In 1983, Mike &
Karen Cohill purchased Building Specialties, a then existing 33 year old
business, from Mr. Bill Morris. At that time, the primary products that
were being sold by Building Specialties was integral color, color hardener
and water-proofing products. Although Cohills has expanded our product
line quite extensively over the past 30 years, our primary specialty is
still decorative concrete products.
Through good customer relations, excellent purchasing strategy, and by
selling only the highest quality materials have we become so successful.
At present, Cohills sells over two million pounds of color a year. We
would like to think that through our efforts, Arizona has become color
“savvy” and that “We Color Your World. ” Several years ago, we realized
that in order to sell color, the contractor needed to know how and what to
do with it. By giving free bi-weekly demonstrations on the different
techniques of stamped concrete, acid stain concrete, overlay systems and
epoxy systems, we have been able to help our customers with future sales.
With this knowledge, the concrete contractor has a variety of options to
offer their customers. Cohills has always made our own concrete sample
chips using local cements which gives a more accurate result of what the
finished product will look like. Color chips, color cards and small
amounts of pigment for sample pours are provided to our customers at no
Sales and Research & Development Staff
When it comes to expert advice on colored concrete, you’re getting it from
the best! With over twenty-eight years of knowledge and experience, Mike
Cohill, President & CEO, is available to answer all of your questions.
Twelve years ago the construction boom warranted us to hire an outside
salesman, Brett LaFevers. Brett’s friendly, outgoing nature has been
instrumental in increasing our customer base as well as setting up
Distributors throughout Arizona, the Southwest and Canada. Another huge
asset is Tim Cohill, Vice President, and is also part of the sales staff. Tim also has
the insight as to how Cohills can further assist our customers and
increase product knowledge and awareness but most importantly heads up the
research and development for new innovated products. Jim Fitzpatrick works sales and purchasing and has twenty-eight years of
knowledge of all products related to the concrete industry. In November of
2005, Cole LaFevers joined our sales team. His product expertise and hands
on training is very helpful to our customers. Cole also shares in the
responsibility of conducting our bi-weekly demonstrations. Dave
Frasca has had many years in the industry and has proven to be extremely
beneficial in assisting our customer needs. Dave conducts the product
demonstrations at our training facility, which is located one block east
of our main headquarters.
Our office staff consists of Karen Cohill, Shelley Cohill-LaFevers,
Jennifer Cohill, Linda Evans, Jen Micatrotto and Peggy Evans. Karen Cohill,
part owner, is the Corporate Secretary & CFO for the company. She has
worked in every aspect of the business for the last twenty-seven years.
Shelley Cohill-LaFevers is the Corporate Treasurer and Office Manager
overseeing the accounting department. She has worked for Cohills since
1986 and has complete product knowledge, allowing her job to overflow into
the sales department whenever necessary. Jennifer Cohill has been with us
since 1995 and has proved to be indispensable. She assists Shelley in
every capacity necessary to efficiently manage the office. Jennifer also
has extensive product knowledge and can extend a hand in the sales office
whenever she is needed. Linda is our “Gal Friday” who no one can do
without. She started working for us part time, during the summer of 1999,
and we haven’t let her go since. Jen Micatrotto joined Cohills in 2003.
She works on all of Cohills advertising, product brochures and binders.
She expertly deals with all aspects of customer relations. She has been an
asset to the sales staff by acquiring extensive knowledge of the Cohills
product line. Peggy Evans joined our office staff in 2005 with our
accounting department to help with our growing company and lends a hand
wherever she is needed.
Looking ahead to the future is difficult at times when you’re so busy in
the moment, but for us the future seems bright. We feel that if we can
keep doing what we’ve been doing with a positive attitude, the business
will continue to grow. It always has been and always will be our primary
goal…the customers come first and whatever it takes to make the customers
happy, we’ll do it. We know our customers can go anywhere and get concrete
products, maybe cheaper, maybe not. Our hope and goal is that you will
continue to come to Cohills because we offer the BEST service that money