Born in Tucumcari, New Mexico, Frank Turner resided in this eastern New Mexico community until after his graduation from high school. Frank completed his first two years of college at New Mexico Military Institute. In fall of 1959 Frank enrolled at East Texas State University where he was active in Tejas/Sig Ep fraternity. He graduated in 1961 with a BS degree in agriculture and with minors in economics and biology. That same year Frank was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps where he spent the next eight years. During this time Frank completed two tours in Southeast Asia, the second tour being thirteen months in the Republic of South Vietnam. In 1969 Captain Turner was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps and begin his 40 year railroad career. Frank began his railroad career with the Norfolk and Southern where he served in key operational positions including Superintendent and General Manager. In 1988 Frank was appointed Vice President of Operations of the Midsouth Railroad and in 1989 was appointed President and CEO of that railroad. He remained in this position until its sale to the Kansas City Southern Railroad. In 1993 Frank served as Vice President of Field Operations and Intermodal of CSX, a major eastern railroad. In 1998 Frank was selected as the President of the American Shortline and Regional Railroad Association headquartered in Washington DC. In 2002 the 107th US Congress and the Association of American Railroads recognized Frank for his “visionary leadership in the railroad industry.” In that same year Frank and his wife, Rosalie, retired to their home in Angel Fire, New Mexico. Frank and Rosalie divide their time between Angel Fire and Birmingham, Alabama. They have two sons and five grandchildren. Today Frank has served as chairman of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad and as well as Blacklands Railroad. He also serves on several boards including the Board of Directors of the Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Association. Frank founded the Tejas/Sig Ep Scholarship Fund. Frank and Rosalie, married 49 years, are very active in civic and church activities. Frank still loves almost all sports and an occasional round of golf.