CNX Board of Directors

Hunter Bates

Hunter Bates

Hunter is an attorney specializing in government relations and has been involved in public policy and advocacy for many years. He is president and general counsel of The Bates Capitol Group, a public affairs/government relations firm with offices in Washington, DC and Louisville, KY.

From 1997 through 2002, Hunter served as chief legal counsel and then chief of staff to current Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Read More

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Craig Grant
Chairman of the Board

Craig spent most of his business career with PNC Bank, beginning in Wealth Management sales and rising to be Regional President.  He was Regional President for Kentucky/Indiana and then was asked to go to Florida as Regional President after PNC acquired National City Bank at the end of 2008.  In his 5 years in Florida, he grew the bank from… Read More

Tom Ferree

Thomas Ferree

As Connected Nation’s President, Tom provides vision and leadership for all aspects of Connected Nation operations, which includes industry-leading policy and research operations helping shape national technology policy, groundbreaking community engagement and digital literacy efforts impacting thousands across the nation, and technical and mapping services as the largest federal State Broadband Initiative grantee… Read More

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

Mary Nixon

Mary R. Nixon

Mary is a Vice President in Finance for Yum! Brands, Inc. Most recently she has led the Global Tax and Internal Audit functions covering over 40,000 restaurants in more than 130 countries. She began her career there as Controller for the US KFC Division in 1996, after spending 9 years with Ernst & Young… Read More


Robbie Rudolph

Robbie is the owner, founder, and president of Rudolph’s, Inc., an international tire and domestic wholesaler, established in 1981 with a home base in Murray, Kentucky and Rudolph Freight, Inc. a 48 state truck load carrier.

In 1988, he co-founded the Amazon Valley Mission Organization… Read More

Gary Ulmer

Gary Ulmer

Gary is a lifelong resident of Louisville and is a graduate of St. Xavier High School and the University of Kentucky.

After a 10-year stint as a banker where he was a Vice President in Corporate Banking at Liberty National Bank (now Chase), he became President of the Louisville Bats in 1993… Read More