Hot Mama: Michelle Kohanzo
The Land of Nod executive started her journey as Employee No. 10 at the now-booming kids’ decor company.
In 1999, Michelle Kohanzo was a new mom and the 10th employee at then-brand new The Land of Nod, working in customer service. Fast forward to today, and that newborn is in her teens with three younger siblings, LON is a powerhouse kids decor company, and Michelle is the Managing Director, having spent time in just about every department, and continually helping shape the brand’s fun, adventurous and whimsical spirit. It’s no surprise that Michelle’s creativity has affected her home life as well—she weaves wallhangings in her spare time, brought her daughter on board as a LON summer intern, and has been known to spend the day with her son painting a wall in their home (it was later covered with wallpaper). Also impressive: To get the maximum amount of sleep each night, she’s whittled down her morning routine to 30 minutes. Just enough time to get dressed “and drink as much coffee as possible.”