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Meet the Dallas 500: Stacey Doré

Learn about what the president and CEO of Hunt Utility Services and Sharyland Utilities learned working for Dairy Queen, and more.
By D CEO |
Stacey Doré

After climbing the ladder as a corporate counsel, Harvard Law grad Stacey Doré stepped into a CEO role in 2019. She has since lead her team through significant growth—and multiple crises. “We have grown in even more important ways by developing resilience and grit,” she says. Despite the challenges, it’s an exciting time to be in energy, Doré adds. “All sectors of the industry are pulling together to create the most efficient, reliable, and sustainable forms of energy to keep up with growing demand in Texas.”

Birthplace: Crowley, Louisiana

Education: Harvard University (JD), University of Louisiana at Lafayette (BA-Journalism)

Career Path: “I chose to be a lawyer because I love to write, and I love to advocate. That led me to an in-house position at an energy company, which eventually led me to my current role.”

Best Advice: “Don’t limit your career potential to what you think you know. You are smart, and you can learn what you need to know to do a new job.”

First Job: “Working at Dairy Queen in my hometown. I learned the value of showing up on time, ready to work hard. I also learned that it’s not fun to dig those red Dairy Queen baskets out of the trash, so please don’t throw yours away when you go there.”

Proud Moment: “We learned to do business in a different way during the pandemic. Those are skills that sometimes can be honed only through crisis or challenging conditions. Our team has grown closer as a result, and that elevates our performance.”

Who Inspires Me: “My mentor and champion, Rob Walters. He taught me how to practice law, how to think about business problems, and how to support others around you and pay it forward.”

Walk-Up Song: “I’d choose ‘Little Red Wagon’ by Miranda Lambert. It’s a sassy, confident song that puts me in a good mood. My family makes fun of me for singing it all the time.”

Destinations of Choice: “We have family traditions of visiting Destin and Beaver Creek, so those are special places to me. I also love Napa Valley, Paris, and the Amalfi Coast.”

Second Home: “We built a house a couple of years ago in our hometown of Crowley, Louisiana. It is obviously not a coveted vacation destination, but it’s a special place to us, and our families live there. Our house is on a piece of my grandfather’s farm property, right next door to my sister’s home and only a couple of miles from my husband’s sister.”

Hobbies/Passions:“Orangetheory Fitness, half-marathons, and jigsaw puzzles. I’m also learning to play mahjong.”

Dining Out: “I love Del Frisco’s filet with a lobster tail and lobster mac and cheese—and a very dirty Grey Goose martini, up.”

Looking Ahead: “There are huge opportunities for innovative and flexible businesses to meet the energy needs of our growing economy and to positively impact our community while doing so.”

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 for details.

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