Thomas Cox

Managing Director

Mr. Cox has over 20 years of private equity and venture investment, executive management and legal experience in Fortune 500 and small business settings. He brings a unique combination of operational, transactional and financial skills along with an in-depth knowledge of a broad spectrum of healthcare products and services industries.

Prior to forming Cascade Partners, Mr. Cox was a co-founder of Seneca Partners, Inc., a similar investment banking and private investment firm. Before that, he served as president of White Pines Ventures, LLC, a private equity firm based in Lake Forest, Illinois and Ann Arbor, Michigan, with combined investable capital in two funds of over $70 million. In that capacity, he sourced, led and managed a number of equity and mezzanine investments in healthcare companies. Mr. Cox served as chairman of the board of directors of HealthScope Benefits, Inc. and also sat on the boards of American Endoscopy Services, Inc.; Cycle Solutions, Inc.; Ischemia Technologies, Inc.; PanCel Corporation; and WebTPA, Inc. He continues to serve on the board of NephRx Corporation.

Before joining White Pines in 2000, Mr. Cox served as president and CEO of Peiser's, Inc., a private-equity-backed distributor of home medical supplies. In a transaction led by Chicago-based Svoboda Collins, LLC, Mr. Cox participated in the initial buy-out of Peiser's from Invacare Corporation in September 1998. Peiser's was acquired by Byram Healthcare Corporation in March 2000.

From 1997 through 1998, Mr. Cox served as vice president, corporate development for CareMonitor, Inc., a venture-backed provider of software and services for the alternate-site care industry. He began his healthcare industry career with Baxter Healthcare Corporation, a $10 billion global manufacturer and provider of medical products, in 1988. While at Baxter, Mr. Cox held progressively responsible general management, marketing and legal positions over a nine-year period. Before joining Baxter, Mr. Cox served as an attorney with Sidley & Austin, a global full-service law firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, from 1984 through 1988. Working with the firm's commercial and banking group, he represented lenders in structuring, documenting and negotiating multimillion-dollar secured and unsecured financing transactions, including leveraged buy-outs, stock/asset acquisition financings and working capital loans.

Mr. Cox received a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College, a J.D. from Boston College Law School, and an M.M. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University. He is a member of the Illinois Bar Association. Mr. Cox is married and has four children. He volunteers his time in a variety of youth and community activities in his hometown of Lake Forest, Illinois.

Cascade Partners Team