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Phil CroskeyPhil Croskey

Maryland Energy Advisors/

Phil Croskey knew he had the heart of an entrepreneur since the age of 12 when he had his own newspaper route and cut neighborhood lawns. “I always enjoyed being the captain of my own ship,” he said.

A Morgan State University alumnus, he worked at MBNA (now Bank of America) as a senior banking officer and the Baltimore Development Corp. as director of economic development before starting Maryland Energy Advisors/ in 2010. “We saw an opportunity to participate in the deregulation of energy,” he said.

Croskey enjoys the ability to be a job creator and to know that he is helping people to not only earn a paycheck but impart them with life skills on how to succeed, treat others and have a good work ethic.

“My leadership style centers around leading people to places that they did not think they could go,” he said. “Encouragement and mentorship are powerful tools in leadership especially among younger employees. The goal of any great leader is to pull out the unrealized potential in your team that stretches them and equips them with the confidence in their skill set. When tough economic times come, a confident well-organized team will rise to the occasion and met the challenge head-on.”

Living by the mindset of “To whom much is given, much is required,” Croskey volunteers his time as a board member for Urban Teachers and St. Ambrose Housing Aid and serves as vice president of American Association Blacks in Energy.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record’s 2018 Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs awards. Some information for this profile was sourced from the honoree’s application for the award.