The Executive Committee ensures that SGA’s executive initiatives serve member company needs. Members of the Executive Committee provide ongoing insight and guidance to SGA for development and evolution of programming, events and training.
Jimmy D. Staton President and Chief Executive Officer, Southern Star Jimmy D. Staton became President & Chief Executive Officer of Southern Star in December 2016. Mr. Staton has extensive experience in the energy industry. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors for Venture Global LNG before joining Southern Star. Prior to his work with Venture Global, he served as Executive Vice President of NiSource and the Chief Executive Officer of the Columbia Pipeline Group, Northern Indiana Public Service Company and the Columbia Distribution Companies. Prior to joining NiSource, Mr. Staton served in several Senior Executive roles with Dominion Energy where he led Dominion’s Natural Gas, Electric Transmission and Distribution, and Telecommunications operations. Prior to joining Dominion Energy, Mr. Staton was President, Regulated Operations, for Consolidated Natural Gas.
Mr. Staton graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. He is actively involved with industry groups, serving as 2021 Chair of the Southern Gas Association and as a Board Member of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America. Mr. Staton is Vice Chairman of the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Committee and Board Member of the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce.
Steve Lindsey is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Spire. Steve spent 23 years in the natural gas utility business at AGL Resources. Most recently he served as president of Atlanta Gas Light, Chattanooga Gas and Florida City Gas and senior vice president of southern operations for AGL Resources.
Steve holds a mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, and was recently named “Who’s Who in Energy” by the St. Louis Business Journal. In the industry, he serves as a board member of the Southern Gas Association. Carrying on Spire’s tradition of community service, his board service includes the Regional Business Council, Missouri Chamber of Commerce, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis Sports Commission, Missouri Energy Development Association and Kansas City Civic Council.
With more than 25 years of utility industry experience, Scott is CenterPoint Energy’s Executive Vice President, Natural Gas. He leads the company’s eight-state natural gas business that serves more than 4.6 million utility customers. In addition, he oversees enterprise utility operations support as well as safety and technical training.
Prior to this role, Scott served in numerous executive leadership positions of increasing responsibility, including Senior Vice President of Regulatory, Legislative and Public Affairs, Vice President of Natural Gas in Texas and Vice President of Natural Gas in Louisiana/Mississippi. During his career, Scott has also held leadership roles in electric operations and multiple geographic locations across the company’s natural gas service territory.
Scott currently serves on the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Houston, American Gas Association, American Gas Foundation, Southern Gas Association, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and Evansville Regional Business Council. He also serves on the Engineering Advisory Council of Texas A&M University.
Scott received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University.
Luke Litteken is Senior Vice President, Gas, for Xcel Energy. He is currently overseeing the gas business and is responsible for employee and public safety, engineering, integrity management programs, operations, compliance, system performance, reliability, and overall gas strategy.
Mr. Litteken has worked at Xcel Energy since 2014. Mr. Litteken was previously employed by CenterPoint Energy for 25 years. His responsibilities at CenterPoint Energy included distribution operations, sales, community relations, contractor services, and retail services operations.
Mr. Litteken holds a Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration and MBA from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. He is a member of the Executive Council for the Southern Gas Association, the Leadership Council, Safety Council and Operations Managing Committee for the American Gas Association, and the Board Chair for the Gold Shovel Standard.
Donald R. Raikes is responsible for leading Dominion Energy’s gas distribution operations across the company’s footprint.
Since joining the company in 1985, he has held various positions in the interstate gas pipeline business unit. Raikes was part of the commercial team that implemented the wholesale restructuring and also led the commercial team that reactivated the Cove Point LNG terminal. He was responsible for the commercial transactions relating to the Cove Point Export project, as well as the ACP project.
He previously was vice president-Transmission Marketing & Business Development and was named vice president–Pipeline Customer Service & Business Development in November 2014. In August 2017, he was appointed senior vice president-Dominion
Midstream Operations. In February 2019, he became senior vice president–Gas Transmission Operations and oversaw operations of the company’s portfolio of natural gas terminaling, processing, storage, transportation and related assets. He assumed his current post in October 2019.
Raikes serves on the board of Homeward Virginia. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Fairmont State University.
The purpose of the Executive Council is to provide insight to SGA for use in development and evolution of its executive initiatives so that they are properly aligned with member company needs.
The Pipeline Safety Council will provide leadership while working with operators and stakeholders to enhance the safe operation of our pipelines.
The purpose of the Inclusion and Diversity Council is to foster innovative actions that help members to embed inclusion and diversity in their long-term business strategy
SGA has 6 board-level committees: 5 that are identified in the by-laws and 1 that is not. The President & CEO provides committee member recommendations to the committee chairs. The Board Chair approves the final committee make-up.