Board of Directors

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. He is very… Read More »

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,… Read More »

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… 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, AMOR, a volunteer mission organization that provides dental work, medical… Read More »

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. He also… Read More »

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, followed… Read More »

CNX 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, West 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 as a… 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… 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 an… 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, coordinating… 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.… Read More »