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Cox honors Latina entrepreneurs

Cox Business announced today a partnership with Prensa Hispana newspaper, Azteca AméricaPhoenix and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (AZHCC) to recognize successful Latina entrepreneurs whose talent and innovation in the businessworld are helping other small businesses grow throughout Arizona.

“According to the 2013 AZ Women-owned Business Enterprise Report we released earlier this year, Latinas make up the single largest minority group among women-owned businesses,” said Mónica Villalobos, Vice President for the AZHCC. “This is a tremendous accomplishment, and our partnership with Cox Business is a great way to show our support to these entrepreneurs that are making a tremendous impact in our community.”

This one-of-a-kind campaign includes a series of 30-second spots produced in English and Spanish, that highlight two outstanding Latina Entrepreneurs in Phoenix. These spots will run across the Cox channel line up throughout the month ofJune. Through the media partnerships, honorees’ stories will also appear on the pages of Prensa Hispana newspaper, Azteca América Phoenix’s newscasts and through communication vehicles of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

“These women embody a true entrepreneur spirit of creativity, dedication and hard work, that positively impacts our community and state’s economy,” said Steve Rizley, Sr. Vice President and General Manager, Cox Communications.  “We hope that all the efforts these Latina entrepreneurs are doing to contribute to Arizona’s business growth inspires others to do wonderful things for our state.”

The individuals featured in the Phoenix campaign are:

Linda Valenzuela, MIA Cosmetics
LindaValenzuela is a make up artist, master stylist, and owner of Mia Cosmetics, a growing force aimed at satisfying the real and fantasy beauty needs of individuals through quality products and services. A professional stylist for over 10 years, Linda’s work has appeared in fashion magazines, catalogues, and runways, including W Magazine, SkyMall and FIDM Prom Web LA. Linda is a popular guest teacher and lecturer at notable cosmetology and art schools, as well as volunteer instructor for the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. Her talent is so hard to miss, that she was chosen to apply make up to President Barack Obama and Maria Elena Salinas – one of the most renowned Latina journalist in the U.S. – during their visit to Phoenix last year.

Beatriz Alatorre de Hong, Paletas Betty
Beatriz Alatorre de Hong is the president and owner of Paletas Betty, an ice cream and cream-pops shop in Chandler andTempe. Founded in 2011, Paletas Betty uses simple from scratch recipes that deliver the freshest experience possible. With classic Mexican flavors and newly invented flavors Paletas Betty is Betty’s way of sharing the happiness sheexperienced as a child eating paletas. This year, Betty is focusing on increasing their presence in existing markets by doing more community events and forming strategic partnerships.

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Cox Business unveils faster Internet speeds

Cox Business announced that 150Mbps/20Mbps download/upload speeds are available for small- and medium-sized businesses requiring a super-fast connection to the Internet to serve their customers. In Arizona, this level of connectivity is only available from Cox Business.

“Our business clients want faster, secure Internet access that improves office efficiency and reduces administrative costs. We’re providing more choices to meet their needs,” says Hyman Sukiennik, vice president, Cox Business.

Technology-driven businesses utilize data-intensive applications requiring faster data speeds so they can transfer massive files between locations, share work applications and be able to access critical data on remote servers. Retail stores require significant credit card processing ability and high storage capacity. Health care providers, advertising agencies, banks and law offices move huge amounts of data between employees and among clients.

“Cox Business knows that business isn’t static. Our customers’ need for speed expands and contracts and we’re there, constantly evaluating to make sure we are providing the most efficient Internet experience possible for most budgets,” says Sukiennik.

Cox Business offers an array of speed levels for Arizona businesses depending on their needs. Factors that determine which Internet speed for data transfer is right for a particular business depends on the type of business using the Internet, the number of employees online, their job tasks related to the Internet and how customers interact with Web-based services provided by the business. When choosing Internet speeds, businesses need to think about what information they are sharing and how fast they need to send/receive it. Other determining factors are the number of business locations and what percentage of the business operations requires use of the Internet.

