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We’ve grown a lot since 1990 but we remain a family owned-and-operated business guided by the principles of transparency, reliability, responsiveness, craftsmanship and loyalty. Every member of our team brings these values and a belief in keeping our word to every project. To a person, we do what we say we’ll do and we do it right. That’s a big reason why we’ve been able to build many successful, long term partnerships with our clients and trusted vendors over the last 27 years.

 

 

 

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Mike Cochran
President/Co-Owner

Favorite Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Van Deusen Blue, HC-156

Mike entered the painting industry in 1978 as a part-time painter while in high school. Since those early days, he has played a pivotal role in Cochran & Mann’s growth from a small paint shop with a few employees to one of the most respected painting and wallcovering companies in the Mid-Atlantic. He has served in every possible role from working in the field and estimating to sales, project management and financial management. His wide ranging industry experience creates a unique and deep connection between the boardroom and boots on the ground. His sound financial practices, agile business model and smart growth approach has helped empower the team to complete scores of successful projects, increase revenues significantly and build strong, long-term client relationships. Mike has been an active member of the Associated Builders and Contractors organization (Metro-Washington and Virginia chapters) for more than two decades and has had a similar tenure with the American Subcontractors Association (Washington-Metro chapter). He has served on the Customer Advisory Boards for McCormick, Duron and PPG Paints. When Mike has some downtime, he likes to play golf at Hilton Head and play his acoustic guitar.

 

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Will Cochran
Executive Vice President/Co-Owner

Favorite Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Real Red, SW 6868

Will has been in the painting and wallcovering industry for nearly three decades. He has been instrumental in Cochran & Mann’s remarkable growth from a few guys in a truck to a painting and wallcovering industry leader. An accomplished business leader with deep field experience, Will has expertise in a wide range of areas, including business management, strategy development, production management and project delivery. Currently, he leads Cochran & Mann operations, overseeing contracts, project execution, cost controls, staffing, training, safety programming and quality assurance. Will’s commitment to sustained operational excellence has helped the team consistently deliver a host of efficient, high-quality projects on time and within budget. Will holds an MHIC License and is CPR/First Aid certified. In his spare time, he enjoys several hobbies, including gardening, farming and working out in the gym. 

 

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Mark Jeffress
Vice President, Sales/Estimating

Favorite Paint Color: Valspar Color of Money, ar1020

Mark joined the Cochran & Mann family in 2012 as vice president of sales and estimating. He brings nearly 40 years of professional construction experience to his role. Mark has strong project management experience across a diverse portfolio of functions and projects. He skillfully applies this experience to supervise the organization’s estimating, contracting, marketing and business development activities. He has been a key driver of growth for the company since he came on board. Prior to joining Cochran & Mann, Mark was a vice president at O’Leary Asphalt where he oversaw estimating, marketing, sales and contract awards. Mark is a graduate of Oklahoma State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management. In his free time he enjoys training dogs, waterfowl hunting and fishing. 

 

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Kathy G. Sloan
Controller, CPA

Favorite Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Dark Royal Blue, 2065-20

Kathy joined the Cochran & Mann family in 2006 She is the company’s controller and is responsible for the organization’s financial functions, including internal financial statement preparation and review, payables, receivables, job costing and payroll. Kathy has played a critical role in augmenting the company’s accounting processes through the implementation of stronger reporting and tracking solutions. Prior to joining Cochran & Mann, Kathy was a public accountant for 6 years. She has strong experience in corporate partnerships and is skilled in auditing and tax accounting for nonprofits and private enterprises. She also ran her own accounting business for a decade and served as an asset manager and the head of the communications group for a billion dollar real estate investment portfolio. Kathy is a certified public accountant. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in accounting from Michigan Technological University. In her free time she enjoys hiking, snowmobiling and jet skiing.

 

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Lisa Palmer
Senior Estimator

Favorite Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Hearts of Palm, SW 6415

Lisa joined the Cochran & Mann family in 1998. She has been the company’s senior estimator since that time, and has leveraged her strong experience in value engineering, meticulous attention to detail and knowledge of construction contracts to generate sound, accurate estimates. She is primarily focused on skillfully assembling complex project bids for the company, using her value engineering ability and knack for relationship building to generate strong results. Lisa has a strong track record of developing successful estimates and bids for conceptual, budget, negotiated and competitive bid projects. Prior to joining Cochran & Mann, she gained valuable experience with Glen Construction Company where she developed her passion for financial analytics. Lisa is a graduate of West Virginia University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. Whenever she has a little bit of downtime, she really enjoys spending time with family, cooking, volunteering and watching the Washington Nationals.

