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Personal Background of Bill Crawford

Bill graduated from WOFFORD COLLEGE, Spartanburg, SC, in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. His military experience in the U.S. Army included training at both the U.S. ARMY ENGINEER SCHOOL, Fort Belvoir, VA and QUARTERMASTER SCHOOL, Ft. Lee, VA. Following active duty he obtained a Master of Science Degree from TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY in 1974 and a Master of Business Administration from the UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS in 1977.

Active military service with the ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS stationed him in the Japan Area Office of the Far East District from 1968 until 1971. He held positions as Administrative Officer and Project Engineer on a wide variety of government construction contracts. He completed his service with the rank of Captain and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal.

In 1977, Bill became the Executive Assistant to the President of LASALLE PROPERTIES, a New Orleans real estate development firm. He was responsible for planning, design, construction supervision, and contract administration of improvements to Elmwood Business Park, a 1200 acre Planned Unit Development which included commercial, office/warehouse, and multi-family.

Bill moved to Austin, TX, in 1981 to become Vice-President of DOERRING & ASSOCIATES. Specific projects included the 63-unit Springhollow Condominiums, which are two single-family subdivisions. Ridgepoint Office Park, a 28 acre office and apartment development: and Westlake Oaks Executive Park, a 14 acre $10.4 million office project. In May of 1984, he joined STREET-MARTIN COMPANIES as Project Manager for The Centrum, a 110,000 SF office complex.

He joined TRISOURCE CORPORATION in San Antonio, TX, in January of 1985 as a Vice-President responsible for project development and was promoted to President in July 1985. TriSource was involved in a variety of projects, including five shopping centers totaling 346,710 SF; six apartment complexes containing 1,642 units; three condominium projects with 167 units; and a 73,803 SF office building, for a total development inventory of $104 million. He left TriSource in March 1986 following the decision of the TriSource principals to dissolve their partnership. He returned to South Carolina in May of 1986 and accepted a development position as Vice-President with MERRITT PROPERTIES to develop seven Applebee's restaurants in South Carolina and Florida. In September of 1987, he formed Crawford Associates, Inc. to broker and develop commercial properties in the Southeast. To date, Crawford Associates, Inc. has been involved in the sale and development of land, shopping centers, apartments, and a hotel in the Carolinas and Virginia.

Professional licenses include Real Estate Broker Licenses in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Texas and a Commercial Aircraft Pilots License with Instrument Rating. He is an active member of the National Association of Realtors, International Section and the Greenville Board of Realtors, Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute, International Real Estate Division, and Greenville Chamber of Commerce. He not only is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) with the Commercial Real Estate Institution (CIREI) but he also is a Consumer-Certified Real Estate Consultant (C-CREC) and a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) with the International Section of NAR. Bill currently serves as Chairman of the Paris Mountain Special Tax District and Director of a Chamber of Commerce CEO Roundtable. Bill not only is a father of one, but he is also Guardian ad Litem representing the interests of foster kids in the Greenville area.