2017 Pacesetter Award Winner: Scotty Kehoe
College of Arts, Sciences and Education, Communication
Scotty Kehoe graduated from Ferris State University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. He is the West Michigan regional manager for DTE Energy.
Kehoe began work for DTE immediately after graduation from Ferris State as a field helper and worked his way up to roles of increasing responsibility with DTE to become its lead liaison for regional relations in West Michigan, its second-largest regional market in Michigan, and works to advance its interests through partnerships with local economic development entities.
In his professional capacity, he is a member of the Mecosta County Development Corporation and the Muskegon Area First Economic Development boards, and a member of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Environmental Affairs Committee, Lakeshore Advantage, the Montcalm Economic Alliance, the Newaygo County Economic Development Organization, The Right Place, the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Wyoming-Kentwood Chamber of Commerce Government Matters Committee.
Kehoe also is the DTE Energy representative to the Grand Rapids Urban League, the Michigan Women’s Foundation, United Way of the Lakeshore/DTE Energy Summer Jobs Program and the West Michigan Asian American Association. In 2016, he was named one of Grand Rapids Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Influential Leaders.
Kehoe is personally active on multiple community organizations, including service as chair of Grand Rapids Maker Faire 2017 and on the Alpha Women’s Center Board, the Grace Community Church Gatekeepers, the Grand Rapids Foundation CEO Funders Group and the Kids Food Basket Campaign Committee. He participates in the Reverse Job Shadow for Burton Middle School’s Junior Achievement program and serves on the advisory board for Ferris’ Applied Speech Communication Program.