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Cox Fire CEO Named to Governor-elect Ron DeSantis’ Transition Advisory Committee on Public Safety

on December 12, 2018

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Dave Vasquez, (727) 504-4676 

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Announces Transition Advisory Committee on Public Safety.

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and Lieutenant Governor-elect Jeanette Nuñez today announced the names of over 45 advisors who will serve on the Transition Advisory Committee on Public Safety. The committee will be chaired by KENT STERMON, COO of Total Military Management.

The committee is comprised of a diverse group of experts, including members of the law enforcement community, experts in the public safety field, members of the armed services, veterans, and school safety advocates in our state.

These individuals will advise the Transition Team as they develop their plan to implement Governor-elect DeSantis’ goal of ensuring Florida’s crime rate continues to decline and community safety continues to improve by supporting law enforcement, ensuring justice for victims and holding government institutions accountable.

Members of the Transition Advisory Committee on Public Safety include:
ALAN ABRAMOWITZ; Executive Director, Guardian ad Litem 
TIM ALBRIGHT; Retired Captain, Florida Department of Corrections
PAM ALVAREZ; President & CEO, BAYS and Former Chair, Florida Juvenile Justice Association
JEFF BELL; President, Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association 
Sheriff (Ret.) SUSAN BENTON; Highlands County 
CHRISTY BRODEUR; Former Secretary, Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice
CANDICE BROWER; Regional Counsel, Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, 1st DCA Region
ADAM CLAMPITT; President, The District Communications Group 
LINDA COX; CEO, Cox Fire Protection 
Sheriff DARRYL DANIELS; Clay County 
BOB DAVIS; Senior Marketing and Sales Leader/National Director of Operations Business Development and Growth, Verizon
Mayor CARLOS GIMENEZ; Miami-Dade County 
Lt. Commander HECTOR DELGADO; Retired Navy SEAL and Former Law Enforcement Officer and Founder, ASR Alert Systems  
Sheriff TOMMY FORD: Bay County
Commissioner GRAHAM FOUNTAIN; Chair, Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners, District 1 
Sheriff (Ret.) EMERY GAINEY; Marion County 
STACY GROMATSKI; President & CEO, Florida Network of Youth and Family Services 
PAULA HOISINGTON; Vice President, Net Communications 
Sheriff MARK HUNTER; Columbia County and President, Florida Sheriff’s Association
Sheriff WAYNE IVEY; Brevard County 
Sheriff GRADY JUDD; Polk County  
KYLE KASHUV; Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Student
JOHN KAZANJIAN; President, Florida Police Benevolent Association 
MIKE KIRBY; Chairman, Florida Association of State Troopers 
BRYAN KOCHER; Executive Vice President of Operations, Williams Communications 
ALAN LANDMAN; Attorney, Alan H. Landman, P.A. 
DOUG LEONARDO; Chair, Florida Behavioral Health Association 
BRAD LIVINGSTON; Former CEO & CFO, Texas Department of Criminal Justice 
Commissioner ROD LOVE; Board of County Commissioners, Orange County, District 2 
MARY MARX; President & CEO, Pace Center for Girls 
BERNIE MCCABE; State Attorney, Pinellas and Pasco Counties
PATRICK MILLER; President, Invictus
Sheriff CHRIS NOCCO; Pasco County,  
Chief DAVID PERRY; President, Florida Police Chiefs Association and Chief of Police, Florida State University
NICK PETERS; Founder & Managing Director, Armed Forces Families Foundation 
RYAN PETTY; Commissioner, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Public Safety Commission
ANDY POLLACK; School Safety Advocate and Founder, Americans for CLASS
HUNTER POLLACK; School Safety Advocate  
The Honorable JOHN RUTHERFORD; Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives and Sheriff (Ret.), Duval County
MAX SCHACHTER; Commissioner, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Public Safety Commission
Dr. DERRICK SCHOFIELD; Executive Vice President, GEO Continuum of Care and GEO Reentry Services 
Sheriff (Ret.) BOB WHITE; Pasco County  
Sheriff MIKE WILLIAMS; Duval County  
STEVE ZONA; President, Fraternal Order of Police Jacksonville Lodge  


