Taking off the Gloves
Change of Lifestyle
John Turchin, 54
Turchin Co. / CEO / Miami Beach
Family business: Turchin is a third-generation family member of developer Turchin Co.
Favorite mountain activity: Watching the leaves, playing in the snow, hiking, riding his motorcycle
Business attire: Cowboy hat, jeans, boots and an arrowhead he found in the mountains that his brother, a jeweler, turned into a necklace
So, after making his mark at the family business, developer Turchin Co. in Miami, and playing an integral role in the rise of South Beach — he and his brother started Club Nu, Miami Beach's first super hot club in the late '80s — he set out to create a
relaxed, environmentally sensitive community where families would want to spend time.
In 2003, he started The Lodges at Eagles Nest in the North Carolina mountains. The 1,350-acre development comprises a wildlife preserve, waterfalls, mountain trails, a "toy barn" full of sporting equipment and a Tee Pee Village and Wellness Spa.
Turchin keeps a home in Miami as well as the Turchin Properties headquarters. "I enjoy the best of both worlds," he says. "My dad always told me, ‘Don't work for others; work for yourself. Enjoy your life. Do one thing at a time and do it well.' "