Crawford James, a native of the Village of Woodlawn, a small suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, brings a diverse background and a wealth of experience to the team at Cannas Capital. With his strong foundation in finance, entrepreneurial ventures, and a passion for athletics, Crawford is a valuable asset to our organization.
Crawford's love for basketball began during his formative years at Princeton High School, where he not only honed his skills on the court but also graduated as an accomplished student-athlete. Continuing his athletic journey, he attended Berea College, where he played basketball and graduated with a degree in business administration, complemented by a minor in communications. Crawford's leadership qualities shone through as he served as the captain of the basketball team during his senior year.
After completing his education, Crawford embarked on a successful career in the financial industry, starting at Fidelity Investments. Over the course of nine years, he worked across various positions, gaining comprehensive experience in the 401(k) back office, equity and fixed income trading floors, as well as personal and institutional retirement planning roles. Crawford's dedication and expertise also led him to hold financial advisory roles at both Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley.
Driven by his entrepreneurial spirit, Crawford established his own Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) practice, catering to the unique financial needs of doctors, small business owners, and professional athletes. During this time, Crawford also acquired a license to cultivate cannabis in Michigan, becoming a licensed caregiver in 2010. His passion for the cannabis industry led him to organize and lead a successful campaign for the approval of medical cannabis cultivation in the historic community of Idlewild, Michigan.
In addition to his financial and cannabis ventures, Crawford owns and operates a thriving commercial garden supply company, further expanding his entrepreneurial portfolio. Crawford's commitment to the development of young athletes led him to his current role as a Level III Recruiting Coordinator for NCSA/IMG Academy. In this capacity, he aids and prepares high school student-athletes and their families for the complex recruiting process, leveraging his extensive experience in the sports industry.
Outside of his professional pursuits, Crawford cherishes his role as a dedicated father to three sons and a loving husband of 18 years. He finds solace and adventure in his love for fishing and the great outdoors. Crawford maintains a disciplined fitness routine, dedicating 5-6 days a week to exercise and staying active.
Crawford James brings a wealth of knowledge, a diverse skill set, and a passion for excellence to the Cannas Capital team. His multifaceted background and entrepreneurial spirit align with our mission of driving success and innovation in the cannabis industry.