Mr. Fox began his career in 1978 as an Industrial Engineer Trainee at Hobart Corporation. In 1979 he taught himself to program computers and founded Micro Manufacturing Systems (MMS) to develop and sell ERP software to the manufacturing industry.
MMS became Symix Systems and was the leading provider of ERP software for the mid-market manufacturing market. In 1991 Mr. Fox led the team that took Symix public and positioned the company for accelerated growth. Mr. Fox retired as CEO in 2000 at which time Symix had more than 1,200 employees and revenue of over $125M. Symix’s software is currently in use in over 10,000 manufacturing facilities around the world.
In 1997 Mr. Fox led the Acquisition of Alkon Corporation, a developer and manufacturer of process control equipment for the ready-made concrete industry. In 2000 Alkon merged with Command Data, Inc. to form Command Alkon. Mr. Fox became Chairman of Command Alkon until it’s Acquisition in 2005 by a European based private equity firm.
Mr. Fox and his partner Fred Cochran, formed Insula Properties, LLC in 2009 to acquire distressed multi-family properties in Florida. The firm now owns more than 2,500 units in the Southeast. He earned a BS degree from The Ohio State University in 1978 and an MBA from The University of Dayton. He currently lives in Sarasota, Florida with his wife and three children.
Mr. Fox has also been recognized for his business accomplishments receiving numerous awards including Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business Young Professional Achievement Award and The Buckeye Boys Ranch Business Person of the Year. He has been recognized by the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year as well as the Columbus Chamber of Commerce Small business Entrepreneur of the Year programs. A three time honoree as an Inc. 500 "Fastest Growing Company along with being recognized as the CEO of one of Forbes Magazines "Best Small Companies in America".
Mr. Fox has been active in the community and professional organizations. He is the former Chairman of the Columbus chapter of YPO and member of the YPO International board of directors. He has served on the boards of United Way of Franklin County, The Boys and Girls Club of Columbus, The Society to Prevent Blindness and The Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Fox served five years as Treasurer and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Columbus College of Art and Design. He was also appointed by the Mayor to a six year term on the Columbus Development Commission. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Out-Of-Door Academy, a Cum Laude Society and college prepatory school with over 750 students.