Our Management Team

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

William Helmly

William S. Helmly
President & CEO

November 16, 2017, the Home Telephone Board of Directors appointed William “Will” S. Helmly as President and Chief Executive Officer. Will has served Home Telecom in a variety of capacities, as Vice President of Engineering followed by Executive Vice President. Will has served on many state and local board of directors, and was elected in 2017 to serve as the Board Chair for the Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA.) 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.

Robert L. Helmly, Sr.

Robert L. Helmly, Sr.
Vice Chair

Formerly the President of Home Telephone Company, Mr. Helmly is currently Vice Chairman. 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.

Keith Oliver

Keith Oliver
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President

As a Certified Public Accountant, Keith began his career at Home Telecom in the role of Accounting Manager. In 1999, Keith was named Vice President of Finance and in 2004, he began serving as Senior Vice President of Corporate Operations. In 2019, Keith was promoted to his current position as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President. Keith has been involved in a leadership role with many state and national organizations. He previously served as Chairman of the Small Company Committee of the United States Telecom Association, as Chairman of the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunication Companies (OPASTCO) and as co-chairman of the Rural Broadband Alliance (RBA). He currently serves on the NTCA-Rural Broadband Association Board of Directors representing commercial companies in the southeast region of the nation. A 1977 graduate of the College of Charleston, Keith has been a member of the Home Telecom team since 1984.

Robert Abbott

Bob Abbott
Vice President of Engineering

Bob directs all engineering functions of the company which includes engineering for outside plant, purchasing, network planning and mapping. Bob is responsible for escalating and directing activities during network problems or disasters. He oversees the technical support operations of the Moncks Corner and surrounding rural areas. Bob has been a member of the Home Telecom team since 2003.

Robert Edwards

Robert Edwards
Vice President of Sales

Robert oversees Residential Sales, Commercial Sales, Home Integration Sales & Installation, and Community Relations activities for Home Telecom. His team works with builders, developers, Homeowner's Associations, and local communities to deliver fiber based communications and entertainment solutions to their residents and businesses. A Charlestonian, Robert received English Literature and Business Administration degrees from The College of Charleston and his MBA from The Citadel. Robert joined Home Telecom in 2019 and has 20+ years of management experience in telecommunications.

Debra Ford

Debra Ford
Vice President of Customer Operations

Debra directs all activities for our three business offices to ensure excellent customer service is delivered to all customers. She also directs the technical support, installation and repair crews for the Cypress and Daniel Island areas. Debra and her team of managers, supervisors, representatives, and technicians are committed to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations by providing fast, friendly and knowledgeable service. She has been part of the Home team since 1974.

Robert L. Helmly, Jr.

Robert L. Helmly, Jr.
Director Support Operations

Rob ensures plant procedures run smoothly by overseeing all support operations including construction, splicing, CATV, inventory, building maintenance and custodial crews. Rob ensures the company meets all safety regulation requirements and coordinates all company safety programs. Rob has been a member of the Home Telecom team since 1979.

Eddie McGriff

Eddie McGriff, Jr.
Director Plant Operations

Eddie directs the installation and repair crews for Moncks Corner and surround rural areas, as well as oversees the vehicle fleet and equipment operations for the entire company. Eddie has over 40 years of telecom experience and has been a member of the Home Telecom team since 2009.

Gina Schuler

Gina T. Shuler
Vice President of Marketing

Gina oversees all aspects of the Marketing department. This department is responsible for product development and the promotion of all products and services to the various customer segments. She is responsible for the management of Home Telecom’s brand and the representation of a positive corporate image to the general public. A 1991 graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, Gina has been a member of the Home Telecom team since 1992.

Kurt Files

Kurt Files
Director of Information Technology

Kurt leads the information technology team that supports the technology needs of the business. Transforming data into actionable information by collaborating with executive and management teams is the team’s top priority.

Along with 20 years of professional experience in the information technology field, Kurt has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Barton College and holds a Masters Certificate in Business Analytics from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Kurt joined the Home Telecom team in July 2020.

Denny Thompson

Denny V. Thompson
Director Administrative Services

Denny oversees the company's Human Resources, Data Processing 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 Smoak

Alan Smoak
Director of Finance and Controller

Alan oversees the company’s finance and accounting functions. He is a graduate of Francis Marion University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting. He went on to earn a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business. Alan has served on the Santee Cooper Credit Union Board of Directors from 2006 to 2016 and has served multiple terms on the Callen-Lacey Center for Children's Advisory Council. Alan has been a member of the Home Telecom team since 1996.