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Game Changers: Bill & Joe Turner

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Under Bill Turner’s guidance, Great Southern Bank turned from a $79 million, single-branch institution to a $3.5 billion holding company with 76 retail banking centers. He joined the bank in 1974 and was instrumental in taking it public in 1989 (Nasdaq: GSBC). More recent advances are attributable to Turner’s son, Joe, who took the bank’s president spot in 1999. Bank assets reached $1 billion in 2000 and doubled within five years. Shares peaked at $42.90 in December 2004 and currently trade in the $20-range.

The Turner family, including Bill’s wife Ann, received Missouri State University’s Bronze Bear Award in 2009 and CoxHealth renamed its women’s and children’s facility The Turner Center.

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