I’m a Texan. I used to have a lot of big-time hobbies that came with that description but trying hard to be a dedicated husband and father seems to take up all my time. My wife Marci and I have been married since 1997. We met while at graduate school at SMU. The Lord has taken us to eight different geographic locations during our marriage and we have grown from each home we’ve shared together. Outside of my salvation, she is my greatest gift from the Lord.
God has chosen to give us two daughters, Grace (1999) and Faye (2004), and one son, Joseph (2010). I know that they have been entrusted to me and Marci for only a short season and we are doing all that we can to sow the fruit of righteousness in their young lives–and pray for a gracious harvest from the Holy Spirit. Simply speaking, I want to see God receive more and more glory in my life, in my family, in the lives of people down my street, in the Church, and to the ends of the earth!
Sutton Turner combines almost 30 years of business experience leading 5 different businesses across three different countries as CEO (United States, Qatar, and Abu Dhabi). These businesses include real estate, investment, development, brokerage, facilities management, consulting, and other business services. Sutton has also led the acquisition and financing of businesses and real estate across the world.
In 1998, Sutton co-founded the Wentwood Companies with his brother and served for 10 years as a managing partner, providing services across 10 states and 36 locations. The company’s competitive advantage was the ability to turn around troubled assets all across the US. Today, Wentwood manages a portfolio of institutional real estate funds that have been capitalized in excess of $9 billion and have been invested in affordable multifamily properties across 49 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, as well as own/manage over 5,000 units of affordable housing in 10 states.
In 2008, he served as the founding CEO of Khidmah (“service” in Arabic), currently the largest services management company in the UAE with over 1,000 employees. As CEO, Sutton created the first full-service real estate management company in Abu Dhabi, UAE with $600M in assets and $1.8B under development. A critical element to Khidmah’s success was the establishment of recruiting channels for skilled workers and professionals from the Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Egypt, and Syria.
In 2010, Sutton led Waseef, LLC in Doha, Qatar. This subsidiary of Barwa leads Qatar 2030 on behalf of His Highness Sheikh / Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani – The Emir. As CEO of Waseef, Sutton reorganized the company which had no business plan, model, organization, processes, and operating systems. In the first 90 days, he completed the strategic business plan, 5-year budget, and organizational structure. During this tenure, he implemented a worldwide business development plan and mobilized staff to gain new management business including the contract for the 2011 Asian Olympic Village and the housing and management of 10,000 athletes.
Sutton joined Mars Hill Church in Seattle in 2011 as General Manager. He was then promoted to Executive Pastor, Executive Elder, and Board Member. Mars Hill had a weekly podcast audience of over 250,000 and an attendance of 15,000 across five states and 15 locations. Because of his experience at Mars Hill and what he learned there, Sutton is passionate about seeing churches have healthy and loving cultures led by healthy and loving leaders. Sutton has extensive experience with churches and non-profits in the areas of culture, governance, organizational design, and growth strategies.