Craig is a software and Internet executive with experience in growth, turn around and roll-up business environments. Craig has built companies from inception to industry leadership positions as well as consolidating assets to create growth platforms.
Previously, Craig was the CEO of ConnectEDU, which experienced 200% (CAGR) revenue growth, established long-term profitable contracts, amassed more than 20 million proprietary student records, serviced over 5,000 K12 districts, colleges and universities, 130,000 employers, secured numerous state-wide deployment contracts, and grew to more than 180 professionals under his leadership. Craig established ConnectEDU as the industry leader in student transitions and human capital development, capturing a significant share of the college-bound and entry level talent within the United States while establishing himself as an industry thought leader on trends and issues surrounding human capital development. As CEO, Mr. Powell built an experienced team of seasoned managers and outside directors, whom he transitioned day to day operations, as well as creating a scalable staffing and professional development model to support the Company’s rapid growth.
Mr. Powell’s operational experiences include identifying acquisition targets, integrating and growing them; successfully selling into, negotiating and delivering product to some of the most difficult customer segments at scale – government, education, fortune 100, non-profits, and small businesses – as well as domestic and international business operations. Craig has deep experience with data, data privacy, security, and data driven business models as well as hardware, service oriented architectures (SOA), infrastructure on demand technical environments and technology platform migrations.
Prior to pursuing his own entrepreneurial and operational pursuits, Mr. Powell had a variety of experiences with various investment banking firms, asset and mortgage backed securities originators and investors, as well as working in the private equity industry. Craig is a graduate of Brown University with a degree in Business Economics, where he won the Cliff Stevenson Outstanding Leadership Award. He enjoys spending his spare time with his wife, Mandy, and their three young children. Mr. Powell is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and sits on the Board of Directors for the “I Have a Dream Foundation” and New Leaders for New Schools Advisory Board.