February Monthly Breakfast

February 07, 2019
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
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Texas Woman's University
6700 Fannin
Houston, TX 77030

Networking: 7:30 a.m.-8 a.m.
8 a.m.-9 a.m.

Not “if”, but “when”. That’s the reality for most, if not all, organizations when it comes to facing an emergency or crisis situation. A reputation that took years to develop and substantial resources to maintain can be severely damaged or wiped out if the incident or issue is not effectively managed. That task has never been more challenging given the speed at which information is consumed and processed by a seemingly limitless number of stakeholder groups and affected publics. In today’s “get it first” media environment, timely and targeted messaging, as well as coordination and consistency from within, are essential to any effective response plan. 

We’re pleased to bring you two leaders from the energy sector to share their crisis communications experience with you. For more than 12 years, they have been working together to ensure the public and investor relations departments at Enterprise Products Partners are singing the same tune when communicating with various audiences. Learn from:

Rick Rainey
Vice President, Public Relations
Enterprise Products Partners L.P.

Rainey joined Enterprise Products Partners in 2006 and has more than 25 years of experience in corporate, public and media relations, primarily in the energy sector. As vice president of public relations, he is responsible for managing the company’s internal and external communications programs, including its crisis response efforts. Before joining Enterprise, Rainey served as corporate communications director for Kinder Morgan, Inc. and communications manager for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. Prior to working in the corporate sector, he was a television reporter and Bureau Chief for the NBC affiliate in Shreveport, Louisiana. Rainey holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.  

John Randal (Randy) Burkhalter
Vice President, Investor Relations
Enterprise Products Partners L.P.

Burkhalter has 40 years of investor relations and accounting experience in the energy industry. He joined Enterprise Products Partners L.P. in August 2002 as the director of investor relations, and was promoted to vice president in April 2008. Prior to joining Enterprise, Burkhalter was director of investor relations at Parker Drilling Company for one year and previous to that director of investor relations at Reliant Energy, Inc. for six years. His experience at Reliant Energy included two years as the head of investor relations at NorAm Energy Corp. before it merged with Reliant Energy. He is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute and is a CPA (inactive) in Texas. Burkhalter graduated with a B.B.A. degree in accounting from Lamar University.

Key Takeaways:
  • How traditional journalism roles have changed
  • Effective communication with the financial community
  • The value of media training for employees
  • Some of the “Dos” and “Don’ts” when dealing with reporters and investors
  • The importance of executive management involvement
  • Tips for establishing an Emergency Operations Center and your place at the table


Note: Onsite parking at the Texas Woman's University Garage is $7. The garage entrance is directly behind the Bank of America building. Enter the following address in your GPS to locate the garage: 1025 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77030.

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