About Us

With rich expertise and experience in the design and construction of environmentally friendly “Green” buildings for use as office, restaurant and retail space, Environments Unlimited (EU) provides clients across the Carolinas with customized commercial buildings of the highest quality and most innovative design features.

Our team of construction professionals has over half a century of collective experience in the industry. EU’s value proposition is simply: our sincere commitment to clients, vendors, employees and the communities we serve enables us to deliver a superior product in which everyone involved can take great pride.

Environments Unlimited is the product of John Cockrum and Roger McSwain, two longtime construction industry professionals who agreed that a collaborative, client-centered approach for creating environmentally friendly commercial spaces was needed in the Carolinas. The two are ably assisted by a five-person staff of financial, project management and administrative professionals who share their unique vision for addressing commercial construction needs in the 21st Century.

John Cockrum


John Cockrum, a native of Burgaw, N.C., first began considering a career in construction while working part-time carpentry jobs during high school. He is a graduate of the B.S. program in Construction Management at East Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville. Upon completing his degree in 1996, John returned to Greater Wilmington to begin work as a general contractor. Today, as President of Environments Unlimited, his duties include marketing, business development, community relations and strategic planning.

In addition to his support for the alumni organization at ECU, John has supported The Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization founded in 1987 to build housing for low-income residents of Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties. He has been on the organization’s Board of Directors, serving as its President in 2007. John is also a founding Board Member for Honor Flight of Southeastern NC, a non-profit organization whose mission is to fly WWII veterans to Washington DC to tour the WWII Memorial at no cost to the veteran. John currently serves on the Wilmington Family YMCA Board of Directors and is chair of the NIR Branch Advisory Board.  John also served on the Board of Directors for the Hanover Seaside Club. John and his wife, Virginia Cockrum, are members of Hampstead United Methodist Church in Wilmington. The couple has three sons: Porter, Jack, and Fletcher. In addition to family activities, hunting and mountain bike riding, John is a marathon runner and regularly trains for triathlons. He also enjoys cooking in the kitchen with his family.

John Mallard

John is a native Wilmingtonian.  He has been in the development and construction field for close to 25 years.  15 of those years was helping with the development of Bald Head Island, a resort island only accessible by boat, followed by St. James Properties, a 6000+ acre master-planned community in charming Southport, NC.

John was a former board member (Vice-President) of the Brunswick County Home Builders Association, a former Board Member for St. James Property Owners’ Association and a former member of the Cape Fear Builders Guild.

When John is not working, he could possibly be found in the woods camping with his son and the Boy Scouts.  He is currently an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 26 in Wilmington and the past Committee Chair for Cub Scout Pack 226.  He also likes spending time at the beach watching his daughter surf.  She is trying hard to convince him to break the board out and get back out there with her!

John is his wife Ann have two children, Olivia and Mason.  They are members of Pine Valley United Methodist Church.

Jeremy Phillips

Broker in Charge of Environments Unlimited Commercial Real Estate

As the head of Environments Unlimited’s Commercial Real Estate division, Jeremy puts his 20+ years’ experience to work.  During a previous tenure as the director of Business Development for a regional economic development agency, Jeremy was able to play an instrumental part in helping several Fortune 50 companies either relocate or expand into southeastern NC.  This experience along with strong local ties to the business community helped launch a successful real estate career.  Jeremy’s primary experience has been in the industrial, land and investment properties divisions but his specialty is to provide strong advisory services to his key clients and their real estate portfolios.  

Jeremy is a native of Wilmington and a graduate of UNCW.  He has served on a multitude of local and regional boards over his career, none of which was more rewarding than being a founder of Honor Flight of Southeastern NC which flew over 700 local WWII Veterans to see their memorial in Washington DC.  Jeremy currently serves on several non-profit boards to include VOYAGE which works to connect youth from the northside of Wilmington with pathways to success.  Jeremy and his wife Michelle have two sons, Owen and Cooper who share their Dad’s obsession for classic cars and family time.

Darren Jones

A native of New Bern, N.C., Jones received his bachelor’s degree in construction management from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., and later served four years in the U.S. Army and four years in the U.S. Army National Guard. Prior to joining SEPI Engineering & Construction, he served as a project manager with C.A. Lewis in Greenville for five years and as a chief estimator and project manager with Hale Building Company for seven years. Jones is active in the local community both professionally and personally. He is a member of the Professional Construction Estimators Association (PCEA), the Wilmington Historical Society, the Lower Cape Fear Small & Diverse Business Coalition, and the Saint Andrews Episcopal Church Choir, and volunteers regularly with the Star Mentorship Program and Habitat for Humanity.   He enjoys surfing, carpentry,  and playing music.  Jones resides in Wilmington with his wife and four children.

Damien Cook

A native of Wilmington North Carolina, Damien Cook graduated from Laney HS in 1999.  Damien and his wife Darlene enjoy raising two young children and stay very busy with coaching soccer and trips to Disney.  Environments Unlimited and Damien have had a relationship since 2001 when he performed work on a new restaurant under construction.  Damien successfully ran his own business for 10 years and managed equipment services for NHCO school kitchens and multiple franchise restaurants in SE North Carolina.  Since coming on board with EUI, Damien has developed into a strong leader in the field and enjoys seeing projects through from start to completion.  He is an asset to the team at Environments Unlimited.


Quality from the Ground Up

No matter the scope, every project gets our undivided attentions.