The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) board of directors elected White County Commission Chairman Travis Turner as board chairman and George McIntosh as board vice chairman effective January 1, 2018. Turner and McIntosh were elected by the GEFA board on November 9, 2017.

“Chairman Turner and George McIntosh have contributed greatly to GEFA’s success. We look forward to working with them as they lead the GEFA board of directors,” said Kevin Clark, GEFA executive director.

Turner—a lifelong White County resident—was elected chairman of the White County board of commissioners in 2009. He represents the White County board of commissioners on the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission. Turner serves as vice chairman of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia’s Group Self-Insurance Workers’ Compensation Fund board of trustees. He is a former member of the State Workforce Investment Board.

Turner worked in the financial industry for 17 years, last serving as the senior vice president and senior lender for Regions Bank. He then managed and reorganized his family’s lumber business, Mt. Yonah Lumber Company, until its sale. Turner is self-employed.

Turner is actively involved with various community organizations, including the White County Rotary Club. He and his family attend the Cleveland Worship Center where he has served on the board of deacons. Turner earned an associate’s degree from Truett McConnell University and a bachelor’s degree in finance from North Georgia College and State University. He and his wife, Catherine, reside in Cleveland with their two children.

“I am honored to serve the citizens of Georgia as GEFA chairman and would like to acknowledge Mayor Boyd Austin for his strong leadership as chairman over the last term,” said Turner. “I hope to continue Boyd’s leadership.”

McIntosh is a semi-retired builder and developer in southwest Georgia. He is a member of the Flint River Basin Committee. McIntosh previously served on the Joint Comprehensive Water Plan Study Committee (2001-2004) and the local, state, and national boards of directors for the National Association of Home Builders. He was named a life director and “Builder Member of the Year” by the Home Builders Association of Georgia.

McIntosh is a graduate of Darton College and Valdosta State University. Residents of Lee County, he and his wife, Judy, have three children and three grandchildren.