Tony TurinTurin's New Vision for the Mountain posted on 03/01/2014
You may not be able to see him yet, but you will soon.
Tony Turin is coming back to town.
And if you don’t see him, he can help you with that too.
Turin was born in Welches, graduated Sandy High in 2002, went to Mount Hood Community College for two years, earned his undergraduate degree from Western Oregon University in visual science, received a Health Professional Scholarship through the Army and graduated from Pacific University with a doctorate in optometry.
That led to a four-year commission in 2010 as a captain in the Army at Fort Bragg, North Carolina – which included a five-month hitch in a combat support unit in Kuwait. During his tour of duty he became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, an achievement realized by only 10 percent of optometrists.
He then entered a business competition sponsored by Citi Bank, known as Citi Salutes, a first-year endeavor to assist veterans in business, and garnered a $15,000 prize to open a new enterprise.
And now, with his wife Kim, son Micaiah, and daughter Jamela, he returns to his roots to open Mt. Hood Eye Care in Sandy – with the doors swinging open in May.
“I can’t wait,” Turin told The Mountain Times. “I’ve been counting down the days for many years to return to the Mountain community.”
The Citi Salutes competition was rigorous. While deployed Turin wrote his business plan, and was selected as one of seven finalists.
First up was a 20-minute presentation to a panel of judges in Long Beach, Calif.
Citi Salutes described Turin’s winning presentation:
“Dr. Tony Turin strode in the room, shook hands with the judges and introduced himself. He stood Oprah style in front of the room, sans notes, and began. ‘We’re going to produce profits by pro-viding the best eye care possible,’ Turin said.
The Army doc detailed his market, the existing competition, market strategy, projections and expenses.
At the conclusion, Turin let out an audible ‘whoosh’ of relief. The judges, clearly impressed, jumped in with comments, advice and several compliments.”
Judge Larry Broughton listened intently and added: “You’ve done your homework.”
The field was narrowed to three, with a 90-second presentation in the offing in front of an audience of 90 attendees of the conference.
“It was hard,” Turin said. “I’m not usually one for public speaking.”
He underestimated himself, pocketing $15,000 to prove the point.
Tony Turin is the grandson of Jim Turin, owner of Jim Turin & Sons, a family owned asphalt company on the Mountain. He is the son of Dave Turin of “Gold Rush” television fame.
Tony Turin’s rock fell a long way from the gravel pit.
“It doesn’t quite all line up,” he said with a chuckle.
The new optometrist will be assisted by his wife Kim, sister-in-law Kelly Obrist, mother Shelly Turin and mother-in-law Becky Titney, in keeping with the tradition of family run businesses.
The new Mt. Hood Eye Care will be located at 36840 Industrial Way, Suite B, in Sandy.
And when you see the new doc, tell him:
by Larry Berteau/MT