Edward “Eddie” E. Hilliary, Jr.
Industry Experience: 29 Tenure with Hilliary: 29
Edward “Eddie” Hilliary Jr. is CO-CEO for Hilliary and serves currently as president of Medicine Park Telephone Company. An Oklahoma native, he held numerous executive roles in the company, dating back to 1993, including Southern Plains Cable executive vice president.
Eddie grew up in the family business going to the office with his father. He earned a degree in criminal justice from Cameron University and served as a police officer for the City of Lawton prior to joining Hilliary leadership.
As managing partner, he is responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of upgrades, repairs and buildouts of the fiber, cable, and legacy copper plants for Hilliary and all Hilliary-owned ILEC and CLEC properties.
Eddie led the evaluation of the plant and strategic analysis of pre/post purchase details during the acquisition of Oklahoma Western Telephone Company, a rural telephone company serving nine communities across 1,500 square miles in eastern Oklahoma. Additionally, he also led the analysis of the purchase of Electra and Tatum Telephone companies, and Border to Border. Collectively they serve approximately 1,500 customers in rural Texas communities.
He was also the leader in the buildouts and upgrades attached to federal and state grants and private loans, securing 13 loans and 14 grants totaling more than $50 million from the USDA.
Under Eddie’s management, Medicine Park Telephone Company rolled out more than $14 million in RUS-funded broadband projects to deploy fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) throughout the Medicine Park area.
Eddie currently holds various executive roles in Hilliary, Oklahoma Western Telephone Company, Texhoma Fiber, Hilliary Construction, Southern Plains Cable, among others.
He is involved with the Independent Telecommunications Pioneer Association, the Oklahoma Cable and Telecommunications Association, the National Cable Television Cooperative, and serves on the board of directors for INCOMPAS.
Eddie is also involved in the Elgin, Okla., community. He is a member of the Elgin Schools Education Foundation, Elgin Library Board of Directors, and serves on the Armed Services YMCA in Lawton, which provides outreach, support, and social opportunities to military families in southwestern Oklahoma.
In his free time, Eddie is an avid sports fan and traveler who enjoys spending time with his family.