J.D. Myers II, Cox

Years in Industry: 40 years

Education: MBA in finance, master’s degree in marketing and bachelor’s degree in business administration from American University. Associate’s degree in electrical engineering technology from Regis University

Recognized by Virginia Business magazine as one of its top 100 people to meet in 2020, Myers is indeed well connected. Travel throughout his 2400-employee region, which includes Hampton Roads, Roanoke and Fairfax, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a nonprofit or city leaders who hasn’t met the affable exec. With coastal towns under his purview, Myers and his team are already quite skilled at crisis response. He’s especially proud of his team’s response to the pandemic. “I didn’t really grasp how impressive our preplanning approach was until the month of March when the country began responding to COVID-19, and we had to execute on our BCP plans across our regions,” he says.

The COVID-19 Pandemic forever changed my perspective on:
The lost art of kindness has been rediscovered.

How has the pandemic shaped the industry’s future?
Reality TV is here to stay thanks to our ‘new’ normal with video chats bringing us closer to each other, the news, our businesses … you name it. People are certainly more dependent on broadband, and our industry is leading the charge. And broadband consumption isn’t the only thing that was fast-tracked through this but also telework and telemedicine, again demonstrating the true value of a broadband connection.

Without sports on TV, I have…
I’ve been introduced to a lot of different TV series that I would have never watched along with catching up on feature films on demand. Among my favorites are Chicago series On Demand, 911, Rookie, and Blindspot, just to name a few.

What about travel used to annoy you but that now you actually miss?
I consider myself a low-budget food connoisseur. I have tried-and-true favorite restaurants in a lot of different cities that I loved to frequent. I miss those restaurants and, more importantly, the people I use to see that I made connections with.

What product could you not live without?
I could list several things. But, when they closed down all the gyms, I had no idea what I was going to do. Sure, you can workout, outside a little bit, but it’s not like being in a gym. So … I purchased the Bowflex Max Trainer, and now I can’t live without it, along with the 2,000 lbs. of weights! Gotta love the new home gym!