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Celeste Drake

Vice President

Celeste joined the team at Lynde Hardware & Supply, Inc. in 2005, after a career in corporate meeting and event planning. She initially came in as a clerk/cashier where she worked directly with the customers. Celeste learned Lynde’s service standards, stocked shelves, and learned the business from the ground up.

In November of 2008, long time team manager, Arthur Dubuque retired. Celeste began overseeing the everyday operation of the store. She has brought a high level of customer service, differentiating Lynde Hardware & Supply, Inc. from big box stores. She has built a team of people experienced in various areas of hardware, construction, and home improvement. With careful oversight, she ensures that the store offers a selection of goods and services in keeping with the demand for the latest trends in home improvement and hardware supply.

Celeste is a lifelong resident of Gardner, Massachusetts. She and her husband, Jay Davis Drake, company president, are parents of two grown sons. 

Most days you’ll find Celeste in the store, working the floor, mixing paint, and interacting with customers.

Email: cmdrake@lyndehardware.com

Joe Vaillancourt

general manager

Joe became a member of the  Lynde Hardware & Supply, Inc. team in January 2009. He initially joined as a sales clerk, and quickly advanced to the general management position. His previous job experience includes painting, drywall, and several other home improvement trades. Joe’s product knowledge comes from the sheer number of do-it-yourself projects he has undertaken in his own life.

Outside of work, Joe spends much time using outdoor power equipment. His hobbies include woodworking and organic gardening.  He grew up and spent most of his life in Gardner, graduating from Gardner High School in 2007. Joe currently resides in Phillipston.

Email: jvaillancourt@lyndehardware.com

Debra MacMillan


Debra has been with Lynde Hardware & Supply, Inc. since 1995. Her primary occupation at Lynde is managing and maintaining customer accounts. Deb handles all of the customer inquiries relevant to account issues, invoicing, and payment. 

In addition to her duties in the billing office, Deb is the one who answers incoming calls during the week. She’ll refer you to the appropriate person to answer your questions about specific products or departments.

If you’ve called Lynde Hardware & Supply, Inc., you’ve most likely spoken with Deb.

Email: dmacmillan@lyndehardware.com