Professional Profile: Michael Hopper, 2019

Michael Hopper

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