Sugg was an early member of the CEI senior staff serving in fundraising and policy roles. He worked with CEI throughout the 1990s until 1998. During that time, he fell in love with the ideas and mission of – and people at – CEI. In 1998, he returned to his home state of Texas, where he assumed the role of Executive Director for the Exotic Wildlife Association. Since leaving the EWA, he has practiced what he preached about free market environmentalism by managing family ranches in West Texas.