Onward and Upward

There is always excitement in the fall air. It is a time of hope and new beginnings. We tell ourselves this will be the year our favorite football team wins it all, our children get straight A’s, and we lose the weight we swore we were going to lose in June.

Here at Cleveland Magazine and its parent company, Great Lakes Publishing, we wanted to get into the spirit of the season, so we thought we’d make a new beginning of our own. As Woody Hayes was fond of saying, “You win with people.” And business is no different than football. We have built a wonderful success story because of our winning team of people, and it’s time to recognize their outstanding contributions.

It is my pleasure to announce three promotions. Lute Harmon Jr. has been named president of Great Lakes Publishing. During his tenure as publisher of Ohio Magazine, Lute took the magazine to new heights of readership and advertising, the major ingredients of magazine success. His leadership in making Ohio one of the top regional magazines in the country will be a great asset in leading Great Lakes Publishing into the future. 

Frank Bird II, publisher of Cleveland Magazine and a vice president of Great Lakes Publishing, has earned a corporate promotion to senior vice president. While retaining his publisher duties, Frank’s promotion recognizes the significant contribution he has made to the success of the company. Frank is part of the original team that in 1991 took us from one magazine to many, and from 15 dedicated staffers to 90. He has been given one simple charge: Do it again.

Andy Flando, publisher of custom media, is being named associate publisher of Cleveland Magazine, a title he will add to his present one. Since joining Great Lakes Publishing in 2002, Andy has set new records for achievement, both in advertising sales and custom-media sales. His experience will be invaluable in leading a team of talented professionals.   

If we look over our shoulder, we are proud of where we’ve been. But the real excitement lies in the journey ahead. This winning team of newly promoted people has just one mission: Bring you the best of Cleveland every issue.

So along with winning football teams, straight A’s and astounding weight loss, as a reader of Cleveland Magazine you can look forward to one more thing: the fun and excitement that is Cleveland.
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