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On April 20, Alan O'Neill, the South Central Regional CEO for The Wrench Group, announced that Jeff Cox would officially step into the role as president of BERKEYS, taking the reins from Jamie Wooldridge, who announced his retirement earlier this year after serving seven years as president.
Cox is transitioning to this role after having spent the last 10 years as chief operating officer managing day-to-day operations with more than 275 employees at Baker Brothers Plumbing, Air & Electric.
"I'm humbled and honored that Alan and the Wrench Group selected me as the next Berkeys President," Cox said. "I look forward to joining the team and working with leadership to continue in the tradition of success that Berkeys has enjoyed under Jamie's leadership. I am grateful to the team at Baker Brothers, especially Jimmie Dale and Bubba Thurman, for preparing me for the next chapter in my career. I can't wait to get started!"
Cox and his wife, Jennifer, have four children ages 15 to 23. He enjoys sports music, and family time. Cox also coaches basketball and girls AAU basketball teams.
"Jamie has been a tremendous asset to Berkeys," O'Neill said. "I knew that finding someone qualified to replace him would not be easy. Jamie earned the respect of his employees and it really showed in the organization's transformational growth.
"I am very pleased that Jeff Cox accepted this role, having seen his proven leadership skills firsthand while at Baker Brothers," O'Neill continued. "I'm more than confident this transition will go smoothly with the help of Jamie's assistance. Jeff has my full support in his new role as president of Berkeys."
In 2013, Wooldridge was hired as Berkeys president following an extensive 28-year career in executive management. When he started at Berkeys, there were 54 employees and the company had approximately $10 million in annual revenue. Just seven years later, Berkeys tripled in size with 175 full-time employees. As a result of that growth, Berkeys moved into a brand new 60,000-square-foot facility, maintaining their headquarters in Southlake, Texas.
"Berkeys is in great hands with Jeff Cox," Wooldridge said. "Besides his tremendous experience, his passion to serve others is a trait that will continue to build on the rich tradition of core values and reputation at Berkeys." He continued, "Berkeys is well positioned to continue its growth trajectory and I know Jeff is more than qualified to lead them into that success."