News and Updates

News and Updates


“We are thrilled to announce the addition of three new executive staff who have recently joined CFH”, says Wally Beecroft, COO of Cox Family Holdings. “Phil Kuk and Verlyn Suderman are seasoned professionals and bring tremendous capabilities to CFH in the financial and legal arenas to support the growth of our portfolio. In addition, Ryan Teksten's joining the Tria Global Solutions Advisory Council is a big win considering his success in advising, investing in, and scaling new AgTech ventures”.

Phil Kuk joined CFH as Corporate Director of Finance in February. Directing all financial operations for Cox Family Holdings and also provides oversight and targeted leadership with our portfolio of businesses. As a member of the CFH Executive Team, he serves as the Vice Chairman of the Financial Review Committee. Phil brings to CFH 20 years finance and accounting experience with 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 business segment at Walgreens. Prior to that, he provided financial expertise and analysis support to a $900M business unit at Sears Holdings. He has a BS in Accounting from Northern Illinois University, and an MBA from NIU. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Verlyn Suderman joined the Cox Family Holdings staff as Corporate General Counsel in late May. Since 2017, Verlyn has served as a member to the CFH Board of Directors. He is the Chairman of CFH's ESG Committee. Verlyn specializes in transportation and logistics and is also Of Counsel with Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP on a limited basis. 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 those years. He provided strategic direction and guidance as a key member of senior management. Verlyn has a BS in Economics from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and a JD 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 of the 1860s.

CFH is pleased to announce that Ryan Teksten has joined Tria Global Solutions' Advisory Council. Ryan is Founder and General Partner at Tabard Venture Capital, LLC where he backs founders with unique insights into remote sensing, enterprise infrastructure, and small to large-scale agriculture. Prior to founding Tabard Venture Capital, he was a Vice President at Fidelity Investments where he spent 7 years scouting new technology ranging from IT infrastructure companies, to disruptive Cloud-based processing, Artificial Intelligence, FinTech, and Security Solutions to enable key data stores. Ryan graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a B.S. in Mathematical Economics with an emphasis on Systems Engineering. He also graduated from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University with an MA in Law and Diplomacy, International Finance, Trade, and International Business.