Our History

The J. M. Burguières Family Council and Assembly

Peering into the future, and seeking a way to prepare family members for possible business leadership positions, the advisory board for The J. M. Burguières, Co., Limited formed the J. M. Burguières Family Council in 2006, after attending the Harvard Business School's Families in Business program.

The first Family Council, a group of fifth-generation family members, included Doug Burguières, Emily Burguières Dalicandro, Susanne Marie Cambre, Anne Burguières Rappold, and Michele Pollingue Reed. These leaders aspired to have better leadership representation from the various family branches, increased participation of family members in business and family activities, and most importantly, enhanced communication between individuals, families, and the board of directors of The J. M. Burguières Co., Limited.

With these goals in mind, Emily Burguières Dalicandro led the Family Council in creating the Constitution of the J. M. Burguières Family, a thirty-page document that embodies their business and personal philosophy, vision for the future, preservation of the family's past, and core family values. The Constitution also includes an in-depth description of the role and responsibilities of the Family Council and the purpose and structure of the Family Assembly. Excerpts from the Constitution may be found below.

J. M. Burguières Family Mission

To achieve an appropriate balance of monetary, personal and family values for the descendants of Jules Martial Burguières and to enhance and preserve those values in perpetuity.

Core Family Values

These are the values of Jules Martial Burguières, our forefather and the founder of the Company. The Family embraces these values and is committed to handing them down from generation to generation by teaching them and acting as living examples. We will strive to:

  • Behave with honesty, integrity, and transparency.
  • Maintain a high regard for the rights and opinions of our fellow men.
  • Practice our religious beliefs and strive to enhance our spiritual lives.
  • Exercise good judgment and commitment in all we undertake.
  • Preserve the culture and traditions of our South Louisiana heritage.
  • Uphold federal, state, and local laws and ordinances in our actions.
  • Be ready to act in any movement for the uplifting of humanity or for the advancement of the material interests of the communities in which we live.

Family Assembly

A Family Assembly is a vehicle for convening its membership on an annual basis to share information about the Family, business and shareholders, gain instruction on key skills related to the Family, discuss direction, values, policies and current issues, develop social relationships with one another, celebrate business and family successes and have fun.

The purpose of the Family Assembly is to provide a forum in which all Family Assembly members can receive information about the business, learn key skills that apply to family business and family matters, talk about family and current issues, policies, values, and have fun.

Would you like to read the complete constitution? Please visit the Documents section under the Family section of this site.

Above, top to bottom:

1. Pocket watch holds portrait of Jules M. Burguières, Sr.

2. Marie Louise Burguières poses for her portrait.

3. Jules M. Burguières, Jr. relaxes with friends.


Dr. Edouard E. Burguières received these medals and more for his service during a cholera epidemic during construction of the Suez Canal in Egypt.

Sketch on journal:

The original structure of St. Helen Catholic Church in Louisa, Louisiana was built on land donated by The J. M. Burguières Co., Limited.

medals received by Dr. Edouard E. Burguières
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