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Jacksonville Branch Manager Announcement

on November 10, 2017
From: Scott Cox
Date: 11/9/2017
Re: Announcement – Jacksonville Branch Manager


Cox Fire is pleased to announce the appointment of Allen Perry to the position of Jacksonville Branch Manager. Allen has been an employee of Cox Fire in the Jacksonville office since 2013 and brings substantial experience developing new markets for our Jacksonville office. Allen’s responsibilities at Cox Fire Protection will relate directly to the functions of every division in the company for projects located in North Florida, Southern Georgia, and the surrounding areas.

Scott Cox President

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State of the Art Sprinkler System at the Refrigerated Warehouse, Port of Tampa

on November 2, 2017

Cox Fire Protection is proud to have recently completed a state of the art sprinkler system in a 150,000 square foot refrigerated warehouse for the Port of Tampa. The sprinkler systems included wet, dry, and pre-action systems and a single fire pump sized appropriately to feed the entire building. Over 5 miles of pipe was installed in the new facility. Cox Fire worked hand in hand with the GC (Batson-Cook), the owner and design team to successfully value engineer over $150,000 out of the scope by using alternative methods of protection and the latest technology in the fire protection industry.

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ABC of Florida announced its endorsement Adam Putnam for governor at its state convention in Marco Island

on July 28, 2017

Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida, representing more than 2,600 companies across the state, is not waiting for the likes of Ron DeSantis, Jack Latvala, and Richard Corcoran to decide on mounting campaigns for governor. ABC of Florida announced its endorsement Adam Putnam for governor tonight at its state convention in Marco Island.

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Build Tampa Bay Update

on July 26, 2017

An update from Linda Cox regarding the Build Tampa Bay Foundation:

Hello friends of Build Tampa Bay!  As many of you know, our Build Tampa Bay event in April was huge, and surpassed our wildest expectations.  Our event at the Port of Tampa was attended by approximately 900 high school juniors and seniors, as well as a number of dignitaries and celebrities.  Titus O’Neil delivered a straight-talk presentation to the kids, and Governor Rick Scott was in attendance and shared with the kids and their teachers his gratitude in seeing young people and educators interested in investing themselves in the development of the State of Florida’s future.

We’ve been thrilled with the level of support and encouragement we’ve received from Hillsborough County and surrounding county School Boards.  Feedback to us is that Build Tampa Bay is bridging a huge gap that has been in existence in terms of guiding those kids who are not college bound – for whatever reason – into lucrative, productive, professional careers in the construction industry.  We are continuing to look for ways we can reach their parents as well, and intend, through the course of this school year, to attend College and Career Days scheduled by Hillsborough County Schools.  I will be back in touch as we have events scheduled, and if you’d like to participate in small scale events before our next big annual event – we’d love to have you.

Here’s the thrilling news – over the course of last year’s Build Tampa Bay activity, we interviewed at least 113 young people.  52 of those young people were offered jobs, and at this point, 22 have accepted employment!  We are building our own workforce!

Thanks for your support!

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New Leadership Announced at Cox Fire Protection

on May 12, 2017

Florida’s premier fire sprinkler contractor appoints Scott Cox as President and Shane Rushlo as Director of Pre-Construction Services

Tampa, Fla., Friday, May 12, 2017 – Cox Fire Protection, Florida’s premier fire sprinkler and fire protection services company, announced this week, that Scott Cox, a 2004 graduate of Anderson University and son of founders Ron and Linda Cox, has been promoted to the role of President. “Scott has assumed an active role in managing the daily operations of the business and deserves the title associated with the work he is doing,” says Ron Cox.

“For more than 30 years, our passion to protect families and businesses has been realized with the growth and success of Cox Fire,” said Linda Cox. “While we’re beginning to step away from daily operations, we know our mission will continue to be realized with our tremendous staff, as well as the company’s new leadership.”

