2010 CE G Digital Dossier: Lanci, Ken

Digital Dossier: Lanci, Ken

The following information is from our independent research. Mr. Lanci's response to our questionnaire follows the research summary. You may e-mail us for a copy of this candidate's campaign finance disclosures. For an update on campaign finances, please read: http://www.cleveland.com/cuyahoga-county/index.ssf/2010/08/matt_dolan_and_ed_fitzgerald_lead_money_race_for_cuyahoga_county_executive_primaries.html

Name: Ken Lanci       

Date of Birth and Age on Election Day:  60,[1] born: ???                   

Political Party Affiliation: Independent

Campaign Address: 1614 E. 40th St., Cleveland, OH 44103[2]

Campaign Officers/Participants:

-          Joseph Corsaro, Treasurer: Citizens for Ken Lanci[3]

-          Jacque Jovic, Press Secretary: Citizens for Ken Lanci[4]

Campaign Endorsements/Affiliations: None found.

Home Address: 06785 Gates Mills Blvd., Gates Mills, OH 44040[5]

Spouse/Significant Other: Linda Lanci

Children: Three:[6]

Educational History:

-          Maple Heights High School

-          His website claims that he had no other formal education[7]

           
Employment History:

-          Consolidated Technologies Group

-          Consolidated Graphic Group[9]

-          The 363 Group, Inc.

-          Heidleburg Distributing           

Social/Civic/Club Affiliations:

-          One Sight Cleveland

-          Project Love

-          Teamsters Local 293 Health & Welfare Pension Board

-          He also list a number of local organizations and charities that he has donated to over the past three years: http://www.kenlanci.com/bio/philanthropy.html

Criminal Record:  None found.

Civil Litigation:

-          Monea v. Lanci, 5th Dist. No. 2009-CA-0083, 2009-Ohio-6446[16]

-          Emerson vs. Lanci, Cuy. Ct. C.P. No. JL-97-057803

-          There are about 20 cases/actions listed on the Cuyahoga County Clerk of Court’s website alone,[18] most seem to be business related with Lanci and his various companies serving as both plaintiff and defendant in some of the actions.  Although I didn’t look at them that closely, most of the actions defended against seemed to involve contract disputes.  

-          Stark County lists nine.[19] Mostly contracts

-          Summit County has an additional three.[20]

Bankruptcies: None found.

Ethical Issues: It was reported that, in June 2010, the FBI pulled Lanci’s campaign finance records.[23]

Prior Campaigns:

-          Village of Northfield, Village Councilman

Money Raised as of June 30, 2010: $386,000[25]

Cash on Hand as of June 30, 2010: $0[26]



[1] http://www.kenlanci.com/bio/bio.html

[2] http://www.kenlanci.com/bio/bio.html

[3] http://www.kenlanci.com/bio/faqs.html

[4] http://www.kenlanci.com/media/media-contacts.html

[5] http://auditor.cuyahogacounty.us/REPI/General.asp  The property lists his wife, Linda, as “trustee.”

[6] http://blog.cleveland.com/sunmessenger/2010/01/ken_lanci_a_gates_mills_busine.html

[7] http://www.kenlanci.com/bio/bio.html

[8] http://www.cleveland.com/cuyahoga-county/index.ssf/2010/01/businessman_ken_lanci_kicks_off_independent_bid_for_cuyahoga_county_executive.html  the article also notes that Lanci has been an officer in at least eight other companies since the early 1990s.

[9] http://blog.cleveland.com/sunmessenger/2010/01/ken_lanci_a_gates_mills_busine.html

[10] http://www.kenlanci.com/bio/bio.html; http://blog.cleveland.com/sunmessenger/2010/01/ken_lanci_a_gates_mills_busine.html

[11] http://www.turnaround.org/Membership/MemberDetail.aspx?memberID=34304 ; http://www.cleveland.com/cuyahoga-county/index.ssf/2010/01/businessman_ken_lanci_kicks_off_independent_bid_for_cuyahoga_county_executive.html (noting that he was a former member of the group).  http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2010/01/13/self-styled-independent-joins-county-exec-race (noting that Tony George and Jamie Pilla were also principles of the group).

