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 All Honor to His Name: Brother Warren Wilcox ’63 Named Significant SigIt is one of Sigma Chi’s highest honors. The Significant Sig Award recognizes “those alumni members whose achievements in their fields of endeavor have brought honor and prestige to the name of Sigma Chi.”  The Sigma Chi Fraternity has recognized more than 1,400 brothers since the award’s inception at the 1935 Grand Chapter. Alumni in any profession, occupation, or philanthropic endeavor are eligible. A nomination consists of a completed nomination form, and a resume or summary of the nominee's past and present occupations and positions, professional and/or civic activities, and honors or awards received. Thanks to a nomination submitted by Brother J.C. McLaughlin ’74, we are pleased to announce that one of the 2015 Significant Sigs is Brother Warren Wilcox ’63.

Warren is a highly respected entrepreneur and investor in the Missoula area. He has served on several boards of directors and served as chairman of the University of Montana Foundation Board of Trustees. In 2012, he received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during UM’s commencement ceremonies. He will receive his Significant Sig Award during this fall’s homecoming celebration.

Here is Warren’s full bio as submitted with Brother McLaughlin’s nomination:

Warren passed the Montana CPA exam in 1968 while working for a local Missoula meat packing firm, John R. Daily, Inc. He worked as the plant accountant until 1975 when he and two partners purchased the business in an earn out agreement. He was instrumental in the creation and implementation of a cost system and management that allowed the company to grow from a struggling local meat packer to a $30 million regional packer by 1990. In 1991, he acquired the rest of the company from his partners and expanded with a second plant in Salt Lake City. The Salt Lake plant became the first pre-cooked bacon facility west Omaha Nebraska. The business grew four fold in the next 12 years with sales of $120 million per year. The business was processing nearly 1 Yi million pounds of pork bellies into bacon every week, and the sales had become international. Daily's was selling product in the entire United States to customers like McDonalds, Arby's, Sysco, US Foods, and the US Military. It was also shipping product to customers in Kuwait, Japan, Canada, Mexico, and the Philippines. Daily's employed 125 people in Missoula, and 400 in Salt Lake City. Warren sold Daily's to Seaboard Foods in July 2005; he was Chairman of the Board of Daily's.

Warren purchased 25 acres in Missoula in 1982. He commenced to build the first townhome community in Missoula consisting of 80 homes, a series of walking paths, and a pond/stream system. The project was valued at approximately $20 million.

In 2000 Warren formed Silvertip Partners and commenced in building an upscale 192 unit apartment complex known as Copper Run. The project was valued at $15 million. Currently Managing Partner of Silvertip.

In 2004 he and a partner founded a helicopter company in British Columbia, Canada. The company currently runs two mediums and two light aircraft doing a variety of work including mining, logging, power lines, skiing, search and rescue. Currently President of Ascent Airborne LLC.

Warren is an avid entrepreneur with angel type investments in 4 start up businesses in Western Montana: Swan Valley Medical, Rocky Mountain Biologicals, lnvizeon, and Money Suite. Warren was on the following boards of directors: National Meat Association, Community Medical Center Foundation, American Red Cross, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, US Bank, Montana State Chamber of Commerce, and University of Montana Foundation Board of Trustees.

Community and Charitable Involvement

Chairman, University of Montana Foundation Board of Trustees

Warren's relationship with The University of Montana and The University of Montana Foundation is broad and deep. As the great grandson of Oscar J. Craig, the University's first president, Warren has been a quiet leader in philanthropy, setting an example for many other alumni to give back to their alma mater. He and his wife, Betsy, support a number of units spanning the campus — business, education, athletics and others. While Warren's and Betty's financial support of The University of Montana has been inspiring, equally inspiring are the contributions Warren has made as a volunteer. He served many years as a member of the UM Foundation's Board of Trustees, including serving two years as Chairman of the Board. It was during his tenure as chairman that the UM Foundation concluded the Invest in Discovery campaign, which exceeded its $100 million fundraising goal by $31 million. Warren was a member of the Campaign Steering Committee, and his leadership was one of the most significant contributions to the campaign's success. As one of the most engaged Trustees Emeriti, he continues to motivate others with his generosity and strong allegiance to The University of Montana.

Beta Delta Chapter of Sigma Chi

Active Alumni Member from graduation until the present. Served as Chapter Advisor from approximately 1968 to 1974. Has participated in numerous local alumni activities. Donated $100,000 in 2007 to Beta Delta Chapter House renovation project that allowed for the conversion of the garage on the property to 6 living units for senior members of the Beta Delta Chapter. 

  • President local chapter National Association of Accountants
  • Chairman local American Red Cross Chapter
  • President Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Founding member of Missoula YMCA, 1970
  • Chairman of the Board of Montana State Chamber of Commerce
  • Donated funds to establish the "Craig Circle" at University of Montana in honor of the University's first President Oscar J. Craig, DePauw
  • 1997 Donated $100,000 for purchase of building so local children's home could stay in operation 1998 Donated $10,000 to match funds raised by children's theater for injured Missoula police officer Sgt. Bob Heinle
  • 2007 donated $250,000 to University of Montana education center
  • 2009 - Significant donation to Intermountain Children's Home to bridge a financial gap that would have required a number of children to be returned to bad home situations. 

Awards & Honors 

  • Missoula Area Chamber "George" Award - the Chamber's most prestigious award
  • Beta Delta Life Long Dedication Plaque
  • National Meat Association - Special Recognition for Career Dedication
  • 2007 University of Montana School of Business - Outstanding Alumni Award

Core Values, Vision, and Mission

Core Values
Sigma Chi’s core values are Friendship, Justice and Learning. Our vision is to become the preeminent collegiate leadership development organization — aligned, focused and living our core values. Our mission is to develop values-based leaders committed to the betterment of character, campus and community.

Vision
The fundamental purpose of the Sigma Chi Fraternity is the cultivation, maintenance and promotion of the core values of Friendship, Justice and Learning.

Mission
In the pursuit of these high ideals, the Sigma Chi Fraternity is able to offer tremendous value in augmenting the collegiate experience and supporting the lifelong journey of each of its members. We hope to assist brothers in becoming men of character, caring husbands, compassionate fathers and community leaders.