Harry Smith

Director

Harry J. Smith, a Family Business Consultant since 1992, has been actively involved in the management of the J. M. Burguières Companies since 1998.  He holds an MBA from Tulane University, is a CPA, Certified Management Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, and holds a Certificate in Family Business Advising with Fellow Status.  He was named Financial Executive of the Year by the Institute of Management Accountants.  A former partner with Ernst & Young, he has over 45 years of experience working with closely held and family businesses. Mr. Smith also served for two years on the Management Department faculty at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and the adjunct faculty at Tulane University and University of New Orleans. Mr. Smith was elected to the Board of Directors in 2015.

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Building Value In Land

The J.M. Burguières Co., Limited was founded in 1877 from three plantations and has prospered through the years as a land acquisition and holding company with property interests in south Louisiana, south Florida and west Texas. The company is the largest single family-owned land holding company currently in operation in Louisiana.

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  • 140 Years of Family Business
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    140 Years of Family Business
  • 125+ Family Shareholders
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    125+ Family Shareholders
  • Operations in 3 States
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    Operations in 3 States
  • 333,000 + Acres
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    333,000 + Acres
  • Sugar, Salt, Oil, Gas, Cattle, Water, Conservation
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    Sugar, Salt, Oil, Gas, Cattle, Water, Conservation
  • Offices in Franklin and Lafayette, Louisiana
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    Offices in Franklin and Lafayette, Louisiana