Glen Lang

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Glen Lang
Born January 4, 1968
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Right Wing, Forward
Shot Right
Played for

Raleigh Icecaps
Johnstown Chiefs
Columbus Chill

Tulsa Oilers
Playing career 1993–1996
Glen Lang
Mayor of Cary, North Carolina
Preceded byKoka E. Booth
Succeeded byErnie McAlister
In office
Cary Town Council
In office
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Wisconsin Superior
University of Minnesota Duluth
OccupationCEO Capitol Broadband and Connexion Technologies
AwardsUniversity of Wisconsin Superior Athletic Hall of Fame

Glen Lang (born January 4, 1968) is an American businessman and politician who served as mayor of Cary, North Carolina from 1999 to 2003.[1][2][3] He also was a professional hockey player.[1][3]

Early life[edit]

Lang was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[1][3] He attended St. Paul High School where he played hockey and graduated in 1988.[1]

Lang then attended the University of Minnesota Duluth from 1988 to 1989 where he played hockey.[1] He transferred to the University of Wisconsin Superior receiving a B.S. in business communication in 1993.[1] While at the University of Wisconsin, he played hockey all three years and was named First Team All-American two times.[1][4] He "is considered to be among the best offensive players in team history and in NCAA Division III hockey history."[4]


After graduation, he was a professional hockey player in the position of right wing and forward.[1][3] From 1993 to 1994, he played for the Johnstown Chiefs and the Raleigh Icecaps.[1] From 1994 and 1995, he played with the Columbus Chill.[1] He played with the Tulsa Oilers from 1994 to 1996.[1]


Early in his career, Lang worked in technology marketing for Sun Microsystems, Control Data Corporation, and Intergraph.[2]

Glen co-founded Accura Innovative Services in 1991 and served as its CEO.[2] After rapid growth, the company was sold.[2]

Lang is the chief executive officer of Capitol Broadband, a wireless communications company.[5][6] In 2002, he founded and became the[clarification needed] of the Cary-based Capital Broadband's subsidiary Connexion Technologies which specialized in FTTH networks, providing Internet and television services to multi-family housing complexes..[7][2][8] Investors in the Connextion Technologies include James Goodnight, founder of SAS Institute.[8] In 2010, Connextion Technologies was selected by Inc. magazine as one of the nation’s fastest-growing companies, with a 263% growth rate over three years.[8]

In 2012, Connexion Technologies declared bankruptcy with a debt of some $500 million.[8] From its workforce of 600, it laid off eighty people in January 2012, and cut 140 jobs at its headquarters in April 2012.[8] The company's downfall was the loss of a contract with DirecTV.[8]


Lang is a liberal Democrat.[9] He first entered politics in 1997 with a self-financed bid for the Cary Town Council in Cary, North Carolina.[10] He won, and, two years later, sought and was elected mayor in 1999.[11][2]

During his time in Cary politics, Lang was an outspoken advocate of slower growth for the rapidly expanding town as well as for infrastructure improvements, incurring the ire of local developers by supporting increased fees for residential development.[12][13][14][7] As mayor, he enacted the Adequate Public Facilities ordinance and other controls on growth.[15] As a result, Cary's growth slow significantly—the growth rate changed from 13% to under 3% under Lang's leadership.[16] However, councilwoman Maria Dorrel though his style was abrasive and created a "hostile atmosphere."[16]

Lang filed for re-election but did not campaign. In the 2003 race Lang placed third, and said the reason for his loss was on account of the fact that he only spent $10 to file and nothing on his campaign.[17][16] He was succeeded as mayor by Ernie McAlister.[15]

In 2017, Lang started a bi-partisan political action group called New Southern Voices.[18] The groups' focus is working on policy that the majority of people can agree with, such as gerrymandering and voting rights.[18]


Personal life[edit]

Lang is a millionaire.[10]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f "Glen Lang". Broadband Properties Summit 07. 2007. Retrieved 2022-07-22.
  3. ^ a b c d "Glen Lang". QuantHockey. 4 January 1968. Retrieved 2022-07-22.
  4. ^ a b c "Glen Lang (2006) - University of Wisconsin-Superior Athletic Hall of Fame". University of Wisconsin-Superior Athletics. Retrieved 2022-07-22.
  5. ^ "Corning and Lightwave Open Nominations for Fifth Annual FTTXcellence Award". Fox Business Network. April 21, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-07.[dead link]
  6. ^ Shane Snider (May 3, 2002). "Capitol venture: Lang starts firm". Triangle Business Journal. Retrieved 2009-04-04.
  7. ^ a b Frank Vinluan (October 12, 2007). "Lang nails $40M credit line to grow fiber-optic concern". Triangle Business Journal. Retrieved 2009-04-04.
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Cary-based Connexion Technologies declares bankruptcy". WRAL TechWire. 2012-04-30. Retrieved 2022-07-22.
  9. ^ Croft, Tara (June 23, 2011). "Maverick: Glen Lang". Cary Magazine. Retrieved 2022-07-22.
  10. ^ a b "Cary Races". 1997-11-04. Retrieved 2022-07-30.
  11. ^ "Coble Declares Victory in Raleigh; Lang, Slow-Growth Vote Win in Cary". 1999-11-01. Retrieved 2022-07-30.
  12. ^ "Builders Fear Lang's Victory May be the Nail in their Coffin in Cary". 1999-11-02. Retrieved 2022-07-30.
  13. ^ Nilsen, Kim (June 13, 2005). "Cary's growth hits full throttle". Triangle Business Journal. Retrieved July 30, 2022.
  14. ^ "Commission to Examine Cary Growth Issues". December 12, 1997. Retrieved 2009-04-04.
  15. ^ a b Hood, John (2007-10-04). "A Growing Political Dispute In Cary". Carolina Journal -. Retrieved 2022-07-22.
  16. ^ a b c "Ousted Cary Mayor Has No Regrets About How He Governed". 2003-10-09. Retrieved 2022-07-22.
  17. ^ "Small Turnout, But Big Decisions By Area Voters Tuesday". Oct 8, 2003. Retrieved 2009-04-04.
  18. ^ a b Papich, Michael (2017-05-11). "Former Cary Mayor Starts Bipartisan Political Group". CaryCitizen Archive. Retrieved 2022-07-22.