Lake Charles, La., Dec. 28, 2012 – The CITGO Contractor Safety Association (CSA) Leadership Safety Summit took place in September at CITGO Park, where keynote speaker Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré (USA Ret.) commanded attention through his knowledge and experience in leadership engagement.

Lt. Gen. Honoré, who is most famous for his leadership role during the Hurricane Katrina evacuation in New Orleans in 2005 and who is also a Louisiana native, exhorted CITGO for being “key” in the economic development of the United States and stressed the importance of safety at work. Lt. Gen. Honoré also spoke about his assignment during the Hurricane Katrina aftermath and the experience he gained during the crisis. After his presentation, Lt. Gen. Honoré engaged in conversation with participants of the Summit and signed copies of his book, “Survival: How Being Prepared Can Keep You and Your Family Safe.”

Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex Capital Construction Manager Mark Jester said it was a privilege to have Honoré speak at the Leadership Summit.

“Safety continues to be a core value at CITGO. The Contractor Safety Association provides a great forum for CITGO contractors to communicate safety awareness and Lt. Gen. Honoré helped bring a new perspective to the table,” Jester said. 

Lt. Gen. Honoré related his experience in responding to natural disasters to creating a safety culture in the work place and he spoke about the importance of every CITGO employee and contractor knowing how to be a first responder in a crisis situation.

“In a culture of safety, anybody can call anybody out on safety; it’s ok. Why? Because at the end of the day, we have an objective and that objective is to be safe,” he said. 

The Leadership Summit was an extension of the CITGO CSA Safety Summit hosted in June and was sponsored by CITGO in conjunction with Aquilex HydroChem, Evergreen Industrial Services, PSC and R&R Construction Inc. It was also supported by the CSA Planning Committee.

The CITGO CSA, which was created in 1992 with the goal of focusing on contractor safety performance improvements at CITGO, is dedicated to promoting the continuous learning effort of all personnel working at the CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex (LCMC). It is a reflection of the core value of safety at CITGO and strives to improve the overall contractor safety performance and increase safety awareness. 

CITGO CSA Safety Summits are a joint effort between CITGO and the CSA. Training is based on safety leadership, including training in employee empowerment and practicing safety courage. The Safety Summits unite a central theme in safety for all contractor supervisory personnel and those CITGO employees that are directly affiliated with contractor safety at the refinery. The CITGO CSA is completely run by contractors and overseen by the CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex Health and Safety, Capital Construction and Maintenance Departments. The CSA incorporates activities that promote safety through safety meetings and special programs.


*Please notice photo attached. 

Photo 1: CSA Planning Committee with Lt. Gen. Honoré. From left to right: CSA President Tommy Cesar, Aquilex HydroChem; Jeff Reeves, CITGO; Johnnie Opry, R&R Construction; Alton Lindstrom, CITGO; Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré; Mark Jester, CITGO; Robbie Parks, CITGO; Craig Barber, CITGO; Rick Hebert, Evergreen Industrial Services; Scott Pickering, Brock Services; and Mike Fontenot, Triad.





Dana Keel

Government & Public Affairs Manager






CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products.  The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.


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