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Barajas joins Cox Hispanic Marketing team

Cox Communications announced Israel Barajas as the new Phoenix Hispanic Marketing Coordinator, which will support Hispanic marketing initiatives across the country for Cox products and services. Israel will be focused on Advertising and event campaigns to promote Cox’s products and services such as El Mix and Super Mix Hispanic video packages, Cox High Speed Internet, and Digital Telephone as well as unique calling plans to Mexico y Latin America.

“We are thrilled to have Israel’s breath of talents on the team,” said Ixchel Del Castillo, Hispanic Marketing Manager for Cox Communications’ Hispanic Marketing Center of Excellence”. “He brings more than nine years of marketing communications and public relations experience to Cox, and his expertise will help us better serve our Hispanic growing customer base throughout the nation”

Previous to joining Cox, Israel served as Marketing Communications Coordinator for Helios Education Foundation, where he developed, coordinated and made recommendations for the development of marketing, communications, advertising plans and strategies for both Arizona and Florida. His experience also includes serving as Marketing & Business Development Coordinator for Maricopa Integrated Health Systems and Multicultural Account Executive for the Advertising and PR firm Cramer-Krasselt.

Israel holds a Master’s in Business Administration, marketing emphasis from Grand Canyon University and Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Arizona State University. He was recognized in 2009 as one of the 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Israel is originally from Ajo, Arizona and resides in Phoenix.

“We are excited to welcome this multi-talented professional to our Cox family,” said Janet West. “It’s leaders like Israel that bring a variety of talents to the team, so that we can provide our customers the best experience while using their Cox services.”

Cox Home Security

Home Safe Home: Cox Home Security System Review

Home safe home: Home security companies use latest innovations — including the Cox Home Security system — to introduce next generation in protection.


When I was growing up watching “The Jetsons,” I always wondered if I would live long enough to have some of George Jetson’s cool gadgets.

I don’t know if it’s that I’m getting old or if technology has caught up and exceeded our imagination, but I have lived long enough to see some of George Jetson’s gadgets come to life. I FaceTime with my family in New York. Every airport has moving floors and sidewalks. And now I’m using Jetsons-esque gadgets and technology in a home that was built before television — home to “The Jetsons” — was even invented.

My Cox Home Security system has turned my downtown Phoenix historic home — built in 1918 — into a 21st-century Smart Home. Using an app on my smartphone, the system gives me the ability to adjust thermostats, turn lights on and off, arm an disarm the security system, and monitor the house using four surveillance cameras. I can do that from anywhere in the world.

While it’s really cool to have the ability to crank up the heat before I leave work so the house will be nice and toasty when I get home, and it’s really funny to use the surveillance cameras to watch my dog get on the bed the moment I leave for work, it’s the practicality of knowing my home is safe that is the biggest benefit of a home security system.

The Department of Justice says if robber is worried that he’s going to set off an alarm when he kicks in your door, he is less likely to break into your home. So just having the home security sign in my front yard is a deterrent.

But 21st-century home security systems offer more than more than just a sign in your front yard and a loud alarm that goes off to scare off would-be robbers. Companies like Cox, ADT, FrontPoint, Titan Alarm, and Integrated Protective Systems are using the latest technology to keep homes out of harm’s way.

Cox Arizona is the latest company to enter the protection business after in unveiled Cox Home Security in April. Cox’s new service allows its customers to both monitor their homes and keep their loved ones safe.

“The new Cox Home Security system uses advanced technology to connect customers at the level of their choice with options that bring home security right to their fingertips,” said Steve Rizley, senior vice president and general manager for Cox Arizona.

In addition to safety, the home security system acts as a remote personal assistant, connecting Cox customers to their home appliances and thermostats, enabling customers to save on energy bills through programming while monitoring the use of energy throughout the entire home. Cox Home Security also monitors carbon monoxide and home smoke detectors, alerting homeowners via email or text when levels are unsafe. The system also automatically dispatches fire emergency officials to the scene.

The 24/7 secure monitoring systems feature:

  • Intrusion and home safety monitoring (includes fire, gas and flood)
  • Remote access so the system can be controlled away from home
  • Email/text alerts to notify customers of occurrences at the home
  • Safety sensors to detect hazardous conditions such as carbon monoxide and smoke
  • Secure video surveillance available via smartphone or computer
  • Control of home functions such as lighting and temperature

To give you a sense of what the peace of mind of having a high-tech home security system will cost you, Cox’s system is free with a $99 installation and three-year contract with service plans starting at $29.99 for existing Cox customers.

