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Vickie Neighbour is a member of the second generation of the Cox family business. In 1952, her father, William B. Cox, Sr., founded Cox Wood Preserving, now Cox Industries. She currently serves on the company’s Board of Directors, where one of her areas of responsibility is the promotion of family continuity and communication. In support of her role on the board, Ms. Neighbour is currently attending Kennesaw State University where she is pursuing an EMBA with a focus on family-owned businesses. She served the company in various capacities, including Sales and Marketing, Corporate Communications, VP of International Business Development, and Corporate Secretary. She retired from day-to-day operations in 2008 after 16 years with Cox Industries.
Ms. Neighbour currently serves on SIBF’s executive board as well as on the board of SIBF’s philanthropic arm, Global Network Foundation (GNF). She previously served as a facilitator for CELA. She also serves on the executive board for Children Come First, an advocacy group for foster children and was previously a member of the Richland County Foster Care Review Board from 2004-2008, continuing to participate in its monthly Child Care Program by providing activities and meals for children while their foster and adoptive parents attend training. Ms. Neighbour is a graduate of Leadership SC, Class of 2001, and a sustaining member of the Junior Service League of Orangeburg, SC. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies. She has two sons, Brian, 30, and Matthew, 29, and is married to Pete Neighbour, a professional jazz musician from London, England. She enjoys travel, tennis, reading/learning; and her 3-year-old black miniature Schnauzer, Abby.