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By July 1, 2019No Comments

St. Louis, Mo., July 1, 2019 –  S. M. Wilson’s COO, Mark Cochran has been named to ENR’s National Top 20 Under 40 2019 list. 

The national winners are chosen from the compilation of ENR’s 10 regional Top Young Professionals competition. Cochran was named one of the 2018 Top 20 Under 40 in ENR Midwest. This year’s national class was chosen from nearly 300 entries consisting of the highest scoring candidates from the regional competitions.

Since beginning as an intern with S. M. Wilson in 1999, Mark Cochran has risen from Project Engineer to the firm’s first COO serving as a Project Manager, Director of Field Operations and Director of Operations in between. Over his 20 year full-time tenure, Cochran has managed $500,000,000+ of projects throughout the Midwest including multiple healthcare, industrial and senior living facilities. 

As Director of Operations, Cochran directly influenced the success of high-profile, award-winning projects such as IKEA St. Louis. He also managed the construction of the $60 M Orion multi-use development. His keen sense for customer service, contract negotiation and creative constructability have positioned the firm for growth in diverse clientele, employee retention and profitability.

In 2018, Mark was honored for his professional and philanthropic achievements by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of their 40 Under 40.

The August 12th edition of ENR will feature all the 2019 class in detail. The full list of awardees can be found here:

S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis. For nearly 100 years, S. M. Wilson has provided a complete range of services and has become one of the leading general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area. The employee-owned company is dedicated to going above and beyond expectations for their clients by putting people first. For more information, visit