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 the Finance Committee.

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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John W. Sleeting

CFH Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Finance Committee

Executive 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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Mark L. Vincent

Member of the CFH Board of Directors and Chairman 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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Kip Pendleton

Member of the CFH Board of Directors

President, CEO, and Chairman of Jord BioScience, a start-up out of the Office for Technology Commercialization at the University of Minnesota. Additionally, as head of The Pendleton Group, he has helped companies achieve strategic results in AgTech, Precision Ag, and Decision Ag. Formerly, CEO of DTN, SVP & GM of Hemisphere GPS, founder, CEO and Chairman of DirectAg, and CEO of Agristar. The beginning of his career saw him at DuPont Pioneer, Syngenta, Northrup King, and Dow Agrosciences. Kip has a BS in agronomy from UW/Madison and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. He has various roles in many corporate and non-profit boards.  He brings a mindset and track record to "help leaders feed the world."

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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.

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2024 State Route 176
Crystal Lake, IL 60014