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Interview with the Chairman, President and CEO: Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Co. (NASDAQ:HOFV)

Crawford, Michael
 Michael Crawford is the Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer for Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company and its subsidiaries, including Hall of Fame Village powered by Johnson Controls, which he joined in December of 2018. An Ohio native, he holds an undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. He brings to both companies demonstrated leadership experience from his development of retail and dining establishments, hotels, theme parks, and entertainment destinations around the world. Prior to leading Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company, Mr. Crawford spent four years with the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Company. He started as President of Asia Pacific and went on to become Global President of Portfolio Management. While at Four Seasons, Mr. Crawford led a company repositioning effort in Asia and oversaw all hotel development and operations for the region. Prior to that, Mr. Crawford spent almost 25 years at the Walt Disney Company. He rose to Senior Vice President and General Manager of Shanghai Disney Resort and President of Shanghai’s Walt Disney Holdings Company. Mr. Crawford led the negotiation and multi-billion-dollar development of Shanghai Disney Resort from 2007-2014. Mr. Crawford also currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Texas Roadhouse. Mr. Crawford and his fiancée, Kim, enjoy traveling, hiking, playing golf, and spending time with his daughter, Kaitlin, who recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame. Profile
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TWST: The resort is built on a unique partnership. Can you explain that partnership and how it came to be?

Mr. Crawford: Sure. Well, the Pro