Center for Christianity in Business Networking Event
The HBU Archie W. Dunham College of Business and the Center for Christianity in Business invite all business professionals to our next CCB Networking Luncheon…
Friday, May 4, 2018, 12-2 p.m.
Dillon II Conference Room in the Hinton Center on the campus of Houston Baptist University
President, Cohen Architectural Woodworking (St. James, Missouri)
Missouri’s 2017 SBA Entrepreneur of the Year
About the speaker…
Phillip Cohen is CEO and Founder of Cohen Architectural Woodworking in St. James, MO. Well known in his industry Phil built a company from scratch into a $12 million enterprise, now in a 54,000 square foot state of the art facility with around 80 employees.
Phil’s life is a story of turning from a violent, drug-filled past to redemption and a passionate zeal for God and helping people. As his life turned around, he began building wooden crafts in a neighbor’s pigpen. In 1982, he purchased his first business license and before long, Phil and his young sons were building cabinets for large corporations all over the United States, working for companies such as Wal-Mart.
Out of desperation for wisdom to handle the company’s growth, he decided to try an experiment: using the Bible and prayer to run the company. It worked, and eventually Cohen Architectural Woodworking became a faith-based company.
The company has seen their share of ups and downs, but due to the focus on developing infrastructure and a healthy culture, they have thrived against the odds. Phil cares more about his employees’ families and spiritual well being than anything else. He sees employees breaking free from addictions, finding healing and reconciliation in their relationships, and building careers they never dreamed of.
Phillip is deeply committed to creating a healthy company culture and infrastructure where all, regardless of background, can thrive both personally and professionally. This commitment to hire those willing to work hard regardless of background—including former drug addicts, felons and people who have been traumatized in life—has garnered international attention through the Associated Press.
Phillip Cohen was awarded the 2017 Small Business Person of the Year award for the State of Missouri by Small Business Administration (SBA). He was also named One of the Most Admired CEOs in the St Louis Region for 2017 by St. Louis Small Business Monthly. The firm has won multiple awards including the Architectural Woodwork Institute’s Award of Excellence for four separate projects, the Missouri Governor’s Small Business of the Year award, the Small Business of the Year award from the Rolla Chamber of Commerce. Additional accolades include qualifying for the Inc. 5000, named to the list of Best Places to Work by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and awarded Top Family Owned Business by St. Louis Small Business Monthly.
He and his wife Gina have been married for 42 years. They have nine children and 13 grandchildren.
KDSK 5 News in St. Louis recently produced this inspiring story about Phillip and Cohen Woodworking…