The Tuesday Conversation

01/10/2017, Rick Crawford

Rick Crawford arrived in Southern Nevada in the 1970’s as a regional manager for the 7-11 convenience store chain, and in 1978 the Southern California native saw economic opportunity in the growing region and opened his first Green Valley Grocery store at the corner of Sunset Avenue and Green Valley Parkway. Today, he has more than 400 employees working in 53 stores.

Crawford and his wife, Jeri, are involved in a wide range of projects to help with the educational and cultural growth of Southern Nevadans. The Crawfords served as members of the founding board of The Smith Center for The Performing Arts, and for nearly a decade Jeri Crawford has been president of the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

Crawford estimates that about a third of his workforce was educated in Clark County, most of them by the Clark County School District, and we spoke with him earlier this week about business and what it takes to educate employees in today’s ever-changing workplace.

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