‘Don’t sell yourself short on difference you can make,’ advises GRBJ 40 Under Forty winner

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Titles do not matter as much to Scotty Kehoe having a role on a team that allows him to serve others to his greatest potential every day. That attitude has well-served Kehoe, regional relations manager for DTE Energy, over his 11 years with the company. It is also part of the reason he was recently named as one of Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty for 2016.

“I’m wired in a way that I need to feel I’m contributing to a greater purpose. I also love to learn, so I enjoy trying new things. Basically, as long as I’m deepening my knowledge and contributing at my greatest potential, I’m happy,” says Kehoe.

As DTE Energy’s West Michigan champion for economic development, DTE Energy Foundation giving, volunteerism, and media relations, he has the chance to see how much the company invests in his community. That view just confirms the words of wisdom his father gave him going into his first interview with DTE Gas.

His father encouraged him to take the opportunity to work for the company, in part, because energy is essential to modern-day life and being a part of its delivery would provide a fulfilling career. What neither of them anticipated were the opportunities Kehoe’s job would give him to serve his community. Those opportunities include sitting on the board of Muskegon Area First, serving on the Kids’ Food Basket Capital Campaign Cabinet and as assistant director of Grace Community Church Gatekeepers.

It is easy to get the feeling when you talk with Kehoe that he would be a champion for his community regardless of the type of job he has, so it is no surprise that he encourages people to step out and take a risk on getting involved as a volunteer.

“You would be amazed at how many organizations are out there looking for people with your skill sets. We each have unique abilities. Don’t sell yourself short on the difference you can make,” he says.