Eric Cook, P.H.D – CEO
After receiving his doctorate in economics from Florida State University in 1983, Eric Cook immediately began working for the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation as an economist. In his time at the Joint Committee, Dr. Cook worked to refine and improve the federal tax code, specializing in individual income tax. His efforts in large part culminated in the development of a number of the provisions of the Tax Reform Act of 1986. After leaving the Joint Committee in 1987, Dr. Cook was hired by Price Waterhouse Coopers as a Senior Manager in the Tax Economics department. There he led the development of the firm’s individual income tax model, as well as multi-tax modeling systems for the states of Florida, Connecticut and Hawaii. Following his term at Price Waterhouse ending in 1992, Cook moved to Barents Group as the Director of State and Local Finance Practice where he continued to lead the development of a number of different state tax policy analysis tools. While working at Barents, Eric advanced and furthered the use of micro simulation tax modeling particularly at the state level. Following his stint at Barents, Eric Cook along with his wife Nancy Cook, Kirk Copen and James Copenhaver together founded Chainbridge Software in 2000, where Dr. Cook serves as the Chief Executive Officer. Over the course of his career, Dr. Cook has been published within both the “National Tax Journal” and the “CATO Journal. He has also presented papers on tax policy at a number of conferences for the “American Economics Association,” the “National Tax Association,” and the “Federation of Tax Administrators,” among many others.
Nancy Cook – President
Nancy began her work in the early 1980s at Price Waterhouse in the firm’s fledgling transfer pricing practice. During her tenure there, she was involved in the development of numerous transfer pricing studies, including developing functional analysis questionnaires. She was also one of the first, if not the first, person to use Standard and Poor’s Compustat database to perform quantitative analyses for transfer pricing studies. In addition, Nancy was involved in developing responses to the IRS Economist’s Reports. Her transfer pricing analysis experience extends to an increasingly wide-ranging number of industries. Nancy has been greatly committed to the clients of the state government tax market for over twenty years, and has successfully developed and delivered tax policy analysis products and services to over twenty-five states. Following her years at Price Waterhouse, Nancy served Barents Group, LLC of KPMG (now part of BearingPoint) during the 1990’s before co-founding Chainbridge Software in 2000. Nancy holds an MBA from George Washington University.
James Copenhaver – Vice President
Jaime holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from West Virginia University and possesses over 17 years technology experience of which 15 years have been working with state governments. Jaime has been integrally involved in developing both the PolicyLinks and ComplianceLinks systems, with a focus on interface design. Jaime has been the originator of some of the most compelling and creative interface solutions to be found anywhere in the industry. Working with his clients and taking their concerns to heart, Jaime has continually pushed the boundaries of available to technology to ensure users can accurately model economics. He also devotes time to providing customer support and training. Prior to joining Chainbridge in 2000, Jaime was a software engineer with the State and Local Finance practice of Barents Group,LLC
Kirk Copen – Vice President
Kirk’s substantial experience in all phases of the software development lifecycle made him essential to the development of the ComplianceLinks and PolicyLinks systems. He is the architect of the server side component of ComplianceLinks and contributes to the production and review of transfer pricing reports. Kirk has advanced the field of micro simulation modeling by developing uniquely robust databases which grant policy analysts unprecedented detail. His work has allowed users to take sophisticated policy initiatives and predict their impact with outstanding precision. Kirk holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from West Virginia University and possesses over 15 years of technology and business experience. Prior to joining Chainbridge in 2000, his professional experience included developing software for Nationwide Insurance and serving as a system administrator for the Federal Bureau of Investigation Fingerprint Center.