Dr. Zamora Crawford Olin is the CEO and Co-Founder of Crawford Olin, LLC. As the CEO of Crawford Olin, Dr. Olin has worked with small-medium-sized business to create viable business development strategies and sustainable growth solutions to increase their sales and competitive positioning in the federal marketplace. With over 20 years of experience in federal contracting and procurement, her strong desire to help small businesses build and scale their companies through government contracts served as the fuel to start this company.

Since its founding in 2014, Dr. Olin has helped her clients win nearly $7.0 Billion in federal contracts. Dr. Olin began her career in contracting and procurement as an Aviation Storekeeper in the US Navy. During her time in the Navy, Dr. Olin received several awards and commendations for her exemplary leadership and performance in procurement. After an honorable discharge, she worked as a Sr. Buyer within a Fortune 500 company, then as a Contracts Manager for a large DoD Contractor.  

In 2008, Dr. Olin began her career as a Senior Contracting Specialist for the Navy. By 2011, Dr. Olin became the Chief of Contracts and Grants and was responsible for the annual spending of $300-$500 million in products and services. During her tenure as a Contracting Officer, she developed a passion for working with and promoting small businesses while working a temporary assignment as a Small Business Advocate.   

After leaving federal service, Dr. Olin and her partner founded Crawford Olin to help small businesses navigate the federal business development process. Recognizing the growing divide in the competitive readiness of established small and micro-small businesses, Dr. Olin founded the GovCon GrowthLab in 2019. The GovCon GrowthLab is an online community created to increase the competitive readiness of minority small businesses entering the federal marketplace. Dr. Olin uses her subject matter expertise to teach small businesses how to leverage their professional skills to launch and grow their business, obtain subcontracting opportunities, and how to position and market their capabilities to government agencies and strategic partners. 

Since 2007, Dr. Olin has taught contracting, procurement, and operations management at multiple universities.   In 2019, under Dr. Olin’s leadership, Crawford Olin developed a workforce development program and became a certified provider for the Defense Acquisition University. Dr. Olin is currently pursuing an Executive Education Certificate in Business Analytics through the Harvard Business Analytics Program at Harvard Business School. She holds a Doctorate of Business Administration with a concentration in Global Business Sustainability, a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Management, and a Bachelor of Arts (Pre-Law) in Political Science and Criminal Justice.  

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