While I have used security system’s cameras to mostly watch my dog do nothing while I am at work all day, the benefits have been immeasurable:

  • I avoided a possible disaster when I left for a trip to New York and saw that I’d left my back door cracked open. I was able to make a quick call to a friend who was able to go over and get the house locked up.
  • Having the ability to remotely control the thermometers in my house has lowered my heating and cooling bills by more that 20 percent.
  • The value of the security system illustrated itself when I got an email alert that someone had unexpectedly entered the house while I was gone. I was able to view the surveillance camera and see that it was my pest control guy who had come for an unscheduled treatment, but if it had been a would-be robber, he would have been caught red-handed.

I love my neighborhood, but in the year preceding the installation of my Cox Home Security system, I had three bikes stolen and another attempted break-in. In the six months since the system has been installed, there have been no incidents. And it’s saved me money on my utility bills.

Now THAT’S a Smart Home.

For more information about the Cox Home Security system, visit ww2.cox.com.

Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2013

Larry Hofer

Cox elevates Arizonan to top HR post

Cox Communications has recently appointed Larry Hofer as vice president of human resources for the Southwest region.  As vice president, Hofer will manage and execute all major HR operations for Cox Communications in Arizona and Nevada.

Hofer, who previously worked as VP of Human Resources for the Oklahoma region, has been with Cox Communications for nearly six years. His leadership qualities and diligent work ethic contributed to Cox Oklahoma’s distinction as one of the Top Ten Best Places to Work, according to Business Journal of Oklahoma

Prior to his time in Oklahoma, Hofer served as VP of Human Resources in San Diego where he earned the reputation as an exceptional business partner and employee. Before joining the Cox Communications team, Hofer held numerous leadership positions with various technology and communication companies like Comcast, AT&T, IBM, Honeywell and Lexmark International.

Hofer graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A. in industrial organizational psychology. He also holds a B.A. in demography/sociology from Western Washington University; a master’s of labor and industrial relations from Michigan State University, a professional certification in Human Resources (SPHR) and is a graduate of NAMIC Executive Program at UCLA Anderson School of Business.

“We are very fortunate to have Larry joining the Southwest Region Senior Leadership team,” said Steve Rizley, senior vice president and region manager of Cox Communications Arizona. “His knowledge in the field of human resources is unsurpassed and with his guidance, our company will attract and develop the best talent in our industry. We look forward to the contributions Larry will undoubtedly make.”

Hofer currently resides in Scottsdale and has been involved with several nonprofit organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Neighborhood House, Asian Business Association and the YMCA.

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Cox Delivers Better Internet To Scottsdale Teachers, Students

Cox Business and the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) have formally agreed to elevate the Internet experience for the District’s 26,000 students and 3,000 employees. Installation is nearly complete on an upgrade that will increase bandwidth and speed to 1G at each of SUSD’s 33 schools through a Cox Metro Ethernet network so that students and teachers can all use their own “smart devices” in the classroom at the same time.

With these Cox Business upgrades, SUSD can complete plans to fully activate its “Bring Your Own Technology” (BYOT) program across all of its schools. The District has embraced the proliferation of mobile technology and wants students to appropriately use their devices at the direction of teachers for research, to engage in class discussions and to stream educational videos. Cox Business is providing a network fast enough and reliable enough to consistently manage this new level of usage.

“Every SUSD school will have wireless access so students and teachers can bring their smartphones, iPods, iPads and Android devices to school and fluidly engage with technology,” explains Tom Clark, chief technology officer for  SUSD.  He adds, “Already, SUSD is offering professional development through a mobile learning lab, eCoach, that travels throughout the District carrying its own portable technology. Now, the eCoach will have seamless wireless access at SUSD campuses to the robust Cox Business network established for the District.”

“Cox Business believes deeply in developing and providing connectivity that allows our partners, like SUSD, to heighten the learning experience,” said Hyman Sukiennik, Cox Business vice president. Cox Business connects 29 school districts in Metro Phoenix with Internet, data networks and telephone networks.