This page is about Ken Grubb, the founder of Turkey Central. If you want to learn more about Turkey Central, see the page "About Turkey Central."
Hi. I'm Ken Grubb. I help people live happier, more successful lives in Turkey by teaching them the skills they need to maximize their enjoyment of Turkey while minimizing hassles.
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), and began a second career teaching business and management courses for the University of Maryland.
In 1997 I learned of an investigative position in Izmir, in support of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). I had been planning to retire, but I decided to go on one last overseas assignment. Then I'd return to the good ol' USA, and retire. That was before I experienced Izmir, Turkey, and the Turkish people.
I was impressed with Izmir. I loved its modernity, it's European flavor, and the friendliness and hospitality of the Turks. Izmir reminded me of San Diego, California, where I was assigned before I came to Izmir. I felt safer and more at home in Izmir than I did in San Diego. So I decided to stay in Turkey. After Izmir, I took an assignment at Incirlik Air Base in Adana. And I stayed in Turkey for another three years.
I retired in Turkey and have been in Turkey ever since.
Okay. So what does that mean to you? It means I have what it takes to help you.
As an investigator: Investigators don't personally witness the crimes and incidents they investigate. They may not be subject matter experts in what they investigate. A good investigator collects evidence and information from others, then objectively reports it. They find and vet witnesses and subject matter experts who later testify in court. In the meantime, the investigator's report provides government officials (usually prosecutors) an accurate and objective assessment of an event or situation.
That's my life's work. Not just in my past life as an investigator but now, as a part of Turkey Central. If you're traveling to Turkey or intend to live in Turkey, you need somebody 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, and I check and double-check everything I hear. I have the connections to get the information you need and the tenacity, as we say in the business, to "follow every lead to its logical conclusion until all leads are exhausted."
As a teacher: Being an investigator taught me to collect information and report it objectively. Teaching taught me to put myself in the position of a student. "Easy reading makes for hard writing," the saying goes. No matter how difficult to explain a topic may be, I do my best to make my articles, and my forum posts, as informative and concise as possible.
As a Resident of Turkey: I've lived in
- and Antalya, where I live today.
I've also visited every city and town along the Mediterranean coast from Hatay to Çanakkale, and also Istanbul, Ankara, Eskişehir, Konya, and many other cities and towns further inland, not to mention the Cappadocia region. So 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 for 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 personally experienced, I contact one of the mentors and learn from them.
- Members: Turkey Central members are often the first to report something new, such as a change in residence permit procedures, for example. 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. I always verify new information with the government office concerned.
- Turkish People: I've listed it last, 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. Concerning such things, I'll consult a Turkish friend or acquaintance.
- My Opinions: These always come last, if I provide them at all. I like cold, hard facts. Opinions are useful, but they aren't facts. Not even my own. If I give you my opinion, I'll label it as my opinion.
What I'm Doing These Days
I'm now working on a collection of articles about visas, residence permits, work permits, and citizenship. These articles must be published as an inter-linked collection, so it makes sense to publish them all at once, then link them together.
I'm confident that, when completed and published, this collection of articles will be the best source of information about how to get a visa, residence permit, or work permit in Turkey, and also how to become a Turkish citizen.
After that comes collections of guides about renting and buying property, motor vehicle ownership, Turkish culture, and much more.
How to Contact Me
If you have a question about Turkey or anything in Turkey, please search the forums and the 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/