Bill Turner - Excellence in Business
Currently Chairman of the Board at Great Southern Bank, Turner served as the company's president and CEO for more than twenty years. Under his leadership, Great Southern Bank grew from a small savings and loan in 1974 to the financial service institution it is today. Headquartered in Springfield, the company operates 39 banking centers in 16 counties, as well as loan production offices in St. Louis and Columbia, Mo., Overland Park, Kan., and Rogers, Ark. Turner has served in leadership for a variety of community organizations, including the Springfield School Board, Cox Health Systems, the American Cancer Society in Greene County, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Boy Scouts of America, and the OTC Foundation. Additionally, the Turner Family Foundation has significantly contributed to a variety of charitable organizations and causes since it was founded in 1997.