Hyperion Bank Chairman & CEO Charles B. Crawford, Jr. named a 2019 Inquirer Influencer of Finance
Philadelphia, PA—February 6, 2019--Charles B. “Charlie” Crawford, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hyperion Bank, has been selected as a winner in the Banker category for The Philadelphia Inquirer’s 2019 Influencer of Finance Awards. Crawford will be recognized as one of the 29 Finance Industry Leaders to be celebrated at the Awards luncheon ceremony on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia, PA.
Crawford is a champion of community banking who has a strong record of creating value for bank constituents, including customers, employees, shareholders, regulators, and the community. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers (PACB) and is a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of YPO and The Union League.
After earning dual bachelor’s degrees in economics and management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Crawford pursued a successful banking career in New York City and Atlanta, Georgia. He returned to Philadelphia in August 2017 to helm Hyperion Bank, a locally-owned and operated community bank founded in 2006 in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties neighborhood, at the intersection of N. 2nd Street and Girard Avenue. In fall 2018 Crawford led the $18.3 million recapitalization of Hyperion Bank, positioning it to make commercial loans up to $3 million, and deliver on a customer-focused “high touch” service model that strives to provide a better banking experience for individual and business clients.
“I am honored to be recognized among the 29 distinguished recipients of the 2019 Inquirer Influencer of Finance award,” said Crawford. “I believe that in the banking industry, products, pricing, and technology tend to be a commodity. The differentiator is the people and the relationship between the client and the banker. Our clients appreciate unrestricted access to local decision-makers, and we are passionate about delivering excellent service experiences. As a community bank, we are community builders, and I am proud to work with the dedicated Hyperion Bank team that helps us fulfill our mission every day.”
Crawford earned an M.B.A. from the Georgia State University J. Mack Robinson College of Business, which honored him with its Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship in 2011, and additionally graduated from the Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Banking. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of Georgia State University, The Carter Center, the Georgia Tennis Foundation, the Atlanta History Center, among others, and is looking forward to building relationships with more community organizations in the Philadelphia region.
Crawford is an avid tennis player and marathon runner, who has completed 16 full marathons, including Boston and New York City, and numerous half-marathons. A resident of Center City, Philadelphia, he enjoys running and training on the City’s streets, and can daily be found walking from the City Hall area where he lives to the Hyperion Bank office at 199 West Girard Avenue. In addition to coaching tennis, he was a cheerleader during his undergraduate years at the University of Pennsylvania. Crawford attributes much of his success in business to the leadership, discipline, and relationship skills he has practiced as a competitive athlete.
The Inquirer Influencer of Finance Awards program will feature keynote speaker, Patrick T. Harker, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, who will discuss the economic outlook, followed by a thought-provoking panel discussion on FinTech (Financial Technology), an emerging industry that uses innovative technology to improve traditional activities in finance and delivery of financial services. The panel, led by Erin Arvedlund, Financial Columnist, The Philadelphia Inquirer, includes Julapa Jagtiani, Senior Special Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and Brendan McConnell, Chief Operating Officer, Brinker Capital. Tickets to the Awards program may be purchased at www.philly.com/financeinfluencers.
Contact Charlie Crawford at 215.789.4185 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about Hyperion Bank at www.HyperionBank.com
Hyperion raises $18.3 million
Northern Liberties-based Hyperion Bank raised $18.3 million from investors, a process than began shortly after CEO Charlie Crawford took the helm of the tiny lender last year. The influx of funds includes $14.8 million from a stock offering that completed on Sept. 30 and $3.5 million from existing shareholders.
Hyperion said the new capital will enable the bank to make more commercial loans and increase its loan limit to $3 million. The bank, which opened in 2006 at 2nd & Girard streets, still has just $88 million in total assets, as of June 30. Since Crawford took over, he hired a new chief financial officer, expanded staffing in its customers services and credit departments, started a residential mortgage lending department, and upgraded mobile and online banking technology.
-Philadelphia Business Journal | Jeff Blumenthal, October 15, 2018