At Coogan’s, we are extremely selective when we hire and very proud to employ the best people in the design-build industry. Our staff is committed to high standards of design, material selection and construction methods for every project – whether it’s a sparkling pool, covered porch, outdoor kitchen, or indoor renovation. Our dedicated team represents a broad spectrum of trained talent with specialized degrees in the services they provide. When you sign with Coogan’s you can rest assured your project will be in skilled hands from the architectural design to the last day of detailed construction.
OUR TEAM | meet the talents
Tom Coogan is known and admired in the Charlotte community for the thousands of beautiful projects he has created. In addition to his creative skills he is a fully licensed General Contractor in both North and South Carolina. He studied Engineering at University of North Carolina at Charlotte and has over 33 years of experience in all aspects of the landscape design-build industry. His countless projects over the past three decades have earned Tom a reputation for intelligent design and an amazing ability to plan and construct residential projects. He enjoys working closely with his design/build teams to offer consulting, design work, and residential construction at the highest industry standards. Tom has been married to his wife Julie for 30 years. In his free time he loves hiking, snow skiing and vacationing at the coast with his family and his dog Maggie.
DEREK VOORHEES, PLA
Derek is gifted at creating beautiful residential landscape designs and masterplans for homeowners and has over 16 years of experience in this field. He earned his degree in Landscape Architecture from Ball State University in 2005 and has been a member of the Coogan’s design and sales team since 2010. He is an innovative problem solver and his ability to easily transform any design challange into a fabulous, functioning work of art is valuable asset to our company. Derek grew up in Indiana, has been married to his wife Jennifer for 8 years and has two children. Derek’s favorite thing to do when not at work is spending time with his family and performing improv comedy with the Charlotte Comedy Theater.
Michelle Standley has over twenty-five years experience in corporate administration/office management and she is the hub of our busy company. Her remarkable attention to detail, organizational skills and love for people has proven her to be a fantastic Office Manager here at Coogan’s. The many aspects of Michelle’s position include payroll, scheduling, billing, and customer service. She makes sure every client is taken care of from the first ‘hello’ and we often get compliments on her professional, warm personality. Michelle keeps our company running smoothly and we can’t imagine being without her. In her spare time she enjoys time with her husband, playing golf, traveling and visiting her beautiful granddaughters. She’s also very involved with her church and her community. Michelle loves golf, basketball, football and is a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys.
Brandon studied business management at UNCW and brings with him eight years experience in the construction industry. His ability to juggle multiple projects while maintaining high standards and a timely completion have proven him to be a fantastic project manager. He’s the critical link here between our customer’s landscape design and the actual project construction. Brandon is versatile in all aspects of building and he has a keen eye for project plan and detail. He works closely with his installation crews to seamlessly transform each landscape plan into a well constructed project. Brandon loves living on the lake and in his spare time he enjoys boating, traveling, wake boarding and snow boarding.
Kieran has a vast knowledge of plant material and he is a fantastic Project Manager/Horticulturist here at Coogan’s Design/Build. After earning his degree in Horticulture from Southern Illinois University in 2011 he was hired as a full time Horticulturist and Project Manager at a large private residential Charleston estate. His passion for fabulous outdoor environments is evident and he has over 7 years experience working with blue prints and proper plant installation procedures. Many of the lush gardens seen on our site were created under his close supervision and he has been an outstanding addition to our team. In his spare time Kieran loves to playing basketball and football. He also enjoys traveling with his wife to Charleston, Savannah and hiking in the Blue Ridge mountains.
DAVID STRYKER HILLHOUSE
David received his BA in architecture from UNCC, and then graduated Cum Laude from NC state with a Bachelor’s in Architecture. His many skills consist of site analysis, masterplans, 3D graphics and beautiful hand renderings. His commitment to design excellence, creativity and diverse skills enable him to easily transform almost any idea into a compelling outdoor space. David’s warm personality and creative ability make him a perfect fit for the position of Design Consultant at Coogan’s Design/Build. David has been married to his wife, Jeannine, for 20 years and together they spend all their free time traveling with their 2 teenage daughter’s volleyball teams.
Dave’s tenacious attention to detail and insightful approach to designing projects has proven him to be an invaluable member here at Coogan’s Design/Build. His ability to capture an idea and transform it into a captivating 3D display never fails to delight our clients. Dave has over 11 years of experience in various forms of design from web sites, 2D illustration, to complicated 3D modeling and animation. His education and training includes Raleigh School of Communication Arts, Atlanta CAD-3D Studio Max and Midlands Tech Multimedia. While not at work Dave enjoys being active in his church, reading, combat sports and spending time with his wife Katie, and their two children.
Crystal’s career began as a CNA for Carolinas Medical Center, but she soon discovered her love for balancing books and has not looked back. Most of her professional career has been spent in accounting and she now has over 11 years under her belt. When she’s not floating in numbers here at Coogan’s she enjoys floating in her new kayak on Lake Wylie with her family. Being a wife and mother of two keeps her super busy, but she can always find time for good movie or dinner out.