Robert “Bob” Occhi, president and CEO of Coast Electric Power Association, is retiring this month after 42 years with the company.
During his career, Occhi has been an advocate for electric cooperatives at the state and national levels. He spent 11 years as Mississippi’s representative on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association board of directors and served on the state association board for 30 years.
His career began in 1973, when he took a job as an engineer at Coast Electric after serving as an oﬃcer in the U.S. Army. He was named CEO of the company in 1986. During his term on the NRECA, Occhi advocated for rural economic development and supported emerging technologies for communities served by Mississippi’s 26 electric power associations.
“People say some coaches are ‘players’ coaches,’” he said. “I hope I have been an employees’ manager. And that our members know we always worked to do the right thing for them.”
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Occhi is a graduate of Louisiana State University and resident of Gulfport.