[12] http://www.linkedin.com/in/citizensforkenlanci

[13] http://www.kenlanci.com/bio/bio.html

[14] http://www.kenlanci.com/bio/bio.html

[15] http://www.kenlanci.com/bio/bio.html

[16] http://www.sc.ohio.gov/rod/docs/pdf/5/2009/2009-ohio-6446.pdf

[17] http://cpdocket.cp.cuyahogacounty.us/p_CV_Docket.aspx

[18] http://cpdocket.cp.cuyahogacounty.us/p_NameSearchResults.aspx

[19] http://www.starkcountycjis.org/starkcrt/list_index_frame

[20] http://www.cpclerk.co.summit.oh.us/SearchByNameResult.asp

[21] http://www.cpclerk.co.summit.oh.us/WebMOMCache/C550091202.pdf

[22] http://www.cpclerk.co.summit.oh.us/WebMOMCache/C1293010803.pdf

[23] http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2010/06/fbi_pulls_campaign_finance_rec.html

[24] http://www.ibmag.com/Main/Archive/Office_Politics_11639.aspx ; http://www.cleveland.com/cuyahoga-county/index.ssf/2010/01/businessman_ken_lanci_kicks_off_independent_bid_for_cuyahoga_county_executive.html  (noting that he was a councilmen “in the 1970s”).

[25] http://www.cleveland.com/cuyahoga-county/index.ssf/2010/07/cuyahoga_county_executive_candidates_file_first_campaign_finance_reports.html

[26] http://www.cleveland.com/cuyahoga-county/index.ssf/2010/07/cuyahoga_county_executive_candidates_file_first_campaign_finance_reports.html


Response to The Citizens League's Questionnaire

1. I was a Member of City Council in the City of Northfield before
Ohio’s Ethics Law took effect. I have made full disclosure a key
part of my platform, and urge you to read it at
www.kenlanci.com.
2. I have not attended ethics training to run for office, but I also run
numerous highly ethical organizations and do not need this kind
of training, as that is how I live my life. The career politicians may
need training, but not only do I know right from wrong, my whole
team does, and we make hiring decisions based on the best and
most qualified people. I will make ethics training mandatory in
county government, as well as the Commission on Public Integrity
that I propose, to assure highly ethical conduct. The public
deserves nothing but the best and the best training is leading by
example.
3. If you are referring to the type of complaint like Mayor FitzGerald,
had filed against him, and that the Ohio Elections Commission
sanctioned him on five separate charges of not being truthful to
voters, no such complaint has ever been filed against me before
either body.
4. Yes, I have been sued multiple times in the course of business as a
corporate entity. I have won or settled in the interest of finance,
every case. See attached.
5. No, I have never been convicted of a crime.



6. I employ Joseph A. Corsaro as my campaign treasurer. He is both
an attorney in good standing in this state as well as a Certified
Public Accountant. We adhere religiously to the spirit and letter
of the law.

 

Moreover, I have capped my donations at $250.00, accept no
political action, corporate, or political party donations, and
scrupulously add all disclosure information, even if it is not
required by law.

7. Strong ethics begins with leadership. Not only will I lead by
example, but I have proposed a very detailed Office of and
Commission on Public Integrity that will not only set the right tone
for the new government, but will have the toughest ethical
standards in the state.


I have also proposed strong reforms on procurement, purchased
goods and services, and competitive bidding that will create a
much more transparent and clean environment to operate in.

Ultimately, it is all about leadership. As Executive, I will set the
highest example of ethical behavior and the employees will see
that I do indeed lead by example. The fallen elected officials who
deceived the public set bad examples and some of the employees
followed those examples.

Lastly, I will hire people of unimpeachable credentials who will
not need extensive training and supervision. Ethics are a part of
the person, and when you look for ethics in hiring associates, it
goes a very long way to running an ethical and up front operation.


8. Transparency and openness is will be hallmarks of my
administration. First, there must be a genuine understanding that
the county is doing the people’s business, and as such, the people
are invited in at all times to be part of their business.


Next, we must make public documents requests a priority, with
swift turnaround time, and a commitment from the government
that this is an important priority.

Decisions should be made publicly and healthy debate fostered on
all issues. Aside from sensitive contracts and personnel matters,
which naturally have to be guarded to protect the county’s
position, records will once again be open in Cuyahoga County.

9. I have already suggested and the TAG committee agreed, that
campaign finance records should be maintained online at the
Board of Elections, and that candidates and elected officials
should have to more frequently file their reports, and do so online
for instant public disclosure.
10. Many steps can and should be taken to open up county
government. I have outlined many on this document. The County
Council replacing the Commissioners, will make government more
transparent inherently. Also, I envision the Board of Revision, and
other public bodies to have public meetings at times that are
convenient to the public.


When public entities make decisions at odd hours and behind
closed doors that is not in the people’s interest. I will work with
Council to change that, provide much more hearings on issues,
and invite new media to be more involved. We very much need
to open up government to learn from the mistakes of the past.


