Ed Lane has passed on, but our commitment is unchanged
Lexington, Ky – It’s been three months since our founder and publisher, Ed Lane, lost his two-year battle with cancer. The outpouring of heartfelt sympathy The Lane Report continues to receive is both comforting and gratifying.
You, our readers, have a deep appreciation for what we do here – serving as a reliable source of information about news important to Kentucky’s business community. The monthly magazine and lanereport.com website that Mr. Lane built and guided for 30 years are valued for the timely news we gather about the commonwealth business community and for the communication channel we offer to Kentucky’s top decision makers.
After the shock abated, the professional men and women who write, edit, design and generate revenue for Kentucky’s premier statewide business magazine got right back to work – just as the founder would have wanted. Given Mr. Lane’s acute attention to detail and general business acumen, it came as no surprise that there was a well thought out succession plan designed to keep the company moving forward for years to come. Although coincidental, one of our feature articles this month, “Plan Succession Sooner Rather Than Later,” addresses burgeoning need and best strategies in planning the future of a business in order to sustain it for the next generation.
After serving as associate publisher for 15 years, I became the publisher and CEO responsible for the overall operation of the company. We developed a board of directors consisting of the two heirs and several key employees and we moved several others into positions of increased responsibility. The company will finish the year with strong revenues and outstanding editorial content.
The Lane Report will begin its 31st year of publishing in 2016. As a member of the Association of Area Business Publications, our print and digital publications benefit from innovations other media companies around the country are putting in place. With the abdication of financial news in daily newspapers, new research reveals that regional business magazines are almost the only source of statewide news and information on business and economic activity. It’s a role we embrace.
Print and digital publications are targeted to chief executives, top/middle managers, professionals, government leaders and entrepreneurs with operations and investments in Kentucky. The editorial content includes: feature articles on outstanding companies, important business trends, updates on regional economic development projects, articles on manufacturing and the state of the region’s economy, opinion polls, the arts and other topics.
Special feature topics throughout the year include: banking and financial services, healthcare, construction, architecture, insurance, technology, education, legal services, accounting, the equine and distilling industries, telecommunications, real estate, transportation and an annual business forecast.
The staff and management at The Lane Report are dedicated to providing our influential readers with the best editorial content on a wide range of topics delivered in high-quality formats that will continue to make us the premiere business news organization for years to come. The staff names on the masthead just to the left of this article have more than 100 years of professional experience.
Part of the successful course Mr. Lane laid out for this operation is to always take an optimistic and positive approach. You’ve told us, often, that you value this, and you can count on The Lane Report to always rely on this guidance. Our editorial content focuses on solutions and best practices rather than belaboring problems that inevitably occur.
We encourage and celebrate the innovation and creativity that Kentuckians bring to the table in assessing our changing world. We encourage and celebrate the free enterprise system that continues to deliver a quality of life that rivals that of anywhere else in the world.
And importantly, The Lane Report understands that business leaders care and want to know about the latest developments and trends, and how their peers are solving problems and handling change.
We’ll change and evolve just like you, but expect The Lane Report to continue to provide the products and information you’ve valued for 30 years.