Our Leadership Team

Brian R. Mefford
Founder & CEO

Brian Mefford is founder and CEO of CNX. In 2012, he led the spin out of CNX from Connected Nation, an internationally recognized non-profit broadband consulting firm that Brian founded and led as CEO for more than a decade.

In his first twenty years working to expand technology access, Brian recognized an emerging need to… Read More

Sean Broderick
Director of Business Development Western Region

As Director of Business Development, West Region, Sean is responsible for business development, expansion and implementation of the CNX broadband program for its clients and customers within the region. As a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) with over 25 years of commercial real estate (CRE) experience, he has provided his clients with successful direction in… Read More


Dave George
Market Director

As Market Director, Dave leads the ongoing efforts to grow the public private partnerships that lead to successful and creative solutions that tie together our client communities’ assets with customers’ identified needs.

Most recently, Dave served as a business unit leader of a Fortune 500 telecommunications company in Ohio.   He was responsible for all aspects… Read More


John Hamm
Chief Financial Officer

As CFO, John provides strategic vision and accountability for all financial aspects of operations and business development.

Prior to joining CNX, John was CFO Partner at Tatum, LLC, one of the largest executive services firms providing executive level finance and operations guidance to clients worldwide. John has also served at the C-Suite level… Read More


Terry J. Holmes
Vice President, Network Solutions

As VP, Network Solutions, Terry is responsible for identifying and engaging municipalities in need of professional analysis of broadband environments, regulatory overviews, asset management strategies and long-term telecommunications planning that incorporates digital inclusion, small cell expansion and alternative wireless landscapes.

Most recently, Mr. Holmes was the Sr. Engineer at Connected Nation, Inc., providing engineering support… Read More


Robert “Shannon” Morgan
Vice President, External Affairs and General Counsel

As VP, External Affairs and General Counsel, Shannon is responsible for leading CNX’s efforts to partner with Kentucky’s communities in implementing the KentuckyWired “middle-mile” project.  A lifelong resident of Kentucky, Shannon is passionate about advancing the opportunities for fellow Kentuckians.

Shannon joined CNX in December 2015 following nearly eight years working for the Commonwealth of Kentucky… Read More


Anthony Perez
Director of Business Development, Mountain West Region

As Director of Business Development, Mountain West Region, Anthony is responsible for business development, expansion and implementation of the CNX broadband program for its clients and customers within the region. Anthony is a licensed attorney and started his career in government, working with Kansas League of Municipalities, the State of Kansas, and served as… Read More


Tracie Rotermann
Assistant to the CEO

As Assistant to the CEO, Tracie provides fundamental support to the team by assisting the CEO, Board of Directors, and other team members, as necessary. In addition, she manages all CNX Human Resources functions and corporate facility needs.

Tracie has over 20 years of experience in the Human Resources Arena in for-profit, non-profit and higher-ed… Read More


Michael Shafer
Vice President, Engineering

As VP, Engineering, Michael provides technical and strategic guidance for CNX’s broadband utilization and aggregation initiatives. His most recent experience includes involvement in the design and execution of California’s CAPSNET and CAPSCOM projects, both public safety modernization programs targeting state-wide microwave, fiber optic, and land mobile radio network upgrades. CAPSCOM, in particular, included a multi-agency;… Read More


Matt Steadman
Chief Program Officer

As Chief Program Officer, Matt is responsible for the overall development, expansion, integration and implementation of CNX’s program strategy. He works actively with CNX’s engineering team to ensure that municipal opportunities are optimally positioned for commercial access and utilization. His role ensures that our client interests are maximized by exploring all viable commercial opportunities… Read More


Hunter Stuart
Market Director

As Market Director, Hunter leads the field implementation of strategies developed during the course of client review. Hunter has been in the wireless industry for over 25 years and worked with various wireless providers such as McCaw Cellular, AT&T Wireless, SBC Wireless and Clearwire. He also worked a number of years for a major wireless infrastructure company… Read More

Ed Willey
Director of Business Development, Central Region

As Director of Business Development, Central Region, Ed is responsible for business development, expansion and implementation of the CNX broadband program for its clients and customers within the region.

Ed is an early pioneer within the telecom industry with nearly 3 decades of front-line experience. He has a successful track record in creating solid growth companies. Since 1994, he launched sales for three different CLEC’s in the Midwest… Read more