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After a nearly four-year renovation, the 25,000-square-foot estate is now open and available for guest stays




Congress passed the National Bison Legacy Act in April 2016

TED RECEIVES 2016 HONORS In this special edition of the Turner Times, we will look back on a busy year in Turnerverse from Atlanta to Montana and everywhere in between. TURNER TIMES



05 STANDING BUTTE: “DEAL OF THE YEAR” The purchase of Standing Butte Ranch recognized by The Land Report READ MORE

FORBES 400 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD In June, Forbes honored Ted with the prestigious Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy for his many charitable endeavors, both past and present, at its fifth annual Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy. Although Ted wasn’t able to be present at the event in New York, he accepted the award via Skype from Bozeman, Montana. In Ted’s place, UN Foundation (UNF) President and CEO Kathy Calvin (pictured left) was there to represent both UNF and Ted’s philanthropic legacy. UNF President & CEO Kathy Calvin at Forbes 400 Summit




The Forbes 400 Summit brings together 200 of the world’s leading philanthropists, social entrepreneurs and business leaders every year to discuss how best to apply wealth and resources to today’s most complex issues. Participants work collectively to solve social problems related to clean energy, cancer, criminal justice, the

global refugee crisis, and business’ efforts to promote social good. This year’s attendees included Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Executive VP of Forbes Media Moira Forbes, and musical guest Alicia Keys. In response to receiving this well-deserved award, Ted had this to say: “This award is a real honor, as philanthropy continues to be one of the great passions of my life. Over the years, witnessing what giving can do through my foundations - the UN Foundation, Nuclear Threat Initiative and Turner Foundation, has provided me with more satisfaction than I can put into words. I look forward to continuing my philanthropic efforts, and urge my peers to do the same.” Thank you, Ted, for your admirable work, and congratulations on this wonderful honor!



PHOTO: TEI’s TEDS (Turner Employees Dedicated to Service) volunteer day with Habitat For Humanity


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After suffering a devastating grassfire, Z-Bar Ranch is on the road to recovery READ MORE



In recognition of Ted’s environmental stewardship and enthusiasm for the sport of fly fishing, The American Museum of Fly Fishing (AMFF) honored him with its Heritage Award this past May in New York City. The annual event, which was held at the Racquet & Tennis Club, celebrates individuals and organizations who possess an admirable commitment to the Museum, the sport of fly fishing,

and the conservation of our Earth’s natural resources.

In March, Ted Turner was honored by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF with its Global Philanthropist Award for the incredible impact he’s made on the lives of numerous children and their families around the world.

Emceed by CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux, the evening was enjoyed by many, as they dined on fare prepared by chefs from three of Atlanta’s best restaurants - Canoe, Aria and Ted’s Montana Grill. Guests were also treated to a performance by Georgia-native band, the B-52’s.

The organization’s second annual Evening for Children First event, which was hosted by UNICEF’s Southeast Regional offices, was held in Atlanta at The Foundry at Puritan Mill, and was attended by over 300 guests and raised more than $730,000 to support the work of the organization.

The program included a video tribute to Ted, narrated by Beau Turner, and a fantastic introduction by Ted’s longtime friend and former sailing teammate Gary Jobson. Guests enjoyed a seated dinner and live auction, with proceeds going toward the public programs and exhibitions at the AMFF.

Thanks to UNICEF for a tremendous evening, and congratulations to Ted on this fantastic honor!



Ted Turner, left, at the grand opening ceremony of Casa Grande at Vermejo Park Ranch


This past June, Ted’s newest hospitality venture Ted Turner Expeditions held a very exciting event at Vermejo Park Ranch – the grand opening of Ted’s private home, Casa Grande, after a nearly four-year renovation. The home now serves guests of Vermejo who are looking for luxury accommodations and amenities, as well as the highest level of service available on property. Ted, TEI executives and staff, invited media (including Travel & Leisure, Forbes and CNN), and friends of Vermejo were all in attendance at the event. Following the ribbon cutting, attendees were able to tour Casa Grande, and speak with the architect who led Casa Grande’s substantial renovation project. (CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE)


Young Aplomado falcon in tree at Deep Well by Ted’s house on the Armendaris Ranch in New Mexico. This shows that our extensive efforts to recover the species on the Ranch’s historic habitat was successful on some level.



