Chuck Watson, Chairman
Chuck Watson was co-founder and chairman of Eagle Energy Partners, a Houston-based energy marketer established in 2003 which focuses on the purchase, distribution and sale of natural gas, coal and electric power. Eagle Energy Partners was sold to Lehman Brothers in 2007. In 2008, Watson co-engineered the purchase from Leman Brothers and sale to Électricité de France (EDF). Watson was the chairman and chief executive officer of Houston-based Dynegy Inc., an asset based, integrated energy provider. He established NGC Corp., Dynegy’s predecessor, in 1985 and served as chairman and CEO until his departure in May of 2002.
Watson worked at Conoco following his Oklahoma State University graduation in 1972 until his departure in 1985. He is also chairman of Wincrest Ventures, a venture capital company he founded in 1994, and in 2009 he founded CLW Investments, Inc. an energy consulting and investment company. In 2010, Watson founded Thousand Hills Partners, a private equity firm, to invest in, First Sage Energy LLC, an integrated energy company in which he is Chairman and CEO.
Watson is currently on the board of Baker Hughes, Baylor College of Medicine, Shona Energy Company, Mainstream Renewable Power, Collegiate Zone and SmartGridCIS. Watson co-founded Caldwell Watson Real Estate Group in 1996 and brought the Houston Aeros, an AHL professional hockey franchise, to Houston in 1998. He is a minority owner of the Houston Texans NFL franchise and was Chairman of the 2004 Houston Super Bowl XXXVIII Host Committee.
Watson was educated in business and economics at Oklahoma State University. He served as governor, trustee and chairman of the OSU Foundation, was inducted into the OSU Alumni Hall of Fame in 1997, and in 2001, following his commencement address, received OSU’s highest honor of the Henry G. Bennett Award. Also in 2001, Watson was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame and was named “Master Entrepreneur” by Ernst & Young. In 2005, Mr. Watson was named Chairman of the Sigma Chi Foundation.<< BACK TO LEADERSHIP PAGE