Leadership

Thistle Properties has a core team of people who have diverse business backgrounds and experience. We all bring a unique point of view to each project. And, we work together with a large, extended team of vendors, partners, and contractors who help make what we do a reality.

David Cowie

Partner

Raised in Scotland, David’s youth included a progression of responsibilities on his grandparent’s dairy farm, including early morning milk deliveries and weekly cash collections. David credits this hands-on work and education in employee and customer relations as the foundation for his business acumen.

Later, David ventured to the U.S. as one of three high school exchange students selected to represent Scotland. After a subsequent year training as a buyer in the North Sea oilfield supply sector, David returned to the States to pursue his undergraduate degree. Throughout college, he worked in the field for his host-family’s start-up business (ENPRO) where he learned about the emerging oil/hazardous waste contracting industry.

Upon graduation, he embraced the opportunity to work full time for a then single-location ENPRO. Rising quickly through the ranks, he went on to maneuver the business through historic economic cycles, growing the company organically throughout the northeast, and differentiating it within the industry. ENPRO had become so well known that David was able to position the company for acquisition through a strategic merger with TMC in 2015. Then, in 2016 David orchestrated the sale of the newly merged ENPRO to the private equity owned National Response Corporation (NRC) whereupon David and the ENPRO shareholders capitalized on their exit strategy. David’s leadership of ENPRO spanned nearly 30 years, and he takes great pride in its core team and their many accomplishments.

David formed Thistle Properties, LLC to serve as the cornerstone entity for the property holdings he acquired throughout his career with ENPRO. David graduated cum laude with a BA from New England College where he was both Academic-All-American and All-American in soccer. He earned his MBA from Northeastern University, juggling the demands of work and an intensive executive MBA program.

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