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Turley Elected National Chair, Burkhart Announced As Council President

June 05, 2018

Congratulations to Jim Turley, who was elected the Boy Scouts of America’s national chair on May 24. Just one week earlier, on May 17, Mark Burkhart was elected Greater St. Louis Area Council President.

Jim, Greater St. Louis Area Council president from 2016-2018, joins national commissioner Ellie Morrison and Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh to form the National Key 3.

As the national chair, the new name for the position previously called national president, Jim will serve as chairman of meetings of the National Council and provide oversight to the BSA’s strategic plan.

Jim, who was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout in his youth, rejoined Scouting as an adult volunteer more than two decades ago. He has held numerous roles at the local and national level of the BSA since 1994. In 2002, Jim joined the BSA’s National Executive Board. He is a recipient of the Silver Buffalo Award—the highest commendation given by the BSA for extraordinary service to youth.

In 2013, Jim retired from a 37-year career at the accounting firm Ernst & Young. He started with the company in Houston and eventually became global chairman and CEO, serving in that role for 12 years.

Jim becomes the fifth volunteer from the Greater St. Louis Area Council to be elected national chair of the Boy Scouts of America. Previous chairs from GSLAC include Walter Head (1924-1946), Downing Jenks (1977-1979), Sanford McDonnell (1984-1986) and Edward Whitacre Jr. (1998-2000).

With Jim’s departure, Mark Burkhart takes over as council president.

Mark has been a board member since 2011. In 2016, after joining the Executive Committee, he chaired the council’s Friends of Scouting giving campaign where he was instrumental in helping the council exceed its goal with $2,043,500 in support. In addition, he has been co-chair of the council’s Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner for the past two years.

“I am honored to serve as the next president of the Greater St. Louis Area Council,” said Mark. “To me, the future is in our youth. There’s probably nothing more important in society than to help bring these people along in life, and I think the Scouting program is perfectly positioned to do that.

“Scouting is designed to help youth develop and achieve their full potential. Kids learn about the world around them and gain important life skills that stay with them their entire lives.”

Mark spent his entire 38-year career— 25 years as CEO— leading Cassidy Turley from a small St. Louis firm to one of the nation’s largest full-service commercial real estate firms. Mark is now managing principal of Burkhill Real Estate, LLC, a national real estate investment firm.

Committed to serving the community for many years, Mark currently serves on numerous other boards throughout the St. Louis area including The United Way of Greater St. Louis, Variety Club–The Children’s Charity. He also serves on the Chancellor’s Counsel for University of Missouri-St. Louis and the Strategic Development Board of the Trulaske School of Business for University of Missouri-Columbia.