JT Wilcox was raised on the family farm founded in 1909 by his Great Grandfather along the Nisqually River. He graduated from Yelm High school in 1981 and graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor’s degree in History.
He was employed at Wilcox Farms, celebrating 100 years as the most well known branded farming company in Washington. Wilcox worked in his family company for 23 years, managing diverse operations including an 800 cow dairy herd, feed mills and commodity purchasing. In 1995, he transitioned to processing operations, managing the operations of a company that grew in 20 years from $10 million to $200 hundred million in annual sales with more than 500 staff members.
In 2006, Wilcox was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Wilcox Farms.
In September of 2008, following the sale of part of the business, Wilcox left the employment of the family company to form Wilcox Strategies, a consulting firm that helps organizations with business planning and asset sales.
Rural land management is also a major interest. Wilcox consults for Wilcox Farms in the areas of water rights, forestry and land development and understands first-hand the challenges and frustration of rural landowners. He is a licensed real estate agent and is associated with Cross-Dock Development whose most recent project was the sale by auction of Rosario Resort.
Wilcox has risen to the top of all of his industries. He was chosen to serve as chairman of Milk-Pep, the world-famous “Got Milk” program with a $100 million annual budget and led that iconic organization for two years. Wilcox was recognized as a leader by his peers in his selection as Chairman of the Washington Holstein Association, the Washington Poultry Industry Association and he also sat on the boards of the Washington Egg Commission and the International Dairy Foods Association.
JT and his wife Kathy live on Wilcox Farms. Kathy is a middle school teacher in Yelm. Their oldest son James is member of the Washington National Guard and a UWT student. Middle son Donnie works at Amazon and he and his wife Aileen have a one year old daughter, Emma. Youngest daughter Katie graduated from Whitworth and now runs a custom furniture business where she handcrafts wooden tables.