Patrick Sullivan, President

A Message from MEI President Patrick Sullivan

Energy is the lifeblood of our economy. Every part of our economy relies on energy in some way. In a fast-changing world, the ability to expand Mississippi’s economy and improve quality of life is heavily dependent on the availability of abundant energy at an affordable cost.

Additionally, as developing countries like China and India continue to grow their economies, energy demand will undoubtedly increase. The independent Energy Information Administration projects global energy consumption to increase by about 50% over the next 25 years. Considering the amount of energy the world economy requires today, this will be an astonishing increase in energy demand. Obviously, all energy sources – oil, natural gas, nuclear, wind, hydro, biomass, solar – will be needed to meet this scale of demand while continuing to find ways to be more energy efficient in buildings, transportation vehicles, and manufacturing.

In preparing for this growth in energy production and to participate in new technology development, Mississippi has a major economic opportunity. Opportunities are in energy production, research, technology development, components manufacturing, transportation and distribution, storage, and extraction, and with each of these comes jobs and investment.

To capitalize on all of these opportunities, Mississippi must be innovative and strategic. The Mississippi Energy Institute is a non-profit business aimed at partnering with Mississippi’s government leaders, academic institutions, and economic development and business communities to develop growth-minded policies to maximize energy based economic development in MIssissippi.

Mississippi’s future depends on how effectively we position our State for these opportunities. This is a monumental task but one that will pay off. We must get it right.

Board of Directors

Christa Bishop
Director of Legal Affairs
Cooperative Energy 
Michael Callahan
Executive Vice President/CEO
Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi
Barry Cannada
Member, Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC
Butler Snow
Chris Cavote
General Manager
Chevron Pascagoula 
Ricky Cox
Balch & Bingham
Haley Fisackerly
President and CEO
Entergy Mississippi
Allen Fore
Director of Public Affairs
Kinder Morgan

David Gates
President of Mississippi Division
Atmos Energy

George Guidry
Georgia Pacific
Matt Holleman
President and CEO
Galaxie Corporation
Randy James
Pruet Oil Company
Justin Maierhofer
Vice President of Government Relations
Steve Marsh
Vice President Manufacturing
Richard Mills
Tellus Operating Group
John Milner
Member, Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC
Brunini Law Firm
Chip Morgan
Executive Vice President
Delta Council


Wynn Radford
Government Affairs
BP America Inc.
Greg Schnacke
Executive Director of Governmental Relations
Denbury Resources
David Shaw
Mississippi Research Consortium
Mary Swoope
Executive Director
Mississippi Economic Development Council
David Liffrig
North American Coal
Billy Thornton
Vice President, Corporate Services & Community Relations
Mississippi Power
Clay Walden
Scott Waller
President and CEO
Mississippi Economic Council
Anthony Wilson
President and CEO
Mississippi Power

Member Organizations