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Click here to view video description of Leader Technologies's role in Hurricance Katrina life saving and disaster recovery. Hear a snippet of Chief of Staff Andy Kopplin leading a conference call of Louisiana statewide elected officials and state agencies during the first week after Katrina made landfall.

William Shatner

Actor and Novelist

William Shatner gained worldwide fame and became a cultural icon for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk, captain of the starship USS Enterprise, in the television series Star Trek from 1966 to 1969, Star Trek: The Animated Series and in seven of the subsequent Star Trek feature films. He has written a series of books chronicling his experiences playing Captain Kirk and being a part of Star Trek as well as several co-written novels set in the Star Trek universe. He has also authored a series of science fiction novels called TekWar that were adapted for television.

Shatner also played the title veteran police sergeant in T.J. Hooker from 1982 to 1986. He has since worked as a musician, bestselling author, producer, director, and celebrity pitchman, most recently as the "Negotiator" for the Priceline.com travel website. From 2004 to 2008, he starred as attorney Denny Crane on the television drama Boston Legal, for which he has won three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. As of 2009, Shatner stars as the voice of Don Salmonella Gavone on the animated series "The Gavones." He and Entertainment Tonight TV Producer Bert Tenzer co-host a cable series entitled "Heartbeat of America" where they highlight American entrepreneurship. Leader founder Michael McKibben and COO James Sobwick were guests in 2008 and Mr. Shatner has been an endorser since 2008.

Andy Kopplin

Former Chief of Staff to two Governors of Louisiana

Andy Kopplin is the former chief of staff to Louisiana Governors Mike Foster (Republican) and Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (Democrat). He has also served as Executive Director with the Louisiana Recovery Authority. Under Kopplin's leadership, the LRA developed the strategy and built the bipartisan coalitions that more than doubled congressional appropriations for Louisiana's rebuilding, from $13 billion to $28 billion. The LRA also produced visionary community and regional rebuilding plans and led the charge for important political reforms like the state takeover of the failing New Orleans school system.

Mr. Kopplin turned to Leader Technologies on August 28, 2005 to provide audio conferencing to coordinate Louisiana's state and federal Hurricane Katrina life-saving and recovery. Leader Phone® stepped in after the State's 1.2 million telephone lines stopped working for in-state calls. Kopplin received high marks for his poise and leadership following the storm and credits Leader Phone with helping prevent an even worse catastrophe and loss of life by helping the Governor's office coordinate all state agencies, elected officials and federal partners, including FEMA, the Red Cross, and the US Army Corp of Engineers. Everyone converged on Leader Phone® for many months following the storm.

Kopplin is a graduate of Rice University and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Following an interim election defeat to fill Louisiana's 6th congressional seat which was vacated by retiring congressman Richard Baker, Kopplin was hired as the Executive Vice President of Growth Strategy and Development for Teach for America. Mr. Kopplin has been a proponent of Leader Phone® since 2005.

 
 
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