Irving Developer JPI Announces Appointment of Chief Visionary Officer

A former NFL player, Scott Turner is the former executive director of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council under Dr. Ben Carson's leadership. Before that, he served two terms as representative of House District 33 in the Texas House of Representatives.

Scott Turner has been named chief visionary officer of Irving-based JPI, a new leadership role designed to develop and execute a comprehensive strategic vision for the company’s growth and expansion.

A national developer, builder, and investment manager of Class A attainable and affordable multifamily assets across the nation, JPI has more than 9,000 apartment homes under development.

“We’re delighted to have Scott join our executive leadership,” CEO Payton Mayes said in a statement. “As an adviser to JPI, Scott has proven to be a great asset to the organization, and to me personally. At JPI, we look for leaders who are humble, hungry and people-smart, and Scott truly embodies those traits. Scott’s reputation is well-established as a leader in business, in the Texas Legislature and our country’s executive branch, and he has a strong track record of positively influencing organizations and teams.”

Turner comes to JPI with an impressive background in public and private senior leadership positions.

From the gridiron to the White House

Turner is the former executive director of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council under Dr. Ben Carson’s leadership. Before that, he served two terms as representative of House District 33 in the Texas House of Representatives.

“I’m thrilled that JPI has chosen Scott Turner as their Chief Visionary Officer,” Carson, the former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, said in a statement. “I couldn’t think of a better title for him if I tried to. I have seen first-hand Scott’s ability to excel as both a visionary and a doer. His work ethic, character and infectious attitude working with me on opportunity zones proved to be incredibly beneficial for our nation, and I know this same style of servant leadership will bring success to JPI. Scott is Godly, hardworking, and a natural born leader and JPI is blessed to have him.”

Beyond his public sector role, Turner played in the NFL for nine years and continues to serve as a Senior Advisor to the NFL’s EVP of Football Operations.

Turner also founded and is president of the CEOC (Community Engagement & Opportunity Council), whose mission is to revitalize America through sports, mentorship, and economic opportunity. He also serves as an associate pastor at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano.

Vision to drive growth and harness the potential of JPI talent

As chief visionary officer, Scott is responsible for creating and implementing a comprehensive strategic vision to drive the JPI’s growth and expansion.

The role involves working closely with the executive leadership team to devise and execute corporate strategy, establishing and maintaining strong relationships with local, state, and federal entities, reinforcing JPI’s position as a thought leader, and promoting a culture of collaboration, creativity, and continuous improvement.

Prior to being named as chief visionary officer, Scott was an adviser to JPI for the past two years. During that time, he has offered keen insights and advised the JPI team on key strategies in order to advance the company’s strategic priorities, while also providing ongoing motivation and inspiration to strengthen JPI’s “people-first” culture.

“I’m excited to join the JPI family and contribute to its ongoing success,” Turner said in a statement. “Harnessing the potential of JPI’s collective experience and talent, I’m confident that we can propel the company towards even greater achievements. I look forward to continuing to work with the talented team at JPI to shape the company’s future and make a meaningful difference in the lives of the people we serve.”

Recognized by NMHC as the eighth-largest and fastest-growing developer in the nation, JPI also has two offices in Southern California.

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