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Karen Turner Joins CHP as Chief Business Development Officer

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Community Housing Partners (CHP), a nonprofit affordable housing developer in operation since 1975, announces the appointment of Karen Turner as the organization’s chief business development officer (CBDO). Prior to her official employment with CHP, Turner served as chairperson of CHP’s board of directors. 

In the newly-created role of CBDO, Turner provides supervision of and direction to the organization’s energy solutions and homeownership departments for developing and implementing new and improved business opportunities that promote smart growth and business sustainability in alignment with current market conditions in these industries. 

Previously, Turner served as the Regional President for Union First Market Bank in southwest Virginia.  She worked for Union and its legacy banks, StellarOne and FNB since 2001. Turner formerly worked in commercial banking roles with SunTrust in Nashville, Tenn., Wachovia in Atlanta, and Wells Fargo Bank in Denver, Co. 

A cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University in 1987, Turner is actively involved in the community. She has been both a participant and an advisor in Leadership Roanoke Valley, as well as the secretary of the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance and a board for the Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council, the Blacksburg Partnership, and Smart Beginnings of the New River Valley. Turner currently serves on the executive board for The Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce.  

“As past chairwoman of CHP’s board of directors, and in her many other civic activities, Karen has demonstrated a deep level of commitment to community vitality that reflects the spirit of our mission, while her extensive professional experience in the banking industry offers us valuable business expertise and perspective,” remarked CHP President and CEO Janaka Casper. “For 40 years, we’ve been expanding the scope and impact of our services, and Karen’s new position as CBDO will allow us to refine current programs, create new initiatives, and continue to be the industry benchmark for sustainable, affordable housing. We’re happy to have her on board.” 

Stated Turner, “For over a decade, I have admired and respected CHP’s values, its corporate culture, and the way the team consistently collaborates to deliver its mission.  I feel honored to be able to come off the sidelines and join CHP as a player, and hope to contribute to this important work."