Chris Crane – Chairman
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
served from 2002-2009 as President & CEO of Opportunity International Inc.
acquired COMPS InfoSystems, Inc in 1992 and took it public in an IPO in 1999
Crane served from 2002-2009 as President & CEO of Opportunity International Inc., the world’s largest faith-based microfinance organization with 10,600 direct and indirect staff operating in 32 countries serving 1.5 million active clients. During Chris’ tenure, Opportunity’s revenues from private sources grew at a compound annual rate of 30%.
Crane acquired COMPS InfoSystems, Inc. in San Diego in 1992 and served as its President & CEO until he sold the company in February 2000. Under Crane’s leadership, COMPS grew from a small, print-based publishing firm with coverage of commercial real estate sale information in four Western states into an electronic database publisher with 420 employees and coverage of the 50 top real estate markets nationwide. During his eight-year tenure, Crane oversaw the acquisition of 13 companies. He raised four rounds of venture capital and listed the company in an initial public offering (IPO).
He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, in Finance from Boston College. He studied economics, art appreciation and music appreciation for two years at the University of Vienna, Austria.
In 1999 Crane was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in San Diego and in 2009 the Bob Buford HalfTime Institute Achievement Award.
Crane was a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) from 1990 to 2002. He has been married to Jane for 32 years, and they have one adult son, Andy.
Chris’ specific expertise relevant to Edify is a track record for scaling-up organizations rapidly, recruiting strong executives, fundraising, and seven years of experience as CEO of a global network of Christian MFIs – including three years of involvement with making small business loans to schools in Africa.