Cal Turner, Jr., grew up in a Scottsville, Kentucky, household where business and family were one. After graduating Vanderbilt University, he served for three years as an officer in the United States Navy before beginning his career at Dollar General, where he served as CEO for thirty-seven years. Turner has served on the boards of companies like Shoney's and First American, and of educational, civic, and charitable organizations including Vanderbilt and Fisk universities, and has been president of the board of governors of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. His many awards include the Presidential Award for Private Sector Initiatives (presented by Ronald Reagan) and the Vanderbilt Distinguished Alumnus Award. 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.
Rob Simbeck has written, edited, or contributed to more than twenty books. His work has appeared in dozens of publications, including The Washington Post and Guideposts. He lives and works in Nashville.