Founded in 2013, CWBG is a management firm, based in St. Louis, Missouri and focused on purchasing, consolidating and increasing the efficiencies of companies providing technology, communications, and business services. We’re active, experienced operators and co-investors with a track record of successfully growing middle-market FTTH and HFC Cable systems, as well as Middle Mile Fiber Networks. Our professional management team has a history of building industry-leading companies through operational excellence and a focus on superior customer service.
CWBGi’s ownership and management consists of former senior executives of i3 Broadband, Full Channel, Charter Communications, Fidelity Communications, Williams Communications, Suddenlink, and MCI, who have hand’s-on experience managing both small and large market systems.
President and CEO Dan Kennedy has spent over 30 years in telecommunications, either owning, operating, designing or managing complex telecommunications systems.
Grier Raclin, Executive Chairman, Grier has over 30 years experience leading and representing telecommunications and technology companies. Prior to i3 , Grier was an Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for various fortune 500 companies as well as serving in legal positions where here he represented a number of large and diverse telecommunications companies and suppliers, as well as foreign governments undertaking telecommunications privatizations.
Mike Whitaker, EVP, has over 30 years managing complex telecommunications systems including Williams Communications.
Scott Mackinaw, EVP of OSP, has over 30 years in building, managing and developing telecommunications systems nation wide.
Jerry Dow, CMO, has over 30 years experience with senior-level Marketing and Sales leadership building brand and sales through various direct, indirect, digital and traditional marketing strategies.
CountryWide Broadband Group (CWBGi) has successfully proven its business growth model through the acquisition, growth and sale of i3 Broadband in Central Illinois and Full Channel near Providence, Rhode Island. Led by executive and industry veterans in the Fiber-to-the-Premise/Home (FTTH) and other telecommunications industries, the team successfully expanding the company, reduced churn, created effective marketing campaigns and increase customer satisfaction all while improving operations and growing EBITDA each and every year. With industry best churn and take rates, the management team effectively competed against every major MSO and ILEC in the US.
With the formation of CWBGi, the team is building on its success by realizing the original plans of the management team and focusing on expansion to even more cities, creating even larger economies of scale, improved marketing capabilities with the addition of Jerry Dow as CMO and managing even larger projects with the addition of Scott Mackinaw EVP of OSP. CWBGi will continue to pursue acquisition opportunities with a focus on quality telecommunications systems strategic to the company goals.
In total, the CWBGi team has well over 100 years’ experience acquiring, consolidating and improving the operations and profitability of various telecommunications systems.