2009 John E. Anderson Distinguished Alumnus Award Winner
Richard R Crowell ('80) is a native of Los Angeles who started his finance career in 1980 in New York at E F Hutton and then Drexel Burnham Lambert, where he was named Managing Director in 1986. In 1987, he helped establish and served as the President of Acadia Partners, an investment partnership with lead investor Robert M. Bass. In 1991, Mr. Crowell returned to Los Angeles where, with two partners, he founded Aurora Capital Group, a private equity partnership managing institutional capital. In the 15 years that Mr. Crowell served as President of Aurora, the firm acquired 15 companies and completed more than 100 growth acquisitions.
In 2007, Mr. Crowell founded Vance Street Capital, a private equity partnership, to acquire and grow California based, middle market companies in partnership with operating management.
He received an MBA in finance and accounting from the UCLA Anderson School, and a BA in English Literature from UC Santa Cruz.
Mr. Crowell serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Visitors, and co chairs the Development Committee for the UCLA Anderson School of Management; the Board of RBC Bearings, Inc.; the Board of PFI Inc.; and the Board of Trustees for the Marymount School. In 2000 he helped establish and is a managing member of Red Car Wine, LLC.
He is married to Alison Crowell who is a trustee of the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, and has two daughters: Jennifer, a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, now working in publishing in New York; and Nora, a freshman at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.