The International Brangus® Breeder of the Year Award was established in 1981 to annually honor a person in the breed who has shown outstanding leadership in the association and who has been progressive in the promotion, production and advancement of the Brangus cattle.
The 2006 recipient of this prestigious award, Don Cox, has made vast contributions to the Brangus breed. This marked the first time a Red Brangus breeder has won this award. Don Cox was born in 1952 in Houston, Texas. He is a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a BBA in Marketing. He started his careerwith the J.C. Penny Company climbing to the position of operations manager and district merchandise manager. In 1984 and 1985, he redirected his life to areas of greater interest. He became a senior account executive with SIMCO, a registered investment advisory firm, and he started raising Red Brangus cattle on land in Weimar, Texas that had been his grandparent's farm. He named his Red Brangus operation, Cox Excalibur Red Brangus. In 1990, he started Cox Global Associates, Inc., a registered investment advisory company. He continues as president and chairman of the board from his offices in Katy, Texas. About the time Cox was starting Cox Global, he joined with nine other Red Brangus Breeders to form the International Red Brangus Breeders Association (IRBBA). These breeders wanted to change the makeup of their cattle and breed Red Brangus that were 3/8-5/8 like the Brangus in the IBBA.
Cox served on every board of the IRBBA, served as president several times, and worked to establish "The Genetic Edge Sale." This sale has become recognized as the premier consignment sale in the Red Brangus breed. In 2006, Cox was instrumental in joining Red Brangus and Black Brangus into the IBBA. He currently serves on the IBBA Board as an advisory board member and is chairman of the membership committee.
Working in tandem with his friend and ranch manager, Jose Ramirez, Cox Excalibur has produced many of the herd bulls used by other breeders from at least seven Central and South American countries as well as South Africa and Australia. The annual CX Advantage sale is always a cultural experience with cattle as the common language. The CX advantage sale is also Cox's vehicle for helping other breeders that use CX genetics. His production partners are invited to sell through this annual sale. This helps new breeders to have a market place without adding this expense to their other startup costs. At the Advantage Sale, Cox Excalibur donates the proceeds of one heifer to the Weimar and Columbus FFA chapters.
He and his wife, Gina, and parents to Cayla, Cody, Conner, and Courtney.