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Douglas Horstmann: Marking 44 Years With I&M

by on March 10, 2023

We often hear technology is rapidly evolving. Douglas Horstmann, Technology manager based in South Bend, Ind. knows that all too well. This month Horstmann celebrates his 44th anniversary with I&M. Over the years he had a front row seat to numerous technological advancements.

Horstmann started his career with I&M in 1979. That’s the year email capabilities and technical support was offered to those with computers and the world’s first cellular network launched in Japan.

Douglas Horstmann celebrates 44 years at I&M.

“The introduction of the personal computer and the internet completely changed not only how we did business, but the entire world. It was amazing to see how the technology changed and so rapidly,” Horstmann said. “Also, the moderation of the power grid and fiber optic connections tremendously changed the future of energy delivery. The grid is still evolving, so it’s been cool to see it all grow and develop to better serve our customers.”

Horstmann has worked as a transmission engineer, telecom engineer and a telecom manager.

“My favorite part about working here is the people. I get to interact with several departments and get to know folks,” Horstmann said. “The best day is each day we all go home in the same condition or better than we arrived at work.”

Horstmann goes on to say he has seen a big cultural shift in his more than 16,000 days with I&M. He boasts AEP and I&M are great companies to work for and offers this advice to those just starting their careers.

“Make sure you take your time to learn your new career. You can’t learn everything overnight,” Horstmann said. “No matter what department you’re in, remember to keep safety and watching out for one another is our top priority.”

If you see Horstmann around in the halls or in meetings, congratulate him!

“I can’t believe the time went by so fast. I have enjoyed every job, every one I’ve worked with and every year I’ve worked here,” said Horstmann.

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