The J.M. Burguières Family Council

The J. M. Burguières Family Council consists of seven members, five of whom represent the extant branches of the original family, namely the heirs of Denis Philip Joseph, Ernest Aloysius, Henry Isidore, Charles Patout and Inez Ernestine Burguières and two at-large positions. Members of the Family Council shall be nominated and elected by the Family Assembly based on individual merit.

The 2013 Family Council includes:

  • Lillamaud L. Hammond (Chair)
  • Leila M. Bristow (Deputy Chair)
  • Kemper W. Brown, Jr.
  • Frederick "Rick" Burguières
  • Genevieve M. Burguières
  • Catherine C. Eagan
  • Steven Hein

Family Council Mission

The mission of the Family Council is to encourage and facilitate the unity of all family members (Family Assembly) and to develop and support a long-term family commitment to the business. The Family Assembly shall include all members of a shareholder's extended family, defined as spouses, children (including adopted and step), families of children of shareholders and family members and their spouses who are former shareholders who are at least 15 years old.

The Family Council will develop tools to promote and encourage: successful communication among all family members and between the family and business; effective involvement of family members in the business and other family activities; education of the Family on business ownership and family matters; and the resolution of family issues.

Responsibilities and Preparation

The Family Council shall serve as a legislative body and will create rules, policies, and procedures to benefit the Family. The main responsibilities of the Family Council are to:

  • Plan family meetings, gatherings and formal education
  • Develop loyal, informed, contributing shareholders
  • Scout the Family ranks for talent to help the business
  • Keep the Board of Directors informed about Family views
  • Keep the Family informed about Board of Directors' decisions
  • Maintain a dialogue with the Board of Directors about key policies and topics
  • Communicate family and Company information to the Family
  • Develop plans and policies for the Family
  • Discuss current business, ownership and family issues and direction
  • Guard against Family interference with the business
  • Maintain Family equanimity in relationship to the business
  • Represent the entire Family with fairness and impartiality
  • Maintain decisiveness for the Family
  • Encourage the Family to have fun together

Would you like to learn more about the Family Council? Please click on the Constitution of the J. M. Burguières Family link on the Documents page 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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