A long-time safety and compliance maven, Craig’s story begins in civil service as a firefighter for the Los Angeles Fire Department. Joining the department while just 18 years of age, Craig still holds the title as the “youngest person to ever graduate from the Los Angeles Fire Academy.”
Craig then embarked on a path of recognition and valor, beginning with his work in Highland Park while stationed at Fire Station 12. His 31-year career took him up the ranks, culminating in his being promoted to the position of Deputy Fire Chief. In the late 90’s Craig was stationed in Jefferson Park and was in charge of building community relations after tumultuous civil disturbances there in recent years. Demonstrating his ability to blend his fire-fighting talents with community relations, he was promoted to a new position in Hollywood where he was given the opportunity to really put these skills to the test. While stationed in Hollywood, Craig was awarded a California Medal of Valor for a dramatic rescue during the El Nino floods of that year when we jumped into a chest-high flooded street to rescue a stranded mother and two children in a car. Craig, the mother, the two children and another firefighter were carried by the flood for two blocks before they were finally able to scramble to safety. Two years later, Craig was promoted to Commander of the Department’s In-Service Training Section. In this role, Craig was responsible for tracking one of the largest budgets in the fire department, oversaw the development of a Regional Training Center, and directly managed the training of all members of the Department, both sworn professionals and civilians in the Department’s Paramedic Training Program... Read More
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SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT/CO-FOUNDER
Brian co-founded Craig Fry & Associates with Craig in 2013. Through adept management, financial discipline, and an eye for detail on every project, Brian was instrumental in bootstrapping Craig Fry & Associates into a full-service land-use consulting firm that is a major player in Los Angeles development. Today, CF&A now manages an average roster of over 250 active projects and employs sixteen professionals who provide Alpha to Omega land-use consulting services to developers of hotels, high-rise commercial buildings, and planned residential communities as well as licensing, compliance, and general business consulting services to operators of alcohol establishments, nightclubs, and commercial cannabis businesses throughout California.
As a licensed Realtor®, Brian understands the role that the availability of land plays in all commercial development ventures and has used that market comprehension and to support the expansion of CF&A’s cannabis practice into new markets and with the help of his team has most recently moved the company into ownership positions in commercial cannabis operations.
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A graduate of Harvard Law School and a retired member of the New York State Bar Association, Larry brings more than 30 years of experience counseling clients on the launch and expansion of high-growth businesses, applying a broad understanding of law and business to support the needs of entrepreneurial businesses where speed to market is imperative.
Larry began his career at IBM Corporation, where he spent 16 years working in a variety of business and legal positions that reached nearly every corner of the vast enterprise. While at IBM, Larry represented the company in the launch of new internet alliances, including joint ventures with the National Hockey League and PGA Tour, and in the licensing and deployment of real-time scoring and data systems for the Olympics and professional sports leagues.
After departing IBM, Larry served as the Vice President of Business Development for Dotcast, a startup company providing wireless broadband services backed by investors that included The Walt Disney Company, Tribune Ventures, GE Equity and Intel Capital. In recent years, Larry has counseled clients on television production agreements, music licensing, corporate M&A, talent deals, and literary rights acquisition. He has also negotiated game rights for professional soccer matches, stadium... Read More
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