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Cooper & Company is now guided by the second generation of Cooper family leadership. Our clients can rest assured that the values set forth by Ted Cooper in 1967 are still our driving principles: Excellence, Integrity, Cooperation, and Safety. We instill those values in each of our team members to make sure that the “Cooper Way” is evident no matter who is on your project team. Our team members ultimate goal is to construct your visions and deliver each project successfully.
Ted Cooper has over fifty years of construction experience. He began his construction career by working in the family construction business and ready-mix concrete company through high school and college. He served in the U.S. Navy Construction Battalion from 1961 to 1963 and received an honorable discharge.
He has been President of Cooper & Company since it was founded in 1967. He has served as CEO since 2002. He takes an active role in all projects and maintains close contact with the Project Manager, Superintendent, Owner and Architect.
His construction experience consists of schools, churches, office buildings, warehouse and manufacturing facilities, recreational facilities, poultry processing plants, wastewater treatment plants, hazard waste facilities, renovations and expansions, historic restorations, and all types of public facilities.
Ted Cooper has been an active AGC member, both locally and nationally since 1963. He served as President of Georgia Branch AGC from 1994 to 1995. He has served on many of the Chapter’s committees during his membership and was a former Director of the Georgia Branch AGC since 1989.
In 2004 Ted was honored as the recipient of the S.I.R Award. (An award given to members who exemplify the motto of the association: Skill, Integrity and Responsibility.) He was a Trustee of the CompTrust AGC of Georgia and has served since its inception in 1982. He also served as Chairman of CompTrust AGC for many years.
Ted has attended National Conventions since 1964 and has served on the Insurance and Bond Committee, Quality in Construction Committee, and Closely-Held Business Committee. Ted was also been a member of the AGC 535 Club. In 1995 he was elected as a National Director and served for many years.
When not working in the office Ted enjoys golfing, fishing, walking his dog Bailey, and spending time with his family and friends.
CEO & Founder
Steve Cooper has more than 30 years of diversified commercial construction experience, including winning and overseeing more than 500 construction projects. Steve began learning and contributing to the family business at an early age, working in the field throughout high school and college. Since then, he has been involved with an impressive list of commercial projects in a variety of industry sectors. This experience has afforded Steve an extensive network of developers, financial partners, engineers, architects, owners and brokers. He has provided oversight for 14 Build Georgia Award winning projects. Steve is a graduate of Southern Polytechnical College, holding a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management. He serves on the Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce Executive Board of Directors and is Chairman of the Chamber’s Strategic Planning Committee. He is a long-time Forsyth County resident and firmly believes in giving back to the community. Steve was most recently recognized for his community leadership at the 2020 Forsyth County Impact Awards. He is a member of the Lanier Forsyth Rotary Club as well as a board member for the non-profit organization, BMore Learning. Other organizations Steve has supported are: North Georgia Community Foundation, Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia, Boy Scouts of America Northeast Georgia, Southeast Georgia Health System, Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center and FOCO4FRONTLINERS. In his spare time, Steve enjoys spending time with his wife, Shae and three daughters as well as hunting for Big Foot, working on his farm and fishing.
President & Principal
Jim Cooper began his construction career working with Cooper & Company on summer and holiday breaks during high school and college. He now has almost thirty years of experience with the firm. During those formative years, he served as a Laborer, Carpenter’s Helper, Assistant Superintendent, and Assistant Project Manager.
After graduating from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Sciences in Building Construction (Cum Laude), Jim became a full-time Project Manager / Estimator for Cooper & Company.
His construction experience includes schools, churches, medical research, and industrial projects. Jim is responsible for all Cooper & Company pre-construction activities, including the marketing and estimating of approximately 100 projects (totaling $200M) annually.
Jim is a former Georgia AGC Board Member. He currently serves on the 401k Task Force and Chairman on the Legislative Committee for the Georgia AGC.
Jim’s interests include golf, football, sipping on a good bourbon, and spending time with his wife Lindsey and four sons.
Vice President & Principal
Gail has over 50 years of experience helping with the day to day operations for Cooper & Company and serves as the firm CFO. She has established working relationships with vendors, sub-contractors, and owners to ensure the success of the internal office organization of Cooper.
Gail loves spending time with her husband Ted on the golf course or on the beach when they are not in the office. She also loves getting to enjoy the company of her children, multiple grandchildren, and puppy Bailey.
Paul Hoover serves as Cooper & Company’s Director of Operations.
Paul is the former Vice President of an architect and engineering firm where he worked since 1998. While there he built his career as a project manager, project architect, architectural department manager and then vice-president. He oversaw the growth and success of the firm in addition to managing staff workloads, continuing education, proposal development and presentations. In his role he also oversaw projects, tracked budgets and ensured successful completion.
Paul is a graduate of University of North Georgia and Southern Polytechnic State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. He is a licensed architect and interior designer.
Director of Operations
Beth is from Clearwater, Florida, where she spent most of her youth on the beach, open water fishing, and boating. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Florida State University.
Beth joined Cooper & Company as an Account Payable Specialist in 2016. Her professional career has also included marketing, retail and accounting management. She was promoted to controller of Cooper & Company in 2021.
She is charged with full responsibility for general accounting, payroll accounting, and cost accounting. She does this for office services, financial and banking, credits and collections, insurance. As well as the rendering of all necessary reports to federal, state, county, and municipal authorities for the preparation of management reports. She also oversees the employment, training, and supervision of employees in that department.
These days she spends her free time lake fishing, doing Crossfit, running, and hiking with her 120-pound puppy, Nike.
Kurt Main has more than 20 years of experience in construction. During his tenure he has served on all sides of the industry from project manager, superintendent, to research and data analytics. Kurt currently serves as Cooper & Company’s Director of Preconstruction. In his role he serves as lead estimator, oversees marketing and business development efforts, maintaining strong subcontractor relationships and procurement of new projects. He also spends time volunteering for non-profit organizations including the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Sunshine on a Ranney Day.
Director of Preconstruction