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Panelist Bio


Sean Reilly
Louisiana’s Flagship Coalition & COO and President of the Outdoor Division of Lamar Advertising Company

Sean Reilly is COO and President of the Outdoor Division of Lamar Advertising Company, an outdoor advertising company headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mr. Reilly serves as Co-Chairman of Louisiana’s Flagship Coalition, a statewide group of business and civic leaders advancing the flagship mission and agenda of Louisiana State University. Governor Jindal recently appointed him to the Louisiana Innovation Council, a new Board within the Department of Economic Development charged with building a new economy for Louisiana. Mr. Reilly also chaired Governor-Elect Jindal’s Advisory Council on Ethics Reform.

Mr. Reilly has served in leadership positions on numerous non-profit and community boards and institutions, including the Board of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, the State agency charged with crafting Louisiana’s long term recovery response to hurricane disasters. He is currently on the Committee of 100 for Economic Development, the Board of The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, and the Board of Visitors of the LSU Manship School of Mass Communications, where he taught as an adjunct professor. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the statewide governmental reform effort Blueprint Louisiana. In addition to being an executive at Lamar, Mr. Reilly is a member of the Young Presidents Organization, serves on the Board of Reserve Telephone Company, Inc. and on the Board of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber.

Mr. Reilly has served in various capacities at Lamar since 1978, then a family owned private business. He graduated from Harvard University in 1984, from Harvard Law School in 1989 and began working on acquisitions and real estate for Lamar upon graduation. He served in the Louisiana Legislature as a State Representative from March 1988 to January 1996, during which tenure he served as Vice-Chair of the Ways and Means committee and as member of the Education, Commerce, and Legislative Audit Advisory committees as well as a member of The State Bond Commission.

Mr. Reilly has been married to the former Jennifer Eplett since 1989. They have three children, Anna Maeve, Aidan Christopher and Rowan Patrick.

Current Topic


     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm; Sunday, February 26 at 1pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm after the State of the Union address on LPB HD. In New Orleans on WLAE, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM. (Recorded Monday, February 20)

Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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