The mission of Contract Professionals, Inc. is to be the premier source of technical professionals serving major and emerging industries.
A highly driven, world class senior executive, Jim Cowper has more than 30 years in the staffing business, with an unparalleled ability to create repeatable customer retention and demonstrated success. He has produced top line revenue in excess of $2 billion and EBITDA greater than $190 million in the human capital technical services industry.
Aptly, Jim began his career in the staffing industry at Contract Professionals, Inc. (CPI) in 1983-1986, laying the groundwork for the success the company enjoys today. With more than $50 million in revenue last year alone, CPI is poised for significant growth in 2016-2017. Jim returned to CPI in the last quarter of 2014, with a sincere determination to be a lightening rod for revitalization, after making his own significant contributions to the staffing industry.
Specializing in bringing new life to organizations, Jim is at his best when he is developing and executing challenging business strategies. After his initial tenure at CPI, Jim went on to a long career at TAC Worldwide Companies, launching the $125 millon TAC Automotive Group. He was responsible for leading the $250 million engineering services business, in the United States and United Kingdom. While he was at TAC, he was responsible for managing 19 offices and 180 staff members.
A Crain’s Detroit Business 40 under 40 recipient, Jim is best known for turning uncertainty into order, while looking for ways to elevate those around him. As a leader, he is keenly aware of the responsibility he has to help others improve and grow. He has been recognized for his business innovation by being inducted into the TAC Worldwide Companies President’s Club and by receiving the Top Revenue and EBITDA awards.
With a continuous sense of urgency and incredible stamina, Jim was responsible for helping TAC Worldwide receive some of its’ highest honors including Corp. Magazine’s 101 Best Places to Work, Ford Q1 Award, ISO 9000, Crain’s Cool Places to Work and Corp. Magazine’s Top Diversity Corporation.
Jim has always been one to give back to the communities where he lives and works. Jim is currently a member of the Advisory Council for the Josephine Ford Cancer Institute. He is the Director and Treasurer of the Board, DFCU Financial Credit Union, and he is a member of the University Club at MSU and the Huntsman Hunt Club.
A past sponsor of PAL/THINK Detroit and the March of Dimes, Jim’s previous associations also include the Engineering Society of Detroit, the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the Michigan Minority Business Development Council.
A life long Michigander, Jim proudly graduated from Wayne State University, Detroit, with a BA in 1982.