L. E. Peabody & Associates, Inc. (Since 2012) -- Mr. Cooper has collected and evaluated Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") and Energy Information Administration ("EIA") data in order to evaluate the changes to and the seasonality of the delivered costs of fuel to different utilities located across the United States. Mr. Cooper has been responsible for modeling and forecasting the quarterly changes in the Rail Cost Adjustment Factor ("RCAF") indexes, the gross domestic product implicit price deflator (“GDP/IPD”), the producer price index series (“PPI”) and the consumer price index series (“CPI”). Mr. Cooper has assisted in fact gathering and the resulting cost of service and/or forecasted maximum rates associated with transporting various commodities by rail throughout the United States.
Previous Related Experience – In his final semester at Florida State, Mr. Cooper was part of a team that conducted a study for the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park & Campground in Live Oak, FL. Mr. Cooper and his team conducted interviews and were able to collect data from contacts within the park. The team looked at the number of annual visitors, where they come from, spending patterns, jobs created, tax dollars generated, and other factors to determine the economic impacts of park operations on Suwannee County and Florida. The results were then presented along with recommendations in front of fellow students, professors, and business men and women of Tallahassee.
Mr. Cooper received a Master of Science in Economics from Florida State University in 2011 and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Economics) from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2009.