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Keith Seilhan
BP’s Incident Commander

Keith Seilhan is an Operations Director for BP America in Houston, Texas. Keith has worked for BP America in a variety of management roles over the past 20 years specializing in Asset Operations and Organizational Capability. Keith and his wife Laurie are both natives of Louisiana and graduates of Louisiana State University. They have two teenage sons, Grant and Wyatt. Keith and Laurie are active in supporting various charities including TSA, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

In Keith’s professional life he has many special interests that focus on improving organizational capability. One area of special interest is the advancement of collaboration technology in support of more efficient and reliable energy production.

Keith’s work at BP in the area of “Advanced Collaboration Environments” has led the energy industry’s application of digital technology for improving the efficiency of reserve delivery. Keith has presented at several industry forums in the US and Europe on techniques to improve performance through higher levels of collaboration.

Keith participates on several energy industry committees including the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Operations Committee where he served as chairman for one term.

Keith is also active in promoting and supporting the advancement of engineering programs and workforce development initiatives in support of the energy industry. Keith has participated as chair for the Louisiana State University, Minority Engineering board, chartered and chaired the Fletcher Technical Community College Advisory board, and was appointed to the National Visiting Committee for the Center for the Advancement of Process Technology under a National Science Foundation grant.

Currently Keith is coordinating private foundation support for three community colleges in the Louisiana, gulf coast region. Keith recently managed the development of a cornerstone project in BP, a $30 million Learning Center was opened in Houma, Louisiana in March of 2009.

Keith and Laurie are avid golfers and enjoy spending time in the Texas hill country with their two sons.

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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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