Terry grew up in a blue collar household in Dayton, Ohio. He was the first person in either his mother’s or father’s family to graduate from high school. After high school, he traveled to Athens Ohio where he worked at a variety of jobs to pay his way through the engineering program at Ohio University, and where he met Nancy. After graduation, Terry and Nancy married and moved to Rochester NY. In Rochester, Terry took an engineering job at Eastman Kodak and completed an MBA program in finance at the University of Rochester; Nancy completed her undergraduate degree and gave birth to their two sons.
Subsequently, they moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where Terry took a position as a finance professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and where Nancy and Terry reared their young family. Over the years, their family has grown with the addition of two wonderful daughters-in-law and four grandchildren.
Terry Turner served as a Sarasota City Commissioner from 2009 to 2013 and represented the City on the Metropolitan Planning Organization, which is the regional transportation planning body. His other planning experience includes service on the Sarasota County Planning Commission, the Sarasota County Committee for Economic Development, and the Sarasota County Environmentally Sensitive Lands Committee.
Terry has volunteered extensively on environmental issues. His leadership roles include service as a Board Member and Treasurer of 1000 Friends of Florida, whose stated goals are building better communities and saving special places, and as Chair of the Nature Conservancy of Florida.
Terry’s professional career has been in finance with major banking institutions and in teaching finance at the University of California, Berkeley. He earned an MBA in finance at University of Rochester and a PhD in economics at Carnegie-Mellon University.