• Meet Doug Lane, Chief Novelty Officer

     
    POSTED November 6, 2019
     

    Doug Lane, the president and CEO of Fastlane Productions, has kept himself and his company at visionary status.

Having come from a family of entrepreneurs, Doug Lane has “selfmade” in his blood. Involved in the meetings and events industry since he graduated from college, Lane was always looking for ways to bring innovation to his career, even in his early days.

After graduation, Lane gave his DJ business a twist by incorporating break dancers and live bands into his tracks. Foreseeing trends in tech production, he began to take on clients looking for new and dynamic elements to enhance their events. From there, he started to take on production roles in tech, creative and management. “I was that theater-tech guy in high school, so those skills instantly applied as I moved over into tech production,” explains Lane.

Today, Lane owns Denver-based Fastlane Productions, a company he built from scratch and one that has continued to amplify for 37 years. Fastlane Productions’ high-bar clients include the governor of Colorado, National Hockey League and several corporations that have requested Fastlane Productions for event after event.

Lane has carved out his position as a force in the meetings and events industry by using an uncanny ability to predict industry trends, attentiveness to differentiation and dedication to the top in technology. “Innovation, always having cuttingedge, top-notch equipment, always being different as far as services … those are successes I’m really proud of,” he says.

His partners and clients are what continue to motivate Lane after nearly four decades. “What makes this industry exciting is partnerships and people,” he emphasizes. “The fantastic Fastlane team creates strategic events through creative collaboration, meeting client needs and using our tools to produce amazing experiences; that is what lights me up.”

Lane credits hard work and the people who surround him as reasons for his amazing accomplishments. “Bottom line for me is my family—my Fastlane Productions family and my personal family.”

As CEO of Miami-based Loni Paige Events, Loni Paige has launched and managed experiential campaigns for high-profile brands such as Bacardi, vitaminwater, T-Mobile, American Express and Target. While many people used quarantine cocktailing as a coping mechanism during the COVID-19 pandemic, it was the bars and everyone’s favorite mixologists who needed their own shot of help. Paige set out to do her part by creating Mixology Mixer

 

League City CVB manager Stephanie Polk shares her career journey.

Originally from Kentwood, Louisiana, Stephanie Polk, TDM, CTE, first made her mark on the travel and tourism industry as director of marketing for the Beaumont Convention & Visitors Bureau. There, she helped to elevate the city as a destination for recreation travelers and business groups. Wowed by her accomplishments, in 2020, League City brought her on board to lead its marketing efforts. She shares with us highlights and advice from her experience in the industry. 

 

Event planning and experience design go hand in hand. Just ask Maria Moyano, experience designer for the Museum of Ice Cream (MOIC), based in NYC. “I think that everything is an event. You can go have coffee, and that’s an event. Everything is also an experience. You feel happy, and that’s an experience. It’s about what you are trying to get out of the event—and then how does an experience elevate it,” says Moyano.