Craig Wilson

Craig Wilson

Craig Wilson

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Show Date: January 3rd, 2018

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Craig S. Wilson, CEO
Silver Ventures

Silver Ventures is a large investment company with portfolio that includes privately owned companies, real estate, hotels and traditional investments. Current position is Chief Executive Officer of Silver and Pearl Brewery.

Duncan-Smith Co. (1994 to 2009) – President of investment banking firm that served privately owned companies and their owners. Clients utilized the firm’s services to conduct company sales and acquisitions, raise growth capital, and obtain a variety of advisory services.

Trinity University (2005 to Present) – Adjunct faculty member in the School of Business. Teach a graduate level course titled “Fundamental and Financial Analysis” that uses Harvard Business School case studies instead of a textbook. Students in the class conduct fundamental analyses, perform financial analyses and forecasts with Excel spreadsheets, and gain a practical understanding of accounting and the connections between the income statement and the balance sheet that result in cash flow.

Board Activities
Warm Springs Rehabilitation Foundation – endowment.
NatureSweet Ltd. – grows and markets high quality, greenhouse grown tomatoes.
San Antonio Area Foundation – member of the investment committee.
Centro San Antonio – mobilizing people and resources for a more vibrant downtown.

Education and Professional Designation
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Master in Business Administration (1988)
The University of the South, Sewanee, TN, Bachelor of Arts in English, cum laude (1982)
CFA Institute, Charlottesville, VA, Chartered Financial Analyst (1991)

Other Interests
Singing, piano, reading and growing orchids.

About the author:

I took early retirement in 1995 from Kodak and I have been in the real estate business since then. During my Kodak career my family lived in six states and we owned thirteen homes. I held positions as Food Trade Manager, Attractions Manager for Florida, Director of Sales Promotion, National Account Manager to HEB Grocery Company and National Sales Manager – US Military – Worldwide. In the twelve years since I retired from Kodak, I’ve been in the real estate business. My entry into the business was through two major agencies; one a local upscale boutique company and the other a very large local operation of a national franchise. I found both (plus most others in the business) to be more oriented towards gross sales and less towards taking care of the needs of the consumer. As a result, I formed my own company. I have three agents besides myself in the company and two staff personnel. Approximately ninety percent of our business comes from direct referrals plus we represent all of the relocating employees for three corporations. Each week I host the area real estate show, Real Estate Focus, on NewsTalk 930 KLUP, Saturdays at 11:00am. The show also streams live on my web site , and on In addition, Bjorn Dybdahl, owner of Bjorn’s Home Entertainment, and I host the San Antonio Movers and Shakers Show that airs at 10:00 am each Saturday from the same station and web sites. The real estate show deals with area real estate information and the SA Movers and Shakers show honors the education, business, civic, and public leaders who keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive in our city.

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