Stan Turel

About Stan Turel

Stan Turel is a part-time business consultant living in Oregon. He manages his own properties in three western states, is a member of the Board of Directors for the Deschutes County United Way, founding stockholder and on the Board of Directors for Willamette Valley Vineyards, a publicly held corporation (NASDAQ: WVVI). He was a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business and held positions on several state and local government committees. He remains a pilot, enjoys oil painting, writing, and relaxing with friends and family on his 65-foot yacht based in the great Northwest.

As a teenager, Stan started his own aircraft cleaning and waxing company, serving 25 airports in Oregon and Washington. While in college, he began buying and managing rental properties. But due to the tragic murder of his crippled father in 1974, Stan­then in his mid-twenties­became responsible for his father's estate and took over the role of CEO in his father's business, Columbia Turel (formally Columbia Bookkeeping, Inc.).

Stan assisted in the seven-month murder investigation that led to the arrest and conviction of three individuals, one of whom was his father's business partner at Columbia Bookkeeping. Stan was eventually sued for $5 million in retaliation for that assistance by the convicted murderer, who spent his time in jail perfecting his talent as a jailhouse lawyer.

Stan operated the family business from 1974 to 2001. Prior to the sale of the company to Fiducial, one of Europe's largest accounting firms, Columbia had expanded to 15 offices with 26,000 annual clients including 4,000 small business clients. Stan was also the majority owner of two successful cable TV companies during the 1980s and 1990s, which were eventually sold to several public corporations.

Stan is working on his next book about the experiences of two Turel brothers (his distant cousins) who survived the Holocaust in Poland during World War II. The brothers were teenagers when they were taken prisoner, one by the Russians, the other by the Germans. The brothers lived to tell the stories of their horrifying survival experiences.

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