Leadership

While the company launched in May 2009, the depth of experience of the management team position Cog as a veteran organization. In Christopher Che, David Lukshus and Mark Lackey, Cog has a management team with over 60 years experience in the marketing communications, consumer packaging, and promotions industries from "creative" through print production. Combined, they bring a track record for business results as well as a broad understanding and expertise in all of the disciplines involved in developing and delivering successful consumer packaging and in-store promotion and POP/Displays. 
 

Mark Lackey

Christopher Che

President / CEO

Christopher Che is President and CEO of the Che International Group, LLC (CIG), a multi-national holding company that identifies, acquires, supports, and grows scalable subsidiary companies in diverse industries through strategic acquisitions, joint ventures, and alliances, to help customers maximize supply chain diversity while promoting supply chain excellence.  Christopher is an accountant by profession and a veteran Senior Financial Executive with over 25 years of vast and dynamic business management experience.

In 2007 the Che International Group successfully acquired Hooven-Dayton Corporation (HDC) as its first wholly owned subsidiary company, which Christopher is also leading as President/CEO.  HDC is an 80 year old provider of high quality prime product labels, flexible packaging, promotional coupons and specialty printing solutions.  In 2011, HDC purchased Benchmark Graphics, a 35 year old pressure sensitive labels and tags company, in its continual quest for exponential growth.  To-date, HDC has two scalable, state-of-the art manufacturing facilities — one each in Miamisburg, Ohio and Richmond, Indiana.  The Che International Group successfully acquired its second wholly owned subsidiary company — Digital Color International, LLC, a 20 year old point-of-purchase/entry display, specialty folding cartons, and commercial offset print and bindery company headquartered in Akron, Ohio — in 2011, and divested itself of the company in 2014.  CIG’s third subsidiary company — Cog, LLC, is a graphics production solutions firm based in Cincinnati, Ohio. TrueChoicePack (TCP), acquired in 2014, is another subsidiary of CIG, and a manufacturer and distributor of traditional, green private label and customized packaging and disposable products.  Under Christopher’s visionary leadership, CIG, HDC, Cog, and TCP continue to experience exponential expansion through acquisitions and organic growth. From a base of one employee in 2005, CIG now has over 115 employees.

As President and CEO and chairman of four growing entities, Christopher’s responsibilities include setting strategy and vision, building cohesive executive teams that will lead the company to the next level, creating a positive culture of sustainable growth, and properly allocating capital resources. CIG’s rapid expansion has resulted in its being recognized by Black Enterprise Magazine as a 2012 BE 100s company, one of the nation’s largest black-owned enterprises, and by Inc. Magazine as a 2012 Inc. 500|5000 company, one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S.

Christopher is a strong believer in giving back to the community through direct involvement. He served as a member of President (Obama)’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness from 2011 to 2012 and currently serves as a board member of the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Dayton Business Council, the Tag & Label Manufacturing Institute (TLMI), African American CEO Roundtable of Cincinnati, the Minority Business Partnership (Co-Chair), the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland-Dayton Area Business Advisory Council.

Christopher has received several awards and honors in recognition of his professional, business, and civic accomplishments including: the President’s Award from the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council in 2013, the “Outstanding American by Choice” Award in 2012 from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at the recommendation of the White House—this is the highest award presented to immigrants by the Department of Homeland Security; induction into the Association of Ohio Commodores in 2011 by Ohio Governor Kasich; the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Cameroon Professional Society (CPS) in 2011; the “Executive of the Year” Award from the Dayton Business Journal in 2010; and named to the Dayton Business Journal’s Top 10 Most Influential People in the Greater Dayton Region in 2010. 

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting with a minor in Computers from Wilmington College, Ohio in 1985, Christopher proceeded to obtain a Master’s of Accountancy degree From Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1986.  He resides in Mason, Ohio with his wife, and is the proud father of two sons and one daughter.

David Lukshus

David Lukshus

COO / EVP Business Development & Customer Relations

David has 25 years of creative and graphics production experience across several disciplines— advertising, brand identity, packaging, in-store/retail sales promotion, and Web/interactive.

Before launching Cog, he was the Director of Visual Development & Support at RPI Graphic Data, a Procter & Gamble Production House/Separator for in-store promotion and displays. Prior to that David held the position of Design Director /
In-Store Merchandizing for Marsh Brand Partners, for their Quick-Serve/Casual Dining restaurant accounts such as Burger King, Café Carolina, Carl’s Jr., Green Burrito, Hardee’s, and Texas Steakhouse & Saloon. From 1993 to 1998 he served as Visual Communication Design Manager of In-Store Promotion at The Procter & Gamble Company where he helped lead brand visual identities and promotion programs for brands such as Cascade, Bounce, Crest, Dawn, Downey, Gain, Scope, Tide, and Vicks, and promotion efforts for the launch of new, innovative category brands such as Dryel, Febreze, Fit, and Swiffer.

David received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art with a minor in Pre Med from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA.  

Originally from Philadelphia, PA, David resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He is the proud father of two daughters, and, of course, remains loyal to all of his home town sports teams, both amateur and professional.  

Mark LackeyMark Lackey

EVP Process Excellence

Mark is a founder and member of Cog, LLC and serves as our EVP. He has more than 20 years of leadership roles in project and account management for organizations within the graphics industry, including marketing and advertising agencies, graphic production house, commercial print and photographic production and manufacturing operations.

Prior to forging Cog, he served as the VP of Customer Service at InnoMark Communications Screen Print Division, was the Director of Project Management at RPI Graphic Data (a leading production house for P&G) where he led and managed the department, and recommended and implemented processes for numerous Fortune 500 clients. Mark was also Production Manager at Bridge Worldwide, a leading Web/Interactive marketing agency within the WPP Group servicing Global CPG and Pharmaceutical Corporations. While at Freedman, Gibson & White Advertising, a regional full service advertising agency, he served in various account and project management roles.

Mark received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing and Administration from Northern Kentucky University. Mark resides in Cold Spring, Kentucky, with his wife and five children. His family is a caring group of active community volunteers and leaders with organizations including, The Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts and Habitat for Humanity.

 

 

Case Studies

Case Study #1

Dramatic simplification and improved collaboration in the supply chain unleashes innovation.

 

Case Study #2

Optimizing the supply chain and establishing a clear workflow process brings upstream initiatives to fruition efficiently, confidentially, and cost-effectively.