TURNER BUILDING RECOGNIZED AS A TOP PERFORMER IN BETTER BUILDINGS CHALLENGE We are proud to announce that the Turner Building, which houses Turner Enterprises’ Atlanta offices, Ted’s Montana Grill’s corporate headquarters, Turner Foundation, Captain Planet Foundation, Ted Turner Expeditions’ headquarters, Turner Renewable Energy, and Ted’s Montana Grill’s Downtown Atlanta restaurant, was recognized as a top performer in both water and energy savings for the fourth year in a row by Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (ABBC)! The Better Buildings Challenge was initiated in 2011 by President Obama with the U.S. Department of Energy. With the goal of reducing energy and water consumption by 20% (CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE)

Once the ceremony was completed, several TEI staff members and media stayed on property to take part in Vermejo’s exceptional menu of outdoor activities, including fishing, clay shooting, horseback riding, and unmatched wildlife viewing. In addition, Vermejo staff entertained guests of this special event with cocktails served by a bonfire and outstanding cuisine featuring venison, trout, and bison. The Casa Grande grand opening was yet another milestone in the continued

growth of Ted Turner Expeditions, whose portfolio includes each of Ted’s New Mexico ranches - Vermejo, Ladder Ranch, and Armendaris Ranch (day tours only) – and his boutique hotel, Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa, strategically located between the Ladder and Armendaris. Be sure to check out our website (www., and follow us on social media for updates as we continue to expand our tour offerings.

Since its purchase by Turner Enterprises in September 2015, the historic Standing Butte Ranch (formerly the Triple U Ranch) has received quite a bit of attention from those in the field of land acquisition, ownership and management. In its Spring 2016 issue, The Land Report magazine, which frequently spotlights Ted and significant Turner projects, named the acquisition of the Standing Butte 2015’s “Deal of the Year.” The Standing Butte, which is located within about 10 miles of Turner’s other South Dakota property (Bad River Ranch), consists of approximately 46,000 acres of natural prairie, much of which has never been disturbed, as well as several species of wildlife (including bison, antelope and greater priarie chickens). In fact, the Ranch, which is noted for providing gorgeous scenery in the 1990 Kevin Costner film Dances with Wolves, has hosted bison on its land for half a century!

across the city by 2020, Atlanta is well on its way, having achieved over 17% in energy savings and 22% water savings in 2015. The ABBC encompasses more than 400 buildings in the Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead neighborhoods, with a total of more than 100 million square feet. Congratulations to Turner Building Manager Steve Furtado, Assistant Building Manager, Benny Fennell, and all who helped make this possible. Keep up the excellent work!


L to R: Rutherford Seydel, TEI Property Manager Steve Furtado, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, and TEI Director of Human Resources & Administration Verla Calhoun



RHETT TURNER AND GREG POPE AWARDED SOUTHEAST REGIONAL EMMYS Congratulations are in order for Rhett Turner, Greg Pope and Red Sky Productions! This past June, their 2015 documentary, Secrets of the Longleaf Pine, earned two Southeast Regional Emmy Awards for “Best Musical Composition” and “Best Topical Documentary.” The film, which aired on Public Broadcasting, showcases the diversity and irreplaceable value of the Longleaf Pine Forest, as well as efforts currently being made by various groups to restore and conserve this vulnerable ecosystem.



Turner Renewable Energy, in conjunction with Southern Company, had a big year in 2016, adding two solar projects to its portfolio – Calipatria Solar Facility in Imperial County, California and Rutherford Farm Solar Facility in Rutherford County, North Carolina – in February and July, respectively. Located on 489 acres in Rutherford County, Rutherford Farm Solar Facility is expected to generate enough

Photo: Rutherford Farm Solar Facility


electricity to power over 11,000 homes in North Carolina once it commences commercial operation, which is expected to occur in early 2017.

The acquisition of these two facilities at 20MW (Calipatria) and 74MW (Rutherford Farm) brings the total number of Turner Renewable Energy-Southern Company projects to 10, with a combined total of 415 megawatts of generated power.

TEI FLIGHT DEPARTMENT Welcome! Pilot Brian Hay (pictured left) joined the Turner Flight Department in April. We would also like to recognize several other members of the flight department: Toby Blanton, Director of Flight Operations celebrated his 27th year with Turner Enterprises this past June, as well as Jeff Lundy, Director of Maintenance, who celebrated his 19th year with TEI, also in June. Captain John Hartley celebrated his 19th year with TEI in October, and Captain Matt West celebrated his first year with the company in March.

BISON NAMED NATIONAL MAMMAL Turner Enterprises, Turner Endangered Species Fund (TESF) and Ted’s Montana Grill (TMG) all had a reason to celebrate this past April, as Congress passed the National Bison Legacy Act, making the bison our nation’s mammal! Along with Ted, TMG CEO and co-founder George McKerrow, Turner Ranches, and TESF have worked towards this goal since Ted first initiated his plan to help bring bison back from the brink of extinction many years ago. “This is a landmark decision that recognizes bison’s significance to American culture,” said George McKerrow. “Bison reflect the pioneer spirit of the American West that Ted’s is founded upon. We’re proud to commemorate the strides we’ve made since supporting the National Bison Legacy Act over the past four years, and celebrate this accomplishment.” This is a significant time for Team Turner. We should all feel proud that our efforts helped bring proper recognition to the bison species, as not only a historic symbol for our nation, but a strong and tenacious animal that has endured over time.



L to R: Laura Turner Seydel, Rebecca Gupta, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Ted Turner, Captain Planet, Dr. E.O. Wilson, Hannah Testa and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

TMG NEWS Ted’s Montana Grill (TMG) was honored by one of the largest national publications with 7.3 million monthly readers, Consumer Reports, who voted TMG the #1 Bar & Grill AND a Top 10 Great Dining Pick! This article was also featured online, here.

NEW RESTAURANT OPENING TMG joined the Christiana Fashion Center in Newark, DE, a lively retail mix of entertainment, shops and restaurants, on Nov. 14, 2016, bringing the total number of restaurants across the U.S. to 46! TMG hired more than 75 employees to join the team at its Newark location. TMG’s 4,600-square-foot Christiana restaurant interior is representative of a classic 19th century saloon with wood-paneled walls, tin-pressed ceilings and mosaic-tiled floors, including a bar and patio. The restaurant’s interior dining room seats 130 guests with an additional 30 seats available on its outdoor patio. We hope you get the chance to visit this new location!

TED TURNER EXPEDITIONS After its launch in 2015, Ted Turner Expeditions (TTX) continued to expand its ranch tour offerings this year; the boldest of which included hot air balloon tours of Ted’s 360,000-acre Armendaris Ranch in (CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE)



CAPTAIN PLANET FOUNDATION HOSTS ANNUAL GALA On December 9th, the Captain Planet Foundation hosted its annual Gala fundraiser at the Intercontinental-Buckhead in Atlanta, where the Foundation honored environmental leaders HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales;

researcher and biologist Dr. E.O. Wilson; actor Ian Somerhalder; and youth award recipients Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and Hannah Testa. While Prince Charles wasn’t able to attend, Gala attendees enjoyed a taped video message provided by the Prince, expressing his delight and gratitude for the award. Other notable guests in attendance included Ted Turner, actress Jane Fonda, activist and former Mayor of Atlanta Andrew Young, Spanx founder Sara Blakely, musicians CeeLo Green and Zac Brown, and actress Nikki Reed.

The event included both silent and live auctions, which featured a stay at Ted’s Flying D Ranch in Montana, a visit to the set of Jane Fonda’s hit Netflix series Grace and Frankie, and Atlanta Hawks courtside tickets with VIP access. The Gala, which was attended by 720 guests, proved to be a success, raising $750,000 in a single night! Congratulations to the 2016 Gala honorees, and thank you to those who attended!

