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Earl Cummings Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The BTS Team and Independent Member – Board of Directors, CenterPoint Energy

Earl Cummings ImageEarl Cummings is a business entrepreneur with 20 years experience building and developing small niche businesses. In 1995, he was co-founder of Beststaff Technical Services, (later The BTS Team, Inc.), an Information Technology and Consulting Firm, specializing in network, programming, database, and desktop support services. The BTS Team started in Sugar Land, TX with a single Fortune 500 client, 3 employees, and 2 consultants. By 1998, the firm served more than 25 clients, supported 75 employees and consultants, providing technology services nationwide.

In 1998, he was co-founder of Southwest Fuels, Inc. a venture that acquired 21 gas stations and convenient stores through Shell’s Multi-Site Operator Program. The stores were located in Houston, Sugar Land, Pearland, and Richmond, TX. After increased competition and expansion from Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid brands, the stations were sold back to Shell to focus on projects that produced better margins.

In 1999, a joint venture between Bestassets, Inc. and Citiwest-South was formed to pursue Federal Contract opportunities in property management. He served as managing partner of the joint venture where he developed extensive knowledge of Federal Contract Administration, Technical Proposal Preparation, Partnership and Mentoring Agreements, the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), the Small Business Administration (SBA), and General Service Administration (GSA). In 2014, he created MCM Houston Properties to acquire, renovate, sell, and lease single-family residential properties.

In 2020, Earl was named Independent Member of the CenterPoint Energy Board of Directors. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Houston earning a Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) in Management Information Systems and his graduate studies at Pepperdine University, earning an EMBA. He has served on the board of several not-for-profits organizations including Yellowstone Academy and the Advisory Board of Texas Southern University School of Business, as well as C-STEM, an organization for which he remains Board Chair Emeritus. In his personal life, he enjoys spending time with his daughter and her family, Erika, Derrick, and grand-daughter, Bella. His hobbies are reading, collecting sports memorabilia, traveling and playing lots of golf.