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Charlie at the Private Bank of Buckhead Vault

Brother Charlie Crawford ’85 may not have pledged SigEp until his junior year, but he certainly made plenty of lifelong friends and memories. Charlie is frequently reminded of how happy he is, and it’s not surprising that his advice to future members is to live a life that makes you happy.

We recently sat down for a brief Q&A with Charlie about his time in the chapter and what he’s been up to since:

Q: Why did you join SigEp UPenn in the first place?

A: I was a late joiner as I did not pledge until my junior year.  I spent my freshman year at the University of Missouri and I took my sophomore year to figure out the lay of the land at Penn.  I joined SigEp because of the great guys I met, both in my pledge class, as well as the older brothers.

Q: What’s your favorite memory from your time in the chapter?

A: Below is a photo of one of my favorite memories from my time in the chapter. 

We are on the roof of the fraternity house and that is me holding my dog, Chivas, 31 years ago!

Q: Do you still keep in touch with any of your brothers?

A: I do! In fact, I just spent the night in New York with my roommate from my senior year, Joe Halprin ’87.

Q: Tell us about the company you own.

A: I started Private Bank of Buckhead www.privatebankofbuckhead.com 10 years ago with 11 other founding organizers and about 100 investors. We opened the bank with nine employees and we have a little over 100 today. We are a two-location Atlanta-based community bank with a national mortgage business. Our clients are privately held businesses, professionals, discerning individuals and non-profit organizations. We are also a preferred lender on behalf of the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Q: How did your time in SigEp help to prepare you for that role?

A: The relationships I built at Sig Ep taught me a lot about interacting with a diverse group of people.  My role today is all about relationships, which include our staff, our clients, our investors, our regulators and the community.

Q: What have you been up to since graduation?

A: I have been married to my wife, Ansley, for 25 years.  We have three children, 23, 20 and 15.  I still play lots of tennis, like I did at Penn, and I have continued my running, having completed 14 marathons.                     

Q: What would you say is your biggest accomplishment?

A: My biggest accomplishment is that the people in my life comment frequently how happy I am.  They are right! I have a wonderful family, a successful business, great friends and my health!

Q: What advice would you give to future generations of SigEp members?

A: Enjoy the journey and live a life that makes you happy.