Con Edison Media Relations
BROOKLYN MAN RECEIVES CON EDISONíS HIGHEST HONOR
NEW YORK — Sterling D. Phillips, a resident of Brooklyn, received Con Edison’s highest honor, the “Living Our Values” award, at a dinner on May 6.
This recognition is given annually to Con Edison employees, who exemplify the company’s values of service, teamwork, excellence, and concern for the quality of life in their community. Five other employees also were honored.
“Phillips has given more than18 years of exemplary service to Con Edison. His dedication to his career and his remarkable work ethic are examples for all employees to follow,” said Sanjay Bose, Con Edison vice president, Substation Operations.
“I have personally known Sterling for the last 10 years and have always respected him as an individual, as well as a trustworthy friend. He is an individual who is always professional, immaculately attired, and inspires me to do my best to be an effective leader.”
In 1990, Phillips started his career at Con Edison in Meter Operations in East Brooklyn. He is currently a senior substation operator for the company’s Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, Substation Operations. His duties include electric feeder processing and maintaining reliability of substation equipment.
A native of Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies, Phillips was a police detective there before joining Con Edison. He worked on numerous cases ranging from narcotics to homicides and assaults. “Even though I have a knack for solving crimes, I left my career in law enforcement for a completely new industry,” Phillips said.
Con Edison is honoring Phillips for a dedicated, productive career and for his quick-thinking, professional skills. In addition to preventing a security breach at one of the company’s substations, Phillips also helped to prevent a fire when a transformer malfunctioned.
“It just shows how one can adapt to different needs,” the father of three daughters said. “Over the years I taught my children to excel and to believe that the sky is the limit, so I have tried to set a ‘good example’ for them.”
Phillips has numerous community service awards acknowledging his work with young people, senior citizens,and community organizations. The New York City Council, state senators and congressmembers, and the Brooklyn borough president have all honored Phillips for his outstanding contributions as president of the Trinidad & Tobago Alliance (North America), Inc., the umbrella organization of Trinidad & Tobago organizations within the tri-state area.
As president of the Brooklyn Vanderveer/Glenwood Lions Club, Phillips led refurbished eyeglass drives, health fairs, and served food to the homeless at local community kitchens during the Thanksgiving season.
His club helped victims of hurricane Katrina and the recent Haiti earthquake by collecting used clothing and other essential items. He also helped coordinate donations to be sent to Haiti for the international arm of the Lions Club. For his efforts he received the Robert J. Uplinger Award for Distinctive Service, which is one of the highest awards in the Lions International organization.
As a former police officer in Trinidad and Tobago, he received several awards, among them the Devotion to Duty and Keen Powers of Observation award.
“I’m devoted to doing positive things,” said Phillips. “That does a lot for a person, and I am grateful to be able to help others in return.”
First presented in 1992, Con Edison created the “Living Our Values” award so that something intangible, such as an employee’s values and work ethic, could be transformed into something visible and concrete.