Baltimore Gas and Electric Company’s (BGE) Chief Executive Officer Calvin G. Butler Jr. was awarded the 2017 William Donald Schaefer Industrialist of the Year award from the Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI) during a June 8 fundraiser for the organization’s educational programs. Butler was recognized for his corporate and civic leadership across Baltimore and central Maryland.
“It is humbling to be included among the long list of honorees from such an esteemed organization as the Baltimore Museum of Industry,” Butler said. “However, this award is more about BGE and its 3,200 employees than it is about me. I’m fortunate to work for a company and with people whose commitment to the community is unmatched.”
During 2016 alone, BGE employees logged more than 20,000 hours volunteering with nonprofits that serve the community — this while helping the company to achieve its best year in safety, reliability and customer satisfaction.
Additionally, BGE’s commitment to diversity and inclusion resulted in the company meeting and exceeding its goal to allocate 25 percent of its spend to women, minority, disabled and veteran-owned companies. In 2016, BGE reached 27 percent, or more than $260 million spent with diverse suppliers.
BGE also partnered with Johns Hopkins and other Baltimore institutions to launch BLocal, an effort to build, hire and buy locally and positively impact Baltimore’s economy. In less than a year, BGE and its parent company, Exelon, spent $75 million with Maryland companies including $43 million with city-based diverse businesses.
The William Donald Schaefer Industrialist of the Year Award was introduced in 2004 to recognize and celebrate Maryland’s visionary business leaders distinguished by their innovative approaches to industry and dedication to the well-being of their communities. Named in honor of the late William Donald Schaefer—beloved Mayor of Baltimore, Governor of Maryland, and supporter of the museum’s founding in 1977—the award is presented each spring at a luncheon held in the museum’s iconic Decker Gallery, among the museum’s exhibits and against the backdrop of the Inner Harbor.
BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation’s first gas utility, is Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility. Headquartered in Baltimore, BGE delivers power to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,200 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $5 billion of output in its service area, supporting more than 9,500 local jobs and producing $923 million in labor income. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.