Scott K. Barber was named President and CEO of Hawaiian Telcom in June 2015. He joined the company as Chief Operating Officer (COO) in January 2013, overseeing Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Customer Care, Technology and Business Development.
Mr. Barber has more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, which he entered as a Construction – Line Worker at Kerman Telephone Company in California. Over his 12-year career at Kerman Telephone, he oversaw various areas of operations, including engineering, network operations, construction, installation and repair, fleet, safety and building management.
Before joining Hawaiian Telcom, Mr. Barber served as Vice President of Operations for Consolidated Communications in Roseville, California. Prior to that, he was Chief Operating Officer for SureWest Communications, which was acquired by Consolidated Communications in July 2012. Mr. Barber began his career at SureWest in 1994, starting as an Engineering Manager. Over the years he was promoted to executive-level positions in Outside Plant and Network Operations before being named Chief Operating Officer in 2011.
At SureWest, Mr. Barber was instrumental in launching the Internet Protocol (IP) triple play (voice, video and data) over fiber. He also spearheaded efforts to roll out new products, including Metro Ethernet, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), Data Center, IP Private Branch Exchange (IPBX), IP Long Distance, Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP), high-definition TV (HDTV), Whole Home DVR (WHDVR), Caller ID on TV, and 50 megabits-per-second (Mbps) residential high-speed Internet service. He also secured long-term contracts with multiple wireless carriers for data backhaul service to 540 sites.
Committed to giving back to the community, Mr. Barber currently serves on the non-profit boards for Aloha United Way and the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaiʻi. He previously served on several community and industry boards including Planning Commission – City of Kerman and City of Rocklin, President of City of Kerman Chamber of Commerce, City of Roseville Economic Development Council, City of Roseville Chamber of Commerce, Sierra College Foundation Board, and Chairman and CEO of the California Communications Association. He is a former Mayor of the City of Kerman.
Mr. Barber earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Regis University.