Leigh M. Ferguson


Leigh M. Ferguson has over forty years of experience in real estate development, management and finance and currently serves as the Director of Economic Development for the Downtown Development District in New Orleans, Louisiana. During his career, he has been the chairman, president or senior executive of real estate development and operating companies in Washington, D.C.; Chattanooga, Tennessee and Birmingham, Alabama and has served on the boards of a number of these organizations (both publicly and privately held). He has also served on the Tennessee Housing Development Agency and Cincinnati Federal Home Loan Bank boards, among others, and is a long-time member of the Urban Land Institute where he has chaired over ten of their national Advisory Service Panels across the country.

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