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Speaker Bio – Engagement Portfolio – Dana Cooper


Dana R Cooper, Founder, and President of Cooper Hayes LLC., brings over 25 years of experience in the fields of global industrial manufacturing, marketing and management. She has earned a reputation for creating value and transforming functions by being creative in finding new and innovative ways to increase Best Practice Alignment, Business Integration, Strategy Formulation, and Delivering Results.

Dana launched her consulting firm, Cooper Hayes LLC, in 2016. Cooper Hayes specializes in business performance improvements. Before her entrepreneurial start, she was the Director of Business Excellence and Resin Manufacturing & Product Development at Fairmount Santrol for seven years. Previously Dana worked for Ashland Chemical in various manufacturing and marketing positions. These roles included increasing responsibilities, progressing from process engineering to Global Business Development Manager. She also held responsibilities as plant manager and business management including Global Marketing Manager.

Dana is a graduate of Michigan State University with a BS in Chemical Engineering and earned her MBA in 1998 from Cleveland State University. Dana currently serves as a board member for the Foundry Education Foundation. She is also the current president of the Cope & Drag Club, which is a technical group made up of foundry suppliers. She participates on the AFS Governmental Affairs Committee, Women in Metalcasting and Marketing Division. Previously she served on the Board of Directors for the American Foundry Society and as a Chairperson for the AFS Marketing Division & Sustainability. She completed the chairs of the Northeast Ohio AFS chapter. Dana was recognized with the Gold Award at a World Foundry Congress (WFO) in Spain for her topic of connecting Sustainability & Innovation in Metalcasting.

As Dana builds her consulting firm, she remains engaged in several professional board positions including the executive committee of US Business Council of Sustainable Development, Aqua Clara and holds memberships in many trade associations. Additionally, she contributes her time and talent to civic organizations meaningful to her, including the Make a Wish Foundation, First Tee Program and a local nonprofit glass art studio.