2000 Trailblazer Award Recipient: Don D. Jordan

2000: The millennium Trailblazer is Don D. Jordan, who has served as Chairman and CEO of Reliant Energy, Inc. based in Houston for 23 years. Reliant Energy, formerly Houston Industries Inc., is a diversified international energy service company with operations in all segments of the energy chain that brings electricity and natural gas to customers, except for natural gas production. Jordan joined the company in 1956 and has served in several management positions at Houston Lighting & Power Company (HL&P), Houston Industries, and Reliant Energy.

Under Don Jordan's leadership Reliant Energy has nearly four million electric and natural gas customers in the U.S. Reliant Energy also has built an international presence, acquiring ownership interests in electric utilities that serve more than nine million customers in Central and South America.  

Jordan’s distinguished career includes being president of the World Energy Council and chair of the Organizing Committee of the 17th Congress of the World Energy Council held in Houston in 1998. He holds the title of Honorary Lifetime President of the World Energy Council.

Among his many industry, civic and community activities, Jordan served as president, director and chairman of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, board chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership, Edison Electric Institute, and South Texas College of Law, and Advisory Council member of the UT Red McCombs School of Business. He is a member of the Texas Business Hall of Fame. Jordan has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Texas Medical Center and Texas Heart Institute.

Having grown up in a rural area of Texas, Mr. Jordan has maintained his interest in agriculture, youth and education. He is managing partner and operator of a cattle ranch in south Texas. A Corpus Christi native, Jordan received a bachelor degree in industrial management from The University of Texas and a law degree from the South Texas College of Law.

The Don D. Jordan Scholarship was established in 1991 for children of company employees and is awarded from the proceeds of the company’s annual CenterPoint Energy Barbecue Cook-off. It is awarded to students who have shown a consistent dedication to community involvement, reinforcing the corporate philosophy of community support.