2021 VISTA Millennial Superstars: Tashelle Darby

Mark Hostutler

Tashelle Darby – who was born in Jamaica, immigrated to the U.S. when she was six years old, and raised in Brooklyn with “a New York state of mind” – is President of Emergent Energy Solutions, a Malvern-based company that helps organizations improve profitability by reducing energy costs.

Darby, who began working as a babysitter when she was 16 years old, earned a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and Business Management from Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. She credits John Burton, the owner of Burton & Company, Inc., an insurance company in Blue Bell, with having the biggest impact on her career.

“Upon moving to Pennsylvania in 2006, I worked as the office manager for Burton & Company,” said Darby. “I was able to learn so much from John on what it means to be a successful entrepreneur. His energy and knowledge in the field not only met, but always exceeds each client’s needs. John recognized my true potential to lead and empowered me to grow my interpersonal communication skills, as it is one of the most valuable and necessary skills in business.”

Darby’s proudest professional achievement was starting her own business.

“As an entrepreneur with experience in human resources, insurance, and the event/travel planning industry, I am constantly learning and pivoting,” she said. “I started Emergent Energy Solutions in 2010 as a women-owned and Minority Business Enterprise (MBE). The business has continued to double its revenue every year. I have also realized the importance of mental health during this uncertain year and achieved my certification as a life and health coach.”

Darby’s favorite Chester County restaurant, Christopher’s in Malvern, recently closed.

“Being a mother of two children, one of whom has food allergies, it is such a relief to discover restaurants that go above and beyond to meet my family’s needs,” she said. “Christopher’s had been great at providing worry-free meals, and we are so sad that their Malvern location closed. We will definitely visit their Wayne location.”