Jerry Turk

Jerry Turk

Jerry is a former CEO of several hospitality companies. He oversaw the development, construction and management of many casino hotels, including the Pala Casino Spa and Resort in San Diego County and together with a former partner, the Empress Casino, near Chicago. These facilities soon became among the most successful casinos in their markets. He recently formed and serves as executive chairman of Tribal Financial Advisors, Inc., which provides financial advisory services to American Indian Tribes. Jerry was previously a partner and managing director with the investment banking firm of Oppenheimer & Co. where he specialized in challenging financings. He also served as chief operating officer of a large, privately-held women’s footwear company, chief financial officer of an American Stock Exchange-listed company, and a special assistant to the New York City Controller, where he led the team that uncovered poor accounting practices and other issues within the Controller’s office. He was trained as both an attorney and a certified public accountant. He served as the first president and a co-founder of the Las Vegas office of the Anti-Defamation League, president of the Ronald McDonald House of Las Vegas, chairman of the redevelopment committee of the Las Vegas Downtown Progress Association, director and member of the executive committee of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, director of the United Way of Southern Nevada, director and a founder of the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, director and member of the executive committee of the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas, director and member of the executive committee of Seacrest Village Retirement Communities of San Diego and director and member of the executive committee of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego.