APHA is pleased to announce Kurt Crawford has joined the association to lead sales and sponsorship efforts as director of business development. In this role, Kurt will work to build APHA’s market position by developing, defining, negotiating, and closing sponsor and commercial advertising relationships.
With deep roots in the equine world, Kurt grew up in Pennsylvania, where he competed in many disciplines; he later developed a focus on reining, cutting and cow horse events. Kurt attended Western Kentucky University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in commercial recreation/business and a master’s degree in community agency counseling.
Kurt comes with a wealth of experience in sales management, business development, project management, sales analysis, distribution relations and market research, with much of that experience earned in the equine industry.
Among other notable titles, he has served as executive director of the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association, senior sales executive at the National Cutting Horse Association, director of equine operations at M3 Companies and director of sales and marketing at Rancharrah.
During his career, Kurt has lived and worked in Kentucky, California, Nevada, Colorado and Texas, most of which included time spent contributing to the horse industry. Kurt is a member of numerous equine organizations and is a past NCHA director; he has also served as a member of the board of directors for the Colorado Horse Development Authority.
“I am very excited to join an organization with so many positive things taking place,” Kurt said. “I look forward to utilizing my skills and industry experience to help keep that momentum going.”
As evidenced by a life lived around horses, Kurt brings to the table a plethora of industry relationships, as well as a reputation for hard work and respect.
Kurt and his wife currently have two horses and have been involved in breeding, equine rehabilitation, therapeutic riding and helping others to understand more about the horse industry.
To contact Kurt and learn about the many opportunities available through the APHA, call 817-222-6445 (office), 720-878-7503 (mobile) or send an email to [email protected].
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The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded. Its mission is to inspire, nurture, promote and provide meaningful experiences to generations interested in preserving the versatile Paint Horse.