Turner has “a history of personal investment in the students and teachers of Bradley County.”
A product of the Bradley County Schools, Turner has three youngsters in the county school system.
Beginning kindergarten at Hopewell Elementary, his kids have progressed to Ocoee Middle School and Walker Valley.
“Between my three kids, I have 29 years of parent-teacher conferences, PTO meetings, and booster clubs packed into the last 11 years in our system. I know firsthand what families experience in our school system today,” he said.
Turner currently serves as general manager of Cleveland Tubing. During his tenure as general and plant manager, the company has experienced growth in sales, profits and new jobs in Bradley County.
Turner said, “making tough choices and good investments has been the difference. We didn’t get any free money. We had to earn the dollars and make sacrifices to fund our growth.”
“With an annual budget in excess of $60 million, I've received lots of questions from voters about where money goes and how efficiently our school system uses it. We need real transparency in spending from the school board. The school board is accountable to our taxpayers just as I have been accountable to shareholders my entire career.”
Turner currently serves on the Education and Workforce Development Committee at the Chamber of Commerce.
Turner regularly volunteers to speak as part of Business in the Classroom and Ethics in the classroom and served on business advisories for both Bradley Central and Walker Valley business departments.
Turner also serves as coordinator for BEST (Business & Education Serving Together) partnerships with Blue Springs Elementary and now Waterville Elementary with Cleveland Tubing.
Work with Blue Springs won an award for the development of an innovative math and science enrichment program taught by Turner and the engineers of Cleveland Tubing.
Cleveland Tubing has also been a regular participant in teacher academy providing insight to area teachers from the business environment.
Turner noted, “our kids are our future. What better place to invest my time, passion, and experience than in our schools?”
During Turner’s career, he has had international business partners from Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia and China.
He noted the relevance of his experience to schools. “With recent investments in our community by international companies like Wacker and VW, there is an expectation to provide a workforce both now and over the very long term,” he said.
“Our school board needs members with experience in these environments to shape the vision for the system. There are already pressures placed on our system to adopt education standards that meet international expectations. Our school board should understand how to balance our community's needs with those of the growing international presence in our community,” he said.
Turner, a 1990 Bradley Central High School graduate, noted, “I received an excellent education that prepared me for a difficult college major and a successful career. ‘Thank You’ is insufficient to express my appreciation for the many Bradley County teachers who invested in me. The best compliment I can pay them is my service and commitment to education in this community.”
Turner completed his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at Tennessee Tech in 1994, graduating with honors.
He received his master’s degree in business administration in May 2011 using Tennessee Tech’s Virtual MBA program.
Why did he would return to college after 14 years? Turner said, “The world around us is changing rapidly and leaders must constantly learn in order to establish appropriate vision and strategy. The virtual education experience also gave me insight into a developing trend affecting not only public education, but also training and development in the business and nonprofit world.”
Turner is also an active member of North Cleveland Baptist Church, serves as director of the Royal Ambassadors program for boy’s missions education, is an usher and serves on the church strategic planning committee.