Get to Know GROW’s New Business Development Officer, Jordan Turner

We are thrilled to welcome our new business development officer, Jordan Turner! Jordan originally hails from the metro Detroit area, and is coming to us by way of Louisville, where he has spent four years working within Louisville Metro Government as an Economic Development Manager. During his time in Louisville, Jordan was an Ecosystem Builder in the Small Business/Startup Community, providing technical assistance, developing programming, sitting on organizing committees, and overall advocating for entrepreneurship.

What was your first job and what did you learn from it?

I worked at Panera for six-months when I was 16, and I learned that I hated doing something that I didn’t enjoy.

What is your go-to productivity trick

Coffee. I’ve never really had a structure of how I get things done, I just tend to, but I am always drinking coffee.

What is your work from home secret weapon?

 In Louisville, our space was super small. It was a typical bachelor pad. My desk was a love seat. Here, it is a better and more comfortable space. AND Coffee.

Who has influenced you the most when it comes to how you approach your work? 

A lot of people. I would say the most influential person that I have only recently found out about is my dad. We are very similar. We have always had a great relationship, but we are both stubborn. Recently, we have been having deep, drawn-out conversations about business, financials, ideas and life. He has been my biggest influence on how I work and how I think. Everything I think is about business — how can I make money, what is my next big idea, what can I learn? My dad, who is in his 70s, refuses to retire and is the same way. 

How do you prefer to start and end your workday?

Always have a cup of coffee at the beginning. At the end of the day, sometimes it’s with a glass of bourbon or watching mind-numbing TV.

What is a moment in your career so far that you are really proud of?

I am proud of a lot of my collaborations with the start-up and small business communities. I am really proud of the Entrée-preneuership Program, which is a 10 week-accelerator program for food entrepreneurs in Louisville.

 I am actually most proud of moving out of state. I didn’t know anything about Louisville, didn’t know anyone, I accepted a job and moved in two weeks. I am proud that I did that. 

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?

Don’t be afraid to make the jump from good to great. A baseball coach gave me that advice. I was a senior in highschool,and it essentially means get out of your own way. 

What are we most likely to find you doing on the weekends?

Relaxing, hanging out, reading, riding a spin bike — I have a goal I made with my friend to ride 2,500 miles this year. I am already behind! Exploring restaurants — I am a foodie. I like to support small businesses and explore eclectic neighborhoods.

If you could change one thing about the world with the snap of your fingers, what would it be?

Worry. Fear. It is so consuming. Without it, your opportunities are limitless.