Telling Kentucky's Story

Commerce Lexington Spotlight Breakfast


Commerce Lexington Spotlight Breakfast, featuring Cal Turner, Jr. and Carla Blanton 
Friday, November 16 at 8 a.m.
Hyatt Regency Lexington – Regency Ballroom

Join Cal Turner, Jr. and moderator Carla Blanton for a special Kentucky Book Festival Spotlight Breakfast.

Thank you to Commerce Lexington for your partnership on this event!

Tickets required and available at or 254-4447

Event Item Name Expires Pricing
SPOTLIGHT Series - Member Rate Nov 16, 2018
SPOTLIGHT Series - Non Member Rate Nov 16, 2018
Exhibitor Table Nov 16, 2018

PARKING: Parking is available in the paid lot on High Street, across from Rupp Arena and the Hyatt.

About the book: My Father's Business: The Small-Town Values that Built Dollar General into a Billion-Dollar Company chronicles three generations of a successful family with very different leadership styles. Longtime Dollar General CEO Cal Turner, Jr. shares a wealth of wisdom from a lifetime on the entrepreneurial front lines. He shows how his grandfather, a dirt farmer turned Depression-era entrepreneur, turned a third-grade education into an asset for success. He reveals how his driven father hatched the game-changing dollar price point strategy and why it worked. Cal's story provides a riveting look at the family love and drama behind Dollar General's spectacular rise, pays homage to the working-class people whose no-frills needs helped determine its rock-bottom prices, and shares the life and lessons of one of America's most compelling business leaders.

About Cal Turner, Jr.: Cal Turner, Jr. grew up in Scottsville, Kentucky. After graduating from Vanderbilt University, he served for three years as an officer in the United States Navy before beginning his career at Dollar General. He served as CEO for 37 years, and during his tenure, the number of DG stores rose from 150, with sales of $40 million, to more than 6,000, with sales in excess of $6 billion. Turner has served on the boards of companies and of educational, civic and charitable organizations. A committed lifelong Methodist, Turner was inducted in 2001 into the Fellows of the Society of John Wesley by the Tennessee Conference of the UMC.