Distinguished hotelier, businessman, and civic leader Pace Cooper has been appointed to the Airport’s Board of Commissioners filling the vacancy left by the retirement of longtime Chairman Arnold Perl.
Cooper is President and CEO of Cooper Hotels, a leading hospitality development and management company. The company currently owns and manages 21 hotels in seven states, a number of which are near airports. Cooper has earned a respected reputation among those in the travel industry. His experience should make him a valuable contributor to the airport’s board and bring fresh perspective and unique insight for moving the airport forward in an era of dynamic change.
He has a fervent desire to strengthen the airport’s role as one of the most important economic assets in the community. He also shares the same customer focus held by Airport Chairman Jack Sammons and believes the similarities between the airport product and his hotel product will be beneficial to guiding the airport during his service on the board.
In addition to working with the airport, Cooper is active in the community serving on multiple boards and for many years as president of Margolin Hebrew Academy/Feinstone Yeshiva of the South. He served as chairman of the National Conference of Christians and Jews and was a participant in the first ever White House Conference on Tourism and Travel.