Fred Crawford, Executive Director

fred_headshotFred served as FASD’s Executive Director from 2005 to 2008 and took on the role again in January 2014 and former Executive Director Jim Angle retired. As Vice President of CMC & Associates, FASD’s longtime conference managers, Fred brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role.

He also served as Executive Director of the Florida Transportation Institute and is currently the Project Director for the AASHTO National Transportation Management Conferences, a position he has held for the last seven years. During his years with FASD, the Association experienced an increase in membership and conference attendance each year.

Fred joined CMC & Associates in 2002 after a successful career with the Florida Department of Professional Business Regulation, Division of Hotels and Restaurants. His previous experience in the restaurant business prepared him for the issues owners and managers face in their everyday business operations.

While at DBPR, Fred was involved in many phases of educational training for various professions as required by the State of Florida. His responsibilities included preparing educational materials as outlined by Florida statutes and assisting the Director with written suggestions for legislative language in new statutes and rules governing regulations and standards. Fred also attended the training sessions to ensure compliance to the materials and desired outcome of the courses.

For CMC, Fred specializes in contract negotiation. He negotiates over 125 contracts a year, focusing on limiting the liability of the client. His contracting knowledge reflects his thorough understanding of governmental policies, state and federal laws, and administrative practices. His ability to analyze problems or anticipate potential issues and efficiently implement solutions is superior.

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Karen Crawford, CMC & Associates, President

Karen Headshot22Karen has more than 35 years of experience in the hospitality management field. As a former Director of Sales in the hotel industry, Karen brings valuable insight when negotiating contracts for clients as well as an intrinsic ability to fit clients’ needs to specific properties. She also has prior experience in the airline industry, having served as a Sales Manager and Lobbyist for Gulf Stream International Airlines prior to starting CMC & Associates in 1996. Combining her experience in the hotel and restaurant industries, Karen’s expertise in food and beverage and budgeting has proven time and time again to help clients cut costs while putting on outstanding, memorable events. Her ability to stay within budget never fails to impress. As the leader of our team, Karen’s passion, enthusiasm and true concern for her clients are the driving force behind CMC’s success.

Liz Foreman, CMC & Associates, Director of Operations

Liz_Headshot22-630x1024Liz recently moved to Tallahassee to take a permanent position with CMC after spending many years as an Onsite Conference Manager. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Social Sciences from Florida Gulf Coast University and most recently taught high school technology in Fort Myers, FL. During her teaching career, Liz has won various awards voted on by both her peers and supervisors. Liz brings an impressive attention to detail to CMC, while still being able to focus on the big picture as she oversees the day to day functions of the company and keeps things running seamlessly.