A Message from Our President and CEO
On Feb. 9, 1935, Gov. James M. Cox, the founder of our company, took to the airwaves for the first radio broadcast of WHIO in Dayton, Ohio. On that special day, he expressed hope that this new technology would be a force for good in the world. Never once did he mention making money, profits or financial targets.
“May I express this christening sentiment, that this voice will always be an instrument of dignity, culture and practical service. That it will carry the light of joy to places that are dark, that it will build a love for goodness and beauty, that it will plant in the hearts of man a philosophy that will help them to see divinity in sunshine and shadow.”
He was talking about something bigger than the sum of its parts. Something that touched and inspired others. He was talking about purpose.
Over the past few months, the senior leadership team and I have been thinking a great deal about what makes Cox such a unique company — one that’s been around for 120 years. We began discussing why the company exists and why we all come to work every day. Earning a living is only part of the answer.
To dig deeper on this question of WHY, we brought in speaker and writer Simon Sinek, author of the book “Start with Why.” We invited a diverse mix of employees from across the whole company to join in on our brainstorming and to share their stories about what makes Cox special.
There were many. But what tied them together is the belief that we’re part of something more than just a paycheck. We’re part of something better. We’re a collection of people from around the world with varied backgrounds, ethnicities, skills and talents. Although we each have different roles and responsibilities, we realized we share a common purpose at work, which is to Empower People Today to Build a Better Future for the Next Generation.
These simple, powerful words capture the spirit of Cox today. They define WHY we treat our employees with dignity and respect. WHY we continue to invest and innovate in our businesses. WHY we care about conservation and our communities. Our company’s purpose is rooted in our past, but it inspires us to shape our tomorrow and to reach a little higher.
This is what gets me up in the morning. Together we can help “carry the light of joy to places that are dark” and act as a powerful force for good in this world — now and in the future. And to me, that’s something worth working toward.
President and Chief Executive Officer