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Houston energy titans put LSU mark on new Petroleum Club digs with Bayou Bengal Bar

Houston energy titans put LSU mark on new Petroleum Club digs

News, Shelby, Petroleum Club Bayou Bengal Bar, June 2015, Jeff Lester, Matt McCarroll, John Havens, Jud Grady, Ron Neal (with scissors), Billy Harrison (hidden behind Neal), Keith Jordan, Marty Phillips, Clarence Cazalot, Phil Martin
Jeff Lester, from left, Matt McCarroll, John Havens, Jud Grady, Ron Neal with scissors), Billy Harrison (hidden behind Neal), Keith Jordan, Marty Phillips, Clarence Cazalot, and Phil Martin. Photo by Rhonda Rogers Armor
News, Shelby, Petroleum Club Bayou Bengal Bar, June 2015
The brass plaque makes it official at the Petroleum Club of Houston. Photo by Rhonda Rogers Armor
News, Shelby, Petroleum Club Bayou Bengal Bar, June 2015
The skyline view from the 35th floor perch at the Petroleum Club of Houston. Photo by Rhonda Rogers Armor
News, Shelby, Petroleum Club Bayou Bengal Bar, June 2015
The comfy Bayou Bengal Bar in the Petroleum Club of Houston. Photo by Rhonda Rogers Armor
News, Shelby, Petroleum Club Bayou Bengal Bar, June 2015
The Bayou Bengal Bar at the Petroleum Club of Houston. Photo by Rhonda Rogers Armor
News, Shelby, Petroleum Club Bayou Bengal Bar, June 2015
A sophisticated setting for bar dining. Photo by Rhonda Rogers Armor
News, Shelby, Petroleum Club Bayou Bengal Bar, June 2015
LSU Tigers make their mark at the Petroleum Club of Houston. Photo by Rhonda Rogers Armor
News, Shelby, Petroleum Club Bayou Bengal Bar, June 2015, Jeff Lester, Matt McCarroll, John Havens, Jud Grady, Ron Neal (with scissors), Billy Harrison (hidden behind Neal), Keith Jordan, Marty Phillips, Clarence Cazalot, Phil Martin
News, Shelby, Petroleum Club Bayou Bengal Bar, June 2015
News, Shelby, Petroleum Club Bayou Bengal Bar, June 2015
News, Shelby, Petroleum Club Bayou Bengal Bar, June 2015
News, Shelby, Petroleum Club Bayou Bengal Bar, June 2015
News, Shelby, Petroleum Club Bayou Bengal Bar, June 2015
News, Shelby, Petroleum Club Bayou Bengal Bar, June 2015

Eat your hearts out, Longhorns and Aggies! The LSU tigers have made their mark at the Petroleum Club of Houston and dubbed the sleek watering hole in the new digs the Bayou Bengal Bar. Thanks to the efforts of 12 LSU grads, all leaders in the energy industry, the brass plaque forever stakes their claim atop the 35-story Total Plaza.

While it doesn't shout LSU, the moniker makes its point, a friendly reminder of the impact grads of the Louisiana university have on Houston's energy picture.

As a director on the Petroleum Club board, LSU alumni Ron Neal, co-founder and co-owner of Houston Energy, spearheaded the initiative of raising the necessary funds to win the naming rights. The fellows, each passionate about his alma mater, reached deep into their ample pockets, their contributions earmarked for the Petroleum Club capital campaign.

In addition, New Orleans transplant John Havens, president of Seismic Exchange Inc. (SEI), garnered naming rights in his father's honor for the club's chef's table. Following last week's ribbon cutting at the Bayou Bengal Bar, the powerful dozen dined at the "P.C. Havens SEI Chef's Table."

As the tigers like to say "Love purple, live gold!" 

The additional gents contributing to the naming fund were Clarence Cazalot, retired chairman, president and CEO of Marathon Oil Corp.; Billy Harrison and Ron Neal, both co-founders and co-owners of Houston Energy; Marty Phillips, managing partner of Encap Investments; Matt McCarroll, president and CEO of Fieldwood Energy;
 
Brad Juneau, CEO of Juneau Energy and Juneau Exploration; Jeff Springmeyer, president of Geophysical Pursuit; Keith Jordan, president of Indigo Minerals; Phil Martin,  CEO of New Century Exploration; Jud Grady, CFO of SEI and Jeff Lester,  vice president of SEI.
 
Joining the festivities was Rhonda Rogers Armor, regional director of development for LSU.
 
Now here's the disappointing news for area Bengal tigers, according to the LSU Foundation, only 10.8 percent of LSU alumni give back to the university, compared to Alabama at 36 percent and Texas A&M at 22.4 percent.
 
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