Pat Esser

Years in Cable: More than 30

Education: MA and BA, Communications, University of Northern Iowa

One Word that Best Describes Me: Lucky

Under the leadership of Campbell and Esser, Cox continues to be more agile and customer-focused, evidenced by its speed to market on several key products and services. The company plans to deploy residential Gigabit service in all its markets by the end of 2016, is launching next-generation Contour video products and is accelerating its Homelife home security and automation sales. To boot, Cox Business will hit $2 billion in revenue this year. That’s a lofty accomplishment for the duo, especially when you consider Esser started his career “climbing poles” more than three decades ago.

Favorite charity event you work with: Boys and Girls Clubs of America

What was the last costume you wore and why? Santa Claus (don’t ask)

Favorite binge: College basketball

Hoverboard, driverless car or drone: Drone, no guy ever outgrows being 15

I watch majority of programming on this device: HD TV

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