New Orleans, Louisiana
Robert H. Crosby III marvels at the continuity and family unity of Crosby Land and Resources, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in November 2013.
Robert H. Crosby III is a 4th generation landowner and has been President of Cosby Land and Resources since 1997. After graduating from Louisiana State University in 1977, Robert joined the family business as a salesman for the manufacturing plants. As the company evolved from a manufacturing company to a timberland company, Robert's position within the company changed as well. By 1982, Robert was responsible for both the forest and mineral management of the company. The New Orleans-based company, which owns 135,000 acres in western Louisiana, is one of the nation’s largest family-owned nonindustrial timberland businesses.
“Instead of selling and kicking back for the rest of their lives, my great-grandfather and his sons took a leap of faith, borrowed money and grew the business further. ”
The family business dates back to 1888 when Robert Crosby’s great-grandfather Lucius Olen "L.O." Crosby, Sr. left the family cotton farm with a 3rd grade education at age 19 to work hauling logs behind oxen. L.O. Crosby went from logging trees to becoming the largest and wealthiest timber industrialist in Mississippi. In 1945 the company established a plant in DeRidder, La., where Crosby Jr. built a home in the woods with a 20-acre lake where Robert Crosby III grew up.
“I grew up in DeRidder, Louisiana. I didn’t grow up in a small town. I grew up three miles south of a small town. But what a wonderful place; I could hunt and fish right outside the back door.”