Meet George W. Cooley, AIA

Born in 1946 in Alpine, Texas, I grew up in a west Texas construction family. My grandfather was a local general contractor and my father operated the local lumberyard. After graduating from Alpine High School in 1965, I attended Sul Ross State University for two years, majoring in advertising art. I then transferred to Texas Tech University and entered the School of Architecture, where I graduated in 1971. Upon graduation from Texas Tech, I was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U. S. Army and served in the Transportation Corps. After being honorably discharged at the conclusion of the Vietnam War, I worked for several architectural firms in Texas and received my license to practice architecture in 1975. I have maintained that license as well as my membership in the American Institute of Architects continuously since that time. I have also been a corporate member of the Construction Management Association of America since 1993.

In 1977, I joined the Vantage Companies in Dallas, Texas and began a rewarding career of managing the design and construction of a large portfolio of commercial and industrial projects. I was responsible for managing a variety of building types across a large geographic network of corporate divisions.

In 2001, I was given the opportunity to purchase Vantage Construction Management, Inc. I concluded that purchase in partnership with my long-time business associate Don C. Hodges. We renamed the company CYMCOR and commenced operations on January 1, 2002.

Personal Information
I have served on the Building Code Board of Appeals in Richardson, Texas, the Building and Standards Commission in McKinney, Texas and the Board of Directors of North Collin County Habitat for Humanity.

I have been a lifelong member of the Methodist Church and currently attend Stonebridge United Methodist Church in McKinney, Texas.

I have been married to my wife Deborah for 50 years, have two grown children and four grandchildren.

Education
Bachelor of Architecture
Texas Tech University, 1971

Registration
Registered Architect Texas #5571
NCARB Certification #17093

Employment
1971-1972: Lawrence D. White Associates / Fort Worth, TX
1972-1975: Caudill Rowlett Scott, inc. / Houston, TX
1975-1976: William T. Cannady Associates / Houston, TX
1976-1977: George Staten & Associates / El Paso, TX
1977-2001: Vantage Companies / Dallas, TX
2001-Present: Cymcor Inc. & Cymcor Realty Services, Inc. / McKinney, TX

Affiliations
Member, American Institute of Architects
Member, Texas Society of Architects
Member, Construction Management Association of America (CMAA)