Richard S. Crawford

The Crawford Group – Chairman

Since graduating from the University of Michigan in 1969, Mr. Crawford has repeatedly demonstrated his entrepreneurial talents in starting, acquiring and operating numerous successful businesses in diverse industries. Mr. Crawford has also been active as a consultant to businesses as well as state and local governments. In his 32 years in the real estate business he has created innovative approaches for acquiring, financing and operating real estate investments. He has developed over 35 commercial, residential, industrial, and office projects in Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. Mr. Crawford has been a licensed builder and construction contractor for 25 years. He has built several thousand single and multi-family homes, as well as numerous industrial, retail and office buildings. In addition, he owned one of the Midwest’s largest structural steel contractors, a major structural steel fabricator, and Michigan’s largest commercial landscape contractor. He currently owns Arizona’s largest highway contractor. In 1988, he acquired his first manufacturing business. During the following years, Mr. Crawford added 15 more manufacturers, growing revenues from $4.5 million to $650 million before selling the group of companies to an industry consolidator. In 1995 he was named Michigan’s Entrepreneur of the Year, and has been recognized by the State of Michigan Legislature on two occasions for his accomplishments.

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