Owner & President
Lon Lane, co-owner and president of Inspired Occasions, is a native of Florida and holds a degree from the University of Florida in Advertising/Marketing.
After 10 years of agency work, Lon joined Hallmark Cards in the field marketing division and then in 1982 moved to Kansas City to work in the corporate headquarters. Four years later Lon started Lane & Company, his own marketing and consulting firm, and helped develop private and corporate catering businesses in the Kansas City area.
In 1991, Lon co-founded Inspired Occasions as The Catering Company with his wife, Marcia, and has been serving and dazzling clients nationwide with his innovative and creative style ever since. As a testimony to their work, Inspired Occasions won the coveted Catersource ACE award as the Midwest’s Best of The Best in catering for 2011. In 2012 Lon was honored with the Gillis Center Spirit Award for exemplary service to nonprofit organizations and individuals in the Kansas City Metro area.
Lon is a leader in the catering industry. He has served on the Board of Directors of The International Caterer’s Association and is Chairman of the ICAEF, International Caterers Association Educational Foundation. Lon teaches and conducts event seminars and webinars; and is a frequent presenter and speaker at event industry conferences, training caterers nationwide.
Michael Roman, founder of Catersource Magazine, gave this recommendation of Lon: "Lon Lane has helped train and educate hundreds of catering and special event professionals to raise their skill levels and overall professionalism. He is an amazing teacher with a unique style that people just can't get enough of! In may ways he is the caterer's caterer."
Chef Charlene Zinnel, CCE, Culinary Arts Instructor at Dorchester Career and Technology Center, had this recommendation to speak for Lon: "Lon, I want to thank you for the education and inspiration you bring to the art of catering food, the Catersource conference, and your posts to the ICA and Caterbuzz Facebook pages. As a culinary arts instructor I am looking forward to increasing my own knowledge and experiences as I share your knowledge with my students."