HOT AIR BALLOON TOUR AND BALLOON FIESTA southern New Mexico! Guests of both the Ladder Ranch and Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa have the opportunity to partake in the hot air balloon tour of the Armendaris, which allows for supreme views of the Ranch’s vast terrain, herds of bison and other wildlife, as well as the breathtaking Fra Cristobal mountain range on property. The TTX Hot Air Balloon tour, which has been publicized by Travel & Leisure, The Telegraph and others, has been enjoyed by many thus far (including several members of the Turner Family this past summer), and gained additional attention after being featured in the world-famous Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in early October. The Fiesta, which in 2015 attracted almost 1 million attendees, takes place over the course of one week, flying a total of over 500 balloons. TTX’s balloon – wrapped in a custom Ted Turner Expeditions banner (pictured left)- was on full display to thousands at the event. TTX had a blast being involved in the Fiesta, and we hope to see more Turner employees take part in this unforgettable tour on the Armendaris!




JUDY ADLER In June, the Turner Foundation (TFI) announced the retirement of Mike Finley, who had served as President for 15 years. Under Finley’s leadership, TFI made an enormous impact by protecting iconic wildlife habitat; catalyzing the transition to a clean energy economy; helping the Foundation’s hometown of Atlanta

become a leader in sustainability; fostering large-scale sustainability reforms across the hospitality industry; reforming national and state water policies to protect watersheds for human beings and nature; and conserving keystone species like pollinators and salmon. The Turner Foundation board unanimously voted to elect Senior Program Officer Judy Adler as its next president. Judy brings over 20 years of experience with planning, implementing, and leading environmental initiatives in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors.


In her new role as president, Judy continues TFI’s strategic work on numerous projects and initiatives, including the efforts to advance renewable energy. “I am honored and thrilled to take on the role of president at the Foundation,” Adler says. “I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to work closely with our visionary Chairman Ted Turner and trustees, talented staff, and partners to continue the foundation’s track record of collaborative and cutting-edge strategies to protect and restore our air, land, and water for future generations.” Congratulations to Judy on this exciting new role!




Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed recently appointed John R. Seydel as the new director of the office of sustainability for the city of Atlanta, where he will work across departments within the city and externally in the areas of nonprofit, business, community and academia.

• PR News selected the UN Foundation as the winner of the Digital PR Team of the Year/ Nonprofit award for the second year in a row.

• UN Foundation and 92Y were inducted into the PR News Platinum Hall of Fame for their work on #GivingTuesday.

• Aaron Sherinian received the 2016 PRWeek Global Award for Professional of the Year – In House.


Congratulations to John R. on this exciting new role!

• PR News selected the UN Foundation for its PR Platinum award in the Facebook category for the Foundation’s work on #EarthToParis.



• TTX received the Bronze award for “New Opening/Launch” - for Casa Grande’s Grand Opening (see page 3) – by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International.

MEXICAN GRAY WOLF PUPS ARRIVE AT LADDER RANCH A WHOLE LOTTA LITTLE LOBOS. Ladder Ranch became home to six new Mexican gray wolf puppies this April. Six Mexican gray wolf pups were born at the Ladder Ranch Wolf Management Facility on April 30th to mother ‘Hopa’ and father ‘Brother’, marking the first birth of pups at the Ladder in nearly a decade. The pups (three males and three females), their parents, and three older wolves, dubbed “The Ladder Pack”, were then released into the wild in Mexico in early December.

Ted Turner with one of the Ladder Pack pups during the Turner Foundation Board retreat this past summer

“THE LADDER PACK” This is the 10th release of Mexican gray wolves in Mexico and the largest to date. The Mexican gray wolf has been listed as an endangered species since 1976, and continues to be one of the most endangered mammals in North America and in the world.

Ladder’s Wolf Management Facility was built in 1997, and has housed well over 100 wolves since its inception. As one of only two facilities nationwide (the other being a facility protected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) that bridge the captive and wild populations of Mexican wolves, the management facility at Ladder plays an important role in the recovery of the “lobo” (Spanish for “wolf”) in the U.S. and Mexico. During their visit to the Ladder Ranch in mid-July 2016, members of the Turner family were able to participate in catching the pups, and helped with important vaccinations and health checks conducted by biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Turner Endangered Species Fund (TESF).



Z-BAR ENDURES NATURAL DISASTER In March, 41,000 of the 42,500-acre Z-Bar Ranch in Kansas burned in a wildfire that pushed through two states and three counties, and burned a total of 367,360 acres, making it the largest wildfire in Kansas history.

Z-Bar Ranch, 2 days after the March 2016 grassfire that burned 96% of the ranch

Among the unfortunate losses at the Z-Bar were the ranch manager’s house, several outbuildings and approximately 120 miles of bison fence. Luckily, Merrihew Cave, a summer home for 180,000 Mexican free-tailed bats, escaped damage from the fire. As devastating as the fire was to ranch infrastructure, the grasslands at the Z-Bar evolved with the fire, with recovery beginning within just weeks. (CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE)

Z-Bar Ranch in early May, 5 weeks post-fire (on the way to recovery)

TURNER ENTERPRISES BIDS A HEARTFELT FAREWELL TO BLUESTEM RANCH As Turner Enterprises said goodbye to its 43,000-acre Bluestem Ranch, its property of 15 years, the Ranch’s new owners welcomed it with open arms. After a bidding process, the Oklahoma property was sold to the Osage Nation Native American tribe in June. L to R: Josh Marks, John Wildin, Mark Kossler, John Hurd, Chief Standing Bear and Taylor Glover

In August, once the sale was complete, the Osage Nation held a Ranch Acquisition Celebration ceremony at Bluestem, which was attended by TEI President and CEO Taylor Glover, Osage Nation Chief Standing Bear, (CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE)


Ironically, the fire served to both “freshen” the vegetation and increase ecosystem heterogeneity; both timely natural responses, as the Z-Bar has increasingly become the focus of numerous restoration and conservation projects, which rely on habitat mosaics. Ideally situated in an important flyway for migratory birds and monarch butterflies, the Ranch recently completed restoration of a 60-acre wetland for waterfowl and shorebirds, and initiated efforts to increase the abundance and diversity of milkweed

and other native wildflowers to benefit monarchs. Management of the grass resource at Z-Bar through patch-burn rotational grazing, which, due to the wildfire, was not required in 2016, has been key in simulating the historical relationship between large grazers and fire, and also in meeting the habitat requirements of lesser prairie-chickens, black-tailed prairie dogs and bobwhite quail.

Z-Bar Ranch in late October, 7 months post-fire

General Manager of Turner Western Properties Mark Kossler, former Bluestem Ranch Manager John Hurd, Attorney Josh Marks (Davis, Pickren, Seydel & Sneed in Atlanta), TEI Chief Communications Officer Phillip Evans, and Hall and Hall real estate broker John Wildin, as well as Osage Nation dignitaries, tribe members, state and federal representatives and other invited guests.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-OMAHA BIOLOGY STUDENTS VISIT DEER CREEK RANCH At the end of September, Dr. Tom B. Bragg, father of Deer Creek’s Ranch Manager Tom K. Bragg, and Dr. Jeremy White, Professors of Prairie Ecology and Mammalogy at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, brought several of their graduate students to visit Deer Creek Ranch, located south of Gordon, Nebraska. Bragg, White, and their students were able to explore Nebraska’s Sandhill ecosystems, including the upland prairies, wet meadows and water systems, and the Ranch’s native plants and animals that inhabit the property. The visit was an excellent opportunity for the students to experience the uniquely wide-open prairies in Nebraska’s Sandhills region.

Although Ted Turner wasn’t able to attend, a letter from Ted was presented at the ceremony by Taylor Glover, in which he expressed his support for the sale, saying “I know that I’m leaving Bluestem in the right hands.” Congratulations to Osage Nation, and best of luck with this tremendous property!





