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Meet the New VP of Mitch Cox Construction

Posted by on Dec 17, 2018
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In October 2018, Doug Vicars was promoted to Vice President of Commercial Construction at Mitch Cox Companies, succeeding Odell Cash who left the company in October. Doug Vicars has over 20 years of construction experience and was first hired at Mitch Cox Construction 12 years ago to build three hotels across three states, including the WoodSpring Suites in…


Negotiation Tip from the CEO: Price Should Never Trump Terms

Posted by on Jun 29, 2018
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by Mitch Cox Negotiating to purchase property is all about reaching an agreement that works for the buyer and the seller. Price is obviously a key point of the negotiation, but it is not the only point—and sometimes not even the most important. I always start with asking the seller, or the broker representing the…


How to Reunify the Tri-Cities MSA

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018

y John Speropulos Discussions about reunification of the Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) have garnered a gratifying volume of interest and support in the past month or so. On LinkedIn, my blog about the topic was seen by almost 3,000 people. Of that, a little over 100 were CEOs or executive directors. The Business…


The Isaiah 117 House Miracle: Tri-Cities Businesses Rally to Donate $90,000 to Restore Home for Foster Kids

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018

When Carter County’s Ronda Paulson, former cheer and dance coach at Milligan College, realized that traumatized kids in the state of Tennessee have to sit in the sterile, cold DCS office for hours while they await a foster family to pick them up, she felt a strong burden to do something about it. From June…


Chief Operating Officer Tracy Fleenor Dances Brilliantly For Charity

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018

Tracy Fleenor Participates In Dancing With the Tri-Cities Stars to Raise Funds for SteppenStone Youth Services On June 9th, MCC’s Chief Financial Officer and development partner for 26 years, Tracy Fleenor, took the stage at the MeadowView Convention Center during the 10th annual fundraiser benefiting SteppenStone Youth Treatment Center. Named after ABC’s nationwide show, Dancing…


Cybersecurity: Why We’re Being Proactive Against Threats and Breaches

Posted by on Feb 23, 2018

Mitch Cox Companies formed an internal committee in late 2017 to formalize its treatment of potential outside invasions of the company’s premises, data, and IP assets. It’s an initiative that seeks to implement preemptive and responsive protocols in the event of an attack. “While most news headlines focus on incidents that arise at Fortune 500…


6 Leadership Lessons I’ve Learned Since the Founding of Mitch Cox Companies

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017

y Mitch Cox In the following paragraphs, I’d like to share some lessons learned since the founding of Mitch Cox Companies in 1979. What is leadership? I define leadership as simply the ability to get others to follow. However, leaders usually have a strong foundation of principles that results in effective skills and behavior patterns…


Mitch Cox Speaks to ETSU Seniors About Leadership

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017
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On November 13th, 2017, founder and CEO Mitch Cox presented at East Tennessee State University to a senior-level class called Leadership Theory and Practice. The class teaches students of all majors theories of leadership through group observation, reflective journaling, and interviews of local established leaders. Mitch Cox was selected through a class nomination process that…


Leadership Changes: New COO and CFO

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017
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Tracy Fleenor, COO Along with the new focus on apartments and hotels, the Mitch Cox Companies organization underwent personnel changes at the executive level in 2017. In late spring, John Seward, Jr. retired from his position as COO, and was replaced by CFO Tracy Fleenor. To fill the CFO position, the company hired Greg Wiggins,…


Realtor on Route to Record Year

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017

John Speropulos “This has been a robust year for our team with record gross sales,” said John Speropulos, president of Mitch Cox Realtor. Speropulos said the increased volume of transactions is likely due to an uptick in investors’ recognition of commercial real estate as a reliable and stable investment vehicle over time. “We’ve seen a…


Construction Highlights: People and Projects

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017
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Even with the new focus on multifamily development, Mitch Cox Construction continues to build and renovate commercial offices in the Tri-Cities. One project highlight from 2017 includes the completion of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Tennessee on Hart Drive in Johnson City. The LEED-certified 10,000 square foot facility was built to save 42 percent more…


Philip Cox: “Hotel Management Services Is Preparing to Grow”

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017
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y Philip Cox In 2010, as we climbed out of the recession, we had 10 hotels. Today, we have a portfolio of 20 hotels and we manage 19 of them. These past years have been about putting the right talent on the bus and building a capable team. So far this year, we’ve brought on…