Jonathan Turpin is Never Too Busy to Think of Others

Posted by Monica Hoel

Think back to the sort of activities that occupied your senior year.

Now…consider the story of Jonathan Turpin’s senior year.

Jonathan used his last year at Emory & Henry to play football, do community service with young people in his home community in Wythe County, finish his degree, and complete an internship with Frito-Lay. The description of his typical day is pretty exhausting. But the time he spent working for the giant Pepsi-Co snack company (largest in the world, in fact) led to Jonathan being accepted into a training program for young professionals before he even graduated from Emory & Henry. He said they called in December and told him they had an early Christmas present for him.

His days still sound exhausting! He is now a District Sales Leader for Frito-Lay living in Charleston, South Carolina, with a territory that runs from Charleston to Summerville to Walterboro. And he finds that the very large corporation he works for actually has a surprising family feel. The company gained added respect from him when management reached out to all their employees during this complicated and important summer of 2020 to offer support and try understand how employees were feeling during a season of racial unrest. He says they asked for his input and gave him a safe space to respond honestly with no concern for his job. And, in the end, his team in Charleston truly became a supportive, caring family.

He graciously gives Emory & Henry credit for making him “the man he is today,” but it seems clear that his commitment to being thoughtful of the needs of others was instilled in himnearly by his mother who involved him in community service projects while he was still a kid. Now he believes it’s up to all of us to give back to those kids who will one day be our leaders – so even with a busy professional schedule he has community involvement at the top of a busy to-do list.

You can hear a conversation with Jonathan Turpin in the WEHC-FM archives.

  • Jonathan Turpin, Emory & Henry Class of 2017

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1546-kishanna-caesar-heyward-says-credit-is-queen"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,11,300,312/9072_Kishanna_Heyward.rev.1606925791.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,11,300,312/9072_Kishanna_Heyward.rev.1606925791.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,11,300,312/9072_Kishanna_Heyward.rev.1606925791.jpg" alt="Kishanna Caesar Heyward, Emory & Henry Class of 2008." width="345" height="225" data-max-w="300" data-max-h="301" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1546-kishanna-caesar-heyward-says-credit-is-queen">Kishanna Caesar Heyward says, “Credit is Queen, Charlene!”</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Color me better informed about how credit works. <a href="/live/news/1546-kishanna-caesar-heyward-says-credit-is-queen" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1082-christina-adams-publishes-new-book"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/332,364,2125,2156/7181_Crop_CamelChristinaPhotoShoot2014_010a.rev.1574366637.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/332,364,2125,2156/7181_Crop_CamelChristinaPhotoShoot2014_010a.rev.1574366637.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/332,364,2125,2156/7181_Crop_CamelChristinaPhotoShoot2014_010a.rev.1574366637.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/332,364,2125,2156/7181_Crop_CamelChristinaPhotoShoot2014_010a.rev.1574366637.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/332,364,2125,2156/7181_Crop_CamelChristinaPhotoShoot2014_010a.rev.1574366637.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/332,364,2125,2156/7181_Crop_CamelChristinaPhotoShoot2014_010a.rev.1574366637.jpg" alt="Christina Adams, E&H Class of 1983." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/332,364,2125,2156/7181_Crop_CamelChristinaPhotoShoot2014_010a.rev.1574366637.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/332,364,2125,2156/7181_Crop_CamelChristinaPhotoShoot2014_010a.rev.1574366637.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1793" data-max-h="1792" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1082-christina-adams-publishes-new-book">Christina Adams Publishes New Book</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><em>Camel Crazy</em> explores the mysterious powers of camel milk. <a href="/live/news/1082-christina-adams-publishes-new-book" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1446-tenacious-m"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/57,208,1132,1282/8749_IMG-5662.rev.1602784822.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/57,208,1132,1282/8749_IMG-5662.rev.1602784822.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/57,208,1132,1282/8749_IMG-5662.rev.1602784822.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/57,208,1132,1282/8749_IMG-5662.rev.1602784822.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/57,208,1132,1282/8749_IMG-5662.rev.1602784822.JPG 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/57,208,1132,1282/8749_IMG-5662.rev.1602784822.JPG" alt="Monica Gonzalez, Emory & Henry Class of 1998" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/57,208,1132,1282/8749_IMG-5662.rev.1602784822.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/57,208,1132,1282/8749_IMG-5662.rev.1602784822.JPG 3x" data-max-w="1075" data-max-h="1074" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1446-tenacious-m">Tenacious M</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> When Monica Gonzalez was a student at Emory & Henry (Class of 1998) the dean of students told her she was “tenacious.” At the time, she wasn’t exactly sure how to take that. <a href="/live/news/1446-tenacious-m" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2031-linda-coutant-is-being-mindful"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,166,2133,2297/3317_LindaCoutant2018.rev.1519076778.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,166,2133,2297/3317_LindaCoutant2018.rev.1519076778.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,166,2133,2297/3317_LindaCoutant2018.rev.1519076778.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,166,2133,2297/3317_LindaCoutant2018.rev.1519076778.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,166,2133,2297/3317_LindaCoutant2018.rev.1519076778.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,166,2133,2297/3317_LindaCoutant2018.rev.1519076778.jpg" alt=" Dr. Linda Coutant Emory & Henry Class of 1989 " width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,166,2133,2297/3317_LindaCoutant2018.rev.1519076778.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,166,2133,2297/3317_LindaCoutant2018.rev.1519076778.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2133" data-max-h="2131" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2031-linda-coutant-is-being-mindful">Linda Coutant is Being Mindful</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><span style="font-weight: 400;">When Linda Coutant, Class of 1989, heard that Appalachian State University (ASU) was aiming to be a “mindful campus,” she felt an electrical jolt go through her whole body. “I felt it on a cellular level.”</span> <a href="/live/news/2031-linda-coutant-is-being-mindful" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>