Industrialist of the Year

The BMI is pleased to announce that the 2017 William Donald Schaefer Industrialist of the Year Award will be presented to BGE’s Chief Executive Officer Calvin G. Butler Jr. in the museum’s beautiful Alonzo G. Decker Jr. Gallery on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

How will you be a part of this outstanding event? Make sure your organization takes advantage of this unparalleled opportunity to make connections and raise your company’s profile among Baltimore’s most influential people.

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Our 2017 Honoree

We hope you will join us in honoring Mr. Butler at one of Baltimore’s most anticipated annual networking events. The Industrialist of the Year Luncheon raises funds that provide direct support for the BMI’s educational programs, which are enjoyed by nearly 80,000 Maryland school visitors each year. The BMI’s programs offer hands-on learning experiences that promote discovery and connection, and enrich teachers, parents, students, and the broader community.

Since becoming CEO in 2014, Butler has led BGE in the successful execution of five key areas of focus: safety, reliability, customer service, innovation & technology, and diversity & inclusion. Butler also oversaw the company’s much-heralded celebration of its bicentennial anniversary in 2016 and chaired Baltimore’s inaugural Light City Festival, a BGE-sponsored event that attracted more than 400,000 visitors.  Prior to assuming leadership of BGE, Butler held a number of high-level positions within the company and its corporate parent Exelon, including senior vice president for regulatory & external affairs (2013-2014), senior vice president of corporate affairs (2011-2013), and senior vice president of human resources (2010-2011).

In addition to his leadership duties at BGE, Butler is heavily invested in local civic affairs and currently serves on the board of such prominent Baltimore-based organizations as the Baltimore Community Foundation, the University of Maryland Medical Center, the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, and the Greater Baltimore Committee. He is also the chair of the United Way of Central Maryland’s giving campaign and co-chaired the 2016 National Urban League Annual Conference Host Committee. In recognition of his service and community leadership, Butler has received numerous accolades, including an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Morgan State University.

On the occasion of his selection as the 2017 Industrialist of the Year, Butler had this to say: It is an honor to be recognized as BGE concludes its 200th anniversary as the first gas company in the nation. The Museum of Industry has expertly chronicled so many instances of “firsts” where Baltimore led the nation, and we are pleased to be among industry leaders who have helped shape our communities for the better. The most exciting part about celebrating the role of industry in Baltimore is that not only can we look back with pride, but we can also be inspired by progress being made today and into the future.

As Maryland’s leading cultural organization for the preservation and promotion of our shared industrial heritage, the Baltimore Museum of Industry shows how innovation fuels ongoing progress. The same dedication to innovation is also apparent in the work of one of the BMI’s oldest corporate partners, Baltimore Gas & Electric. America’s first and longest continuously operating utility company, BGE encourages a culture of innovation in such areas as smart energy delivery, environmental stewardship and conservation, and safety awareness. With this shared commitment to progress in mind, it is a special honor for us to recognize the talents and contributions of Calvin G. Butler Jr.

The Event

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.

Each year, we welcome more than 450 business and economic leaders to join us in celebrating the innovation, vision, and service of Maryland’s business community, and to build new connections and collaborations as we look to the future. The luncheon program includes a keynote address, cocktail hour, and lunch service, and offers numerous opportunities to network and to be inspired—while being immersed in Baltimore’s rich industrial history.

The Award

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. The award is presented at a luncheon each spring at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. The Industrialist of the Year Award was named in honor of the late William Donald Schaefer, beloved Mayor of Baltimore and Governor of Maryland; as Mayor of Baltimore, he played a major role in the founding of the BMI in 1977.

Past Honorees

2016 – Thomas S. Bozzuto and Thomas S. Bozzuto, Jr., Bozzuto Group
2015 – Henry A. Rosenberg, Jr., Rosemore, Inc.
2014 – J. Thomas Sadowski, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore
2013 – Atwood Collins, III, M&T Bank Corporation
2012 – Mark Montgomery, Ports America Chesapeake
2011 – Michael Ward, CSX Corporation
2010 – Helen Delich Bentley, Helen Bentley & Associates
2009 – Aris Melissaratos, Johns Hopkins University
2008 – Edward Hale, 1st Mariner Bancorp
2007 – F. Suzanne Jenniches, Northrop Grumman Corporation
2006 – Mark Sneed, Phillips Foods
2005 – Kevin Plank, Under Armour Performance Apparel
2004 – Rich Baker, Domino Sugar


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