Beecher Hills Elementary in Atlanta is tucked into a neighborhood off of Cascade Road, and backs up against the SW Connector Trail, a spur of the Atlanta Beltline. Southwest Atlanta is considered one of the most inequitable parts of the city with regards to healthy food access and income equality. In an attempt to remedy this, the school’s STEM (integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics curriculum) lab coordinator and PE coach brought Captain Planet Foundation’s Project Learning Garden to Beecher Hills three years ago, to support garden-based learning and nutrition education. In addition, Captain Planet Foundation placed a FoodCorps service member at Beecher Hills Elementary to serve the teachers and help implement the Project Learning Garden curriculum, garden-based tasting events, and project-based learning. With this strong foundation in place, Kaiser Permanente Foundation offered further support through a grant to fund the planting of an edible orchard on the Beltline behind the school. In partnership with Trees Atlanta, the afterschool SWAG (Student Wellness



and Gardening) club selected and has begun to plant their edible orchard, which will begin bearing native fruit trees, such as persimmons, pawpaws and service berries for the enjoyment of both the students and local wildlife, in two to three years. The Kaiser grant also allows expansion of the vegetable garden at Beecher Hills, which will produce enough produce to be served in the school’s cafeteria. Studies have found that students are more likely to eat produce grown in their school gardens – thus advancing their palates early and developing a lifelong love of vegetables. The Beecher Hills students and FoodCorps service member are now working with the cafeteria manager to select crops for spring! This school is a prime example of teachers recognizing a discrepancy, then reaching out for assistance in attaining resources to help their students learn STEM through gardening, improve their community, and share their love of healthy eating habits.

Ted Turner with children and grandchildren at Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa, July 2016

TURNER FOUNDATION 2016 RETREAT The Turner Foundation’s (TFI) annual educational retreat at Ted’s Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico showcased the work of the Foundation and Turner Endangered Species Fund (TESF) programs on Ted’s two nearby ranches (the Armendaris and Ladder), as well as the roll-out of Ted’s newest hospitality venture, Ted Turner Expeditions (TTX). Ultimately, these Turner properties in New Mexico are shining examples demonstrating a balance of conservation, restoration and now, recreation. TFI staff and members of the Turner Family took advantage of TTX’s menu of diverse ecotour offerings on both the Ladder and Armendaris Ranches in southern New Mexico, which include hiking, mountain biking, geology, birding, and paleontology. Ranch management teams at the Armendaris and Ladder Ranches created a rich agenda, which helped to immerse Foundation staff and Turner Family members in the archeology, history, and ecology of the unique ecosystems and species of both properties. One of the most memorable items on the agenda was the opportunity to participate in a wolf pup vaccination through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, (see page 11), arranged by TESF President Mike Phillips and his team. While in Truth or Consequences, the Foundation staff also had the chance to hear stories of some of the youth who benefit from the Turner Community Youth Development Initiative programs. TURNER TIMES


Vice President Joe Biden at the Social Good Summit

UNITED NATIONS FOUNDATION 2016 NOTABLE EVENTS Right: Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Social Good Summit on the Cancer Moonshot. His inspiring speech moved the audience – both physically and digitally – as they saw how far we’ve come since the program launched in January. UN General Assembly Week is a key opportunity for the UN Foundation (UNF) to support the work of the United Nations. The week brings together a variety of people, from heads of state and executives of companies to leaders of nongovernmental organizations and grassroots advocates to discuss the world’s biggest challenges. This year, UNF implemented a strategy to grow constituencies and highlight important issues, like the refugee crisis, gender equality, antimicrobial resistance, and advancing the Sustainable Development Goals.

To accomplish those goals, UNF hosted a variety of signature events, participated in high-level UN meetings, and joined partners to create the inaugural Global Goals Week, which began with the Social Good Summit and ran through the Global Citizen Concert. At this year’s annual UN Foundation/ UNA Global Leadership Dinner, honorees included President Barack Obama, World Food Program’s Ertharin Cousin,

UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai, Rovio Entertainment, and the Walgreens Boots Alliance. The night’s messages were clear: At a time of complicated challenges, we have great opportunities for international cooperation and strong leadership from the UN, for we have seen the power of what happens when the world comes together through the UN.

ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN HONORS TAYLOR AND SHEARON GLOVER The 35th anniversary of the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Garden of Eden Ball was held in September in Atlanta. This year, the ball honored TEI President and CEO Taylor Glover and his wife, Shearon Glover, for their generous leadership and support, serving as chairs of the Nourish & Flourish Capital and Endowment Campaign, and Shearon’s role on the Board of Trustees. As the Garden’s largest annual fundraising event, the ball directly supports the Garden’s mission to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, conservation and enjoyment. Congratulations to Taylor and Shearon Glover on this well-deserved honor!



Photo: Laura and family along with members of Ebenezer Baptist Church at the church’s Earth Day event


Among her various involvements over the course of the year, Laura Turner Seydel delivered the keynote speech to LaGrange College graduates at the school’s 185th commencement ceremony in LaGrange, GA. In her stirring speech, Laura urged the graduating class to do good work for our Earth and for future generations, saying “It’s a moral imperative to leave the world a better place for tomorrow’s child.” In her address, Laura named three individuals who have had a fundamental influence on her throughout her life: her father Ted, as he instilled his conservation ethics in her as a child, and taught her the importance of educating and motivating youth to play a vital role in our environment and communities; former Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Sally Bethea, who persevered to find solutions for the many problems that plagued Atlanta’s Chattahoochee River; and Interface Founder, the late Ray Anderson, who demonstrated how success can be found without damaging the environment, inspiring others to do the same. Laura encouraged these graduates to look to these three very different success stories, and become a “leader in your own sphere of influence.” In addition to her commencement address in May, Laura was recognized at Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church Earth Day event, participated on the panel of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, and received the Atlanta Business League Citizen of the Year award, among many other projects and accomplishments. Congratulations to Laura on a very successful year!

Ted Turner with one of the Ladder Pack pups during the Turner Foundation Board retreat

LAURA TURNER SEYDEL SERVES AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER Laura was one of the keynote speakers at the EAT Food Forum in Stockholm this summer, where she spoke about the success of Captain Planet Foundation’s Project Learning Garden program (see page 14).



2016 ANNOUNCEMENTS TURNER ENTERPRISES LEADERSHIP CHANGES In January, Turner Enterprises (TEI) President and CEO Taylor Glover announced David Withers’ promotion to Chief Financial Officer, following Bob Biebel’s retirement in late 2015. Prior to his current role as CFO, David had served as TEI’s Director of Finance since 2003. Congratulations to David on his new position as CFO.

TURNER RANCH LEADERSHIP CHANGES On behalf of Turner Enterprises, thank you to Armendaris Manager Tom Waddell and former Ladder Ranch Manager Steve Dobrott for 22 years and 24 years (respectively) of loyal service to our company! This year, both Tom and Steve announced their retirements; and while we’re sad to see them go, we extend our congratulations to them for years of hard work and friendship. Steve Dobrott will continue to serve on the Ted Turner Expeditions (TTX) team, lending his remarkable knowledge of the Ladder Ranch and surrounding area, as TTX continues to cultivate new interest. Succeeding Steve at Ladder Ranch is John Hurd, who previously served as Manager of Bluestem Ranch in Oklahoma, which was sold by TEI earlier this year (see page 12). Stepping into Tom’s position as Armendaris Ranch Manager, upon Tom’s retirement on January 1, 2017, is Armendaris’ E.D. Edwards, who has been with the Ranch since Ted’s purchase of the property in 1994. We are pleased to welcome Jade and Deann McBride to Vermejo Park Ranch. Jade is Vermejo’s new Hospitality Manager and his wife, Deann, is Vermejo’s new Rooms Manager. Congratulations to all on your exciting new roles.

TEI EMPLOYEES CELEBRATE MILESTONES Congratulations to the following Turner Enterprises employees on reaching these significant professional milestones! PHILLIP EVANS, Chief Communications Officer: 20 Years VERLA CALHOUN, Director of Human Resources: 20 Years GLADYS WHITE, Accounting Manager: 20 Years



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