Calvin Butler, Jr. is the first to admit that he never intended to get involved in the energy business, much less become senior vice president of human resources for the Exelon Corporation.

The St. Louis, Missouri native had already completed a year of classes at Bradley University in broadcast journalism before switching to public relations and political science. Now responsible for all employee selection, management, and development for Exelon, Butler says he was drawn to the business because he “enjoys the process of building and seeing things from beginning to end.”

The road to success has been a long one for Butler, who had the rare opportunity of graduating from law school and immediately landing a job as an in-house legal counsel for Central Illinois Light Company. With a concentration in environmental law, Bradley says the “defining moment” in his career was the opportunity to go straight into his field from law school based on relationships built from internships and networking.

By age 27, Butler was leading the fight to deregulate the Illinois energy business, which like Maryland, now allows residents to purchase energy from companies separate from the home utility. It was involvement in the deregulation process that first introduced Butler into the government affairs field. This opportunity led to his position at the largest commercial printing company in the world, R.R. Donnelly, as senior director of government affairs, where Butler handled all local and national lobbying efforts.

With a year under his belt in his new position at Exelon, Butler said he sees great things ahead in the future of nuclear and renewable energy. “Nuclear energy is critical to the future of energy in the United States. Not only for energy independence but also for low-cost energy,” said Butler.

Leading the country at a time when finding clean and sustainable energy sources is a must, the Exelon Corporation is moving closer and closer to finalizing its major merger with Constellation Energy, owner of Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE).

While BGE customers will notice little, if any, change in their service, Butler says the economic effects on Maryland will only be positive. “The jobs at BGE will not be impacted because we recognize that the customers in Maryland expect a high level of service and reliability,” said Butler, when asked about what the merger will mean for BGE customers.

Presently, Exelon has committed to use union labor to build the headquarters for all Exelon commercial operations, soon to be built in Baltimore City. “We’re talking well over 600 jobs,” Butler said when asked how many job opportunities will be created from the merger.

Aside from creating job openings, the Exelon- Constellation Energy merger will also create educational opportunities. In Chicago, Exelon has helped two public charter schools teach students with an improved focus on science and math. “Educating students and talking about the importance of engineering and mathematics is key,” said Butler, who hopes to bring similar programs to Baltimore City.

Along with programs for young children and teens, Exelon also plans on bringing new programs to Baltimore City on the community college and four-year university level.

 

Alexis Taylor

AFRO Staff Writer