Editor’s Note: If Mossy Oak Properties’ clients only use their forestlands to grow trees, they’ll lose much of the true value of their property. "My family is not only in the timber business but also in the relationship business," says Nordeck Thompson of Huntland, Tennessee. "If I'm going to do business with you, I want to be your friend. So I use my family's forestlands to build friendships and business relationships that help me grow my family's business on the land where we also grow timber."
Bill Thompson never got to go turkey hunting again. Nordeck Thompson recalls that, "Along that same road that my dad and I hunted during his last hunt was also where I took my first squirrel as a child. My dad was buried in the family cemetery on that land where all the other generations of our family have been buried. So, the land has a much-greater value to our family than just the value of the timber and dirt on it. We focus our land-management practices on being good stewards of the land. We know that one day we'll have to stand before the Lord and give an account of what we've done with the land He's given us to manage. We want to make sure that what we do with our lives, our land, our business and our investments build up the land and the people that we come in contact with rather than tear any of it down.” The Thompson's family credo is to be a positive influence on the people they do business with and the land they manage. The Thompsons have proved that landowners can manage timber intensively, grow a timber business and build a family and a legacy on the land -- all at the same time.