Richard (Cooper) Cleveland
Chief Operating Officer
Cooper Cleveland joined Chemex in the spring of 2019. He has been in the forefront of the engineering and construction industry, driving business success and innovation for over 25 years. Adept at both strategy and execution, he leverages a strong foundation as a construction engineer and project manager to plan and lead projects for a diverse range of engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) initiatives. Mr. Cleveland has built a reputation for his ability to design project plans and frameworks that actualize customers’ vision, and has a talent for exceeding expectations by managing the execution within budgeting and scheduling parameters.
Mr. Cleveland has delivered numerous small-to-large capital construction projects, primarily for the Oil & Gas, petrochemical, and power-and-energy industries. He also has experience servicing steel, rail, mining, transportation, and other industries. He has led projects from <$5M to complex enterprise projects up to $750M for customers such as BASF, Bechtel, BP, Calpine, Dow Chemical, EOG, Formosa Plastics, Goodyear, Kinder Morgan, Marathon Oil, Mobil, Phillips 66, Oneok, Worthington Steel, XTO, and many others.
In his previous executive leadership role as Vice President at Corval Group, he built, launched, and managed a new national non-union division in Houston, providing engineering and turnkey services to midstream O&G, downstream petrochemical, and power generation market segments. He established an ASME/NB certified fabrication shop and created a client pipeline with a strong employee base. As a result, Mr. Cleveland delivered $185M in revenue and hired 350 people within the first 18 months’ operation of Corval Builders & Erectors, Inc.
Prior to Corval, Mr. Cleveland was VP of Operations for CapCon Industrial, a privately-owned lump sum turnkey business. Before this, Mr. Cleveland spent 20 years at Kiewit/TIC, where he spent his first 12 years executing field projects. His reputation at Kiewit/TIC earned him the opportunity to take on complex business projects, such as consolidating multiple business divisions and creating and managing project controls for a $3.2B multistate district.
Mr. Cleveland received his associate’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology early in his career and has since earned with his Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering. He is currently pursuing an MBA as well as being an active member of PMI, CMAA, and AACE International.