Mr. Lane was born and raised in Long Island, New York. As part of his High School experience, he won public speaking and numerous other county, state and national awards with the Distributive Education Clubs of America. During his graduating year, he most notably won New York State Outstanding Student of the year and then later became the chapters Alumni President.
Working his way through school as a territory salesman for Nestler Enterprises, Inc. a manufacturers representative company, he Graduated Nassau Community College majoring in Marketing and subsequently attending Bernard Baurach College majoring in Management. In 1985 Mr. Lane became the first National Sales Manager for Stanton Carpet Corporation an importer of wool carpets at the age of 23. Mr. Lane took the company national and created a sales organization of 38 sales agents in the United States and Canada, brought the company from three products to over forty, along with three acquisitions (New Eastern, Contract Distributors (CDA) and Mira-X).
In 1992 he became a partner and Executive Vice President of The Rug Hold Company. They were the first company to bring non-skid rug under lament to the United States. Mr. Lane was brought in for a corporate turn-around. After preventing the company from being closed, and making them profitable after just three consecutive quarters he later sold his interest in Rug Hold to start his own Management Consulting Company, Lane Enterprises, Inc. in 1994.
At Lane Enterprises, which was based in Hauppauge, Long Island, Mr. Lane consulted to such companies as Weight Watchers International, Coldwell Banker, AT&T, and ABC Carpet & Home. Mr. Lane sold Lane Enterprises in 1997 to the Ross Consulting Group based out of New Jersey. Mr. Lane went on to another turn around hired to turn around the ailing New York Region of Collins & Aikman Floor Coverings, Inc (Now know as Tandus) handling Pennsylvania/Delaware to upstate New York, with an office and showroom based in New York City.
In August of 2002 Mr. Lane opened Lane Sales, Inc. an exclusive manufacturers representative company of quality floor covering products. Lane Sales has taken over all the importers and manufactures that Nestler Enterprises, Inc. previously handled and represents lines through out the Tri-State New York, Connecticut and New Jersey area with Territory Managers plus sales support staff. Lane Sales handles residential, commercial and hospitality floor covering products both running line items and custom.
Mr. Lane is an industry consultant and guest speaker Sales, Marketing and on Environmentally Responsible Home Furnishings Products, including Flooring products on the Fox News Channel.
Mr. Lane, is a Board member to the Leadership Council of the Mentoring Partnership of Long Island and New York City. Additionally, he is a Federal club member to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and charitably he continues to remain active in the American Diabetic Association and the Fight For Sight Foundation.
Mark Levy is a partner in Lane Sales, Inc and resides as its Executive Vice President and Controller. Mark is responsible for covering the Long Island and Brooklyn, New York territory.
Living on Long Island, N.Y. for over 40 years, getting around town is no problem for him. Mark comes from a line of entrepreneurs and brings a great deal to Lane Sales. He holds a B.S. from Albany State University in computer financial systems, and a M.B.A. from New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). He also taught classes at SUNY Farmingdale.
For years Mark has been calling on our L.I. and Brooklyn clientele, developing key relationships with many of the large and small carpet, rug and flooring dealers. Mark has become a trusted advisor and dealers call him on a regular basis for product knowledge, and education in the latest trends as well as advice on which products work best for particular applications. With a background in teaching, Mark also plays a vital role in educating salespeople in our products. Mark feels that educating salespeople and owners in each of the carpet stores is key in getting them to promote and make money with our products. Mark has quickly become a favorite rep and friend among dealers and a valuable asset to Lane Sales.
Mark is a member of the National Business Honor Society, Delta Mu Delta and is a current member of the Leadership Forum for Sales & Marketing (ExecuLeaders) and a Federal Club member of the Human Rights Campaign. He also has a life-time membership at the Sandler Institute of Sales. Lastly, Mark is a member of the Long Island Floor Covering Association.
Fran joined Lane Sales in 2014 as our Office Manager. Fran is based in Lane Sales corporate offices on Long Island and oversees sales suport, customer service, administrative support and client database management.
Fran owned a Retail store for 17 years, giving her a great understanding of retail business. Fran also has extensive experience as an Executive Assistant to the President/CEO of for profit corporations.
Fran lives on Long Island, NY with her husband as empty nesters. Having had two beautiful sons.
Linda Montero - Accounting (Commissions & Reports)
Linda Montero was born and raised in Queens, New York later to move to Long Island, New York. Linda worked in Manhattan for the New York Telephone Co./NYNEX/Verizon for 24 years. She first held the position of Customer Service Representative and then moved up to Supervisor in the Business Office for 16 years. Linda then took a position as Staff Manager in the Language Standards department for the next 8 years. Linda’s responsibilities as a Technical Writer were the creation of methods and procedures for the introduction and updates to new and established telecommunication products and services. She chaired meetings and gave presentations to other department heads to coordinate these activities. Linda gave numerous training sessions on in house procedures and new products/services being introduced.
