Allen Cohen became president in 2007, confirming a tradition of excellence that began in 1930 with his grandfather, Russian immigrant blacksmith, Max Cohen. Under Allen’s leadership, M. Cohen and Sons has grown from a 10 person production team in a 12,000-square-foot building to over 200 people designing and fabricating world-class ironworks in a 130,000-square-foot facility.
As a third generation member of the company, Allen has acquired vast experiential knowledge that has been essential to the company’s success. Allen’s father and former company president, Phillip Cohen, exposed Allen to the fundamentals of the industry in his early teens. From that time, Allen has worked his way up through various levels of the company, personally experiencing the realities of ironwork from every perspective in the industry. By the age of eighteen, Allen was working full time while studying business and psychology at St. Joseph’s University. His academic studies and his hands-on experience in the business have provided him with the necessary tools to lead the company through an ever-changing marketplace with constantly increasing complexities in design and specifications.
Today, M. Cohen and Sons welcomes a diverse roster of clients to a company with the capabilities and culture to successfully execute commissions in metal, wood, and glass all over the world.
Brian Cohen is fourth generation member of the Cohen family. Starting in his early childhood, Brian learned the intricacies of metal fabrication from his grandfather, Philip, and his father, Allen. Brian immersed himself in the business at a young age, spending much of his free time shadowing his father and picking up on the minutia of business operations. In high school, Brian participated in a vocational program that allowed him to earn course credits while working at the company. Brian continued his education at the University of Arts in Philadelphia. He graduated in 2000, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and invaluable formal training in metal craftsmanship. Like his father, he maintained full-time employment while pursuing his academic interests.
Brian has developed a deep appreciation for craftsmanship through his experience in all aspect of the trade. From AutoCAD and detailing to fabrication, painting and installation his knowledge and expertise have helped him earn the title of Senior Vice President in charge of manufacturing and operations. His crew of over 100 people produces high-end residential, commercial, and structural items for some of the world’s most demanding and well-known clients. Brian’s 28 years of experience and his passion for excellence are essential to the operation of M. Cohen and Sons.
Sam Cohen is responsible for the supervision of the company’s financials. Like other members of the Cohen family, he grew up in the business. After Sam’s graduation from the University of Delaware in 1996, he went to work for M. Cohen and Sons as a salesperson representing the spiral staircase division of the company. Through his experience in the spiral staircase division of the company (“The Iron Shop”), Sam learned all the details of purchasing, marketing, sales management, and finance. Sam quickly rose through the ranks, emerging in 2002 as First Senior Vice President. In this role, he oversees all financial operations of the company in addition to leading the spiral staircase division.
Sam’s ability to combine his practical skills and his academic training has provided M. Cohen and Sons with trusted leadership and expertly guided direction.
Adam Suchta came to M. Cohen and Sons with 13 years of experience in construction and 10 years of experience in the metal and glass industry. He earned a degree from the University of Pittsburgh and today directs our sales and estimating department.
Adam’s past job experience includes time as a laborer, a purchasing agent, a project manager, as well as writing the estimates. This vast and varying experience serves him well in nurturing our all-important client relationships. Adam’s addition the M. Cohen team brings increased capabilities in diversifying our clientele, competing for new projects, and bringing a variety of products to the marketplace.
Some of Adam’s notable projects have been in storefronts, canopies, curtain walls, and ornamental work for clients including those listed below:
WTC Towers One and Four
WTC Path Hall
One Jackson Square
Eleven Times Square
Museum of African Art
Trump Soho (246 Spring Street)
The W Hotel (New York City)
15 Central Park West
111 Central Park North
The New York Historical Society
Brooklyn College West Quad
Museum of Arts and Design
CCNY School of Architecture
CCNY Advanced Science Research Center
96th Street (2nd Avenue extension for the MTA)
The Waldorf Astoria
685 Third Avenue
Goldman Sachs Headquarters in Lower Manhattan
Adam’s ability and confidence has aided M. Cohen and Sons when approaching difficult projects, giving us the opportunities to succeed where others back away. According to Adam, “There is no impossible.” This can-do philosophy has given our company exciting growth.
Thomas J. Brown III joined the M. Cohen and Sons team in January 2012. Thomas graduated cum laude from the Fox School of Business at Temple University in 2005, earning a business degree in marketing with a focus on finance. Thomas began his career in basic operations roles at startup companies as well as established Fortune 500 companies. Early opportunities provided Thomas with extensive experience of business-to-business sales, account management, and operations management.
Thomas’s involvement in operations management has been invaluable to M. Cohen and Sons. He has changed the internal environment of M. Cohen and Sons by instituting structures and practices to take M. Cohen through its dynamic growth. Thomas acts as the financial controller for M. Cohen and Sons, guaranteeing the quality of accounting and the organization’s financial reporting. Since starting at M. Cohen and Sons, he has created and implemented a budgeting and tracking process, an inventory control process, and has assisted in the organizational restructuring of our shop production management. In addition to all of Thomas’s operational work, he has also established an outside sales targeting methodology to identify new potential customers and resources for distribution within our markets.
Thomas’s diverse background and dedication to innovation and improvement have made him an excellent member of our team at M. Cohen and Sons.
John joined M. Cohen and Sons in June of 2014 and has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry. John graduated as an engineer from Drexel University and has been licensed in the state of Pennsylvania since 1992. Prior to his arrival at M. Cohen and Sons, John filled various roles in the construction management arena, from an Assistant Project Manager to a Project Executive. John’s diverse background and experience has enabled him to lead the Project Management Department at M. Cohen and Sons. John provides direction and guidance to the Project Management team in addition to coordinating internal resources with the other M. Cohen and Sons’ Department Heads.