Bradbury Group CEO Honored as Executive of the Year

David Cox, Bradbury Group CEO, was honored as one of the Executives of the Year honorees through the Wichita Business Journal. Cox took over as CEO in 2016 and continues to propel the business forward year after year. 

Cox’s journey with the Bradbury team began in 1997 when he joined as the Operations Manager. His skills and dedication moved him to the position of Assistant General Manager in 1999, where he took charge of managing engineering and customer service. With his continuous growth and expertise, Cox became the General Manager of The Bradbury Company in 2000, and soon after, the Chief Operating Officer. In 2007, he took over as President and, in 2016, successfully took over as Chief Executive Officer.

When asked about the turning point in his career that prepared him for top executive responsibilities, Cox shared his journey. Reflecting on his time at Wichita State University, taking Management 681, he revealed that his initial career objective was to lead a company. However, he admits to being naive back then. Throughout his professional journey, Cox has been fortunate to have influential mentors who shaped his path, including Vincent Hiebsch from Vincent Oil, Charles Spradlin from Berexco, David Bradbury as well as other executives at Bradbury. He also credits his own father, Bill Cox, for his guidance and support.

David Cox not only carries the responsibilities of being the CEO of a company but also excels in his roles as a father, a husband, and a valued board member. His wife, Jill Cox and their two sons, Samuel and Thomas, enjoy being outdoors and taking in “God’s country.” The family spends time at the lake, while doing water sport activities as well as taking snow-skiing adventures, playing golf, going hunting, and fishing. Cox’s commitment also extends beyond his family, as he serves as a board member for the National Association of Manufacturers.

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