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!"