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Meet the Dallas 500: Energy Transfer’s Thomas Long

The longtime executive has taken the reins as co-CEO of the midstream energy company co-founded by Kelcy Warren.

Former Energy Transfer CFO Tom Long has moved into a co-CEO role at Energy Transfer. The global, diversified oil and gas company was co-founded by Kelcy Warren, who is shifting to an executive chairman role. He will lead the company with another longtime exec, Mackie McCrea.

An industry veteran, Long joined Energy Transfer after it acquired his former employer, Regency Energy Partners. As CFO, he oversaw the merger of Energy Transfer Equity and Energy Transfer Partners in 2018.

Education: Lamar University (BA-Accounting)

Birthplace: “St. Joseph Hospital in Houston”

First Job: “I started out in the accounting group at Texas Eastern Corp in 1979. I quickly learned that I needed to develop a clear vision of my desired long-term career path.”

Best Advice: “Get up every day with a sense of purpose and end every day with a sense of accomplishment.”

Who I Admire: “I have been very fortunate to have had a number of mentors throughout my life who have inspired me, but overall, I would say my mother, who successfully raised six kids.”

Dinner Party: “If I could dine with any two DFW execs, I’d choose Herb Kelleher for his sense of humor and former President George H.W. Bush for his service to our country.”

I Love My: “Smart home system, which allows me to control everything from my phone.”

2020 Taught Me: “How to survive in a foxhole”

Proud Moment: “The merger of Energy Transfer Equity and Energy Transfer Partners into Energy Transfer. The consolidation of our partnership has significantly increased our financial strength.”

Fun Fact: “My first calling was to be a race car driver. I may still try that someday!”

Toughest Challenge: “There are too many to name.”

Advice For An 18-Year-Old Me: “Follow your passion; don’t worry about the rest, just get up every day enjoying what you do.”

Nonprofit Cause: “I’m partial to several children’s charities, including the DPD’s Share the Shoes program, which is supported by Energy Transfer. The joy on the faces of these children when they get a new pair of shoes is incredibly touching. I also like the fact that it is very local.”

Destinations of Choice: “I love the Galapagos Islands.  My wife and I also love to go to an island in Honduras whenever we get the chance.”

Scary Moment: “Cliff jumping into water”

Last Meal: “I’d request sushi with a nice red wine.”

Bucket List: “I’d like to go on a Mediterranean cruise with a small group of friends.”


This Q&A is extended content from Dallas 500, a special edition produced by D CEO that profiles the region’s most influential business leaders. Visit www.dallas500.com for details.

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