Co-op Staff

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General Manager/CEO

Email: dcole@hilco.coop

Debra Cole has over 35 years in the utility business. In 1978, Ms. Cole began her utility career with Texas Electric Service Company in the Fort Worth office, as a Customer Service Clerk. After 2 years, she was transferred into the Credit Department, as a lead representative. After relocating to Itasca in 1983 Ms. Cole left her position with TESCO after a year of commuting in hopes of obtaining employment with HILCO. Ms. Cole began work for HILCO, then Hill County Electric Cooperative, in 1984.

Ms. Cole previously...

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Assistant General Manager of Operations

Email: tcheek@hilco.coop

Thomas Cheek began his utility career, with the Cooperative, in 1997 as an Engineering Technician. While at HILCO Electric, Thomas has held the positions of Economic Development Manager, in 2003, the Assistant Director of Engineering, in 2007 and the Director of Operations/Engineering, in 2010. In 2014, he was promoted to his current position as the Assistant General Manager of Operations where he oversees HILCO’s lineman and engineering staff along with overhead, underground and right-of-way...

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Assistant General Manager of Administration

Email: pfarquhar@hilco.coop

Paula Farquhar is a life-long resident of Hill County. She is a graduate of Itasca High School and of Hill College in Hillsboro. She finished college at Tarleton State University, where she graduated Summa cum Laude in 2000 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting. During her time at Tarleton State University, she was recognized by the Accounting Education Foundation of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants as the outstanding accounting student at Tarleton for the year 2000....

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Director of IS and IT

Email: mfehnel@hilco.coop

Matt Fehnel serves as the Director of Information Services and Technology for HILCO Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Since joining HILCO in 2001, Matt Fehnel has been instrumental in updating information technology systems and implementing new communications programs at the cooperative. Matt graduated from Baylor University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He worked for two national corporations and brought 13-years’ experience in the IT industry to his position at HILCO.

An Itasca native, Matt is active...

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Director of Marketing

Email: kmarkwardt@hilco.coop

Kendra Markwardt began her career with HILCO in 2007, in the I.T. Department. In 2014 Kendra was promoted to Director of Marketing.

Kendra has been involved with and taken the lead on programs relating to the Pre-Pay Meter program, Outage Management Program, Paperless work order program, Online billing and other new technology programs offered by HILCO.

Kendra and her husband, Eric, live in Itasca and have two children. She enjoys spending time with family, photography and being outdoors. She is...

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