When your grandfather was one of the most respected statesmen on Capitol Hill and your great-grandfather was, perhaps, Louisiana’s most famous political figure of all time, it might seem hard to carve your own niche in the world. But Russell Long Mosely—grandson of U.S. Sen. Russell Long and great-grandson of Huey Long—has managed to make a name for himself in his 38 short years by trying to make a difference. “My grandfather once told me to always remember that people will come to know you for what you are—not who you are, but for what you are,” he says.
For Mosely, living by those words means leaving a legacy in the community where he has grown up. He is doing that through the development of Long Farm Village, a traditional neighborhood development off Airline Highway on family property that once belonged to his grandfather. Mosely has been working on the project for the past six years and has many years ahead, assembling the office, retail and public-use parts of a TND that make it all work. But it has become a labor of love for him.
“It means a lot to me to contribute something unique and something that adds value to Baton Rouge,” he says. When he is not busy with Long Farm Village or the law practice he maintains, Mosely spends time with wife Erin and sons Jack, 8, and Charlie, 5. “Really, I’m doing it all for them,” he says.
Mentor: Hardy Swyers
Hometown: Baton Rouge
Education: Juris Doctorate.
Who is your mentor or inspiration for your business/professional life? What is the most important thing you learned from this person?
Hardy Swyers. Lesson: Remain calm when things get difficult. There are usually multiple ways to solve a problem.