Turner Thompson Receives the 2017 Paul E. Martin Community Service Award!

The Paul E. Martin Community Service Award is one of the most significant awards presented each year by Ohio National because it recognizes those financial professionals who best exemplify the profession and who are also involved in community betterment activities. Such dual involvement is an essential element in the spirit of unity between a life insurance company and the people it serves. We congratulate Turner Thompson as the 2017 recipient.

He has been an active member of the Second Baptist Church of Detroit, which is the oldest African-American church in the Midwest, for 30 years, including serving as an usher, trustee board member and adviser on the church’s fundraising efforts and temporary housing for the homeless. Thompson has also organized an annual golf outing with the church for the past 15 years to engage and support its youth.

He is active with the Downtown Outreach Corporation which raises funds to pair and provide tutoring for a local elementary school and travel opportunities for inner-city youth. As former treasurer of the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan, he helped raise substantial funds to support the organization and its associated youth programs across Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. His charitable giving includes donations to several local organizations, including Black Mother’s Breastfeeding Association, which strives to normalize breastfeeding in the African American community and promote healthy life choices for black families. In addition, for the past 25 years he has supported Adopt a Child whereby providing Christmas gifts to needy children. Turner also supports the Westside Christian Academy, Fostering Futures, Results Mentoring, and Debutante, sorority and fraternity events that help to provide college scholarships for high school students.

Turner displays the type of passion for others and leadership abilities that embodies the spirit of the Paul E. Martin Community Service Award.