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Rance Crain

Rance Crain (BSJ60) is president and editorial director of Crain Communications Inc, one of the largest privately owned business media companies with 30 leading business, trade and consumer brands in North America, Europe and Asia. The company’s 850 employees in 11 locations produce exciting publications, digital products, events, marketing services, custom publishing, lead generation and research and data products to help its millions of readers and clients succeed. In 2013, he was inducted into the Advertising Hall Fame.

Crain started his career as a reporter for the company’s Advertising Age magazine. He later became senior editor of Advertising Age and also has served as editor and editorial director of a number of other Crain Communications publications. Crain was named to his present post in 1973. Crain Communications publishes weekly business newspapers in Chicago, New York, Detroit and Cleveland. The company’s trade papers include Electronic Media, Plastics News and Pensions & Investments, and it has acquired Modern Healthcare, AutoWeek and RCR, serving the wireless communications industry.