Born in Gladewater, Texas, in 1955, Kelcy Warren was raised in a close-knit Baptist family. He regularly attended services on whichever day of the week the church was open. His parents always stressed the importance of finishing high school and continuing his education. They struggled to meet ends, so Warren’s parents frequently explored alternative revenue streams like establishing a trailer park.
Kelcy Warren started working for 30 cents an hour at a gas station and hauling hay when he was 12. His father urged him to get a job and put money away for the future. His hard work in school had paid off, and he was enrolled at UT Arlington to study engineering. Warren dropped out of university and moved back home, where his father allowed him to simultaneously work and attend community college. After completing his education at UT Arlington, he went to work for Lone Star Gas Company as a pipeline design engineer after earning a degree in civil engineering.
After working another three years, he finally joined Endevco, where he helped it flourish and eventually bought it out with a business partner. After selling the business, he helped found Energy Transfer, where he now serves as chairman, presiding over one of the country’s largest and most diversified collections of publicly traded energy partnerships.
Kelcy Warren has made significant contributions to charity, such as funding an endowment at his alma mater and serving as the primary donor for Dallas’s thriving Klyde Warren Park. Besides his board position at The Lamplighter School, he hosts an annual benefit for Texas-based children’s charities. The Gas Processors Suppliers Association honored him with their Hanlon Award, and Ernst & Young named him Entrepreneur of the Year.
According to Warren, the key to happiness is striking a good balance between work and play.
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