Meet Our Founders

CEI Group has earned a reputation as one of the country’s most progressive roofing firms. They pioneered single ply roofs in the late 70’s and 80’s, were one of the first roofing companies to maintain their own sheet metal shop, lead the way in green roofing projects and now is developing a new composite panel shop. CEI was founded in the year of 1969 by brothers, George and John Cook. Together they built up a successful commercial roofing company that can install almost every type of roof and specializes in complex projects. Here is more about our founders-

George J. Cook

Founder and Senior Manager

Since George founded CEI in 1969 he has been a recognized leader in the roofing industry. In the years since he started CEI, he has been involved in all aspects of the business and driven the growth of the company.  In 2010 he gave up the title of President to his son Eric, but as Founder he is still involved in the day to day operations of the business.  George continues to use his vast roofing experience to manage some of CEI’s most complex projects and after the retirement of his brother John in 2014, also focuses on CEI’s international business.  George graduated in 1965 from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan with a Bachelors degree in sales and marketing.

John C. Cook

Retired Founder

After leaving the U.S. Army in 1973 John joined George at CEI and was involved in all aspects of the development, growth, and management of the company. He was a recognized leader in the roofing industry during his 41 years with CEI.  John’s most recent focus prior to his retirement in September 2014 was advising on the management and operations of the CEI office in Orlando, FL and CEI’s international work. John graduated from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI in 1968, with a Bachelors Degree in economics and business administration and as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army.

Regretfully, John passed away April 24th of 2017 after a long 14 year battle with prostate cancer.