No frills is a term that easily describes both Calfee Company and Sam Turner, from their offices nestled between two picturesque foothills of the North Georgia mountains, to his enjoyment of simple pleasures amidst his deals and success in running the chain of 141 convenience stores known as Favorite Market and ComPac Convenience located in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama.
After graduating from the University of Chattanooga, Sam spent years in the banking industry. In 1981 he joined his brother at Calfee Co, and served as chief financial officer until he became chief executive officer in 1989.
Sam’s down-to-earth, no nonsense values seem to carry through all of his endeavors, including running his business and serving as the 2006 – 2007 NACS chairman. Sam has also served as past chairman of the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores, served on the board of the Petroleum Convenience Marketers of Alabama and has been active with the Tennessee Oil Marketers Association.
Sam’s acknowledged biggest accomplishment in his 20 years with the company is his focus on “keeping his employees happy because it not only is beneficial to them, but it benefits the company too.” To Sam, they are family, and family means reaching out to help when needed.
Philanthropy continues to be a hallmark of Sam and Calfee Co. as well. In 2005, Calfee contributed a record amount of $218,700 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the single-largest contribution made by any convenience store chain.
“It’s an exciting business, and it’s something new every day…I’m never bored,” he said when asked what he loved about his job. “It makes me feel good when I get up every morning…just knowing I am doing something that I enjoy.”