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Leadership Team


The Crancer Group is talented group professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do and do it with passion! Learn more about the unique individuals who are the driving force behind creating the Partners of Tomorrow.

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Sherman Crancer


Sherman Crancer is the President of The Crancer Group who spent the past 5 years at Microsoft. As a high energy, fiscally conscious, and goal-driven technology executive, Sherman Crancer approaches each new business challenge with his intrinsic flair for innovation, creative problem-solving, and measured risk-taking to drive consistent bottom-line improvement. The selective set of partners Sherman Crancer works with grow on average 40% year over year. Focusing on business risk, profitability, differentiation, and creative marketing techniques as the pillars of his business practice.

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Richard Crancer


Richard Crancer is the Executive Vice President of Operations at The Crancer Group. Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, he now lives in San Diego with his family. Richard brings his many years of experience in the financial services/customer services industry to the organization.

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Brian Curnutt


Brian Curnutt is the Vice President of Partner Development at The Crancer Group, coming from a 5 year run at Microsoft as a Technical Evangelist and Partner Development Manager. As a highly accomplished and collaborative executive in the IT field, he has sales, strategic alliance, B2B partnering, project delivery, project management and architecture/design experience. As a trusted advisor for over 20 years, Brian has delivered consistent success in planning, business development, risk analysis and leadership of programs, resources, and process innovations that establish industry precedents and contribute to productivity, efficiency, and bottom-­line performance.

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Melody Forstie


Melody Forstie is the Client Success Manager at The Crancer Group. She recently graduated from Cal State San Marcos specializing in a Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. Melody looks forward to assisting our clients in their growth and development process in the Microsoft ecosystem. She has a professional background in strategic marketing, online marketing, customer service, and sales. When it comes to customers, she ensures that a foundation of trust is created within the relationship so success can be reached. She is an extrovert who is never scared to start a conversation and one you can always count on. 

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Tyler Wheeler


Tyler Wheeler is our CIE Moderator and Facilitator for our Azure Immersion Workshops.  Born and bred in Baltimore, MD, Tyler has been in education and sales for the past 15 years.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Towson University and then attended General Assembly to further his education in Software Development.  His love for teaching and technology gives him the passion and knowledge needed to educate others on what Microsoft Azure has to offer. 

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Nicole O'Block


Nicole O’Block works with Brian and Tyler to ensure prompt, accurate delivery in our Azure Immersion workshops. After graduating from Penn State University, she worked and traveled across 48 countries before returning home to study User Experience (UX) Design at General Assembly. Nicole has since worked for several start-ups as their Lead UX Researcher. She’s delighted to bring to her user-centered expertise to the Crancer Group as we continuously improve the impact of our CIEs, one workshop at a time.

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Phil Kent


Phil a Partner Development Manager at the Crancer Group. He is a Southern California native, and retired from the Marine Corps as a First Sergeant with over 20 year of service. While in the Marine Corps, he achieve a Masters degree in Homeland Security. He is eager to jump into the next chapter of his life by dedicating himself to empowering the minds of others on the top Microsoft Technologies as a Customer Immersion Experience Facilitator in training and creating valuable relationships with our Partners of Tomorrow!

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