Michael Crawford is a Christian motivational speaker and businessman. He spent 39 years as a leader in the automotive industry. It wasn’t long after Michael Crawford started as a salesman that his extraordinary achievements, including winning every sales challenge, yielded a promotion to Sales Manager, then to Finance Manager, until he ultimately reached dealership owner, which he became a home town celebrity in the Valley of the Sun by shouting “HELLOOOO ARIZONA and “I WANT TO SEEEEE YA IN A KIA” as owner of Peoria KIA and Michael Crawford KIA, which he sold his interest out in 2011 in these two Dealerships.
Michael Crawford is sought after for his leadership and motivational speaking abilities with
the goal of improving employee morale and performance. He has been a keynote speaker at Chase Bank, KIA Finance, and Wells Fargo annual meetings, educating buyers and bank personnel on the many facets of the automotive business. He has served on the board of the KIA National Dealer Council, which acts as a liaison between the KIA Dealerships of the Western Region and the KIA Factory.
Michael Crawford has been the recipient of many prestigious awards such as Kia Motors
America Top Presidents Award for 5 years for both sales volume and customer satisfaction. He has visited domestic and import brand dealerships throughout the nation, applying his knowledge and experience to improve their operations and profitability, rescuing some of them from franchise loss, to becoming number one in their region in volume, profitability, and Customer Service Index (CSI).
Michael Crawford believes leadership, motivation, training and accountability are crucial
elements in business, but the true catalyst for success is a relationship with Jesus Christ. When speaking to students at Christian colleges, he inspires them to apply Christian principles and values to achieve success in the marketplace; the same elements that allowed his dealerships thrive during the current economic crisis.
Michael Crawford is a strong believer in the development of relationships. Each day he uses his positive attitude to touch someone’s life and improve their individual perspective of the world.
Get Excited Ministries was an avenue Michael Crawford used to reach people from all walks of life. The radio and television platform proved to be effective in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, so he felt the call to full time ministry. The first step was to go national with his Christian Television show, Get Excited Arizona that aired on AZ-TV Cox. In a bold leap of faith, Michael Crawford sold his dealerships, Peoria KIA of Phoenix, Arizona and Michael Crawford KIA of Avondale, Arizona; both were ranked in the top 3 among KIA Dealerships. A day before a meeting the with a top executive at the Word Network, God instructed Michael Crawford’s pastor, Dr. Walt Kallestad, to deliver a prophetic word that he could reach more people for Jesus Christ by staying in the auto industry.
Michael Crawford packed his 2011 KIA Sorento and ventured out to Northern California.
After signing a contract with California Superstores, on March 1, 2012, he took the reigns as General Manager of Sacramento KIA. Over the next year, Sacramento KIA sold over 1800 new vehicles, placing them among the top 18 Kia dealerships in the world. Sacramento Kia went from selling 20 units per month to becoming Northern California’s number 1 KIA dealership for 21 consecutive months. Michael often energized the show room floor by shouting, “Get Excited!”, while extending high fives to customers and staff.
The investment fund that owned the Cal Superstores recruited him to bring this dynamic energy and success to Valencia KIA. Michael Crawford attributes these achievements to the power of Jesus Christ and developing community relationships.
Michael Crawford always professed that selling cars is what he did not who he is as a person. He is a true an ambassador for Jesus Christ with no shame of professing his love for Jesus wherever he goes. Hosting four Christian radio shows was one of the ways he shared this love. The Get Excited Show aired on Sundays, on KTKZ AM 1380 at 9 a.m., KFIA AM 710 at 1:30 p.m., KKLA 99.5 FM at 3 p.m., and KHTS AM 1220 at 9 a.m. In addition, he also hosted The New Michael Crawford Show, an inspirational talk radio show that aired on KHTK 1140 on CBS Radio.
After 3 ½ year run with California Superstores and increasing the profitability of their KIA
dealerships, Michael Crawford returned home to his family in Phoenix, Arizona. His new plans
after meeting with Mark Harris, the owner of Terry Marxen Chevrolet-Cadillac in Flagstaff which he is a walking, talking, breathing, fireball Christian like Michael, are to go do his calling in Flagstaff, Arizona. So GET EXCITED as Michael would say and head out to Terry Marxen Chevrolet-Cadillac in Flagstaff, Arizona and receive Michael’s special Devine treatment and get an incredible deal on a new, Used, Car, truck, or can. Michael says call him personally at 623-203-8259 And he’ll have your Choice of vehicle gassed-up and detailed for your delivery.!
If you’ve wondering what Michael Crawford has to say about reaching exciting, new levels: “It’s a Christ minded attitude not aptitude that determines altitude.”
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8