MIKE CRAWFORD NAMED CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER FOR JOHNSON CONTROLS HALL OF FAME VILLAGE
FORMER FOUR SEASONS AND DISNEY EXECUTIVE ADDED TO TEAMCANTON, OHIO – Mike Crawford, formerly a senior executive from Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts Company, and Walt Disney Company, has been named the new Chief Executive Officer for Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village.
The move is a major milestone in the long-term development of the $889 million mixed-use project underway around the campus of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The once-in-a-lifetime project is being led by a partnership between the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Industrial Realty Group (IRG) and M. Klein & Company. Michael Eck served as Interim CEO on behalf of the stakeholders and M. Klein & Company during the foundational building period.
Pro Football Hall of Fame President & CEO David Baker stated, “I am very excited that we have a tremendously talented and enormously experienced executive like Mike Crawford to quarterback the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village team. He brings demonstrated leadership through his experience at the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Company, in addition to the development and operation of Disney Theme Parks, Hotels, and Retail, Dining and Entertainment Districts around the world. Mike Crawford will make Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village a world-class and state-of-the-art destination center.”
“He has a long track record of starting, leading and rebuilding organizations and is noted for his expertise in strategic planning, new business development, operation management and proven negotiation skills,” Baker added.
Crawford spent almost 25 years at the Walt Disney Company and the past four years with the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Company where he started as President of Asia Pacific and then in 2014 went on to be Global President of Portfolio Management.
At Disney, he rose to Senior Vice President and General Manager of Shanghai Disney Resort, and President, Walt Disney Holdings Company in Shanghai. Crawford led the negotiation and development of Shanghai Disney from 2007-2014.
“Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, the first-ever smart sports and entertainment city, is an extraordinary project and a unique opportunity. It will incorporate the latest technology from Johnson Controls to create a world-class destination that will change people’s lives. I look forward to helping advance this terrific vision into a reality,” Crawford commented.
As General Manager of Shanghai Disney Resort, Crawford led a talented team across a wide variety of business lines throughout the development and operational phases of the new resort. He oversaw a multibillion-dollar development plan, along with overall leadership and company formation of Shanghai Disney Resort. He also managed the relationship with the resort’s local business partners, community and government leaders, and industry experts supporting the new venture in Disney’s portfolio.
While at Four Seasons, Crawford led a company repositioning effort in Asia and oversaw all hotel development for the region. As President of Portfolio Management and Owner Relations, he held responsibility for business and capital planning, along with the design and construction of all new Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Worldwide.
An Ohio native, he graduated from Bowling Green State University with a B.S. in Business Administration, and also holds a Master in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. He enjoys travel, golf, and spending time with his daughter, Kaitlin, who is currently a student at the University of Notre Dame.
The Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village board consists of Baker; Michael Klein, Managing Partner, M. Klein & Company; Stuart Lichter, President and Chairman of the Board, Industrial Realty Group; Randy Hunt, Chairman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Trustees; Mark Klein, Managing Member, M. Klein & Company; John Mase, Chief Executive Officer, Member of Board of Directors & General Counsel, Industrial Realty Group; and Lisa Roy, Vice President – Commercial Operations, Johnson Controls.
About Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village
Hall of Fame Village, LLC is the partnership between the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Industrial Realty Group (IRG) to create a mixed-use development located in a 200-acre tourism development district in Canton, Ohio. Johnson Controls, through a historic naming rights partnership, now has its name on what is well on its way to being not only the first “smart” city but also the first IRG development project of its kind.
This once-in-a-lifetime project, led by HOF Village LLC as advised by M. Klein & Company, aligns with Hall of Fame’s Mission, Values and Vision and its standing as “The Most Inspiring Place on Earth!” for all those who will play the Game, played the Game and love the Game. The foundation for a wide-ranging array of programming will be the Hall’s five core values – commitment, integrity, courage, respect and excellence – that can be learned from the Game.
Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village will be a top destination for all, not just football fans, from across the world. The Hall of Fame Museum will serve as the heart of Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village surrounded by the varied components being built around it. In total, there will be ten additional components that will shape the landscape of George Halas Drive.
One of the major components include the new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium for sports and entertainment that holds 23,000. This spectacular venue is home to not only the three major events of the Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls (Hall of Fame Game, Enshrinement and Concert for Legends) but also the football programs of Canton McKinley High School and Walsh University and the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championship football game in the fall of 2018. In addition Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium will host the NCAA Division III National Football Championships in 2020 and 2021 and the Ohio High School Athletic Assocation State Championship football game again in the fall of 2019. In addition, it serves as an elite concert venue.