Founded in 1984, Cox Fire has grown to be one of the Southeast’s largest fire sprinkler contractors. Under their combined leadership, Cox Fire was named one of the Top 25 Women Owned Businesses in the Greater Tampa Bay area, recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in 2014, ‘15 and ‘16, was named one of Florida’s 100 Fastest Growing Businesses in 2016 , and was named one of USF’s Fast 56 – Top 56 Bull-Led Businesses internationally, in 2016 and 2017.  Scott started with Cox Fire in 2006 and moved into management in 2013   Under his leadership in his position as Director of Preconstruction from 2013 – 2017, Cox Fire experienced an 87% growth in revenue.  In 2015, Associated Builders and Contractor’s Gulf Coast Chapter named Scott Cox the Young Professional of the Year.

“I’ve learned so much about customer service and doing the job right from my mother and father, and share their values to protect families and businesses,” said Scott Cox. “I’m humbled to take on this new role as President and will work hard to continue to grow Cox Fire and ensure that our customers can depend on the same level of integrity and quality of work that Cox is known for.”

Longtime employee, Shane Rushlo has accepted the position of Director of Pre-Construction Services, previously held by Scott. Rushlo started with the company in 2001, and attended apprenticeship school through Associated Builders and Contractors.  In 2006, in a national competition held in Las Vegas, Nevada, Rushlo was named the #1 Sprinkler Fitter in the country.   That experience launched a very successful career with Cox Fire, with Shane growing from tradesman and builder, to successful roles in project management and contract sales. “Shane’s dedication to this company and the clients we serve is unparalleled, and we’re thrilled to promote him to the director level,” said Scott Cox. “The work ethic demonstrated throughout his career has prepared him for this new leadership challenge and I look forward to seeing our company continue to grow under his leadership.”

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Cox Fire Protection Acquisition Announcement

on February 5, 2017

Cox Fire Protection has agreed to the purchase of certain assets of Maximum Fire Protection.

About Cox Fire Protection, Inc.

Cox Fire is a leader in fire protection services with 32 years’ experience, protecting life and property in the Florida and South Georgia area. At the heart of our approach to growth in this market and economic climate, is an emphasis on obtaining and creating leadership to drive us successfully, as we continue to climb from the previous market crisis.

About Maximum Fire

As one of Jacksonville’s best fire protection service providers and contractors supplying fire protection systems, with a strong inspection and service revenue base in the north Florida market, Maximum is dedicated to providing exceptional service at a recognizable value to their clients. Max Moody is a long-time resident to the area and happy to partner with the Cox Fire team already at work in Jacksonville.

About the Future

Maximum Fire clients continue to receive excellent service in the Jacksonville area under the name, Cox Fire Protection.  Max Moody will continue to service the accounts in the area and look to expand and seek exceptional clients. It is our desire to continue doing business with you, either as a supplier, or as a valued client.  If you have any questions or concerns about this acquisition, please feel free to contact Scott Cox, President of Cox Fire Protection, at 813-980-3282, ext. 116.

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Linda Cox – tapped as charter Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for The Build Tampa Bay Foundation

on November 17, 2016

Linda Cox – tapped as charter Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for The Build Tampa Bay Foundation.

Build Tampa Bay was established in cooperation with the Gulf Coast Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors to encourage high school students, their parents and school advisors to explore career opportunities in construction-related fields.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the skilled worker shortage is expected to grow to 1.6 million workers in the construction industry by 2022. Moreover, more than four out of five Associated Builders and Contractors member companies nationally are already experiencing a shortage of appropriately skilled workers, despite an annual investment of $1.1 billion in apprenticeships and workforce training. The Build Tampa Bay Foundation is working to encourage more individuals to explore lasting career opportunities in these fields

Board of Trustees is comprised of Linda Cox as Chair, Natalie King of RSA, Chris Jimenez of Painters On Demand, Jack Olmstead of Tri-City, Wayne Fernandez of J.O. DeLotto & Sons, Steve Cona III of ABC and Rhonda Bisset of ABC.

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