Treasurer, NAACP National Board of Directors
Born May 6, 1950, Memphis, Tennessee; married to Joyce Hays Turner, former teacher; they have four children, Jesse III, Michael, Christy and Brian. Son of the late Mr. & Mrs. Jesse H. Turner (noted civil rights activist/banker and activist/author, respectively).
Serves Tri-State Bank of Memphis as President since 1990 and Board Member since 1983. Received B.S. in mathematics 1971 and M.B.A. in accounting and finance from the University of Chicago, 1973.
Treasurer, NAACP National Board of Directors, since 2007. National Board member since 1995, Golden Heritage Life Member, and Life Member NAACP. Member, Finance Council, St. Augustine Catholic Church. Member, American Institute of CPAS. Member, Delta Boule, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.
Distinguished Service Award, Memphis Branch NAACP, 1993; Hall of Fame, Christian Brothers High School (CBHS), 1995; Simply the Best CEO Award, 1996; Honorary Doctorate, LeMoyne-Owen College, 2004; B. Doyle Mitchell Award, National Bankers Association, 2006; African American Legacy Award, North Memphis District, AME Church, 2009; Freedom Award for Community Service, University of Memphis Chapter NAACP, 2012. Recognized for courage in desegregation of CBHS (the first integrated high school in Shelby County) on 50TH anniversary, CBHS, 2013. Trailblazer of Memphis Award, Christian Brothers University Collegiate Chapter NAACP and Black Student Association, 2016.
In the past, he has served as Vice President, Parish Council, St. Augustine Church; Trustee, Christian Brothers High School; Treasurer, Memphis Branch NAACP; Assistant Treasurer, NAACP National Board; Trustee, LeMoyne-Owen College; Chairman, National Bankers Association, a trade association of minority and women-owned Banks; Chairman, Black Business Association; Treasurer, Beale Street Repertory Company; President, Memphis Chapter, National Association Of Black Accountants; Finance Committee Chair, Memphis & Shelby County Convention Center Board; Board Member, National Civil Rights Museum; Board Member, West Tennessee Venture Capital Corporation. Board Member, Memphis Chapter, American Institute of Banking; Board Member, Shelby County Housing Authority. Board Member, Depot Redevelopment Corporation of Memphis and Shelby County.
Other career notes: Served Tri-State Bank of Memphis as Chairman 1994-2011; CEO 1989-2016; EVP, VP, Auditor, and Trainee 1973-89. Certified Public Accountant since 1974. Owner, Jesse H. Turner, Jr., Certified Public Accountant, since 1989, serving small businesses, non-profits, and professionals.
Other past education: Graduate Christian Brothers High School and St. Augustine Grade School.
Accomplishments: During his tenure as President of Tri-State Bank of Memphis, assets increased from $58 Million to $126 Million. He led effort to lend $4.5 Million by six minority banks nationwide to save historically-black Texas College. He continued use of African-American businesses in bank renovations and operations.
In the past, he served as President & Vice President, Memphis NAACP Youth Council; President Region V Youth; Founder & President, University of Chicago College Chapter; National Assistant Treasurer, NAACP; participated in NAACP National Youth Mobilization to lower vote to 18; participated in voter registration drives, picketing and marches since 12. Fought for use of African-American Businesses on boards on which he served including Depot Redevelopment Corporation of Memphis and Memphis Cook Convention Center; served as Trustee and Finance Committee Chair of historically-black LeMoyne-Owen College; worked wards and precincts to help elect blacks and others of goodwill to public office; first black to desegregate a high school in Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee.