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Pepco Region President Receives Minority Business Leader Award

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Washington Business Journal to Honor Thomas H. Graham for Leadership Excellence

WASHINGTON – Thomas H. Graham, President, Pepco Region, has been named as one of the Washington Metropolitan region’s Top 25 Minority Business Leaders for 2010 by the Washington Business Journal. Graham will receive the award on Friday, April 30, 2010, at 11:30 a.m. during a luncheon sponsored by the newspaper and the international law firm of Holland & Knight.

The winners were chosen by a panel of judges and the Washington Business Journal editorial staff. This year’s honorees are area professionals who have accomplished specific business achievements during the last 12 to 18 months, have demonstrated ability to inspire others to achieve, and are the best and brightest the Washington, D.C., community has to offer.

During his 24-year career at Pepco, Graham has taken on tasks and projects that increased in size and scope. In total, Graham, 49, has held 10 positions within the organization, each one with greater responsibility and visibility, culminating with his appointment as President, Pepco Region, in 2005.

Over the past year, Pepco has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy as one of only 100 utility companies nationwide to secure $150 million in federal stimulus funding to accelerate the deployment of smart grid technology throughout the District of Columbia and Maryland. Smart grid technology is a component of Pepco’s larger vision to become a trusted energy advisor thereby reducing the carbon emissions generated by fossil-fueled power plants.

Recently, Graham has been cited for his numerous community contributions, particularly to the youth of the Washington metropolitan area. He has directed fundraising efforts to secure $1.3 million in support of the Greater Washington Urban League, United Communities Against Poverty, Interfaith Works, Bowie State University, Mentors, Inc., and through the PHI Community Foundation has helped to raise and donate nearly $800,000 in support of low-income families throughout the Washington metropolitan region over the past four years. Graham also created the Guiding Light Leadership Program, which provides area high school students with the opportunity to be mentored by management-level employees within Pepco.

“For several years, I have kept a note pinned to my office wall. It is a subtle reminder to me of my responsibilities as a corporate officer and as African American,” says Graham. “It simply states, ‘How will you make a difference TODAY?’ This is what I believe and work toward each day.”

Graham has served as Chair of Leadership Prince George’s County. Presently, he is a member of the American Association of Blacks in Energy CEO Advisory Council, Member of Prince George’s County Public School System Advisory Committee, President of the PHI Community Foundation, Director of the Bowie State University Foundation, Director of Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation, Director of Strathmore Hall Foundation, Director of the Maryland and District of Columbia Chambers of Commerce, Director of Heroes Inc, and Co-Chair of the Washington Nationals; Father of the Year Essay Contest.

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Pepco, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), delivers safe, reliable and affordable electric service to more than 778,000 customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia.