Our Management Team

The members of our team are what hold Home Telecom together. We employ close to 200 people and serve over 20,000 access lines. Home Telecom has been serving various surrounding counties since 1904. As of today, our company serves Berkeley County, the Harleyville area of Dorchester County and portions of the Greater Charleston area, including Goose Creek, Daniel Island and nearby neighborhoods.

Below is a list of the management team members for Home Telecom.

  • Our Management Team


    CEO and Vice Chair Robert L. Helmly, Sr.

    Robert L. Helmly, Sr.

    CEO & Vice Chair

    Formerly the President of Home Telephone Company, Mr. Helmly is currently the CEO and Vice Chair. Mr. Helmly also served as State Senator for Berkeley County.

    In this capacity, he worked to improve the industry through legislative initiatives. For example, in the late 1980′s Mr. Helmly drafted legislation establishing the South Carolina Dual Party Relay Service. This legislation, passed in the early 1990′s, met the needs of hearing, speech-impaired and visually impaired persons by enabling them to communicate with other users of telecommunications services. Mr. Helmly was inducted into the SC Telephone Association's Hall of Fame in 2001. In November 2004, after 51 years of service, he handed the reigns over to William Helmly. He has been a member of the Home Telecom team since 1953.

  • President and COO William S. Helmly

    William S. Helmly

    President & COO

    On November 23, 2004, the Home Telephone Board of Directors named William S. Helmly to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer of Home Telephone Company. Will has served Home Telephone in a variety of capacities, as Vice President of Engineering and most recently as Executive Vice President. He is a 1986 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Will has been a member of the Home Telecom team since 1992.

  • H. Keith Oliver, Senior Vice President Corporate Operations

    H. Keith Oliver

    Senior Vice President Corporate Operations

    Hired as a Certified Public Accountant, in 1999 Keith was named Vice President of Finance. In 2004 he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Corporate Operations. Keith has been involved in a leadership role with many state and national telecom organizations. He has represented Home Telecom as Chairman of the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunication Companies, a national trade organization representing over 550 small telephone companies, as well as serving as Chairman of the United States Telecom Association (USTA) Small Company Caucus. A 1977 graduate of the College of Charleston, Keith has been a member of the Home Telecom team since 1984.

  • Bob oversees the engineering department of the company

    Robert P. Abbott, Jr.

    Director Engineering

    Bob oversees the engineering department of the company. This includes engineering for outside plant, purchasing, network planning and mapping. Bob has been a member of the Home Telecom team since 2003.

  • Gina oversees all aspects of the Marketing department

    Gina T. Shuler

    Director Marketing

    Gina oversees all aspects of the Marketing department. This department is responsible for the advertising and promotion of the company's products and services, as well as the representation of a positive corporate image to the general public. She has been a member of the Home Telecom team since 1992. Department Vision: To develop and implement marketing strategies and goals that will assist in the development and growth of all competitive offerings and to properly position the company in current and prospective markets.

  • Judy oversees the sales activities of Home Telecom

    Judy S. Cronin

    Director Sales and Business Development

    Judy oversees the sales activities of Home Telecom. She is responsible for creating and implementing procedures, policies and objectives for the Sales team. Judy joined the Home Telecom team in April 2005. She has 25 years of management experience in the industry.

  • Director Customer Operations, Debra Ford

    Debra Ford

    Director Customer Operations

    Debra is responsible for planning, organizing and directing business office activities to maximize delivery of excellent customer service to all customers. Debra and her team of managers, supervisors, customer service representatives and cashiers are committed to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations by providing fast, friendly and knowledgeable service. Debra has been part of the Home team since 1974.

  • Rob oversees plant support operations for the company including company safety programs in accordance with all local, state and federal regulations

    Robert L. Helmly, Jr.

    Director Support Operations

    Rob oversees plant support operations for the company including company safety programs in accordance with all local, state and federal regulations. Rob has been part of the Home Telecom team since 1979.

  • Eddie directs all plant operations and is responsible for escalating and directing activities during systems problems or disasters

    Eddie G. McGriff, Jr.

    Director Plant Operations

    Eddie directs all plant operations and is responsible for escalating and directing activities during systems problems or disasters. Plant operations include managing the Installation and Repair groups, as well as managing the construction, replacement, removal and maintenance of aerial and buried cable, transmission equipment and switching facilities. Eddie has been a member of the Home Telecom team since 2009.

  • Denny oversees the company's Human Resources, Data Processing, Accounting and Regulatory Departments.

    Denny V. Thompson

    Director Administrative Services

    Denny oversees the company's Human Resources, Data Processing, Accounting and Regulatory Departments. A 1991 graduate of Charleston Southern University, Denny served on the board of directors for the Santee Cooper Credit Union from 1999 through August 2006. Denny has been part of the Home Telecom team since 1989.

  • Alan oversees the functions of the Accounting department.

    Alan L. Smoak, Jr.

    Controller

    Alan oversees the functions of the Accounting department. This department is responsible for accounts receivable, accounts payable and all other business accounting functions. Alan has been a member of the Home Telecom team since 1996.

  • Patrick oversees all aspects of the Information Services department.

    Patrick L. Archibald

    Manager Information Services

    Patrick oversees all aspects of the Information Services department. This department provides Information Services and billing support for all Home Telecom companies and activities. Patrick has been part of the Home Telecom team since 1982. Department Vision: Information will be delivered to policy makers, management and staff in a user-friendly, secure, effective and reliable medium. That information will be current, accurate, comprehensive and integrated to reflect Home's activities and to improve decision making, work processes and access to information. Infrastructure to support such information management will be effective, reliable and secure. Information Services staff resources will be experts in their fields to deliver outstanding customer service and satisfaction.

  • Sean oversees installation and repairs, both residential and business.

    Thomas J. Higgins

    Manager Installation/Repair

    Sean oversees installation and repairs, both residential and business. This includes DSL, Video over DSL, Video, High Definition TV and Fiber-to-the-home services. He is also responsible for the buried drop crew. Sean has been a member of the Home Telecom team since 1968.

  • Luke identifies new business and residential projects in the Home Telecom service area to create contacts, provide economic development support, develop business cases and obtain easements

    Luke Lapierre

    Manager Business Development

    Luke identifies new business and residential projects in the Home Telecom service area to create contacts, provide economic development support, develop business cases and obtain easements. He oversees new Fiber-to-the-Premise opportunities and manages the Residential Sales team for all Fiber-to-the-Home and new service areas. Luke has been a member of the Home Telecom team since 2005.

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    Bernard D. Motte

    Manager Plant Support

    Bernard oversees cable splicers, construction departments, the receiving/inventory department and the contractor drop crew. He has been a member of the Home Telecom team since 1973.

  • Victor manages installation and repairs for residential and business customers.

    Victor L. Smith, Jr.

    Manager Installation/Repair

    Victor manages installation and repairs for residential and business customers. This includes DSL, Video over DSL, Video, High Definition TV and Fiber-to-the-home. Victor has been a member of the Home Telecom team since 1971.