11. Within 30 days of taking office, I will convene all the mayors
in the county to address this. The Mother of Invention is
Necessity, and we are out of money operating the old ways. We
will work very closely together to identify money saving
collaborations, our lobbying strategy before state and federal
governments, as well as joint purchasing. We cannot afford to be
islands amongst ourselves; we have to function as one. Because I
am an Independent, and have no further political ambitions, I
have the best ability to bring everyone together.
12. Where do we start? Here is a partial list:
A. Purchased Materials
B. Contracting (health care, workers compensation,
insurance, etc.)
C. Personnel Sharing
D. Dispatching
E. Equipment (not every community needs to buy big ticket
items)
F. Economic Development
G. Water
H. Sewer
I. Infrastructure
J. Airports
13. I vigorously support collaboration, and will make it a priority
of my administration. Regionalism is really an issue between the
communities and the state of Ohio. Laws would have to change
as well as community charters. My priority will be to clean up the
service delivery and economic conditions of the county, and
identify cost savings, and implement them. Regionalism is a big



picture discussion, and not one that is on my agenda. We have to
walk before we run, and we are not even walking right now.
14. I served as a City Councilman in Northfield Village from
1978-1982 and was elected to office on November 8, 1977.
15. My strength is that I am not in office. The County needs an
Executive level manager, and I am the only candidate who has
been creating jobs for 40 years as CEO of many companies. I am a
turn- around expert, exactly the skill that the county needs at this
time. I have participated in and overseen mergers, acquisitions,
and turned around failing organizations and made them
successful. My unique abilities in this area are one of the reasons
I am running for Executive. Now it not the time for another
politician, but for an expert that knows what he is looking for and
can maximize our assets and immediately reform our weaknesses.
16. I have turned-around 26 separate companies over 40 years,
and am CEO of Consolidated Graphics Group of Cleveland, Ohio. I
have 150 direct reporting associates at CGG and it is a $26 million
annual enterprise. I am a hands on manager who hires the
absolute best and brightest for each position, and empowers
them to do what they are to do. I have managed multiple large
corporations with thousands of employees at the same time. I am
a multi-tasking type “A” personality that can easily identify vision,
solve problems, and evaluate quickly. Speed is critical, and I do
not let problems linger or organizations falter.


My numerous companies produce billions of dollars in sales,
operational costs, equipment, etc. I have made a living of turning
failing organizations into success, which is what the county needs
at this time. This is the “turn-around of a lifetime” and I possess


the skill needed. Where the charter calls for large changes and
mergers of departments, I have done that dozens of times to
great success. My 40 years of experience in this field cannot be
matched by my politician opponents, who have never done
anything on this scale.

17. I have done scores of budgets for companies and non-profits
as well as in my term as a city councilman. I, more than anyone,
understand the budget process, the allocation of scarce
resources, and how to get the most out of what we have. With a
two year budget projection of a $38 million deficit, I know exactly
what to do to save money, not impact services negatively, and
provide no tax increase to the community. This would be easy for
me; I have done it before on this scale.
18. I have a seat on the Chicago Board of Exchange, so have very
high skill in this arena. I know the difference between public and
private budgeting, accrual methods, and public accounting. I have
also done this on a grand scale, so can quickly apply this
knowledge to the county.
19. I have been running accounting departments for 40 years,
and used to do all the books for my own companies by myself for
decades. Nobody running has my experience in finance, or
understanding the big picture on finance.
20. As a City Councilman, I conducted meetings in the open,
interacted with constituents and interested parties, and of course
have held scores of meetings for investors, sales, etc. in the
private sector.
21. No.



22. Yes, I have instituted ethics policies in all of my organizations
and am proud to say that all of them have excellent records in this
arena. I have great pride in running ethical, honest, and above
board organizations. As indicated, it begins at the top, and
making the right hiring decisions. The rest is cultural, and I instill
high morale and ethical standards in all that I do.
23. No.
24. Yes, at North Coast Wine Distributors and Emerson Printing,
both companies that I owned.
25. I am looking for the best and brightest to work on behalf of
the taxpayer, and I do not say that lightly. We are in a crisis of the
highest proportion, and we need the absolute best people in
government. Due to the economy, there are many highly
qualified people who are under-employed or unemployed, and so
the talent pool to chose from are very good, as well as the
expertise of many of the county workers, who have not been well
lead.


I always look for qualifications in hiring and promotion. Because I
do not have a political party, I do not have to worry about being
told what to do by party bosses and constituency groups, like my
opponents. I hire and promote based on merit and ability.
Period, end of story.

26. Our lakefront is a very strong asset. Of course, this is
primarily a city responsibility, and Mayor Frank Jackson and
Council President Sweeney are the go to people I would work
with.



Various mayors have announced grand plans for the lakefront, but
had no money to pay for it. I would like to lead discussions with
the Mayor and Council on options.

