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Duke Ligon Joins Peter J. Solomon Company as Senior Advisor


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Duke Ligon

Oklahoma City resident Duke Ligon has led operations at the Mekusukey Oil Company since establishing the private mineral investment firm nearly five decades ago. In addition to his work at the Oklahoma City company, Duke Ligon recently joined the Peter J. Solomon Company as senior advisor.

The announcement of Mr. Ligon joining the Peter J. Solomon Company was initially made by chief executive officer Marc S. Cooper. Speaking in the fall of 2017, Mr. Cooper described the company’s new senior advisor as an experienced industry veteran, citing his work on countless corporate and advisory boards in both the non-profit or for-profit sectors, and as a longtime friend and partner to various members of the Peter J. Solomon energy group.

As senior advisor, Duke Ligon will be tasked primarily with furthering the investment banking advisory firm’s strategic advisory services, which have been developed specifically for the benefit of chief executive officers, members of senior management teams, and individuals in other business leadership and ownership positions.

KBH Center for Energy, Law, and Business Reports on U.S. Energy Use


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KBH Energy Center

An Oklahoma City-based investment executive, Duke Ligon founded the Mekusukey Oil Company, a private mineral investment firm. In addition to his business, Duke Ligon serves as co-chair of the Kay Bailey Hutchison (KBH) Center for Energy, Law, and Business.

According to a recent KBH report, the United States currently gets only 10 percent of its energy from renewable sources. Fossil fuels, which are the main driver of greenhouse gas emissions, still dominate our energy use. About 36 percent of US energy is derived from petroleum, 29 percent from natural gas, and 16 percent from coal. The last 9 percent comes from nuclear sources.

When looking at just renewable energy, nearly half of renewable energy production comes from biomass, while one-quarter comes from hydroelectric, and 19 percent comes from wind. Solar currently only makes up roughly 6 percent of energy production, and geothermal just 2 percent. The KBH report notes that future regulatory changes may impact the quantity of energy production from each source.

Online Retailers Add Value through Superior Shopping Experiences


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Peter J. Solomon Company

An Oklahoma City-based financial advisor, Duke Ligon serves as the senior vice president of the investment firm Mekusukey Oil Company. Outside of his work in Oklahoma City, Duke Ligon recently joined Houston-based Peter J. Solomon Company as a senior advisor.

A recent white paper published by PJ Solomon urged retailers to innovate and differentiate to avoid displacement by competitors that are better able to serve consumers’ quickly evolving buying behavior. Several companies that operate exclusively online, such as Etsy, Stitch Fix, and Wayfair, have had enough success over the past few years to go public. Others, like Zulily, Jet, and Dollar Shave Club, have surpassed $1 billion in sales.

The success of these companies is rooted in more than simply offering in-demand products online. These companies achieved enormous growth because they worked to acquire and retain customers through mining customer data, offering attractive prices and value, and maintaining high standards of service to provide exceptional experiences.

Graduate Portfolio Program in Energy Studies at University of Texas



Duke Ligon is a seasoned executive in the energy sector who worked as the general counsel and vice president of Devon Energy in Oklahoma City until his retirement in 2007. An active member of the business community, Duke Ligon serves on the executive council for the Kay Bailey Hutchison (KBH) Center for Energy, Law & Business. The organization offers a variety of opportunities for students at the University of Texas (UT) School of Law, such as the Graduate Portfolio Program in Energy Studies (GPPES).

Using UT’s authority in energy-related topics, the program provides students with an interdisciplinary experience designed to broaden their understanding on the energy sector. Students will learn how to address energy issues from an overall policy perspective and receive the necessary training to enhance their attractiveness to government agencies, nonprofit institutions, and the private sector. The GPPES enables students to create their own educational program by choosing from a wide range of energy-related courses and pursuing specific interest areas.

All GPPES students must also take Energy Technology and Policy, a gateway course that focuses on economic and environmental issues concerning emerging and traditional technologies. In addition, students attend weekly symposiums featuring presentations on concerns and developments in the energy sector. The program culminates with an energy-oriented research project.