- Thursday | May 28, 2020
- 10:30 am
A VIRTUAL CONVERSATION WITH COLIN COOPER
Hear the latest updates on the State of CT and manufacturing from Colin Cooper followed by Q&A so bring all of your questions with you to this virtual meeting!
Moderated by Kelly McDaniels, President of DeLisa Group
Colin Cooper has more than 30 years of professional experience as a design engineer, investment banker, crisis manager and aerospace executive.
Colin retired from the Whitcraft Group to become the State of Connecticut’s first Chief Manufacturing Officer on October 30, 2019.
Prior to that, he served as the CEO and then the Executive Chairman of the Whitcraft Group. Colin and his operating partner, Jeffrey Paul, acquired Whitcraft in 1998 and grew the company from one facility in Eastford, Connecticut to eleven facilities in four New England states, Illinois and Arizona. The Whitcraft Group is a Connecticut based contract manufacturer of precision machined, formed and fabricated parts and assemblies for many of the world’s largest aerospace OEM’s. Whitcraft’s parts are on virtually every major large commercial and U.S. military aircraft in service today.
Prior to joining Whitcraft, he was a managing director at Alvarez & Marsal, Inc., a nationally recognized crisis management and turnaround consulting firm specializing in operational and financial restructurings and before that he worked as an associate in corporate finance for Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc. He began his career as a design engineer for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. Colin has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from Columbia University.
Colin currently serves on the boards of the Whitcraft Group, Habco Industries, the Aerospace Component Manufacturers association, and the Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund. He is a past board member of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association.