Mr. Crawford is a Co-founder and President of The Coltala Group. He has over 15 years of experience in investing, asset management and building operating teams. As a Managing Director of Avesta Holdings, Mr. Crawford led business development activities; identified capital and acquisitions, special situation opportunities and managed key investor relationships. Mr. Crawford helped build Avesta’s business to include over 320 employees and $1billion in assets and $100 million in revenue.
Mr. Crawford was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs where he spent seven years as an advisor to numerous CEOs, institutions and private company owners. Mr. Crawford joined Goldman Sachs from the private equity firm Advantage Capital Partners (ACP), a national lower, middle-market, private equity firm. Prior to joining ACP, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic where, at 23 years of age, he founded a four-member coffee cooperative and grew it to include more than 200 coffee farmers with access to global markets. Mr. Crawford is a trustee of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida; a trustee on the Business School Council at The Freeman School of Business at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana; and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
As a U.S. Naval Intelligence Officer, Mr. Crawford served with Special Operations Command South in Latin America. From 2012-2013, he was deployed to Afghanistan as the Tribal and Political Adviser for SEAL Teams Two and Four as part of a Special Operations Task Force. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service.
- MBA, MIT Sloan School of Management
(MIT Sloan Leadership Fellow)
- MA, GMBA Tulane University, Latin America Studies / Finance
(Morton Aldrich Fellow / FLAS Fellow / Cowen Scholar)
- BA, Texas Christian University / English Literature