Heine Brothers’ President Mike Mays Joins The Nature Conservancy’s Board of TrusteesMike Mays Joins


Louisville, Kentucky | June 27, 2018


Louisville native Mike Mays, co-founder and president of Heine Brothers’ Coffee, has joined The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky’s Board of Trustees. Mays joins a volunteer board that helps to guide, support and expand the Conservancy’s work throughout Kentucky and beyond its borders.

Mays received his bachelor’s degree in finance and juris doctorate degree from Indiana University-Bloomington. He co-founded Heine Brothers’ Coffee in 1994, with a commitment to sustainability and to using 100 percent fair trade and organic coffee. Mays takes regular trips to Central and South America to meet the coffee growers who supply his business. Mays also supports conservation through sales of “Kentucky Dream” coffee, a collaboration with the Forecastle Foundation.

“Sustainability has been at the heart of Heine Brothers’ since the beginning,” Mays said. “I’m excited to join The Nature Conservancy’s Board of Trustees to make more of an impact on conservation in Kentucky.”

The Conservancy’s work in Kentucky spans from Mississippi River floodplain restoration in the west, to removing defunct locks and dams on the iconic Green River, to conducting first-of-its-kind urban conservation and human health research in Louisville, to protecting the critical Appalachian Mountains in the east. Mays says he is particularly interested in the Conservancy’s Working Woodlands program, which works to protect eastern Kentucky forests while generating new profits for landowners through carbon credit markets and the sustainable timber industry.

“I think Working Woodlands can do a lot of good in eastern Kentucky, not only for protection of these important forests but for the region’s economy,” said Mays. “I’m encouraged by this forward-thinking project and the way the Conservancy works in innovative and collaborative ways.”

Members of the Conservancy’s Kentucky Board of Trustees are selected for an initial three-year term, which may be renewed up to two times. The board consists of leaders representing business, academic, government, and non-profit sector experience. This breadth of experience supports the Conservancy’s collaborative approach to conservation work, in which all stakeholders are brought together to find common ground and solutions that work for people and nature.

“Mike Mays is a well-known and respected leader in Louisville’s business, nonprofit, and civic communities, and we’re thrilled to have him join our Board,” said David Phemister, the Conservancy’s Kentucky state director. “He brings vision and ambition to the Conservancy, along with a deep love for the outdoors, sustainability, and conservation.”


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Hayley Lynch
The Nature Conservancy
502-742-4521, ext. 3014
hayley.lynch@tnc.org

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