CSMP’s Signature Programs Year Kick-Off Networking Event. Join us for an evening of networking at a unique venue celebrating Chicago’s history. Chuck Cooper, former COO and Executive Officer for Helene Curtis (and Herb Shields from IIT) will share some stories about Helene Curtis’ journey in selecting their former Headquarters as well as Helene Curtis’ supply chain history in Chicago prior to being acquired by Unilever.
About the Venue:
DIRTT’s penthouse suite overlooks the Chicago River from the top of Gustav Hallberg’s 1912 Chase & Sanborn Coffee Company Warehouse building. The DIRTT space was designed in 1985 by Booth Hansen & Associates as the boardroom and executive offices of Helene Curtis Industries, Inc.
Prominently located in the 10th Floor Penthouse of the Helene Curtis building at 325 N. Wells next to the Chicago Merchandise Mart, the building is one of just two former warehouse buildings still standing on the main branch of the Chicago River.
The penthouse with breathtaking views of the Chicago River and skyline, now home to the Green Learning Center, is a place where DIRTT (“Doing It Right This Time”) shares solutions for sustainable interior construction and ideas about how to build better.
- 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm Registration, Networking, passed hors d’oeuvres
- 6:15 pm – 6:45 pm Opening Comments from CSCMP Chicago Roundtable
Keynote Presentation: Chuck Cooper; former EVP and COO, Helene Curtis
- 6:45 pm – 8:30 pm Networking, stationed hors d’oeuvres
Chuck Cooper; former EVP and COO, Helene Curtis
Mr. Cooper is a lecturer, writer and business leader. Formerly Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Helene Curtis, Inc., Mr. Cooper now serves on numerous corporate and philanthropic boards.
Mr. Cooper received a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Illinois in 1949. After a brief stint as Sales Promotion Manager at Maidenform Corp. in New York, he returned to Chicago and worked in the promotion Department of Esquire Magazine. In 1953 after serving two years as 1st Lt. in the U.S. Army, he joined Helene Curtis, Inc. from which he retired in 1996 as Chief Operating Officer after successfully negotiating their sale to Unilever.
Since retiring from Helene Curtis, he has been a Partner in GCG Partners, a consumer packaged goods investment/consulting business. Throughout his career, Chuck has served on various boards including Sportsmart, Inc., Devon Bank, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, and CJE. He also was Chairman of the Cosmetics, Toiletries, and Fragrance Association.
A First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, Mr. Cooper is an avid student of military history. As an amateur historian and longtime activist in Jewish causes, it is Mr. Cooper who years ago established a working relationship with the Israel War Veterans League and with senior members of the Jewish Brigade for the sole purpose of producing a documentary and a book about the Brigade; In Our Own hands: The Story of the Jewish Brigade in WWII which ran on the PBS Network and was selected by the Motion Picture Academy as one of the outstanding documentaries of 1998.
Chuck has four children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and lives with his wife Nancy in Streeterville.
DIRTT Green Learning Center
10th Floor Penthouse – Helene Curtis Building
325 North Wells
Chicago, IL 60654 Google Map
Price includes food and beverages.
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