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Chris Crane is Founder/CEO of Edify.org, a nonprofit social enterprise that makes small business loans to Christ-centered schools educating impoverished children in Africa and Latin America. Edify has made loans totaling $18 million to 1,6000 schools since its first loan seven years ago. Previously, Chris served as President/CEO of Opportunity International, the world’s largest faith-based microfinance organization with 10,000 direct and indirect staff, from 2002-2009. During this time, Opportunity grew from 375,000 clients to 1.5 million active clients. Private donations, the primary revenue source, grew, by God’s grace, from $11m to $51m. In 1992, Chris acquired COMPS InfoSystems, Inc. and served as its President and CEO until he sold the company in 2000. Under his leadership, COMPS grew from a small, print-based publishing firm to an electronic database publisher of 420 employees, acquiring 13 other companies along the way and going public (IPO) in 1999. Chris was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in San Diego. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.