KISSIMMEE, Fla., November 30, 2007 – Kissimmee Utility Authority president and general manager Jim Welsh on Dec. 6 will mark 25 years as head of Florida’s sixth largest municipal electric utility.
Welsh arrived in Kissimmee in 1982 after a three-year stint as lead electrical engineer at East Kentucky Power Cooperative in Winchester, Ky. Kissimmee’s electric utility at that time had 85 employees and 18,000 customers.
Today, the utility employs 300 employees who serve more than 63,000 customers.
In addition to his leadership at KUA, Welsh currently serves as chairman of the Florida Municipal Power Agency and executive committee member for the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council.
Welsh previously served on the boards of the American Public Power Association in Washington, DC and the Florida Municipal Electric Association in Tallahassee.
Among his community involvement, Welsh has served as past chairman of the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Kissimmee Rotary Club and past president of Toastmasters. He also served as chairman of the countywide United Way campaign in 1996 and has been a longtime mentor for at-risk students.
One highlight of his career was being selected as a torchbearer in 1996 to carry the Olympic flame on its way to the summer games in Atlanta.
Welsh holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College and engineering degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He holds membership in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE).
Welsh will be honored by the KUA board of directors at its regular meeting at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 5.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.
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Chris M. Gent