Joe R. Cooper

Joe R. Cooper

BBA '79 (accounting), MBA '82, Sigma Phi Epsilon

Past President, Big Lots Canada, Inc.; Executive Vice President, Big Lots, Inc.

Retired - Naples, Florida

Joe Cooper is the past President of Big Lots Canada and Executive Vice President of Big Lots, Inc.  His career also included positions with KPMG Peat Marwick, The Limited Inc. and KinderCare Learning Centers. Cooper started with Big Lots in 2000 in Columbus, Ohio, as vice president of strategic planning and investor relations. He was promoted to senior vice president and CFO in February 2004 and to executive vice president and CFO in March 2010. Cooper was named CFO of the Year: Public Company Honoree in September 2010 by the Business First publication in Columbus, Ohio. In July 2011, he was named president of Big Lots Canada when Big Lots acquired Liquidation World based in Brantford, Ontario. 

Following his retirement in April 2014, Cooper and his wife, Cindi Tidwell Cooper BBA '82, relocated and now live in Naples, Florida. The Coopers have four grown children.

In April 2016, Cooper was inducted, as a member of the inaugural class, into the Stetson University Accounting Hall of Fame. He served on Stetson's School of Business Administration Board of Advisors and was elected to the Board of Trustees in May 2011. He was elected Chair of the Board in 2017.