 

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Tom Shoemaker
Senior Project Manager

Favorite Paint Color: PPG Paints Safety Blue, 7-803

Tom joined the Cochran & Mann family in 2014. Tom brings 45 years of painting, high performance coating and wallcovering expertise to his role. He is responsible for overall project management, including estimating/budgeting, cost control, procurement, scheduling and customer relations. He is the main point of contact for his clients from the start through the warranty phase of each project. Prior to joining Cochran & Mann, Tom was the principal and owner of Shoemaker Bros. Painting for 36 years. The company specialized in paintings, epoxy floor coatings and wallcovering projects for commercial, industrial, residential and institutional clients. Tom enjoys cars, the beach and watching sports in his spare time.

 

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Charlie Turrell
Senior Project Manager

Favorite Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Blue Nile, SW 6776

Charlie joined the Cochran & Mann family in 2015 as a senior project manager. He has been involved in the painting and construction industry since 1977, holding a variety of administrative and field roles during that time. He is responsible for overall project management for the commercial division, including estimating/budgeting, cost control, procurement, scheduling and customer relations. He is the main point of contact for his clients from the start through the warranty phase of each project. Charlie has deep experience working in the field in addition to being a strong leader across multiple disciplines, including strategy, business administration, contract execution, estimating and project management. Prior to joining Cochran & Mann, Charlie was a high performer in similar roles at Manders Decorating, where he finished his tenure as the sales project manager after starting as a foreman. He is an expert as his craft and is able to draw from his field experience and business skills to deliver outstanding projects for clients. Charlie enjoys traveling across the U.S. on his Harley Road Glide motorcycle.

 

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Charlie Dukes
Superintendent/Project Manager, Special Projects

Favorite Paint Color: PPG Paints Black

Charlie joined the Cochran & Mann family in 2011. He brings more than three decades of industry experience to his role, which includes managing field and administrative operations for specialized small to midsize projects. He brings strong experience in tenant construction and building maintenance best practices to every project he oversees. Charlie leverages his experience to ensure his projects are completed on time, within budget and to the highest quality standards. Prior to joining Cochran & Mann, he owned and operated a construction and renovation company that specialized in tenant improvements, remodeling and other diverse projects from rebranding hundreds of petroleum stations to construction work for hotels, hospitals and retail. In his free time, Charlie loves watching the Maryland Terps basketball team and playing golf. 

 

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Donna Miller
Human Resources Lead

Favorite Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Acadia White, OC-38

Donna joined the Cochran & Mann family in 2003. She is responsible for all human resource activities, including the development and execution of policies, professional development programs, performance management, employee relations and benefits. In addition, she acts as the company’s compliance officer, ensuring that Cochran & Mann remains in good standing with relevant local, state and Federal laws and regulations. She has played a big role in the development of the organization’s outstanding work environment and supportive, professional culture. Prior to joining Cochran & Mann, Donna worked in a wide range of roles within the healthcare industry. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park with a degree in health services management and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. Donna enjoys spending time with her family and cheering on her kids in sports in her free time. 

 

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Carlos Pena
Safety Manager

Favorite Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Classic Burgundy, PM-17

Carlos joined the Cochran & Mann family in 2018. He has been in the construction industry for 8 years and has worked with a variety of tradesmen within this industry. Carlos's primary responsibility is overseeing and maintaining the company's safety program, ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local regulations. Through the years, Carlos was educated in an extensive knowledge of OSHA standards and regulations. He has earned national certifications such as OSHA Authorized Construction Trainer and First Aid/CPR, amongst many others. Carlos, a natural leader, is bilingual and provides substantial training to employees, promoting health and safety. This uniquely safe culture is one of the cornerstone achievements of Cochran & Mann, Inc. 

Apart from enjoying his daily duties at Cochran & Mann, Carlos has a strong passion for aeronautics and is a simulator enthusiast. Since childhood, he has been attracted to the science of aircrafts. He is also a family-oriented individual and loves to go fishing, camping, and traveling with his loved ones. 

 

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Keith McDonald
Senior Project Manager

Favorite Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Loyal Blue, SW 6510

Keith joined the Cochran & Mann family in August of 2011. He has been in the paint industry for 15+ years serving as an estimator, project manager, and operations manager. He is responsible for overall project management, including estimating/budgeting, cost control, procurement, scheduling, and customer relations. He has that "can-do" attitude that inspires his team to meet deadlines without sacrificing quality. He is the "Commander in Charge" of his projects before, during, and through the warranty and service phases, making him a favorite amongst his clients. Before Cochran & Mann, Keith worked for a paint company that specialized in petroleum stations, retail stores, hospitals, and restaurants. In his free time, Keith loves Michigan football, craft beer, and spending time with his family.

 

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