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Perry reflects on 31-year career

by on September 25, 2013

(Story by Teresa Hamilton Hall)

“It’s been a fantastic journey and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every moment I’ve spent working for APCo and American Electric Power.” That’s just one of the many positive reflections shared by Jim Perry when asked about the memories he’ll take with him when he retires later this year as a labor relations manager for the company.

"There's not been a time that I haven’t enjoyed. I’ve really truly enjoyed the entire time I’ve been here,” said Jim Perry.

“There’s not been a time that I haven’t enjoyed. I’ve really truly enjoyed the entire time I’ve been here,” said Jim Perry.

Perry, who always has a  smile, began his career with the company when he was hired as a labor relations assistant in 1982. Just three years later, he was promoted to manager – a position he would continue to hold straight through to retirement. Perry, whose office is based in Roanoke, Va., worked with employees of Appalachian Power and Kentucky Power.

“There’s not been a time that I haven’t enjoyed. I’ve really truly enjoyed the entire time I’ve been here,” Perry said. “I guess I’ve just been very fortunate to have great supervisors.”

As the company’s labor relations manager, Perry has witnessed a number of changes throughout the years – nearly all positive. He says he’s noticed a marked improvement in the relationship between management and labor since the late 1990s and early 2000s.

“There’ve been far fewer grievances and arbitrations over the last dozen or so years,” he said.

Perry will retire by the end of December. After hanging up his Appalachian Power employee badge, he plans to spend more time with his wife, two daughters and three grandchildren. He’s also looking forward to more travel, golf, and simply working around the yard.

“I can’t say enough about what a great time I’ve had and I believe it was made possible by the people I worked with,” he said. “The employees of Appalachian Power have made life great for me.”

From → Retirements

2 Comments
  1. Good man. Good luck, Jim.

  2. Welcome to the Retiree Ranks, Jim. I know you will enjoy retirement, it is a great life. I certainly enjoyed seeing you when you came to the APCo area. Yes, you always had a smile and were such a pleasure to work with. Enjoy the next chapter in your life! Barbara S. Collins, Retiree

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