This page is about Ken Grubb, the founder of Turkey Central. If you want to learn about Turkey Central, see the page "About Turkey Central."
Hi. I'm Ken Grubb. I can help you live a happier, more successful life in Turkey by teaching you the skills you need to maximize your enjoyment of Turkey while minimizing hassles.
I first came to Turkey in 1997. Since then I've gotten residence and work permits, rented places to live, registered various vehicles, and worked closely with Turkish government officials. Most importantly, I've learned much about Turkey and Turkish culture from my own experiences and, of course, from the Turks themselves.
How I Came to Turkey and Stayed Here
I began my life's work as a police officer in Maryland, USA, eventually becoming a detective. In 1989, I became an investigator for the US government and spent the next 17 years conducting investigations in the USA and in several other countries.
Along the way, I earned my master's of business administration (MBA), then began a parallel career teaching business and management courses for the University of Maryland.
In 1997 I was assigned to Izmir, Turkey, supporting the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Izmir impressed me a lot. I loved its modernity, it's European flavor, and the friendliness and hospitality of the Turks. It reminded me of San Diego, California. But I felt safer and more at home in Izmir than I did in San Diego. After Izmir, I was assigned to Incirlik Air Base in Adana. I retired there, and have been living in various parts of Turkey every since.
Why I Have What it Takes to Help You
As an investigator: A good investigator collects evidence and information from others, then objectively reports it. They interview witnesses and subject matter experts who later testify in court. The investigator's report provides government officials an accurate and objective account of an event or situation.
You need someone like me. I'm your personal detective, your finder of fact. I go to the original sources of information—Turkish laws and procedural rules, Turkish government officials, subject matter experts, and people who have personally experienced what I'm writing about. I don't report hearsay. I double-check everything I hear. As we say in the business, I "follow every lead to its logical conclusion until all leads are exhausted."
As a teacher: I make my guides and replies in the forums as informative, concise, and easy to understand as possible.
Where I've Lived in Turkey
Where I've lived:
- Kaş and
- Antalya, where I live now.
I've visited every city and town along the Mediterranean coast from Hatay to Çanakkale, and also Istanbul, Ankara, Eskişehir, Konya, and other cities and towns further inland, including the Cappadocia region. I know what it's like to live and travel in Turkey.
My Sources of Information
- Turkish Laws and Government Publications: I read the laws and documents implementing those laws.
- Turkish Government Officials: If anything is unclear, I call or go to the government office involved and interview an official.
- Subject Matter Experts: I consult with our community lawyer, Ender Keleş on anything having to do with Turkish law. Mr. Ender makes sure everything I write is legally correct. If it involves non-legal issues, I go and find an expert, such as a medical or insurance professional, and interview them.
- Mentors: There are members of Turkey Central that I call "mentors." They've lived and/or worked in Turkey for a long time. If I lack information about a more practical issue or a procedure I haven't experienced, I learn from them.
- Members: Turkey Central members are often the first to report something new, such as a change in residence permit procedures. They also report back on things I've written about to let me know that my guides are correct, or if I need to change or remove obsolete information.
- Turkish People: I've listed it near the end, but talking to a Turkish person often comes first. The Turks are the experts on Turkish culture, customs, and day-to-day things we foreigners need to know. In those cases I'll consult a Turkish friend or acquaintance.
- My Opinions: These always come last, if I provide them at all. If I give you my opinion, I'll label it as such.
What I'm Doing These Days
I'm working on a collection of guides about visas, residence permits, work permits, and citizenship. I'm confident that, these guides will be the best source of information about how to get a visa, residence permit, or work permit in Turkey, and how to become a Turkish citizen.
After that I'll write collections of guides about renting and buying property, motor vehicle ownership, Turkish culture, and more.
How to Contact Me
If you have a question about Turkey or anything in Turkey, search the forums and guides to see if your question has already been answered. If it hasn't, open a new topic in the forums. If your issue concerns something sensitive or personal, or if you'd like to contact me personally about something, you can do one of the following:
If You're a member of Turkey Central
After signing in with your username and password, you can send me a personal message by clicking on the "envelope" icon at the top right corner of any page on Turkey Central. That will open your personal messenger. Send your message to "Ken Grubb."
If You're Not a Turkey Central Member
You can use the contact form. The contact form will work whether you're a member or not.
My LinkedIn Page
You'll find my profile here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kenneth-grubb-7283886/