Editor, Publisher Kanicki Retires

Dave Kanicki, editor and publisher of Ag Equipment Intelligence (AEI) and its related research, reports and broadcast channels, is retiring.

Kanicki joined Lessiter Media in 2005 as editor for Farm Equipment and Ag Equipment Intelligence, which was then called Ag Industry Watch.

“He has been a good friend and outstanding resource to the industry and to this Association,” said Executive Vice President Vernon Schmidt. “We wish him much happiness in his retirement.”

Succeeding Kanicki is Kim Schmidt, a familiar face through the company’s On the Record broadcast and her work with Farm Equipment. Schmidt has been named executive editor of Ag Equipment Intelligence.

In a farewell column in AEI, Kanicki thanked farm equipment dealers and manufacturers for their work and encouragement and extended a special thanks to the Lessiter family.

“Behind the growth of our dealer publications and Ag Equipment Intelligence has been Frank Lessiter, who along with his wife Pam, founded Lessiter Media in 1981,” he wrote. “The spark that ignited the company’s expansion during the past 15 years has been Mike Lessiter. I’ve always said that I could be a good lieutenant if I’m reporting to a good captain. Mike has been more than just a good captain during my stint with the company.”

Kanicki wrote that in spite of the growth of the media company and the industry, there is still much to do to confront challenges in the farm equipment business.

“That’s what Winston Churchill said following a big victory in World War II and knowing that many battles were still ahead before the war would be over: ‘This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.’”

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