Phillip grew up in the Norfolk area while spending most of his time around construction. His grandfather J.N. Cox started his journey in construction in 1906 and later added his sons Wayne, Sid, & Merrel. As J. N. cox and Sons, they continued the journey to eventually become Cox Construction, then Cox Development Corp, and with Phillip they joined forces with another Norfolk family in construction to become Cox-Clausen for a period of time.
In this journey with hundreds of homes (over 500 in Woodland Park alone) they built and sold homes in the Norfolk, Hoskins, Wayne, Wakefield, Dakota City, South Sioux, Sidney, and Omaha Nebraska and down the Iowa side of the river to Glenwood.
Phillip received a Bachelors degree in construction management from UNL and enjoys nothing more than talking the American dream of owning a home.