Scott Cooper COO/CFO

As a core member of the senior management team of SWA, Scott has a hand in everything from business planning, financial management, and project and risk management to marketing, human resources, and retirement plans. Several years ago he transitioned from a career in corporate banking to EMIC, a consultant to SWA. Ultimately he joined SWA in-house where his interests have broadened from financial and risk management to strategic business and marketing issues. “I didn’t find as much meaning in a large corporate setting,” he says. “SWA makes the world a better place, both in terms of what we do and also in terms of how the business is structured. With its commitment to employee ownership and its participatory, people-oriented approach, it’s a more humanistic type of organization.”

Inspired By

Peter Drucker, who maintained that the two necessary elements of successful companies are innovation and marketing. Frederick Herzberg, who maintained that "knowledge workers," are highly motivated by the work they do. Douglas McGregor, whose "Theory Y" maintains that professionals want to be treated as responsible adults. William James, who insisted on an open-minded approach to intellectual life, with an eye to determining the pragmatic, "cash value" of every idea and issue.

Education

Master of Business Administration, Finance San Francisco State University

Professional philosophy

Though the traditional purpose of business is to achieve optimal stock value for shareholders, Scott subscribes to an even more fundamental purpose: “To provide a great place for talented people to excel professionally, to benefit our clients and the world, and to see our people make a decent living. Our primary focus is on our craft and our clients. In the end, this kind of professionally focused organization will also be successful financially.”

Affiliations

Member of the National Center for Employee Ownership, National Audubon Society, and Pt. Reyes Seashore Association.

Recognition

2005 ASLA Landscape Architecture Firm Award.
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