Matt Crafton is President and Chief Executive Officer of Crafton Tull. After graduating from the United States Air Force Academy, Matt started his career as a civil engineer in the U.S. Air Force where he managed the design and construction of many projects for Air Force missions around the world, serving in both Operation DESERT STORM and Operation RESTORE HOPE (Somalia). In 1993, he was recognized as the Air Force’s Civil Engineer of the Year. In 1998, he transitioned to the Air Force Reserve and came to the company his father Bob Crafton co-founded. In his early years with Crafton Tull, Matt managed several large highway design projects and rose to the position of Chief Operating Officer before the Crafton Tull Board of Directors appointed him to the position of CEO in 2009. Today Matt oversees the operations of Crafton Tull’s six offices and provides quality control on a variety of engineering projects. He holds Professional Engineer licenses in seven states, is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional, the past president of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Arkansas, past chapter president of the Arkansas Society of Professional Engineers, and past chairman of the Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce. He serves on several local nonprofit boards and retired from the Air Force Reserve at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
FUN FACT: In addition to his passion for cycling, Matt also loves baseball. He helps coach his son’s travel baseball team, and he, his son, and his father Bob religiously follow the progress of their beloved L.A. Dodgers.
1993 U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer of the Year
1994 U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Design Award
2001 Northwest Arkansas Business Journal 40 Under 40
2002 Arkansas Society of Professional Engineers Young Engineer of the Year
2010 Arkansas Society of Professional Engineers Engineer of the Year
2011 Arkansas Academy of Civil Engineering Inductee
2015 Northwest Arkansas Business Journal C-Suite Award