Our Team

John Cooper


John has over 45 years of experience working as a corporate CEO and government agency administrator. John served in the administrations of three United States Presidents. He served as State Executive Director of the North Carolina Farm Service Agency from 1981 to 1992, under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. In April 2001, John was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the State Director of USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) Rural Development for North Carolina. 

Gay Jarvis Brothers


Gay has over 30 years of experience working in administrative support and public affairs for the federal government.

   In addition, she has also worked in the private sector in education.While working for the federal government, Gay worked with John during his appointments with USDA Farm Service Agency and USDA Rural Development.   Her federal government experience also included USDA Agriculture Research Service and the Veterans Administration. 

Nathan Honaker


Nathan Honaker serves as General Counsel to Connect C providing insight in legislative matters. He has several years of experience in legislative affairs, lobbying and healthcare. Nathan is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of North Carolina School of Law. During college, Nathan had internships with several legislators in the State House of Representatives and the State Senate. After completing his undergraduate degree, he interned for Sen. Phil Berger, President Pro Tempore of the North Carolina Senate, in communications and as a law clerk. During law school, Nathan worked for several lobbyists as a research assistant and policy advisor, as well as working with the State Health Plan.

Padraig Gibbons


Padraig attended North Carolina State University. He has worked as an administrator, researcher and support staff for several lobbyists since 2013. He has experience covering committees, researching policy and communicating outcomes to clients. Born in Vienna, Virginia and raised in Whispering Pines, NC, he now resides in Raleigh, NC. 


Richard H. Carlton


Law Office of Richard H. Carlton

Mr. Carlton is licensed to practice law in North Carolina.  He began his  career by serving as Assistant Attorney General and Chief Deputy Secretary of State for the State of North Carolina.  Mr. Carlton  started his private practice of law in Raleigh in 1997 focusing on government relations, administrative law and business law.  He has represented many clients before the North Carolina General Assembly, State Agencies and the Courts.