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Michael Crain, MS, CBA

Refine what is Possible, Give Shape to the Future - Achieve the Expectations


Navy Veteran

Professional Post Experience

Former "Executive Director of Strategic Economic and Professional Development" at the University of Texas in the Permian Basin.

  • Highlights include the most successful outcomes for the Small Business Development Center in West Texas regional history.

    • Climbing to approximately $21 Million in Capital Infusion

    • Created 46-businesses and produced 252-jobs in a single year.

  • His participation in the development of City (Midland & Odessa) challenges created a notable return on investment of more than $16-Milion in City revenues while generating a 100% success rate for winning businesses. 

Professional Experience

  • Crain's professional career launched with Bechtel Corporation (the largest construction company in the world) on-site of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station (PVNGS) located in Buckeye, Arizona. His responsibilities involved designing process piping systems for the nuclear containment, turban building, and cooling towers.

  • Moving forward, he became a Mechanical Designer for 91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant in Phoenix, designing the activation of sludge processes, chemical treatment, wastewater breakdown, and the development of an extensive piping system to supplying cooling water for PVNGS.

  • Moving to Dallas, his new position as Senior Manager of the Mechanical Group he supervised all mechanical capital projects and provided engineering support to Abbott Laboratories, Saudi Arabia Airport, and the Florida Hospital Project. 

  • Returning to Arizona, Crain started with Maricopa County (the third largest county in the United States) on a new path of designing bridges, drainage, roadways and later was selected to attend Northwestern University to receive a national Certification as Bridge Inspector managing over 300 bridges throughout Phoenix and other municipalities within the county. 

  • He advanced to the position of Traffic Engineering Coordinator to statistically configure traffic patterns, time/speeds, signal light coordination, analyzing accident archetypes, and the redevelopment of the Red-Light Camera in partnership with a grant award from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to proceed with the design.

Entrepreneurial Development


  • He decided to leave Maricopa County to begin an entrepreneurial adventure, originating with the startup of Crain’s Construction, building various high-end barns and fences throughout Northern and Eastern Arizona. 


  • Soon after, he and his partner launched a manufacturing company that grew to 272-employees, serving both semiconductor and aerospace, producing process equipment for cleanroom environments leading to global partnerships — clients comprised of Intel, Motorola, Kachina, Boeing, Honeywell, and Lockheed Martin.


  • His after-hours passion included a startup restaurant representing a high-end white-tablecloth restaurant and bar with a staff of 70 serving over 1000 customers each week with a variety of top-notch menu items while introducing his own personal sauces.


  • After selling his businesses, and moving to Midland, Texas, with his lovely wife, he began to volunteer at the University of Texas Permian Basin for the first four years until accepting a position as Lecturer and Director of the Entrepreneurial Center. He was known for teaching Managing Information Systems, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Project Management, and Freshman Seminars. His contributions included a student-operated snack bar to receive real-life experience with substantial scholarship awards. Other enrichments embraced student activities such as Enactus, a global entrepreneurial club with a mission to assist community health and wealth projects while participating in regional and state competitions, and winning awards.   


  • During his 8th year, he was appointed to the position of Executive Director of Strategy Economic and Professional Development. His responsibilities included preparation of the business incubator, Small Business Development assisting with a wide range of startups, interacting with sixteen counties and cities to advance entrepreneurial workshops, and redeveloping the Business Challenges for Midland and Odessa that currently provides $850,000 in a monetary award for business competitions.  



  • Completed Southwest Academy of Technology achieving a two-year Structural Design Certification.

  • Attended Northwestern University and achieve National Certifications in Bridge Inspection and Traffic Engineering Coordinator. 

  • He attended the University of Phoenix and received his bachelor's degree in Information Technology and graduated with national honors.

  • Attended Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business to receive his master's degree and graduated with both Cohort and University honors. 



  • NACo (National Association of Counties) Award in recognition for the development of the Red-Light Program.

  • NACo Award for "Innovative Database for Standardization of MAG Drawings" 

  • The National Scholars Honor Society in recognizing personal and academic excellence

  • National Deans List serving all 50 states

  • Outstanding Academic Thesis Award at Arizona State University

  • Outstanding Teacher Award presented by students of the National Society of Leadership and Success

  • Beta Gamma Sigma - Outstanding Teaching Award

  • Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award reflecting educational excellence and unparalleled performance

Personal Research and Business Interests

  • Branding

  • New Digital Developments

  • Education and technology

  • The Lean Startup - Defining Business models

  • Supply Chain and Inventory Management

  • Customer Value

  • Strategic business planning and financial projections

  • Designing phone apps for both Apple and Android platforms

  • E-commerce and marketing strategies

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