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Board of Directors

Steven M. Bradshaw

Independent Director

Director Since: 2009
Mr. Steven M. Bradshaw is the Independent Director of Blueknight Energy Partners GP LLC, the General Partner of Blueknight Energy Partners LP. He has over 30 years of experience in the global logistics and transportation industry and currently serves as the Managing Director at Global Logistics Solutions. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Bradshaw served as Vice President - Administration of Premium Drilling, Inc., an offshore drilling contractor that provides jack-up drilling services to the oil and gas industry in the United States and internationally. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President of Skaugen PetroTrans, Inc. from 2001 to 2003 and as President, Refined Products Division at Kirby Corporation, from 1992 to 1996. Mr. Bradshaw also served as an officer in the United States Navy and holds an MBA from Harvard University and a Bachelors degree in mathematics from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Duke R. Ligon

Independent Director & Chairman of the Board

Director since: 2008:
Mr. Ligon brings more than 35 years of expertise as a director of various companies in the energy industry as well as experience in corporate securities, litigation, governmental affairs and mergers and acquisitions. He is an attorney, and current owner and manager of Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC. He served as senior vice president and general counsel of Devon Energy Corporation from January 1997 until he retired in February 2007. From February 2007 to February 2010, Mr. Ligon served in the capacity of Strategic Advisor to Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc., based in Oklahoma City, and has previously acted as Executive Director of the Love’s Entrepreneurship Center at Oklahoma City University. Heritage Trust Company, Security State Bank,  Cavaloz Holdings and Pardus Oil and Gas (formerly ENXP).  He was formerly on the Board of Directors of PostRock Energy Corporation (PSTR), System One, Orion California LP, Emerald Oil, Inc. (EOX), SteelPath MLP, TransMontaigne Partners L.P. (TLP), Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. (PPD), Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. (PHX),Vantage Drilling Company (VTG) and TEPPCO Partners, L.P. (TPP).  Mr. Ligon received an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Westminster College and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.

John A. Shapiro

Independent Director

Director Since: 2009
John A. Shapiro has served as a director of our General Partner since November 2009. Mr. Shapiro recently retired as an officer at Morgan Stanley & Co., where he served for more than 24 years in various capacities, most recently as Global Head of Commodities. While an officer at Morgan Stanley, Mr. Shapiro participated in the successful acquisitions of TransMontaigne Inc. and Heidmar Inc. and served as a member of the board of directors of both companies. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley & Co., Mr. Shapiro worked for Conoco, Inc. and New England Merchants National Bank. Mr. Shapiro has been a lecturer at Princeton University, Harvard University School of Government, HEC Business School (Paris, France) and Oxford University Energy Program (Oxford, UK). In addition, he serves on the board of directors of Citymeals-on-Wheels, serves as a senior advisor to Mountain Capital Partners, a Houston-based private equity firm focused on Upstream E&P investments, and holds an MBA from Harvard University and a Bachelors degree in economics from Princeton University.

William W. Lampton

Director

Director Since: 2016
William W. Lampton began his career with Ergon in 1979, and now serves the company as President of Ergon’s Asphalt Groups and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ergon A&E. He serves on Ergon’s Executive Committee and is a member of the Board of Directors.  He currently is a board member of Mississippi Economic Council, Boy Scouts of America Andrew Jackson Council and Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership (of which he is a past chairman). He sits on the Dean’s Advisory Council of Mississippi State University’s Bagley College of Engineering. He also served as co-chair of Mississippi Works initiative under Governor Phil Bryant.

Robert H. Lampton

Director

Director Since: 2016
Robert H. Lampton began his career with Ergon in May 1983, and now serves the company as President of the Supply and Distribution Division, President of ETI, and Ergon Trucking, Inc. Mr. Lampton is also President of Ergon Marine and Industrial Supply and Ergon Real Estate. He is an Executive Committee Member and Board Member of Ergon. He was a Board Member for Mississippi Valley Title Company from 2005 to 2015. Mr. Lampton is a 1983 graduate of The University of Mississippi with a degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Business Psychology.

Jimmy A. Langdon

Director

Director Since: 2016
Jimmy A. Langdon currently holds the following positions: Executive Vice President-Operations for Ergon, Sr. Vice President for ISO Panels, Inc., Senior Vice President for ETI, Ergon Baton Rouge, Inc., Ergon Knoxville, Inc., Ergon St. James, Inc., Ergon Texas Pipeline, Inc., and Ergon-Ironton, LLC. He also serves on the Ergon Operating Committee as the chairman and serves on the Executive Committee as a member. Mr. Langdon began his full time professional career with Tenneco working as an Associate Engineer with their Tennessee Gas Pipeline group based in Houston, Texas. He joined Ergon Refining, Inc. in 1989 as a Maintenance Engineer in Vicksburg, Mississippi and held various other positions through 1997. In 1997, he assisted Ergon with the formation of Ergon-West Virginia, Inc. in Newell, West Virginia and held the position of Maintenance/Engineering Manager until 2000. In 2000, Mr. Langdon joined the Ergon corporate office group and assisted the Real Estate segment of the company for the next two years in the development business. Over the next fourteen years, he held various positions within Ergon including Vice President-Corporate Engineering and Vice President- Corporate Maintenance along with Sr. Vice President for Ergon A&E. Mr. Langdon is a 1987 Graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in Civil Engineering.

Donald M. Brooks

Director

Director Since: 2016
Donald M. Brooks is the President and a member of the Board of Directors of Crafco, Inc., and serves on the Board of Directors of one of Crafco Inc.’s sister companies, Ergon A&E. He is also a member of the Operating Committee of Ergon. When Ergon formed a joint venture in California with another independent refiner, he was appointed to that Board of Directors and is Ergon’s representative in that entity. In addition, he was appointed President of the joint venture, Tricor Refining, LLC in 2010. Mr. Brooks presently serves on the Advisory Board to the National Center for Pavement Preservation (NCPP) at Michigan State University and formerly has served on the Advisory Board for the Foundation for Pavement Preservation (FP2). As a graduate of Northern Arizona University in 1976, he holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Edward Drew Brooks

Director

Director Since: 2016
Edward Drew Brooks has served as the Vice President of Business Development for Ergon A&E since 2013. Mr. Brooks joined Ergon in 2007 to serve as the Manager of Business Development. Prior to joining Ergon, Mr. Brooks worked with Haddox, Reid, Burkes &Calhoun, PLLC as a manager in the assurance services division. Mr. Brooks was educated at Mississippi College, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration. Mr. Brooks also holds a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant license.