Treasurer, NAACP National Board of Directors
Resides in 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 (civil rights activists).
Owner, Jesse H. Turner, Jr., Certified Public Accountant, serving small businesses, non-profits, and professionals.
Treasurer, NAACP National Board of Directors, since 2007. National Board member since 1995. Golden Heritage Life Member. Member, Delta Boule, Memphis.
In the past, he served as President, Memphis NAACP Youth Council; Founder & President, University of Chicago College Chapter; Treasurer, Memphis Branch; Assistant Treasurer, National Board; participated in NAACP National Youth Mobilization to lower vote to 18; participated in voter registration drives. Promoted use of previously-excluded African-American businesses on boards on which he served; worked in GOTV efforts to help elect previously-excluded blacks and others of goodwill to public office.
In the past, he has served as Finance Council Member, St. Augustine Church; Finance Committee Chair, LeMoyne-Owen College; Chairman, National Bankers Association; Chairman, Black Business Association; Finance Committee Chair, Memphis & Shelby County Convention Center Board; Board Member, Depot Redevelopment Corporation of Memphis and Shelby County.
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 desegregating CBHS (the first desegregated high school in Memphis and Shelby County) on 50TH anniversary, CBHS, 2013. Service to Humanity Award, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, 2014. Trailblazer of Memphis Award, Christian Brothers University Collegiate Chapter NAACP and Black Student Association, 2016. Be the Dream Legacy Award, City of Memphis, 2017.
Served Tri-State Bank of Memphis as Chairman, CEO, and President for 29 years. Accomplishments: Increased assets from $58 Million to $126 Million. Led group of six minority banks nationwide to lend $4.5 million to CME Church to save historically-black Texas College. Continued use of African-American businesses in bank operations.
Received B.S. in mathematics and M.B.A. in accounting and finance from the University of Chicago.