After leaving Verizon Linda became the Personal/Financial Manager to a top Christian recording artist and author. Her responsibilities included running two corporate offices on Long Island and in Nashville TN, overseeing production, travel, product supply and inventory.
We were lucky enough to have Linda join Lane Sales in 2003 as Office Manager. In 2014 Linda transitioned to Accounting (Commissions & Sales Reports). She is based in Lane Sales corporate offices on Long Island.
Territory Manager: Conneticut/Lower NY State (Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland and Orange Counties)
Territory Manager: Conneticut/Lower NY State (Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland and Orange Counties)
Tom Dancel - Territory Manager: Conneticut/Lower NY State (Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland and Orange Counties)
Rich, is a polished, experienced flooring sales pro! Rich started in retail sales. He then opened up his own flooring store which grew to 5 locations.
Rich later joined Beaulieu, advancing with multiple promotions over the course of 18 years with his final position as Sales Manager for the US market. In that position he handled carpet, ceramic, laminate, wood and area rugs.
Prior to Lane Sales, Rich was the Northeast Territory Manager for Home Legend, covering Delaware to Maine.
Arvun Muturov grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia. Arvun gratuated St. Petersburg University with a Bachelors of Public Relations in 2006 and moved to the United States, New York in 2009.
Arvun worked in a Sales Support Capacity for Lane Sales in 2012-2013. He then worked for three years for Misha Carpets a To The Trade Designer Showroom, that handles both residential and commercial projects. Arvun was involved in all aspects of projects from showroom sales, calling on Designers, to being hands on in Misha's warehouse and on site for installations.
Today Arvun lives in Brooklyn, NY with his cat Mr Grey and actively enjoys all the spoils of the great City of New York! Arvun rejoined Lane Sales in mid 2017 as our Commercial A&D Sales Specialist.
Lane Sales has a strategic Agreement with Evan Shatz Sales Associates a Top Multi-Line Hospitality Rep Agency, to head up our Hospitality Division.
The Lane Sales Hospitality Division is focused on promoting Lane Sales wool product lines and custom flooring products, specifically to A&D firms that specialize in hospitality and to Hospitality Purchasing Agents.
Evan Shatz, began his sales career in 1976 as a showroom assistant with Cohama Decorative Fabrics in New York City. For the next 20 years, he continued to work in fabric sales, joining Covington Fabrics in 1980. In 1996, Evan formed Evan Shatz Sales Associates as a multi–line rep agency and in addition to Covington fabrics, added a carpet and iron furnishings line to his product mix. Now, after 17 years as principal of this organization, Evan has become a leader in his field, and with the assistance of several talented associates, represents some of the finest products to the hospitality/contract markets in the Northeast.
Ryan Bondar is a recent graduate of Rutgers University where he majored in Public Relations, Advertising & Applied Communications. After graduating, Ryan expressed a desire to learn the rep business. He is assisting our commercial hospitality A&D group in our NYC showroom and is working with select accounts in New York City. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys playing drums.
Joan Rickert - Operations Manager - Hospitality Division
Joan handles inside sales and support of our commercial hospitality A&D group, Joan worked at Cohama Decorative Fabrics in 1976, where she was then a handweaver and assistant textile stylist. In 1979, Joan left Cohama and went to Burlington Industries' "House" division designing drapery fabrics for the major retail chains. After her first daughter, Elissa, was born in 1983, she retired from the design field and became a PTA mom and substitute teacher with plans to become certified to teach High School Art. In the late 1990s, she agreed to help run the office and handle the administrative end of commercial hospialty A&D business.
Jes Rodriguez, studied interior design at Berkeley College. After graduating in 1993, she began her career at Prime Hospitality in NJ and later joined Elias Design in NYC. After 11 years in the hospitality design field, Jes decided to switch gears and in 2007, moved to Hawaii for 3 months to train and become a certified Bikram Yoga instructor. Towards the end of 2007, Jes joined our commercial hospitalty A&D group where her interior design background helps clients with their design methodology. She calls on accounts in NJ and eastern PA.
Elissa Shatz is a Sales Associate and Sales Support, is a graduate of FIT, where she majored in Marketing & Communications. After graduation, she gained invaluable sales experience while working at Karl Chevrolet in New Canaan, CT. Elissa joining the business, in 2006. Starting out as a sales assistant, Elissa learned the ins and outs of running a repping business first hand, by assisting in the office. With this knowledge, Elissa soon "hit the road", calling on accounts in the New England states. She now divides her time between developing business in the New England area and continuing to provide sales support in the office.