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Charlie Crisp
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Distinguished Engineer



Chemical Engineering – 1970


At Time of Nomination in 2017

Charles R. “Charlie” Crisp grew up near Vernon, Texas and graduated from Northside High School in 1965.  He enrolled at Texas Tech University and earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering with honors in 1970.  He also completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1981.

Crisp began working in the energy industry during summers and part-time for Amerada Petroleum while attending Texas Tech.  He joined Conoco Inc. in 1969 and subsequently worked in various engineering, research, operations and management positions at both domestic and international locations.  He moved to the U.K. in 1979 where he became general manager of Conoco (U.K.) Limited's offshore Southern Basin natural gas drilling, production, pipeline and processing operations.

In 1982, Crisp returned to the U.S. as executive vice president of Perry Gas Companies and in 1985 he joined Houston Pipe Line Company and later became president.  In 1988, he was named president and a member of the board of directors for Tejas Gas Corp.  In 1998 Shell Oil Company acquired Tejas forming Coral Energy LLC and he was appointed CEO.

Following his retirement in 2000, Crisp has continued his career in the energy, utility and financial services industries serving on the board of directors of public companies including EOG Resources Inc., oil and gas exploration and production; Targa Resources Inc., oil and gas infrastructure; AGL Resources, Inc., natural gas distribution and services; and Intercontinental Exchange, Inc., energy, commodity, and financial exchanges including the New York Stock Exchange.

He has served on the Industrial Engineering Advisory Boards at Texas Tech and New Mexico State University.  He has also been a director of the San Jacinto Girl Scouts Council of Houston and St. Paul's United Methodist Foundation of Houston.

Crisp met his wife Karyn at Texas Tech where she earned a Bachelor of Science in home economics in 1969. They reside in Montgomery, Texas.  They have two daughters and five grandsons.  Holly and husband Greg Han and sons Caleb, Elias and Gabriel live in Houston, Texas and Heather and husband Kris Kaplinski and sons Charlie and Al live in Snowmass, Colorado.