Rob Cockrum Joins NOVO Construction as Project Executive

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Rob Cockrum

Menlo Park, CA (May 21, 2019) – NOVO Construction, the premiere Bay Area-based commercial general contractor announced today that industry veteran Rob Cockrum has joined their team. In his new role as Project Executive, Cockrum will oversee a dedicated team of construction professionals committed to delivering a wide variety of projects on time and within budget, ensuring the highest levels of quality, compliance and safety.

A well-known expert with over 20 years project and construction management experience, Cockrum derived his expertise working with top-tier corporate clients on a wide range of challenging projects. His areas of specialization include tenant improvements, corporate campuses, retail projects, MEP infrastructure, and fast-track projects.

“I am really looking forward to bringing all my years of experience working on the client side to my new role at NOVO,” said Cockrum. “Having worked with the NOVO team on hundreds of projects, I know them extremely well and I trust them emphatically. I am so excited for my next chapter!”

Cockrum founded The CRE Group, an independent real estate project management firm based in San Francisco in 2007. During his time at The CRE Group, Cockrum personally managed projects and oversaw a team of 50 project managers on the West Coast working with a myriad of high tech, startup and Fortune 100 clients across the country. Cockrum sold The CRE Group to Newmark Knight Frank in 2016.

Prior to founding The CRE Group, Cockrum was a Vice President at JLL in Northern California. While at JLL, he led the national field project management team for the Cisco Systems account and delivered projects for a variety of corporate clients throughout the United States.

“We are so happy that Rob decided to join the NOVO Family,” said Jim Fowler, President of NOVO Construction. “He could have chosen any company in the industry and it is a huge win for us that he chose NOVO.”

“Rob is such a good fit with our culture,” said Arne Ericson, Principal of NOVO Construction. “We are completely aligned with regard to our approach to providing exceptional client service and I know he will add to our team dramatically.”

About NOVO Construction

Founded in 2000, NOVO specializes in tenant improvements, data centers, manufacturing, cafeterias and laboratories. NOVO has 295 employees and offices in Menlo Park, San Francisco and Austin. NOVO’s mission is inspired by its vision: to create a mid-size nimble construction company dedicated to providing enhanced customer value, to delivering projects of superb quality and to building rock solid relationships. For more information, please visit

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