Coast Electric CEO retiring after 42-year career

Coast Electric CEO retiring after 42-year career

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Robert "Bob" Occhi, President and CEO of Coast Electric Power Association, is retiring at the end of the week after spending more than 40 years with the cooperative.

Occhi started working for Coast Electric as an engineer in 1973 after serving as an officer in the Army. In 1986, he was promoted to CEO.

Coast Electric spokeswoman April Lollar said Occhi, an LSU graduate, will be remembered as a strong advocate for electric cooperatives and rural electrification. Lollar said he has also been a voice for employees and members of the cooperative.

"People say some coaches are players' coaches," Occhi said. "I hope I have been an employees' manager. And that our members know we always worked to do the right thing for them."

Lollar said Coast Electric has seen some of the highest member satisfaction and reliability ratings in the nation under Occhi's leadership. He has also served as Mississippi's representative on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's board of directors for 11 years.

Occhi's last day as CEO will be Friday, March 31.

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