Carey Cox founded Carey Cox Company in 1977 specializing in commercial and industrial real estate. In 1977, McKinney had approximately 15,000 residents and Collin County had a population of 200,000. Today McKinney is in the center of the fastest growing county in Texas with projected population growth to over 300,000 residents in McKinney and approximately 2,000,000 residents in Collin County by the year 2030.
Mr. Cox and Carey Cox Company were key contributors to the growth of McKinney and Collin County. Mr. Cox was a dedicated volunteer who led by example, giving generously of his time and talents in support of numerous charitable and community organizations. He was a Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow and president of the McKinney Rotary Club. Mr. Cox also served on the Boards of United Way, Boys & Girls Club, and the American Red Cross. Deeply committed to the service of others, he was an active member of the First United Methodist Church where he lived his faith as a youth counselor, Sunday school teacher, choir member and lay leader.
In 1985 Mr. Cox co-founded Collin County Community College. He was the school's first board chairman, and held the post until stepping down in 2000. He helped the college develop into a highly respected educational institution and earned the admiration of the community for his visionary leadership. Mr. Cox was also active in the Greater Dallas Association of Realtors, North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors, and he earned the designation of Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR). In 2000 he was awarded the prestigious Stemmons Service Award, the highest honor presented by the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors.
Mr. Cox was selected the Outstanding Citizen of 2000 by the McKinney Chamber of Commerce, an honor that recognizes charitable, educational, and visionary leadership for the community. Following his death in 2001, the McKinney Chamber of Commerce renamed the Outstanding Citizen Award the "Carey Cox Outstanding Citizen Award".
His sons, Bill and David Cox now lead Carey Cox Company. McKinney natives and graduates of McKinney High School, Bill and David are raising their own children in this community.