Kelcy Warren was born in Gladewater, Texas, in 1955 as the youngest of his parents’ sons. His father was an employee at Sun Oil, where he worked as a gauger and ditch digger. After some years, he got a promotion to become a field clerk.
Kelcy Warren says that his father schooled up to high school, but that did not stop him from being the best at his various job positions. He, however, adds that despite being an amazing man, he was content with his job and not driven to achieve more.
On the other hand, his mother spent her childhood in Louisiana and never finished high school. Despite her lack of higher education, she always encouraged her sons to work hard, graduate high school, and join college.
Their parents were also involved in other parts of the community because his father was Warren’s high school board president and scoutmaster, while his mother was the PTA president and den leader.
Despite his parents’ jobs, they did not make enough money, and Warren started working at 12. He worked at a gas station and hauled hay but later joined the oilfield for jobs like pipeline construction, telephone line maintenance, and helping the welders.
His brother was the first to join college, and Warren joined the University of Texas in 1974. The freedom in college made him lose track, filing his first year. The university took him back after a year, and following advice from an engineering professor, he participated in a sponsored project where he worked on methane gas production.
Kelcy Warren finished first and said he saw that as a second chance. He graduated with his civil engineering degree in 1978 and he got a job at Lone Star Gas Company to design pipelines. After three years, he left the organization, joined Endevco, and worked on the commercial side of energy production and development.
He and a partner later acquired the company, named it Cornerstone Natural Gas, then sold it after four years. He later co-founded Energy Transfer and became its chairman. Kelcy Warren has achieved a successful career in energy production and even got the Horatio Alger Award, Entrepreneur of the Year Ernst and Young Award, and the Hanlon Award from the Gas Processors Supplier Association.
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