Rel Cooper

Rel Cooper

Associate | Connected Development Services



Rel Cooper, a Development Associate for Connected Development Services since 2017, focuses on assisting project developers. His responsibilities include financial modeling, due diligence, acquiring raw land, site planning, and design, entitlement, marketing, lease negotiations, establishing and executing a lease plan via brokerage team, financing, permitting, construction and daily asset management of shopping centers.

Rel started his career in Commercial Real Estate as a Summer Associate at Transwestern. While there, he had the opportunity to gain experience in multiple industries such as office, retail, industrial, development, and multi-family under the umbrella of tenant representation. With his newly absorbed knowledge, Rel began his role at The Retail Connection within the Connected Development Services and Connected Acquisition Services department arms.

Rel is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers [ICSC] and The Real Estate Council [TREC] and has completed additional specialized Argus training.

Rel earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with Majors in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Baylor University in 2017. During his time at Baylor, Rel was a member of Alpha Tau Omega, served as a Student Senator and had the opportunity to study abroad in Great Britain.

Outside of the office, he enjoys racing and restoring cars and motorcycles, running, basketball, trying new BBQ restaurants and traveling with his wife, Alex.