In 1916, with a staff of three, G.D. Crain founded Crain Communications Inc. From this humble beginning, the company has become one of the world's leading business-to-business publishing houses, with more than 30 business and consumer publications and 1,100 employees in 18 offices worldwide.
A pioneer in advertising and publishing, G.D.Crain's ideas helped in shaping the basic principles of both consumer and industrial advertising. He helped position advertising as an essential component in the marketing of goods and services and as an engine of economic growth. For nearly six decades, he led the company with insight, inspiration and a philosophy based on editorial excellence and business fairness. In 1982, Mr. Crain was inducted into the American Association of Advertising Agencies Hall of Fame.
Crain Communications holds to the principles of its founder and prides itself on maintaining an editorial policy of fierce independence. Since the beginning, a Crain family member has led the charge. Gertrude Crain, chairman from 1973-1996, established new traditions for women in management within Crain as well as in publishing and business. Today, Keith Crain, chairman, and Rance Crain, president, lead the company, continuing the same high standards for journalistic integrity, strong commitment to diversity and dedication to family established by their parents.
The Crain family continues to hold Crain Communications privately. The company's ability to expand and reinvest in its business is fueled by its major industry publications, Advertising Age, Automotive News, Pensions & Investments, InvestmentNews, Business Insurance, and its regional journals, Crain's Chicago, New York, Cleveland and Detroit Business. Continued growth comes from startups, acquisitions and the company's numerous industry newsletters, websites and affiliated businesses.