First Fridays

MML First Fridays Presents…

Building an Infrastructure that Survives Storms

Friday November 4th, 2016 7:15 am – 9:00 am

With the economy moving so fast, your company sometimes feels like a little boat in uncharted waters, subject to wind, waves, and hidden dangers. Phil Cohen, owner of Cohen Architectural Woodworking, will share how they spent the last few years developing a culture and dynamic infrastructure that could withstand storms, and how that helped them weather a steep climb in sales in 2015 and the downturn they experienced this year.

Cohen Architectural Woodworking is based in St. James, Missouri, with a small office in Lenexa, Kansas. They have 90 employees and are currently adding a 34,000 square foot expansion, to their 21,000 square foot plant. Since 1982, they have completed projects all over the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii, with the majority in healthcare, hospitality, and retail.

The Speaker: Phil Cohen

Phil Cohen is the Founder and President of Cohen Architectural Woodworking, a cabinet manufacturing company based in St James, Missouri.

Phil started working with wood in 1975 in a neighbor’s barn, building porch swings from walnut, cherry, and cedar. He founded the company in 1982, and within four years, they were working with several large general contractors, building cabinets for medical facilities, hotels, office buildings, and stores, including Wal-Mart. Overwhelmed by the growth, he turned to his faith to help him make decisions for the business and in 2013, the management team agreed to become a faith-based company.

Today, the company stands solidly as a professionally managed, family-owned business, rooted in the pursuit of excellence. Phil says, “To succeed in our industry, we need a passion for great craftsmanship, a love for business, and a love for our customers, suppliers, and employees.”

Phil is passionate about investing in the lives of others, developing future leaders, and providing mentorship. His relational approach to business, his dedication to continuous personal and business growth, and his commitment to the highest levels of excellence have made him a leader in the industry and in their local community. He and his wife Gina are approaching their 41st anniversary. They have nine children and eleven grandchildren. Seven of their nine children are involved in the company. Phil also is an inspirational writer and speaker.

Look forward to being inspired on November 4th, 2016.

MML First Fridays Event Details
November 4th, 2016
7:15 – 8:00 am – Breakfast & Networking
8:00 – 8:45 am – Presentation
8:45 – 9:00 am – Question & Answer

Event Location
The Lodge Des Peres
1050 Des Peres Rd.
St Louis, MO 63131

Event Registration