David Cox
L.E. Cooke Company
CEO/General Manager
Phone: 559-732-9146
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Bio:

David Cox is the CEO of L.E. Cooke Co and also supervises production in the nursery. He has over 30 years of hands on experience in the nursery industry.

He is has been involved in a multitude of regulatory activities on behalf of the industry and is currently serving on multiple CDFA and USDA groups that deal with issues of immediate and potential concern to the nursery industry of a local, state, national and international nature. This includes pests, pathogens and potential changes to the national and international regulatory system that govern the movement of plant material.

Past service includes past president of California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers (CANGC), appointment to the California Fruit, Nut and Grapevine Industry Advisory Board (IAB) as well as participation in several hiring panels for scientists at the USDA-ARS field station in Parlier and long involvement in the CANGC Research Committee, where he has served as member and chair.

   
Ron Ludekens
L.E. Cooke Company
President
Phone: 559-732-9146
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Bio:

Ron Ludekens (Bob’s son) grew up with the business, spent 16 years in management with Westinghouse before returning in 1990. He is President with responsibilities over marketing, sales, the Supply Division and production planning.  Many of you will find him on the road visiting customers during the spring and summer months.

 

In his spare time, Ron has a passion for photography which is reflected throughout this website of the products grown by L.E. Cooke Co.  Additional product photos as well as other personal photo galleries can be seen at www.CreatorsPalette.com

 

Ron is married to Barbara (who is lovingly patient about the long hours).  Together they have two lovely daughters married to great men and four granddaughters and a grandson.

   

Phillip Cox

L.E. Cooke Company
Propagation Manager

Phone: 559-732-9146 or Cell: 559-799-6147
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Bio:

As the son of the CEO, Phillip has been a part of L.E. Cooke all of his life, officially beginning employment at age 16, and has been here ever since. He oversees the Propagation department and our 60+ acres of Budwood Orchards, all drip irrigation for production.  He is also involved with our fertilizer program.

Phillip is a board member of the California Fruit Tree, Nut Tree and Grapevine Improvement Advisory Board (IAB).

To keep in touch with customer needs while managing production activities, Phillip has a local sales territory for Kings and Tulare County.

   
Bob Ludekens
L.E. Cooke Company
Chairman - Emeritus
Phone: 559-732-9146 or Cell:559-799-5010
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Bio:

Although Bob is officially retired, you would not know it by his work schedule.  Approaching 86 years old, he continues to put in 10-12 hour days six to seven days a week. He continues to mentor and offer advice from his years of experience for both sales and production.  Starting in 2014 Bob has ceased travelling every other week to sales territories and special accounts and has stayed closer to home by taking over managing the budwood orchards and variety ID work.

Bob continues to be very active with the youth of our area through his life long involvement in Boy Scouts and Gang Task Force.