|Erskins retires from LLA/SIF||
Bobby Erskins displays plaque from Lousiaiana
loggers Association/SIF at his retirement reception
|Bobby Erskins, Winn Parish
native who has had three separate careers--in education,
logging, and association management, formally retired on
December 29, 2012, from the latter one--the Louisiana
Loggers Association/Self Insured Fund, which he helped to
organize 18 years ago.
Born and raised in the rural Winn Parish communtiy of Hill, near Sikes, Erskins graduated from Sikes High School, earned his first college degree at Louisiana Tech in Ruston, and a Masters at Northwestern University at Natchitoches. His career as a science teacher includes three years in Terrebonne Parish on the Louisiana Gulf coast, ten years at Atlanta High school, one year at Dodson High, and two years at Calvin High, all in Winn Parish. He then went into the logging business, which he pursued for ten years, then left that enterprise during the crisis of skyrocketing workers compensation insurance to join a group which ultimately organized the Louisiana Loggers Association Self Insured Fund based in Winnfield.
Erskins said the Mississippi Loggers Association had the first successful self insured fund in the area, and provided the Louisianan group with valuable assistance and information in forming the Louisiana Self Insured Fund. He then became employed full-time with the LLA/SIF as safety engineer, maintaining safety programs with member logging contractors which unltimately brought their compensation costs under control.
He is married to the former Annette Culver of Winn Parish. They have three children, two daughters, Karen Gardner, manager of Heard Insurance Agency in Winnfield, and Kristen Green, manager of Winn Business Service; a son, Harry Baldridge of Madison, Georgia; and five grandchildren.
Erskins said he plans to spend time "enjoying my grandchildren," during his retirement.