Shayla and Scott Copas of Little Rock could be considered one of Arkansas’ Dynamic Duos based strictly on business acumen. Scott began his career at Baldwin & Shell in 1977 as an estimator and began climbing the ladder. By 2014, he was CEO. Since then, the company’s annual profits have grown from $80 million to more than $300 million. Outside of Baldwin & Shell, he is a former president/chairman of 50 for the Future, president of the Arkansas Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America and chair of the Task Force to the Joint Committee on Educational Facilities for the State of Arkansas.
Shayla, meanwhile, has grown her nationally recognized interior-design brands — Shayla Copas Interiors and Shayla Copas Lifestyle — to new heights. Hailed as one of the South’s most acclaimed luxury interior designers, Shayla currently is working on her second book, set for release in 2023. Her first, Four Seasons of Entertaining, was published in 2019 and is available on Amazon. She is working on a new website and brand which will be introduced later this year. The new brand, will encompass new categories with Shayla Copas Lifestyle as the parent brand.
Last year, she introduced The Hive Marketing and Public Relations, servicing accounts in the areas of interior design, construction, architecture and nonprofits, and launched The Shayla Copas Collections for Chelsea House and Polywood.
The couple’s philanthropy alone, however, could earn them a spot on any such list. Shayla told Arkansas Money & Politics that the couple has emphasized the importance of harvesting the fruits of their success by giving back to the community. Together, the Copases have chaired several fundraising events and have been a part of raising more than $4 million for local causes.