Professional Profile: Michael Hopper, 2019
Name: Michael Hopper
Title: Senior Associate
Company: LERA Consulting Structural Engineers
Location: New York, NY
Birthplace: Allentown, PA
Education: Master of Science and Bachelor of Architectural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
First job: Zamboni driver in Hatfield, Pa.
First job in real estate or allied field: Design engineer at LERA
What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? I focus on designing concrete structures with complex geometry, such as the Vagelos Center at Columbia University. I also lecture at Princeton University. I enjoy giving back to the next generation of builders while honing my craft. A few years ago, I started a real estate investing company that rehabs distressed properties and holds them as long-term rentals, which has broadened my perspective of the building industry.
How do you unwind from a busy day? Spend time with my young daughters and try to see the world through their eyes.
Favorite book or author: Currently “The One Thing” by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
Favorite movie: “Happy Gilmore”
One word to describe your work environment: Curious
Rules to live by in business: Follow through.
What is your DREAM job? (something other than your current job): Hockey player