Market VP, Central Florida Operations at Cox Communications
Living in the Gainesville area, I feel like I’m back home. I grew up in a very similar college community near Champaign-Urbana area, home to the University of Illinois. Being here in Gainesville, I’m often reminded of that sense of community that I was so fond of as an impressionable young man. After High School, I left for the big city, and until recently, I planned on staying there forever. That was until I found Gainesville. Living in Orlando at the time, I couldn’t pass on the chance to visit Gainesville. After my first foray to the community I was intrigued by the true hospitality of almost everyone I encountered. When the opportunity to work for Cox in Gainesville became available, I leapt at the opportunity to leave the big city behind and join an amazing company and community.
As I took advantage of the short drive between Orlando and Gainesville, what began to impress me even more was how much there truly is to do, see and fully experience in the Alachua County area. Whether you’re hiking in the San Felasco Preserve or navigating Payne’s Prairie, counting the steps down into Devil’s Millhopper or running the steps at UF’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, there is always something for the family to do…together. The World renowned Santa Fe College has a teaching zoo and a great planetarium. The Harn Museum of Art, the Florida Museum of Natural History, the Cade and the Cotton Club Museum are all great places to experience the richness of the area. The Hippodrome and Dance Alive National Ballet rival any performing arts and professional ballet in the state of Florida.
Our compassionate not-for-profit organizations like the Children’s Home Society, Pace Center for Girls, The Boys and Girls Club, United Way and Reichert House and many others along with our business community led by the outstanding work of the Chamber of Commerce, our Rotary Clubs along with academia partners, continues to create a true sense of community for all to embrace. And if you’re a person of faith, there are numerous houses of worship that would be more than happy to welcome you to their family. Alachua County is quickly becoming an industry and technology leader with UF’s Sid Martin Institute, the world’s number one Biotech Incubator and the numerous advanced manufacturing companies that call the Greater Gainesville area home. Gainesville is poised to usher in the next exciting phase of the digital age.
Cox is preparing for future generation bandwidth demands with GIGABIT speed offerings that are now available in Gainesville. Plus, we offer smart home automation through the Cox Homelife service, so customers can keep a watchful eye on their home, through the convenience of their smart phone. And knowing that it is critically important to close the digital divide in Central Florida, Cox offers the Connect2Compete high speed internet product to families with children in Kindergarten through high school that are on the Free or reduced cost lunch. Alachua County’s technology future is indeed primed and ready for our next generation of doctors, scientists and inventors, homemakers, caregivers, service professionals, students, professors and dreamers, and I’m so thrilled to be part of this outstanding community!