Our Leadership Provides the Structure

Great people are behind every Cowen project. Our strong relationships are born out of a team concept that has directed our company from the beginning. We assemble the right group of experts for each unique project and cross-train our staff so that everyone in management has a working knowledge of our projects. This level of hands-on attention allows us to react quickly to job-specific issues and maintain a personal level of communication with our clients. When Cowen takes on a project, our staff has it surrounded.
John Cowen
John CowenPresident
John Cowen was born in Bordeaux, France. After receiving his education in Construction Management from Oklahoma State University, he began working full time at the family company, Cowen Construction. He currently serves as the Owner and President of Cowen Construction – a business started by his grandfather in 1896. He resides in Tulsa and has three children: Carly, Paige, and Johnathan.

John has been a member of The Oaks Country Club since 1996. Some of his other involvements include serving as President of the Oklahoma Chapter of AGC and a National Director, the Board of Directors for Tulsa YMCA, Tulsa Area United Way, City of Tulsa Building Code Appeals Board, NatureWorks, the Tulsa Boys Home and a Trustee of the Oklahoma Construction Advancement Foundation. Presently John is serving as Monuments Chairman for NatureWorks, a Tulsa non-profit that has developed and given to the City of Tulsa (21) larger than life pieces of original bronze art located in the City’s parks and public spaces. Cowen Construction and John Cowen were also awarded the Business of the Year from the Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Some of John’s achievements include being awarded Builder of the Year by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America and being inducted in the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Building. His projects have won the Build Oklahoma Award for many consecutive years. This award is given to projects representing the “Best of the Best” for Oklahoma.

In his spare time, John enjoys golfing, boating and traveling.

Link Cowen
Link CowenVice President
Link has oversight and responsibility of all construction related activities. He is a graduate of the Oklahoma State University’s College of Business and has over 20 years of experience in project management, estimating and preconstruction services. Link was born in Shawnee, OK; which is the city in which his great grandfather started Cowen Construction in 1896. He and his Wife Heather enjoy spending time with their son Link, who is the fifth Cowen in the direct lineage of his great, great grandfather to carry the family first name of Link.

Link is proud to be associated with Leadership Tulsa, he has been the Chairman of the Construction Leadership Council and is a recipient of the Build Oklahoma Award for leading the way on a 35 million dollar LEED Gold medical facility. He enjoys golfing, going to the lake, and spending time with his family.

In his role with the company, Link believes it is most important to keep the firm focused on building lasting relationships that result from providing outstanding service based on a foundation of trust, accurate information, quality construction, open communication and an appropriate amount of creativity throughout the building process.

David Carder
David CarderVice President/Chief Financial Officer
David Carder has been Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Cowen Construction since 1998. David Carder was raised in Norman, Oklahoma. He graduated Suma Cum as the outstanding graduate from the School of Business from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, and is all SOONER.

David is a former partner with KPMG Accounting firm and has served as the CFO of the Cowen Construction Company for 21 years. David is a past president of the University of Oklahoma Alumni Association and is an active member of Financial Executives International. David has been on the Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma Chapter of the National MS Society twice, once in the late 80’s and then joined the board again in 2001. He has had several tours of duty as Treasurer for the organization and is the immediate past Chairman of the Board. He is currently serving on the Finance Committee.

He is married to Debbie Carder and their favorite hobbies are cooking, collecting wine and SOONER Football.