I can only say that I know our lakefront is woefully underutilized. I
myself had a plan some years ago to develop on the lake, and was
thwarted at every juncture by The City of Cleveland. I believe in
big and small projects on our lakefront, but have to have the
cooperation of the city before I pledge something that I cannot
deliver upon.

27. Please view my website for details, but my plans include:
A. Establishing www.cuyahogajobs.us, a website that will promote
the physical and people assets of our county.
B. Using casino money to attract employers to the area, and use
the money in any legal manner that brings jobs to Cleveland.
This type of incentive can be a real “game changer” for our
county.
C. Loaned Executives in each county council district to help attract
and finance jobs.
D. Personal leadership and relationships. I will go out and get
jobs, and bring them back. Nobody is going to just come to
Cleveland; we have to go out and get those jobs and bring
them here. This is what I have been doing for 40 years; I am
eager and ready to go to bat for this community.
E. Working with local communities to change laws and
regulations that add cost and time to economic development.
Too many projects die an inglorious death at the expense of
too much time and money. We need to have our local



communities step up and make changes, or else we are in
danger of dying on the vine.
28. We have to go out and get the jobs, and also make it easy to
come here. It is way too difficult right now to expand or locate
employers in the county. We also have to begin marketing our
region much better, while making it a lower cost county to locate.
Our cost of living is very competitive and a big asset, but our tax
structure and regulatory environment have to be dealt with to
compete in the world economy.
29. A. Our Jobs Agenda is priority one. We cannot cut or tax
ourselves into prosperity, we have to aggressively market the
region and our people’s skill sets to the nation and world.


 B. Immediately identify cost saving opportunities and
develop a balanced budget to Council, while doing the Charter
mandated responsibilities of merging functions.

 C. Make wholesale reforms to the property tax appraisal
system and Board of Revision to bring in trained and certified
professional appraisers and begin the process of the 2012 Re-
Evaluation Assessment with a new philosophy of physical
inspections of properties with no pre-conceived notions of value.
This will be the first fair tax assessment since 1994, so it has to be
conducted properly, and much is riding on it. The people deserve
the absolute best.

 

ATTACHMENT: LEGAL CASES

 

STARK COUNTY CASES PAUL MONEA VS. KENNETH A. LANCI

 


2008CV02100 LANCI, KENNETH A Defendant 30-APR-08 CIVIL REAL PROPERTY Common
Pleas

2006CV04110 LANCI, KENNETH A Plaintiff 25-OCT-06 CIVIL REAL PROPERTY Common
Pleas

2006CV04109 LANCI, KENNETH A Defendant 25-OCT-06 CIVIL REAL PROPERTY Common
Pleas

2006CV03323 LANCI, KENNETH A Defendant 05-SEP-06 CIVIL REAL PROPERTY Common
Pleas

2005CV02920 LANCI, KENNETH A Plaintiff 30-AUG-05 CIVIL REAL PROPERTY Common
Pleas

2005CV01731 LANCI, KENNETH A Plaintiff 26-MAY-05 CIVIL REAL PROPERTY Common
Pleas

2002CV03398 LANCI, KENNETH A Plaintiff 04-OCT-02 CIVIL REAL PROPERTY Common
Pleas

2005CVG01384 LANCI, KENNETH A Plaintiff 04-21-05 CIVIL REAL PROPERTY Massillon
Municipal

Description: Property Contract Dispute

 

 

1. KENNETH A. LANCI, et al vs. GLOBAL MANUFACTURING ASSOCIATES, INC

CUYAHOGA COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS CASE NO. CV-08-649268

(Judgment)

Description: Contract Dispute

 

 

2. KENNETH A. LANCI VS. MEDICAL MUTUAL OF OHIO

CUYAHOGA COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS CASE NO. 08-CV-08660561

(Removed to federal Court)

Description: Insurance Coverage Dispute

 

 

3. KENNETH A. LANCI VS. OUTDOOR LIGHTING PERSPECTIVES OF CLEVELAND,
ET AL CUYAHOGA COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS CASE NO. CV-06-601266

(Removed to Federal Court)

Description: Contract Dispute

 

4. KENNETH A. LANCI VS. MEDICAL MUTUAL OF OHIO

U.S. DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO CASE NO. 08-CV-01575

(Pending)

 

Description: Insurance Coverage Dispute

 

 

5. KENNETH A. LANCI VS. CUYAHOGA COUNTY, ET AL

U.S. DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO CASE NO. 10-CV-01765

(Dismissed)

Description: Injunctive Relief

 

 

6. KENNETH A. LANCI VS. OUTDOOR LIGHTING PERSPECTIVES OF CLEVELAND,
ET AL U.S. DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO CASE NO. 08-CV-
02493

(Settled)

Description: Contract Dispute