Richard Crawford co-founded Hobart's internationally acclaimed Henry Jones Art Hotel, which under his ownership was Australia's most awarded hotel, known for its mantra “black tie service, with a blue jeans attitude”.
Richard’s other former business interests include Thrifty Car Rental Tasmania, operating up to 600 vehicles, and wholesale travel pioneer, Tas Vacations.
Outside his private business interests, Richard has served as a Board member of The Skills Institute, Waterfront Business Community, Fahan School for girls, Tourism Industry Council Tasmania, and Tennis Tasmania.
Transitioning from a successful career in private enterprise to international corporate life at the age of 40, today Richard heads up hotel development and acquisitions in Australia Pacific for the world's largest hotel group, Marriott International, a New York Stock Exchange listed company.
Following its acquisition of Starwood in 2016, Marriott employs more than 675,000 people and operates 6,400 hotels in 125 countries. The group has 30 leading brands, including Marriott, Sheraton, Ritz Carlton, Westin, W, St Regis, Le Meridien and Bulgari. Illustrating Marriott’s rapid rate of global expansion, the company will open a new hotel - somewhere in the world - every 13 hours for the next three years.
In his approach to helping meet that challenge, Richard draws on his family business roots, and the tough lessons learnt in private enterprise, to contest the status quo with a pragmatic, outcome-focused attitude.