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Baldwin & Shell CEO Scott Copas Stepping Down, Joining Wife Shayla’s Company

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Scott Copas is stepping down from his position as president and CEO of Baldwin & Shell Construction Co. and joining his wife Shayla’s lifestyle company, the company announced Friday. 

Bobby Gosser, Baldwin & Shell’s president-elect, will take over as CEO at the start of the new year.

Copas joined Baldwin & Shell in 1977 as an estimator and became CEO in 2014. During his tenure, the company has grown to one of the largest commercial contracting firms in the state, with more than $287.5 million in revenue in 2019. Its major projects include the second phase of the Springdale School District School of Innovation, TheatreSquared in Fayetteville, and Helena West Helena High School. 

Copas is joining his wife’s company, Shayla Copas Lifestyle, as its chief operating officer. He will oversee its interior design company, headed by Shayla, and its lifestyle brands including Shayla Copas Interiors, Shayla Copas Travel, Shayla Copas Collections and Copas & Co. Construction Consulting. 

“I am thrilled to be joining my wife as she continues to scale her national brands,” Scott Copas said in a news release. “Her momentum has been strong and I am proud to be beside her in her journey. I was grateful to have had the chance to reach the tremendous goals we did at Baldwin & Shell and I am hopeful that those remaining in leadership will continue the mission of what Bob Shell and I established.”

Copas will also be involved in The Hive, the marketing and public relations firm that Shayla launched last year

“Scott and I have been great partners over the years, helping with each other’s businesses,” Shayla said. “We are excited that Scott has made this decision to join our team at this time especially with the growth we are experiencing in our diverse lineup of lifestyle businesses.”

Gosser joined Baldwin & Shell in 1987 as an estimator. During his career, he has been named Estimator of the Year and Recruiter of the Year by the Arkansas Chapter of American Society of Professional Estimators, and Chairman of the Year by the Arkansas Chapter of Associated General Contractors. He’s also a member of the Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 class of 2000. 

In a profile of Gosser on the company’s website, he describes the firm’s longtime leader, the late Bob Shell, as his mentor. 

“I got to know Bob as an employee and then as his partner,” Gosser said. “He is one the finest Christian men I know and has brought those values to this company. Never has there been a closed door. I have appreciated his calm and decisive approach to tough decisions that have come before our board … I have learned a lot from him and I cherish that relationship.”

Gosser holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Ouachita Baptist University and a bachelor’s in construction from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. 

Construction projects were incorrectly attributed to Baldwin & Shell in a previous version of this story. 

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