January 1, 2018, was a bittersweet day – a sad day for me professionally but a fantastically happy day personally. This date marked the official retirement of my father and a great mentor, Cameron Cox, Jr.
As a kid, I remember my dad leaving the house before sunrise. Cam Jr. has always been an incredibly dedicated and hard worker, and I have tried to emulate the executive and professional that he was throughout his career.
I am one of the luckiest guys I know, as I got to work with my father during the last 10 years of his professional career. Many folks would ask the question, “how do you get along?” I could lie and say it was always rainbows and unicorns, but it wasn’t. Sometimes we had our moments of stress, but more often than not, we shared a love of the healthcare space. We had many sessions of pontifications and reflections on the world around us.
Having my dad as a part of the MSOC team was great. But now, I get to spend leisure time with him and know that he is enjoying the peace and freedom of retirement that he has earned. I have no doubt he will find time to surf fish at the beach, meander through his yard, and go for long walks. His most active endeavor will be to join my mom in spending as much time as possible doting on their grandkids and seeing them hit various milestones on their path to adulthood.
Without a doubt, I have learned more from Cameron Morrison Cox, Jr., than I ever could have imagined. I will miss those moments with my dad in the office, but truthfully, we will still have them.