The Honorable Albert H. Myres, Sr. (Houston, Texas)
Regent Albert H. Myres, Sr. was appointed to the Texas Southern University (TSU) Board of Regents by The Honorable Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas in April of 2019. He is currently the Vice Chair of the Texas Southern University Board of Regents.
He is President and Chief Executive Officer for Octcet, Inc.; a rapidly developing oxygenated fuel enhancement company focusing on the bulk diesel industry. Formed in 2012 with an investment group from the United States, South Africa, and Germany. Octcet’s core function is to develop and market a unique range of technologically advanced oxygenated enhancements for diesel fuel designed to address the need to reduce emissions and improve fuel and operations efficiency. In his current role, Regent Myres oversees all business operations, strategy, vision, and mission. In his former role with the company as Chief Business Development Officer, he led the teams of business development, regulatory affairs, compliance and international relations. Under his leadership and direction, Octcet, Inc. has developed into one of the fastest growing companies in the diesel additive industry with operations in the USA, Mexico, South Africa, Nigeria, Chile, and Honduras.
Throughout his 25-year professional career, Regent Myres has had hands-on experience engaging in business relations, government affairs, regulatory affairs, public affairs, and international relations. He has directed these functions with Fortune 250 corporations throughout his professional career. During this time, he has advised CEOs, developed a network of key relations with federal, state and local decision makers and a network of relations within Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) and national non-profits engaging in energy policy, public policy and environmental stewardship.
Regent Myres formed A Myres and Associates LLC. in 2011; a consulting firm specializing in government and regulatory affairs, public policy, resolution management, and international relations relating to the Oil and Gas industry.
Regent Myres also served as the Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for RRI Energy, Inc. reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer. He directed the federal and state government affairs functions, regulatory affairs, community relations, communications, and the RRI Foundation. He established the Washington DC office and was the company's "voice" in Washington DC. In addition, he was responsible for structuring and implementing policy strategies, regulatory strategies, and compliance to produce sound outcomes to protect, enhance, and maintain competitive commercial wholesale markets.
During his tenure with Reliant Energy, Regent Myres was the Senior Vice President of external affairs directing federal, state, local government affairs, regulatory affairs, communications, community affairs and the Reliant Energy Foundation reporting to the Chief Executive Officer. His primary responsibilities were to lead the company's efforts in implementing corporate strategies, compliance, and advocating policy positions to cultivate, protect, and maintain competitive commercial, industrial, wholesale, and residential markets across the United States.
Before joining Reliant Energy, Regent Myres served as Senior Advisor and Chief of Staff to the President and Country Chairman of Shell Oil Corporation. Before joining the President's office, he was senior advisor of the Washington D.C. government affairs office. His duties included representing the chemical, hydrogen, solar, LNG, and wind interests of the company. He served as the senior advisor of Shell Nigeria in Washington, DC on US/Nigeria relations and, also served as Vice President of the Shell Oil Company Foundation, one of the nation's largest corporate foundations during his tenure.
Prior to joining Shell, Regent Myres served as a Director for United States Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, managing her state office.
Regent Myres actively participates on several boards and with many community service organizations. He currently serves as a Regent to Texas Southern University, Executive Advisory Board of the University of Tulsa School of Business and the 100 Ranches Board of Directors. Following the devastation of Hurricane Ike, Houston’s Mayor appointed Regent Myres as chairman of the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund. Modeled after the successful Katrina/Rita Fund, which he also led. The fund was dedicated to help fulfill unmet needs for families in Harris and Galveston counties and other affected areas.
Regent Myres also created and implemented the Katrina/Rita Education Initiative, a $5 million project to provide immediate intervention for displaced children who fell behind their peers in reading and math skills. Between both the Katrina/Rita Fund and the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund, Regent Myres in conjunction with board members, of the Barbra Bush Foundation, were responsible for raising $23 million in private donations for those in need in the Houston area during this period.
Regent Myres has served on numerous community boards including the Nature Conservancy as vice chairman, the Greater Houston YMCA and the Public Policy Board of the University of Houston Center for Public Policy.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Tulsa. He lives in Houston with his wife, Angela and three sons.