Press Release

Representatives from HTC (Horry Telephone Cooperative) Inc. today announced that the Cooperative has selected Michael Hagg as the new chief executive officer (CEO) effective immediately. The decision was made by the HTC Board of Directors at a special called board meeting on Tuesday afternoon, December 29. Mr. Hagg’s selection comes after the recent retirement of past CEO, Curley P. Huggins.

Joining HTC in 1994, Mr. Hagg has been employed with the Cooperative for over 15 years and has served in several positions/departments including customer service, marketing and operations. Prior to joining HTC, Mr. Hagg was employed with Cox Communications for 10 years.

“Mike has been a dedicated and talented leader at HTC during his years of service,” said Ken Summerall, president of the HTC Board of Directors. “His leadership ability and overall commitment is evident to those who have worked with him. We were very fortunate to have several qualified internal candidates apply for the position.“

Prior to being named Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Hagg most recently served in the capacity of Chief Operating Officer where he oversaw most day-to-day operations of the Cooperative.

“We have great confidence in Mike’s leadership,” continued Summerall. “His talent and personal qualities, as well as his experience and knowledge of the telecommunications industry will allow for a seamless transition and his vision will set the stage for what we believe will be a strong and prosperous future.”

“I’m honored that the board has chosen me from a field of extremely qualified and deserving candidates. I am looking forward to working with our gifted and dedicated workforce to move HTC forward over the coming years,” says Hagg. “HTC has been fortunate to have a series of outstanding leaders who have positioned the Cooperative for continued growth and success through new technology and solid management practices. I am grateful for this extraordinary opportunity.”

Mr. Hagg is a 1984 graduate of Penn State University and has lived along the Grand Strand and in Horry County since moving here shortly after his graduation. Active in the local community, Hagg is an active member and past president of the Myrtle Beach Sunrise Rotary Club. He is also a member of the board of the Coastal Carolina University Athletic Foundation and the Northeast Strategic Alliance (NESA).

In addition to these positions, Mr. Hagg serves on several committees for various telecommunications trade associations and fills HTC’s board seat with Spirit Telecom, LLC, a statewide telecommunications partnership.

He and his wife, Theresa, have two daughters Emma and Alex.

For more information on the new CEO, Michael Hagg or HTC, please contact Brent Groome, Chief Executive-Customer Operations, at 843-369-8393 or

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