Having started his restaurant career in 1981 as a manager trainee for Ground Round Restaurants, Crawford worked his way up in operations and franchise leadership before becoming a franchisee and operating partner. Currently, he is president and CEO of Ground Round Independent Owners Cooperative and is responsible for the overall leadership of Ground Round Restaurants. He is the face of the 29-restaurant brand and is chairman of a six-member board of directors.
Ground Round’s first restaurant opened in 1969 and provides a neighborhood pub experience, with a fun, family-oriented environment.
Crawford has been a member of the NRA Board of Directors since 2003, serving as NRA Show chairman in 2012. He is also a member of the NRA Educational Foundation Board of Directors. He was a member of the Maine Restaurant Association Board of Directors for 12 years and was its chairman in 2000.