Profile: Bob Crane, CSI, CDT

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Bob Crane has been active in the New York architectural community for over 35 years.  He recently retired from ATAS International, the country's premier manufacturer of metal roof, wall panels, and accessories based in Allentown, PA. Bob is also a veteran of the Vietnam War with the U.S. Navy and was a Scoutmaster for 19 years with the Boy Scouts of America.

Prior to joining ATAS, Bob was the National Sales Manager for Kane Security Screens. He currently sits on the board of the Metro New York CSI chapter and is also the Program Chairman.  This year the chapter made a bold move to schedule the monthly Chapter meetings in various product showrooms in New York City. He is very excited that the Chapter will be hosting a “CSI Social Media Workshop” on March 14, conducted by Joy Davis, the “Voice” of CSI National.  Bob is a highly-connected guy, and he wants everyone in our industry to see and experience what is available in the way of getting your "brand" out there.

So what does Bob do, now that he is retired?  Let’s see... he builds and flies radio-control sailplanes, shoots traditional archery, gardens, photographs (mostly flowers, butterflies, and landscapes), handcrafts wooden jigsaw puzzles, and is the personal chef, driver, and bodyguard for his 91-year-old mother!

Bob is currently designing and building an 18 inch model carousel, based on Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn.  All of the carousel pieces--including the horses, interior panels, floor, and roof panels--will be puzzle pieces, essentially a three-dimensional puzzle.

Hafele America has graciously donated the micro track lighting for the carousel.  The carousel will be on display in the Hafele showroom and there is an architectural program scheduled for October 25 at the showroom.  Jane of Jane’s Carousel will be speaking about the restoration of the 1922 carousel and Bob will present his puzzle carousel and discuss its design and construction.