A Q&A with Scott Copas


Scott Copas, President and CEO of Baldwin & Shell Construction Co.

First job: I had a paper route for Arkansas Democrat and cooked at Minute Man on University Avenue — I can still recite the Minute Man menu.

First big break: Going to work for The Baldwin Company in 1977. This is the predecessor to Baldwin & Shell Construction Co.

One word that describes you: Blessed.

Hobby: Golf, travel and spending time on the lake or ocean.

Who is your hero? My mother Sara Lay Copas; she taught me determination, compassion, integrity and the value of being and staying committed to everything I believe in. She struggled for many years with the effects of a stroke and congestive heart failure but remained steadfastly committed to providing a stable home environment and security for my special needs sister.

What you love about what you do: The opportunity to build lasting friendships with our clients, their families and employees is what keeps me excited. Driving by the buildings and campuses we have constructed and telling someone “we built that” keeps me focused, but working with the very best group of highly talented and caring people of character at Baldwin & Shell is what makes me truly proud.

What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? From 2003 to 2005 I had the opportunity to chair the task force to the Joint Committee on Education Facilities for the State of Arkansas. Its sole purpose was to address the Arkansas Supreme Court’s Lakeview decision, which said the state must define, create and maintain adequate and equitable school facilities for all children of our State. The findings and recommendations from this task force initiated current laws assuring the people of Arkansas that all public K-12 school facilities will indeed provide the proper learning environment.

What’s one fact about you that others would be surprised to know? I am related to Elvis Presley, Buffalo Bill Cody and Cowboy Copas.

What is left on your “bucket list”? Seeing the Razorbacks win one more national title in football and basketball.

Scott Copas grew up in Little Rock and studied architecture and business administration at the University of Arkansas. He began his career with The Baldwin Company in 1977 and has served as an estimator, project manager, vice president/principal in charge and executive vice president. His volunteer work has included Fifty for the Future, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Arkansas Construction Industry Council, among others. He resides in Little Rock, Ark., and he and wife Shayla have five children and three grandchildren.

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