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Employee Spotlight: Cooper White

Employee Spotlight: Cooper White

Meet Cooper White, Inside Rental Salesman at our Muskogee Branch!

Cooper has been in the industry for over five years. He joined Hugg & Hall in April when we acquired Southern Material Handling Company (SMHC). He’s one of the many great employees we’ve had the pleasure of bringing over! 

Oklahoma-raised Cooper grew up in Braggs, and stayed because he loves the supportive community. He joined SMHC just 11 days after graduating high school. He says that he “married into the industry. My father-in-law is a technician. I fell in love with this industry. I’m going on five years. Being only 23, it’s a big chunk of my life.” 

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Cooper White delivering coats from a Hugg & Hall Coat Drive to Braggs Public Schools.

Cooper started as a dispatcher with SMHC and was promoted to Field Service Coordinator with Hugg & Hall. His days in our Service Department were spent assisting technicians, helping our customers, and coordinating with other departments. His favorite part of the position was interacting with customers and problem-solving, and he’s already putting those skills to work as an Inside Rental Salesman.

Cooper’s opportunity to advance his career is one of his favorite things about joining Hugg & Hall. “When Mark Segress stated that he would only sell his company to Hugg & Hall, I can see why.” Cooper said. “They do take care of their employees and work hard to make sure they have the knowledge and supplies to perform their job. A big advantage to Hugg & Hall are the advancement opportunities.”


Outside of work, Cooper is a family man and a woodworker. If he’s not spending time with his wife Allison and their two children, Stella and Oliver, he’s fixing things up around the home. Once, during a kitchen remodel, he watched his son put on a Hugg & Hall hat and pick up a drill. “I was just blown away watching him trying to pick up a bit and put it in the drill so he could use it.” 

Cooper and daughter Stella.

Cooper claims that his daughter takes after his wife and will tell anyone who’ll listen how smart she is. “Stella surprises me every day. We were teaching her opposites the other day and after two or three questions that we asked her, she started asking us questions and providing the right answers.”

We love to know our employees’ favorite quotes or mantras. Cooper’s is “Start by starting.” He said, “I can’t remember where I heard this quote, but I believe there’s so much meaning in those three words. Everyone struggles with something. It could be the fear of messing up, or just not knowing how to begin, but start by starting. Just go for it. You never know where it might take you, or the lessons you will learn from failing.” 

Want to learn more about Cooper White and our awesome employees? Check out our Employee Spotlights page! 

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