Get to know ILEX

we tailor your experience through customer service, innovation and quality

With nearly 30 years of specialty building experience, ILEX is a full-service construction firm with a unique portfolio of architecturally-designed projects. We proactively deliver the highest quality construction and renovation projects while providing an unparalleled caliber of customer service.

Placing great emphasis on communication and accounting transparency, our clients’ preliminary and final budgets are consistently met through careful cost control, aggressive schedules and value-engineering. These practices help earn our clients’ trust and form the foundation for enduring relationships.

Our company is equally dedicated to quality craftsmanship. Our exceptional project management and field teams are experienced…professional…trustworthy…and above all, masters of their trades. Get to know our management team members below.

Doug Croker, CEO

Armed with a love of classical Jeffersonian architecture and an old-world ethic based on pride of workmanship, Doug Croker founded ILEX in 1986. Doug began his career in the construction industry in the 1970s with a fledgling building company which later formed the foundation for ILEX. As ILEX’s Founder and CEO, Doug has earned the trust and respect of many of the nation’s foremost architects and has forged strong and lasting relationships with multiple generations of property owners.

R.J. Cooper, President

Over the past decade, R.J. Cooper has managed many of ILEX’s signature projects. R.J. holds a BS from the University of Florida’s M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction, and he earned his MBA at Johns Hopkins University. While overseeing pre-construction and project management, R.J. especially enjoys the final stages of a project…when the last details, systems commissioning and owner move-in all come together. In his off time, R.J. is a volunteer youth sports coach, an avid competitive sailor and an aspiring musician.

Doug Hellman, VP of Construction

Before relocating to Virginia with his wife and two daughters, Doug Hellman was a general contractor in California and Nevada for thirty years, where he specialized in custom home construction and commercial contracting. He joined ILEX Construction in 2007 and has completed several award-winning projects for us throughout Virginia and Washington, DC. In his spare time, Doug enjoys skiing, hunting and hiking.