Rounding out the components will be the The Performance Center; the Black College Football Hall of Fame, The Constellation Center of EXCELLENCE; Hall of Fame Hotel & Conference Center; Player Care Center; National Youth Football & Sports Complex, Hall of Fame Promenade (premier retail/residential); and the Hall of Fame Experience and Waterpark.
First-Ever Sports & Entertainment “Smart” City
The Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village is a premier sports and entertainment destination in Canton, Ohio. The $899 million smart city will provide world-class fan experiences enabled by state-of-the-art technology products and services.
The smart city’s building systems and solutions will be driven by advanced data and analytics, connectivity and efficiency through infrastructure integration.
The combination of data insights, and the innovative and integrated technologies will provide a combination of connectivity, safety, security and sustainability that will maximize both the fan experience and building performance.
"I can’t imagine a better teammate than Johnson Controls. They are a world-class company of character, virtue and integrity specializing in state-of-the art technology and innovative solutions that can help every fan live a 'Hall of Fame Life!' Johnson Controls represents all the excellence for which the Hall of Fame stands."
President & CEO, Pro Football Hall of Fame
"The vision and reach is greater than we ever could have imagined. The village is creating exciting, immersive experiences that bring people together in a way that has never been done before"
President and Chairman of the Board of IRG, Master Developer for the Village
The Ten Main Components to Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village
Hall Of Fame Museum
Since opening in 1963, the Museum has successfully transformed its original 19,000 square feet into an exciting, internationally recognized institution and travel destination.
The “Future 50” Expansion & Renovation Project which was completed in 2013 at a cost of $27 million dollars expanded the museum to 118,000 square feet.
A Game of Life
The Museum continues to journey into the future with the unveiling of its state-of-the-art technology spectacular “A Game for Life” immersive holographic theater which opened in July, 2016.
Tom Benson Hall Of Fame Stadium
Starting with the infrastructure to support current and future enabling technologies our network of fiber and copper data cabling is extremely robust. All facets of HVAC, Fire & Safety, Lighting and Technology will be state-of-the art and provide fans a safe and seamless experience.
Game Changing Stadiums
20,000-seat stadium profiled by Forbes as one of the "13 Game-Changing NFL Stadiums" will have a permanent stage and added luxuries such as cabanas, rooftop observation deck, VIP loges and over 28,000 square feet of premium event space with unique catering options.
Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium was dedicated on Aug. 3, 2017.
National Youth Football & Sports Complex
Advanced Turf Fields
Eight advanced turf fields that will be multi-purposed, lighted and equipped with the latest technology and video capabilities.
World Class Amenity Sports Complex
The sports complex will include full world-class amenities, a football-sized concourse area and a championship field with 3,000 seats. All fields can accommodate a multitude of sports including football, lacrosse, rugby, and soccer.
Four-Star Hall of Fame Hotel and Conference Center
One of a Kind Hotel
A spectacular, one-of-a-kind 243-room football-themed, upscale hotel.
Large Conference Center
25,000 square-feet of conference and meeting space.
Hall of Fame Experience and Waterpark
An interactive and immersive virtual reality experience that places fans not only AT the game but IN the Game!
The indoor amusement park for football will also feature a football-themed waterpark that will be a must-see for all families
Constellation Center for Excellence
A Coaches University, an Institute for the Integrity of Officiating and an Academy of Corporate Excellence
Large Office Space
125,000 square-foot medical/office building
The Center for Performance
100-yard football field and a configuration for a basketball arena that will hold 5,000
80,000 square feet of flat convention space
Player Care Center
Providing a wide range of sports related health care including testing and rehabilitation
LEGENDS LANDING, a football-themed independent and assisted living active senior care facility for retired Hall of Famers and members of the NFL’s Legends Community along with coaches, officials and administrators
Hall of Fame Promenade
Unique offering of restaurants and retail
World's Greatest Sports Bar
“World's Greatest Sports Bar” along with office and residential support
Black College Football Hall Of Fame
A permanent home to share the history and stories of the greatest Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) football players, coaches, and contributors
Future BCHOF/HBCU Classic at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium
Annual induction held at Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village
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