Thomas W. Crawford, President and CEO, Crawford and Company speaks at Terry Third Thursday

“Building Successful Business Environments”

Thomas W. Crawford is a nationally known entrepreneurial leader in the financial services industry. Before becoming president and CEO of Crawford & Company, he founded and served as chairman of The Bodie Group Inc., a company specializing in individual and corporate coaching.

Crawford started The Bodie Group after retiring from Prudential at the end of 2002. He retired from Prudential Financial as president of the company's Retail Distribution, one of the largest distribution organizations in the industry. Before that, he served as chairman and CEO of Prudential Property and Casualty Company (PRUPAC).

Before he joined Prudential, Crawford was founder and CEO of Southern Heritage Insurance Company in Atlanta. Success of this uniquely structured insurance company culminated in a buyout agreement with GEICO Insurance Company in 1991.

Crawford began his career in 1965 with Allstate Insurance Company in his hometown of Roanoke, Va. While at Allstate, he was selected to be in the Executive Development Program (1968-1971) which provided him experience in all operating and financial departments. He later held several officer positions at CNA Financial Group in Chicago prior to founding Southern Heritage.

Crawford attended Roanoke Technical Institute in Roanoke, Va.; University of Rutgers International MGA business study at Cambridge University; and recently, the University of Georgia's Directors College, affiliated with the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Throughout his career, Crawford has served on numerous business and association boards. He currently serves on the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business Board of Overseers and the Executive Management Cabinet for General Agents and Managers Association.

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