Chairman of the Board

Al Crawford

Chairman/CEO & Co-Founder

Albert Crawford is Co-Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of BHG Financial, a leading national provider of financial services to professionals, individuals, and small-to medium-sized financial institutions. 

Mr. Crawford, recognized as a prominent figure in the industry, has over 35 years of sales, management, and leadership expertise, beginning at the New York Futures Exchange in 1984. From there, he joined an investment banking firm selling securitizations and eventually started his first business helping banks diversify their loan portfolios. 

Committed to making his mark on the industry, he pushed to create a more personalized approach to lending by streamlining a new way to build custom financial opportunities. In 2001, BHG Financial was founded with only $25,000 in capital, hard work, and endless dedication.  

Under Mr. Crawford’s leadership, BHG Financial has grown its assets to $4.3 billion with a cash position of nearly $650 million. Since its inception, it has originated more than $17 billion in loan solutions to top-quality borrowers, creating one of the country's largest institutional networks. With over 1,600 members, BHG Financial’s institutional network supports financial institutions nationwide by offering premium services that help with asset growth and regulatory needs.   

Since 2020, he’s led BHG Financial to expand into the ABS market, completing seven monumental transactions. Backed by a mix of commercial and consumer loans, all seven ABS offerings received a “AAA (sf)” rating from major rating agencies, demonstrating the quality of the company’s loan products, performance history, and transaction structure. 

Albert Crawford’s impact is evident, with personal highlights including being chosen as one of the elite ten selected for the Inc. magazine CEO Project and being named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Financial Services.  

Overseeing all strategic direction and growth, Mr. Crawford leads the company as it reaches even greater heights. From new products and markets to the company’s winning culture, under his watch, BHG Financial continues to be recognized regionally and nationally with over 25 accolades and awards since its inception.