On Friday, June 11, the Boys and Girls Club of Gregg County named Keith Honey its 2010 Champion for Youth at the Club’s annual luncheon. As a founding board member, Mr. Honey has been a longtime supporter of the Boys and Girls Club and its youth development programs. The Club is a place where children of all walks of life can come together, have fun, and learn to be caring and responsible citizens. The primary focus of the organization’s programs is to lay a firm foundation for today's youth to become tomorrow's leaders.
As an active and dedicated servant of the Longview community, Mr. Honey continues to leave his indelible handprint on other numerous programs and organizations that are critical to the growth and sustainability of life in East Texas. He is on the executive board and chairman of the Business Advocacy Division of the Longview Partnership/Chamber of Commerce, is president-elect of Longview 2020, and is chairman of the Compliance and Oversight Committee for the Northeast Texas Regional Mobility Authority. He serves on the board of directors for the American Red Cross and the Longview Economic Development Corporation.
Mr. Honey’s leadership has also proven invaluable on the Good Shepherd Medical Center Foundation board, where he is chairman of the Development Committee; the Greater Longview United Way board, where he serves as Leadership Chairman; the Child Advocacy Center board, where he serves as vice president; and the Junior Achievement board, where he serves as secretary. He is a member of the Longview University Center Development Council and the LeTourneau University President’s Advisory Council.
“Volunteerism is one of those vital threads that hold the very fabric of a community together. I believe it is a physical and emotional response to the desire and need to care for others and make our community safer, more prosperous, and a happier place to live, work, and raise our families. For me, the real beauty of volunteering is that whatever I invest in it, I get tenfold back,” Mr. Honey said.
Born in Butte, Montana, Mr. Honey has been a resident of Longview for 22 years. He earned his bachelor of science degree in mining engineering from Montana Tech and his master of business administration degree from The University of Texas at Dallas. Mr. Honey is a Registered Professional Engineer and is a member of the National and Texas Societies of Professional Engineers and the American Institute of Mining Engineers. He and his wife of 35 years, Diane, have three adult children. They are members of First Lutheran Church.
“Longview has a unique sense of inclusiveness. People truly want to help each other and help the community be the best it can be,” Mr. Honey said. “I’ve met some of my best friends through volunteering – these life-long relationships are priceless to me.”