the company.

Archie Leonardais

Archie Leonardis - General Manager / COO

Archie graduated Kean College of New Jersey in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Archie started his career in 1974 with Jersey Millwork Company a large wholesale building material distributor and has since worked for Interstate + Lakeland Lumber as their VP of Operations. Overseeing all aspects of operations Archie is responsible for developing strategies for better customer service and operational efficiencies. Dedicating over 35 years of service to the building industry, Archie has served over 10 years as a volunteer to the Fire service as an active firefighter and deputy chief.

Gary Schneidman

Gary Schneidman - CFO

Gary has a BS in Management and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University and a MBA in Accounting from Baruch College. Joining Interstate in 1996 as the CFO, he oversees all financial aspects of the company. In addition to being the CFO, Gary has the responsibility of development and implementation of the company's technology strategy. Prior to Interstate + Lakeland Lumber, Gary worked for an Accounting Firm in New York City. He was responsible for the firm's consulting group that handled Lawson Software. Their clients consisted of Fortune 1000 companies. Gary also worked for Software 1040 Inc. a company that developed software for the accounting profession. Software 1040 Inc. was the first software company to supply the accounting profession with tax software to prepare 1040 and 1065 tax returns. He had numerous positions in the company from Development to Director of Manufacturing and Distribution.

Roxane Suarez

Roxane Suarez - Director Human Resources

Roxane was named Director, Human Resources in July 2013. She is passionate about making a “Difference” and is proficient in different functions of human resources such as health & welfare administration, recruiting, developing employee policies & procedures, training & education, organizational development, performance management and managing employee relations. She is an accomplished human resources professional who has 20 years of experience and has worked in a variety of industries including banking, manufacturing, high technology, sports entertainment, academia and automotive. Roxane has extensive knowledge of workforces throughout North America, as well as Global, locations for a wide expanse of leadership and behavioral experience on behalf of large Corporations, as well as for dynamic, privately held firms. Ms. Suarez is a Paralegal and a graduate of the State University New York-Empire State with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management & Economics-Human Resources Management. Throughout her life, she has dedicated herself to her career and family. She has two sons and enjoys traveling and sports.

Dan Molloy

Dan Molloy - Sales Manager

Dan graduated from Northeastern University in 1982 with degrees in finance/marketing and immediately began his career in the building material industry. Dan has managed a number of lumberyards in Massachusetts and New Hampshire for the Grossman’s chain for 15 years. Upon their closure, Dan moved to Southwestern CT and has been employed by Interstate + Lakeland Lumber since 1997. His responsibilities have been mostly as the general manager of the Shrub Oak location, but now they are as general manager of Stamford along with being the Sales Manager for the company

Company History

In the fall of 1900, an eleven year old boy from Romania named Leon Kahan arrived in New York City with little more than a suitcase and a dream. After years of hard work and effort, Leon perfected the trade of a master wood carver before becoming a partner in a Brooklyn, New York chair factory. Through his experience, Leon developed a broad knowledge and passion for woodworking and lumber. Today, Interstate & Lakeland Lumber remain dedicated to serving the same ideals & craftsmanship on which its founder built his business.

Interstate + Lakeland Lumber History

Interstate Lumber & Mill Corporation est. 1922

In 1922, at the age of thirty-three, Leon Kahan brought several of his associates to Greenwich Connecticut, where he founded Interstate Lumber & Mill Corporation. He began with a woodworking shop and quickly nurtured his craft into a thriving lumber business. Up until he passed away in 1968, Leon Kahan developed an impeccable reputation throughout Westchester and Fairfield counties as an outstanding businessman. As the original location in Greenwich, Ct began to thrive, Leon saw an opportunity to expand his business by establishing other locations and bringing his two sons, and eventually son-in-laws, into the business. Leon's eldest son Jack joined the firm in 1945 followed by Jack's brother Herb in 1950. With a family infrastructure in place, Leon began to build his business. In 1956 he created a yard in Stamford, CT. In the fall of that same year Leon went to Shrub Oak, NY and began Lakeland Lumber. Upon Leon's death in 1968, Jack and Herb continued to grow Lakeland Lumber and by 1969 acquired a facility in Croton Falls, NY.

Over the years the business continued to grow. In 1978 Jack's son, Sheldon, joined the firm where he began to focus on a path of sales growth. An 11-acre parcel was purchased in Bethel, CT in 2001 and a 40,000 sq. ft. millwork production and distribution facility was built. In 2007, a 57,000 sq. ft. expansion was completed to complement the existing facility -- expanding the millwork production and distribution space, as well as adding office space.

In 2009 IL acquired the former Wickes Lumber site in Newtown, CT. The fifteen acre site has two rail spurs serviced by the Housatonic Railroad. This allows for a much more efficient material distribution system to our existing facilities, as well as, direct deliveries to job sites.

For over ninety nine years and four generations, the Kahan family, through Interstate and Lakeland Lumber has been committed to providing quality services and materials at extremely competitive pricing. Since 1922 this company has been dedicated to servicing the needs of the areas finest builders throughout Westchester and Fairfield counties. This rich and vibrant tradition will be carried on for many years to come as the company continues to build upon its strong network of valued relationships.