Lisa Holton (born March 15, 1959) is an American business writer and author and a former Business Editor of the Chicago Sun-Times. Since 1998, she has been principal of The Lisa Company, a writing, editing and research firm based in Evanston, IL. Holton serves corporate, college, nonprofit and editorial clients, and her writing has been featured in such national publications as "Southwest Spirit," The National Law Journal, Parents, the "ABA Journal and REALTOR Magazine. She has authored, edited or ghostwritten 15 nonfiction books and ebooks including "Business Valuation for Dummies (with Jim Bates)" and "For Members Only: A History and Guide to Chicago's Oldest Private Clubs."
Holton is the daughter of Archie Wilder Holton and Anna Cherepavich Holton, both deceased. Born in Moline, Illinois, Holton lived in the Quad Cities until the age of four when her father, an executive with International Harvester Co., was transferred to Canton, the small central Illinois town that inspired Holton’s screenplay The Plant, a 2002 quarterfinalist for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship. The family moved to Louisville, Kentucky in 1969. Holton interned at the Louisville Courier-Journal after graduating from Eastern High School. She holds a bachelor's degree in newspaper journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
Holton joined the Chicago Sun-Times as an intern after graduating from Northwestern and was hired full-time at the paper three months later. In her 15 years at the paper, she covered a variety of beats including banking, personal finance and retailing. She served as assistant business editor and business editor during her tenure. In 1996, she left the paper to join a division of Thomson Reuters as an editor of a startup banking publication and left in late 1997 to start The Lisa Company, a writing, editing and research firm. She is a partner in "Really Simple Video," a web video production joint venture with Evanston, IL-based Burlingham Productions.
Books Written or Edited by Holton
- Business Valuation for Dummies (with Jim Bates), For Dummies/Wiley Publishing, 2009.
- The Essential Real Estate Dictionary, iTunes App/Sourcebooks, 2009.
- For Members Only: A History and Guide to Chicago’s Private Clubs, Lake Claremont Press, 2008.
- The Everything Guide to Mortgages, Adams Media, 2008.
- Accelerated Disruption by Eric Lefkofsky, 2007.
- The Encyclopedia of Financial Planning, FPA Press, Fall, 2006.
- Rental Property Investing: Know When to Buy, Hold and Flip, Socrates Media, 2006.
- Marketing by the Dashboard Light by Pat LaPointe, Marketing NPV, 2005.
- Are You Ready to Incorporate? Socrates Media, 2005.
- Buying a Franchise, Socrates Media, 2005.
- College Majors that Work – A Step-by-Step Guide to Choosing and Using Your College Major' by Michael Viollt, Octameron Associates, 2004.
- The Essential Dictionary of Real Estate, by Lisa Holton, Barnes & Noble Books, 2003.
- 100 Ways to Cut the High Cost of Attending College by Michael P. Viollt, Cooper Square Press, 2002.
- Strategic Planning for the Family Business by Randel S. Carlock and John L. Ward, Palgrave Press, 2001.
- How to be a Value Investor by Lisa Holton, McGraw-Hill, 1999.
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