Jim Cooper graduated from Auburn University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree. In 1991, Jim founded Cooper Construction with a focus on personal relationships and satisfaction for every client. Cooper Construction operates as a general contractor specializing in industrial, warehouse/distribution, and multifamily projects. Cooper Construction’s expertise in private sector development has allowed for continued expansion and successfully completed projects throughout the United States.
Jim values a team oriented mindset with a focus on thoroughness, clear communication and urgency throughout the organization. He is heavily involved in achieving the organization’s vision, and through his relentless efforts has grown Cooper Construction into a $200 million plus national company.
VP of Finance
Charlie Wendel has been with Cooper Construction since 2005. He joined the company as Controller then promoted to CFO in 2014 and in 2019 became VP of Finance. He has over 45 years of experience in accounting and has applied those skills to the construction industry for 25 years. Charlie has been an instrumental part of Cooper Construction’s remarkable growth and success with his extensive experience in finance and risk management.
Certified Public Accountant
Bachelor of the Arts in Accounting, Catawba College
Jeff Garner graduated from the University of Louisiana - Monroe with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management and a Minor in Business Management. Jeff brings over 30 years of construction industry experience to Cooper Construction, and we are proud to have him lead our Dallas office. His exceptional skills and ability to lead a high performing team ensure that he always delivers success and exceeds client expectations. His experience in the industrial, retail, commercial, and multifamily markets total a valuation exceeding $1 billion.
Bachelor of Building Science, Construction Management & Minor in Business Management, University of Louisiana-Monroe
With over a decade of industrial and commercial design experience, Justin enables Cooper Construction to provide services above and beyond others in the industry. Justin leads the in-house design team providing architectural design services, project code analysis, and assistance with the permitting process during preconstruction on in-house projects.
LEADERSHIP, ACCOLADES, & PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Bachelor of Architecture, Auburn University
Taylor Brown graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelors degree in Building Science. Over the past 20 years Taylor has both managed and estimated a wide range of projects that include governmental, institutional, medical, multi-family, professional office, and industrial facilities in both the private and public sectors. His involvement with so many facets of construction along with his attention to detail has made Taylor the perfect fit to run our preconstruction department. As Vice President of Preconstruction, Taylor’s responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of the estimating process, managing the estimating team, and ensuring our clients receive the best service possible. His experience is a valuable asset to the Cooper Construction team, as well as our clients.
Bachelor of Building Science, Construction Management (Cum Laude) with Co-op, Auburn University
Ryan Ferris brings over 20 years of experience in construction project management and supervision to the Cooper Construction team. His knowledge and expertise in effectively managing complex projects along with his strong commitment to quality and customer satisfaction led to his current role as Vice President of Operations. Ryan oversees all Project Managers and Superintendents within the Cooper Construction organization.
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