Kelcy Lee Warren (born November 9, 1955) is an American billionaire businessman, the chairman and chief executive officer of Energy Transfer Partners.
Born in Gladewater, Texas, Warren grew up in White Oak, Texas, the youngest of four sons of Hugh Brinson Warren and Bertie Lee Kirby. His father worked as a field hand for Sun Pipeline, a company now owned by Warren. Warren went to White Oak High School.
He received a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1978.
He started his career working for the Lone Star Gas Company. From 1981 to 1992, he worked for Endevco. He served as executive vice-president Cornerstone Natural Gas from 1989 to 1990, and as president and CEO from 1993 to 1996. He has been the co-chairman and co-CEO of Energy Transfer Partners since 2007. He also serves as member of the management council of ETP Enogex Partners LLC, co-CEO of ETC OLP, co-CEO and co-chairman of La Grange Energy and of US Propane LLC. He is a former co-chairman of Le Gp, OEC Compression.
From 1996 to 2000, he sat on the board of directors of Crosstex Energy. He serves on the Advisory Board of his alma mater, the University Of Texas At Arlington.
In 2007, he bought the bankrupt Lajitas Resorts in Lajitas, Texas as a real estate investment.
Warren purchased the Roatan Electric Company (RECO) in 2008, where he serves as President and Chairman of the Board. RECO is investing $7 million on a wind farm that will be complete by 2017.
Warren is chief executive officer and chairman of Energy Transfer Partners. Warren also serves as chairman of the general partner of Energy Transfer Equity. Prior to the combination of the operations of ETP and Heritage Propane in 2004, Warren co-founded the entities that acquired and operated the midstream natural gas pipelines that were contributed in the merger. From 1996 to 2000, Warren served as a director of Crosstex Energy, Inc. and from 1993 to 1996, he served as president, chief operating officer and a director of Cornerstone Natural Gas, Inc. Warren has more than 25 years of business experience in the energy industry.
In 2015, Governor Greg Abbott of Texas appointed Warren to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.