Charles Hess – Manager Member

Charles “Chuck” Hess has more than 40 years of experience building projects up to $150M. Chuck, with his brother, built HESS Construction from a small general contractor to a multi-delivery organization completing nearly $300M annually, including large, complex, fast-track design build projects.  In 2016 Chuck and Christopher Carpenito acquired Cooper and have focused on employing the best people, instituting the best processes and providing the highest quality to Cooper’s clients.

Chris Carpenito – Chief Executive Officer

Christopher Carpenito has more than 22 years of experience in construction. Initially a CPA construction accountant and consultant for an international firm, Christopher worked with some of the largest builders in the nation. He next served for years as a VP for one of the largest construction providers in country and most recently as the EVP and CFO of HESS Construction.  Christopher’s experience as former CFO, combined with his operational experience working on projects ranging from small business to over $1B with large, complex organizations helps him bring a unique combination of experience and leadership to Cooper as well as relate to and understand the needs of even the largest and most complex clients.

Katie Lee – Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Katie has more than 12 years of experience in construction accounting, originating during her time as a CPA and Auditor for a regional accounting firm during which many of her clients were construction-based. Katie has a unique understanding of the financial needs of construction companies and works closely with our subcontractors as well as our clients to solve problems and ensure risk is managed for all parties and cash flow is maintained – a critical part of the success of any construction project.  Katie has an especially strong understanding of the concerns faced by small business subcontractors and partners with them so that all parties to the contract are successful.

Thomas Alexander – Vice President

Thomas has more than 24 years of renovation and construction management experience, with an emphasis on federal agency end-user projects and secure and hardened facilities. He has a comprehensive background in government and commercial environments from both the design build and design-bid-build perspectives. Thomas is responsible for leading all activities related to federal and commercial direct clients, subcontracting to large Primes in these areas, and self-performed efforts. Thomas’ in-depth understanding of federal and secure clients allows him to provide unique problem-solving solutions to Cooper clients.

Jim Gladhill – Division Executive

James has more than 20 years of experience in the State, Local and Education markets and is responsible for leading all activities related to these clients. James has built projects ranging up to $75M, including schools from K-12 through Higher Education, Dormitories, Libraries, Community projects, and Lab space as well as Administrative Buildings. James’ brings to Cooper and its’ clients an extensive understanding of the often unique needs of these clients and works proactively with them from the preconstruction process through closeout to ensure projects are delivered on time and within budget while maximizing program value.

Joe Lee – General Superintendent

Joe has more than 20 years managing field operations and field labor and has responsibility for managing the self-performed labor force for Cooper. Joe ensures that Cooper hires  and retains the highest quality craftsmen, and monitors productivity, quality control, and safety hand-in-hand with Cooper’s Corporate Safety Director.  Joe has extensive experience operating in the most hardened and secure facilities and is trusted by such clients to mobilize Cooper’s Rapid Deployment self-performed forces on a moment’s notice.  This particular element of the self-performed workforce is pre-cleared to work in some of the most sensitive environments and can therefore rapidly access such sites and get to work to solve client urgent needs.




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