Cox's McCollum inducted into Virginia Hall of Fame
Gary McCollum, senior vice president and general manager of Cox Communications Virginia, is slated to be inducted into the 2010 Virginia Cable Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame induction is the highest individual honor awarded by the Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association (VCTA).
McCollum was honored by VCTA last Monday during a ceremony at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, Va.
"We are incredibly proud of Gary for having achieved this honor," said Jill Campbell, senior vice president of Eastern Division operations for Cox. "He is a dynamic and influential leader that brings vision, enthusiasm and competitive edge to both the business of running a statewide cable operation and to making a difference in the communities he serves."
McCollum started his career at Cox Communications in 1989 as a manager trainee in Hartford, Conn., and was later promoted to a variety of management roles, including plant operations manager and vice president of customer care.
He went on to serve as general manager of Cox systems in Hampton Roads, northern Virginia and Roanoke, and then as general manager of the entire Virginia operation, a position he has held since February.
McCollum has garnered numerous awards during his cable career. In 2002, he received the Corporate Trailblazer Award from the Fairfax County NAACP, and in 2003, he received the Vanguard Award for Cable Operations Management from the NCTA. McCollum also received the Community Service Award from the Virginia Beach NAACP this year.
Born in a housing project in Richmond, Va., McCollum was the first member of his family to graduate from college. He is active in the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula, Smart Beginnings, Access College Foundation and An Achievable Dream; he has also been involved with the George Mason University Foundation and Joe Gibbs' Youth for Tomorrow.
Prior to joining Cox, McCollum served as a military intelligence officer and was a member of the U.S. Army Rangers. He graduated from James Madison University and holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut.