About Cox Family Holdings

About Cox Family Holdings

Meet the Team

We are led by a highly-experienced team with deep operating, investment, legal, accounting, and strategy experience. These proven leaders have created value across a broad range of industries in top family owned, private, and public companies. Our leadership is further distinguished by a broad network of resources, expertise, and relationships.

CFH Operating Team, Board of Directors and Advisors

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Kenneth E. Cox

Founder, owner, and Chief Executive Officer of Cox Family Holdings, LLC (CFH). Serves on the CFH Board of Directors and both the Finance and Human Resources Committees. Kenny's career began in the early 1980's at Exacto, Inc. As CEO, he built a top-tier management team that expanded product sales throughout North America through the development and production of innovative agricultural crop protection and adjuvant technologies. In 2012, he established Cox Family Holdings, LLC and soon formed a Corporate Board as holdings expanded into commercial real estate, hospitality (ranch), sustainable forestry, and emerging AgTech segments such as water conservation. Kenny has expertise and passion for personal transformation in areas such as leadership development, emotional intelligence, and spiritual formation. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Crucible Project, a non-profit organization which exists to empower men to live intentional, transformed lives.

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Walter J. Beecroft


President and Chief Operating Officer of Cox Family Holdings, LLC. Joined the CFH Board of Directors in early 2015 and became Chairman of the Human Resources Committee. Wally brings extensive senior P&L operating, strategy, change management, and governance experience in the commercial horticulture industry and agriculture food value chain. Over his career, he has led multiple successful business scaling and turnaround scenarios, complex acquisition integrations, and unit consolidations. Former LP and Regional business portfolio leader with the Brickman Group, LLC horticultural services platform. Executive education at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.S. in Business Management from Northern Illinois University. Wally has served for over 15 years on both corporate and non-profit Boards.

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Phillip A. Kuk


Cox Family Holdings’ Corporate Director of Finance, Vice-Chairman of the CFH Finance Committee. Phil directs all financial operations for the holding company and also provides oversight and targeted leadership with our portfolio of businesses. Phil brings 20 years of finance and accounting experience with industry-leading, middle-market and Fortune 100 companies. A large part of his experience is in manufacturing and operating environments. Most recently, Phil was the finance and accounting lead for a $500M retail operation business segment at Walgreens and prior to that a $900M unit at Sears Holdings. He has an a B.S and MBA in Accounting from Northern Illinois University, in addition to CPA certification.

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Verlyn Suderman


Cox Family Holdings’ Corporate General Counsel, member of the CFH Board of Directors and Chairman of the CFH ESG Committee. Verlyn specializes in transportation and logistics as of counsel with Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLC. Previously, he served for almost 20 years as in-house counsel for two prominent third-party logistics providers, and as General Counsel for most of that time, providing strategic direction and guidance as a key member of senior management. Verlyn has a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. Verlyn's family owns a small farm in Hillsboro, KS, where they farm soybeans and wheat. The original 160 acres was parceled out as part of President Lincoln's Homestead Act in the 1860s.

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John W. Sleeting


CFH Chairman of the Board of Directors and member of the Finance Committee. Partner, Clearwater Capital Partners, LLC. As former head of GE Capital’s $40B syndicated loan operation and SVP of the GE $20B Healthcare Financial Services unit, John brings over 25 years of global finance and capital markets experience. John holds a B.S. in Management with honors from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, an MBA with a concentration in finance from the University of Maryland, and numerous designations and further studies at such prestigious institutions as Yale University and Pepperdine University. John brings extensive corporate and non-profit governance experience from numerous Board and Foundation roles.

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Dave Rider


Member of the CFH Board of Directors and Human Resources Committee Chairman. Dave is owner and CEO of Rider Leadership Solutions, LLC, an executive leadership coaching practice focusing on executive leadership, coaching, talent management, organizational change, and emotional intelligence. Former head of Human Resources Strategy and Services at Zurich North America and Senior Corporate HR Director at Motorola, Inc. B.A. from Michigan State University and MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Dave has served on a number of corporate and non-profit boards.

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Mark L. Vincent


Member of the CFH Board of Directors and member of the Human Resources Committee. As Founder of Design Group International, he and his business partners foster executive leadership education across the US and Canada, pioneering and developing large group facilitation processes for complex decision making scenarios. Mark directs the Convene® Consulting Network and is a Convene® Chair in Eastern Wisconsin, where he engages business owners and CEOs in a team environment to profitably grow businesses and increase their leadership impact. Mark was instrumental in establishing the Society for Process Consulting and chairs its Standards Committee.

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David J. Leali


Advisor to the CFH Board of Directors and member of the Finance Committee. Senior Vice President/Division Head for Cornerstone National Bank & Trust Company. He has twenty years of financial and banking experience serving the needs of family-owned companies in the Chicago area, all of Illinois, and neighboring states. David serves as the Chairman of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley, the largest affiliate in the State of Illinois and one of the top 35 affiliates in the country. He also brings corporate and non-profit Board experience.

Contact Us


2024 State Route 176
Crystal Lake, IL 60014


815-261-4855