About Mark Turner
Mark Turner is a technology pundit, blogger, social media strategist, and public servant who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has spent 20 years in the software industry, serving in technical support, consulting, system administration, IT management, sales engineering, training, and product management roles. He is an engaging public speaker with a knack for putting complex concepts into simple terms. He especially enjoys exploring new benefits of technology and is often on the leading edge of technology trends.
Mark is deeply committed to public service. He is a community organizer in his neighborhood of East Raleigh. He currently serves as Chair of Raleigh’s Parks, Recreation, and Greenway Advisory Board (PRGAB). Notable among his many volunteer activities, he previously served as Chair of the Raleigh’s Citizens Advisory Council (RCAC), Chair of the East Citizens Advisory Council (East CAC), Vice-Chair of the Mordecai Historic Park Advisory Board (2008-2012), and on the boards of both the North Carolina Museum of Art Contemporaries (1999-2001) and the Triangle Linux User Group (TriLUG) (2005-2006). He also served two years as president of Garner Crimestoppers.
Mark is a veteran of United States Navy, having served aboard the USS Elliot (DD-967) during the Persian Gulf War. As a cryptologic technician Mark was granted a TOP SECRET security clearance and also performed duties as an intelligence photographer. Despite outstanding performance that earned him commendations from flag officers, Mark left the Navy to attend North Carolina State University in 1992. He has lived in the Raleigh area ever since.
Mark is a also prolific blogger. Since he began blogging in 2002 he has authored over 5,100 posts on the topics of technology, politics, and others. His weblog, www.markturner.net, has garnered the attention of the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Associated Press among others. Last year his blog attracted 1.7 million hits from 260,000 visits: an average of 711 visits per day.
Mark lives in Raleigh with his wife, Kelly, two children, and dog. When he’s not busy planning Raleigh’s future by serving on one of his boards, he can often be found biking one of Raleigh’s greenways or sailing at Lake Gaston.
You can download the latest version of his resume here [PDF].
Mark’s GPG key is here.