Principled Prosperity In Practice
Principal: Scott Crabtree
For more than 25 years Scott Crabtree, a seasoned managerial economist, has creatively applied economic theory to
successfully resolving many of the most difficult challenges confronting individual investors, companies, and institutions.
Economists are social scientists, like sociologists and psychologists. They differ from other tax, legal, investment and business
professionals, in that economists are uniquely trained in scientific methods to critically evaluate and interpret information; then to
predict the most likely resulting behavior, investment, or purchase. Economists study the economic, financial, and political
systems, model them, and understand how they function, should function, and could function more efficiently as well as how to
exploit the opportunities created by the markets’ inefficiencies.
Managerial economists are therefore specifically trained to consider how such factors as regulation, technology; personal
motivations, sentiments, psychology, and personality types affect financial, investment, production and purchasing decisions.
They apply economic theory, policy and analysis to the daily "real world" / "bottom line" practices of individual investors,
businesses, organizations, and institutions. They help with investment, resource allocation and other managerial decisions, in
comparing and selecting among economic alternatives, to maximize the value of the firm or investment.
As a managerial economist, Mr. Crabtree has consulted, assisted and advised a diverse clientel: high net worth individuals,
entrepreneurs, senior level corporate managers in public, private and non-profit corporations, CPA’s, attorneys, banks (both
domestic and foreign – investment and commercial), investment partnerships, corporations, governments and individual
investors on a broad range of financial, economic, tax, international trade, regulatory, and business issues necessary for
improved operating efficiencies, bottom line responsibilities and wealth maximization.
A member of the American Economic Association, the National Association of Business Economists, the Association of
Christian Economist, a lecturer on international trade, and a nationally published author on investment, banking, economic,
venture capital and corporate finance, he has specific and diverse expertise with strategic planning, mergers, venture capital, tax,
banking, investments, international trade, economic development, health care, technology, reorganizations / turnarounds, legal
liability, legislation, regulation, etc.
His solutions often produce proprietary strategies to exploit financial and investment opportunities afforded by the differences in
national economies, technology, tax, cultural, regulatory, etc. He also frequently serves as an officer, director, or manager of
investment partnerships, corporate acquisitions, as well as client companies.
Recent areas of interests emphasize tax, alternative investments, behavioral finance, game theory, biblical investing, and
Christian stewardship especially the growing investment discipline of socially responsible investing. Working with local
churches, community service groups, non-profits, and the corporate community devised and created faith based programs to
facilitate economic development, educational opportunities and character enhancement in high risk, disadvantaged, minority
children and adults.
For the better part of the last 10 years, he has been semi-retired from actively consulting with corporations and has focused upon
instructing and assisting high net worth individuals fulfill their stewardship and philanthropic responsibilities (1 Timothy 6:17-
19), minimize their taxes, while earning above average returns on their investments – with minimum risk. Extremely risk averse,
he strives to systemically structure the elimination of most “real world” default risk to principal.
Mr. Crabtree is blessed with analytical and problem solving abilities found in only 1% of the population. He is especially adept
in the early recognition of investment and corporate opportunities as well as potential threats. These exceptional analytical skills
provide for the critical and timely evaluation of information, and development of innovative strategies to exploit opportunities and
create competitive advantages. His creative problem resolution abilities have helped commercial banks, corporations, and
individuals by providing them with strategic competitive advantages.
When new opportunities avail themselves, if he doesn’t have a current client poised to benefit, alternatively he often forms
investment partnerships or acquires existing companies to exploit the new opportunity where his responsibilities include but are
not limited to analyzing, organizing, planning, negotiating, and budgeting for total bottom line responsibility. .
For example, such efforts include:1) purchasing distressed debt portfolios, then applying new creative and proprietary strategies
to provide IRRs averaging well in excess of 35% , and 2) the acquisition of a private company while simultaneously negotiating
an international merger and public offering to provide the partnership with a $20,000,000 arbitrage profit – which required no
cash expenditure or investment by the partnership at all, only the provision of a letter of credit was sufficient to acquire the
This broad range of accomplishments requires direction through a balance of entrepreneurial creativity with structured policies
and disciplines. His diverse acumen extends well beyond just acquisition and investment partnerships and should serve the
fund well. Beginning as an analyst with Fairway & Associates analyzing merger and acquisition, candidates he was responsible
for identifying target companies, new markets, and operational inefficiencies and determined acquisition value and pricing as
well as crafted strategies for post acquisition profitability. After four years, he became a JV partner with the petroleum company
Neidco Resources responsible for the total and complete diversification of Neidco’s holdings through acquisition of private
Other relevant representative expertise of special note which should benefit the fund include: Advisor for the Louisiana
Department of Economic Development in creating a new financial industry for the state, Business and Industrial Development
Companies, as well as the creator of proprietary recapitalization programs for distressed financial institutions requiring no
federal assistance which made available more than $800,000,000 and resulted in the only US bank with equity capital of less
than 1% to be successfully recapitalized and not forced to close or be merged with government assistance.
Given the current state of the global economy, the problems / opportunities with the banking industry reminiscent of the 1980s
and 90s, the disruption of the banking / capital markets, the inadequate low investment yields, and the unacceptable lack of
integrity in too many of our institutions and advisors, and given Mr. Crabtree’s unique talents, skills and expertise, and in keeping
with his faith: “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace
of God.” 1Peter 4:10, Mr. Crabtree is coming out of semi-retirement and refocusing his energies upon the opportunities currently
available through the fund as a solution that will properly restore the free flow of investment capital to credit worthy companies
while returning fair and equitable risk adjusted yields.