Meyers, a national leader in brand marketing and high-end commercial printing, announces that Micheal Lane has been named CEO of the nearly 70-year-old, family owned company. Lane will serve as CEO over all divisions of Meyers, underscoring the company’s approach to providing seamless, start-to-finish solutions for national retailers and retail brands who are facing increased competition from online sales and continued market fragmentation. David Dillon, current CEO and co-owner, and Chris Dillon Sr., co-owner of Meyers, will transition to the company’s board of directors.
Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., Meyers was established in 1949 with a single piece of printing equipment. Under the guidance of founder, Gerry Dillon and two generations of the Dillon family, Meyers has grown to over $60 million in revenue and currently operates a 250,000-square-foot facility featuring advanced, one-of-a-kind commercial printing presses.
Lane joined Meyers in 2016 as president of Meyers’ Retail Marketing Solutions Division. Prior to joining Meyers, Lane served as CEO of Lofton Label, a label, flexible packaging, and labeling equipment company in Inver Grove Heights, Minn. Lane has a wealth of experience in corporate leadership, having worked for Cargill, Inc. for 27 years, most recently as vice president of sales and marketing for the Salt Division and senior chair of the Cargill Foods corporate marketing initiative. Lane also served on the board of directors for TLMI for three years and remains active in industry leadership.
“Mike’s experience at a very senior level in one of the world’s largest privately held companies, along with his discipline and experience building effective sales, marketing, and production operations made him an ideal choice to fill the position of CEO,” says David Dillon. “We are confident Mike will continue to lead and position Meyers for future success, while paving the way for the next generation of the Dillon family to grow into more senior leadership positions within the organization.”
Meyers provides complete retail marketing solutions—from strategy to creative concepting and execution, custom-engineered packaging and display solutions, printing and assembly, and distribution and installation logistics. The company works with brands and retailers across the U.S. in a wide variety of industries, including category leaders like Aveda, Ulta, Target, Starbucks, Hormel, Verizon and more.
“Meyers has maintained a leadership position in custom labels and retail marketing and merchandising by listening to what our customers—some of America’s leading consumer brands – want and need and responding with one-of-a-kind solutions,” says Lane. “As CEO of Meyers, I am confident we will continue to build on this legacy and that our commitment to excellence and collaboration will produce possibilities for our customers and employees for years to come.”
According to Lane, Meyers will continue its focus on technology that allows the company to deliver completely customized solutions for customers. By removing silos within its corporate reporting structure, Lane said the highly skilled professionals across Meyers’ departments, from research and creative strategy to distribution and fulfillment, will be able to work as a cohesive team to support the business goals of its customers.
Originally from Western Kansas, Lane currently lives in Victoria, Minn. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Friends University, Wichita, and an Executive MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Lane has had extensive training in business strategy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Chicago. In addition to his corporate track record, Lane is the author of a novel called, The Wisdom of Yawdy Rum.