For Paul Turner, the License Partner of Engel & Völkers Cape Town, the journey to this professional juncture has been a fascinating and circuitous one. He spent many years in the corporate arena, working for fourteen years for major American oil company Mobil. Following various positions in London and Dublin, Turner became President of Mobil Oil Poland, with an overall responsibility for the sales and marketing of Mobil Lubricants across Eastern Europe.
During this time, an increasing involvement in and passion for motorsport crystallized into a departure from corporate life, as Turner set up his own company, Turning Point, and became an acknowledged expert in WRC, managing a number of top ten drivers and teams and facilitating sponsorship and media coverage. He presciently acquired the broadcasting rights for Formula One in Poland, as Poland’s first (and only, to date), Grand Prix driver, Robert Kubica, was starting his rapid ascendancy through the rankings.
Turner travelled the world, attending most Formula 1 and WRC events between 2003 and 2010. Whilst in his working life, Turner was immersed in the glamorous, high octane arena of professional motorsport, on a personal level he pursued his passion for a somewhat more eco-friendly but no less exciting sport, cycling. An unforgettable 2001 trip to Cape Town with friends to participate in the Cape Argus was the start of his, and subsequently his family’s, enduring South African journey. Having fallen in love with the beauty and diversity of this breathtaking country, he and his wife Carrie decided to invest in more than just holiday time here, and bought property, firstly in Cape Town, subsequently developing two magnificent beachside properties in Plettenberg Bay.
They had long been harbouring the thought of making a permanent move to Cape Town when in a quirk of fate the Engel & Völkers license became available at just the moment that Turner had decided to scale down his business interests in Europe. The obvious synergy between Turner’s business expertise, European background, love of Cape Town and passion for property made it an obvious fit, and in view of the numbers of overseas investors in this city and the equally burgeoning group of South Africans choosing either to return from overseas or indeed relocating from within South Africa, Paul Turner is uniquely placed to offer advice and guidance from a very personal perspective.
Article by Carrie Turner, Marketing & Relationship Manager at Engel & Völkers Sea Point