Virginia 500 spotlight: WILLIAM G. “BILL” CRUTCHFIELD JR.
Founder and CEO, Crutchfield Corp., Charlottesville
PERSONAL MOTTO: Believing that a glass is half-full
MOST VALUED POSSESSION: My family
HOW I UNWIND FROM WORK: I rarely do. That’s a problem.
HOW I CHOSE MY CAREER PATH: I followed my passions — entrepreneurship and consumer electronics.
HOBBY/PASSION: Flying airplanes, operating my boat, repairing my classic cars, installing complex electronics in my homes and trying unsuccessfully to train our four dachshunds
SOMETHING I WOULD NEVER DO AGAIN: Take piano lessons. I have no musical ability.
MOST RECENT STREAMING SHOW I ENJOYED: “Yellowstone”
DID YOU KNOW?
A 1965 graduate of the University of Virginia, Crutchfield is also an Air Force veteran who commanded a Titan II intercontinental ballistic missile crew. At 15, he founded a small business installing hi-fi sound systems in homes around Charlottesville; in 1974 he was restoring a Porsche 356 in his garage when he ran into a problem figuring out which audio system to install in the sports car. That’s when he started his mail order catalog, which has morphed into an online retailer selling everything from televisions to drones.