By Keisha Roland
I have had the pleasure of meeting so many good people and making lasting friendships in the community. – Keith Honey
Keith Honey, External Affairs Manager for American Electric Power/Southwestern Electric Power Company (AEP/SWEPCO) is bowing out with a retirement after 35 years of service. During his tenure, his responsibilities included:
*Handling SWEPCO”s strategic and tactical local relationships with city, county, state and federal level elected officials and their staff
* Supplying local and regional economic development assistance
*Advancing AEP public policy goals
*Managing regional corporate giving and key memberships.
Hailing from Butte, Montana where he graduated from high school, Honey took his bachelors of Science degree in mining engineering from Montana Tech in 1975, He received the Old Timer’s Watchman Award for academic excellence.
Additionally, he earned his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1991.
In his position at SWEPCO, he helped coordinate SWEPCO’s build days and construction donations to build a Habitat home. Moreover, Honey served on the Longview Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors and provided sponsorship of fundraising events that leverage the funds needed to build homes. But that is not all.
Honey was instrumental in improving the quality of life for local citizens. “I will miss the people. I have had the pleasure of meeting so many good people and making lasting friendships in the community,” said Honey.
He will relish retirement with his lovely wife, Diane. According to Honey, in the first year, he plans to travel overseas. More than this, visiting his children and grandchildren is in the offering. Equally important is golfing, fishing, and hunting.
It is important to note, Honey is retired from AEP/SWEPCO and not from the community he loves. He will stay active serving on numerous boards.
“The community cannot get rid of me that easily. I love my community and look forward to serving in the future,” said Honey.