Brian Turner is currently serving his third term as State House Representative for North Carolina’s District 116 in Buncombe County. Since being elected in 2014, Brian has focused his efforts on supporting public education, protecting our state’s mountains and rivers, and growing local economies. He serves on the state’s Appropriations, Community Colleges, Wildlife Resources, and Environment committees.
Brian uses his platform as a legislator to learn from members of his community. Over the past five years he has tried his hand as an instructional assistant for a day, helped the dream of ball fields in Enka become a reality, and tagged black bears for study with the Wildlife Resources Commission. These learning opportunities and many others — like visiting every public school in district 116 — taught him just how much there is to protect across North Carolina.
Brian grew up in Buncombe County and received his Bachelors in Economics from Northwestern University and his MBA from Wake Forest University. His career path reflects his many interests and serves as a guide for his leadership in Raleigh. While still in his 20’s and living in New York City, he produced both the MTV Video Music Awards and Super Bowl Halftime Shows. In 2004 Brian, and his wife Katina, moved back to North Carolina where he served on the leadership team of his family’s business Mills Manufacturing and helped Mills adopt new ways of thinking about manufacturing and employee relations.
Following the retirement of his father and with Mills in the capable hands of his brother-in-law, Brian joined UNC Asheville as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations in 2012. After taking responsibility for the Family Business Forum and Leadership Asheville, Brian was promoted to Assistant Vice Chancellor where he worked to connect businesses statewide with the university, its professors, and most importantly its students.
Brian’s wife, Katina, is the owner and proprietor of Turner & Co., a boutique salon in Biltmore Village. Brian currently works as a commercial Realtor at NAI Beverly Hanks in Asheville. When he’s not working, Brian is an avid sportsman who enjoys taking his daughter, Eleanor, on outdoor adventures camping, hunting and hiking.
Brian’s legislative office website can be found here.