Don Barefoot



Don Barefoot

President, CEO & Board Member, The C12 Group, LLC


Don is a career CEO/COO who has also served as consultant to senior executives of both S&P 500 companies and smaller privately-held businesses.  As former C12 Chair in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, C12 Board member, and now as President/CEO of The C12 Group, LLC, he is exclusively focused on equipping Christian CEOs/Owners to lead their companies with a powerful blend of timeless Biblical principles coupled with best-in-class general management practices.  By pursuing both purposeful servant leadership and effective integration of all activity under the Lordship of Christ, these executives seek a life of Biblical balance, 24-7, while finding success and significance.  Don has been with C12 since 2002.

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With 20+ years of experience gained as top executive of five global leadership companies, Don has overseen 30 business units ranging in size from 100 to 30,000 employees with revenues of up to $2+ billion.  With an evangelistic perspective sharpened as a church elder and Christian organization board member, Don has helped companies improve performance in both turn-around and growth environments in automotive, consumer and industrial markets.  Using lean enterprise/supply chain methods, high-integrity organization-building, and sharp operating execution, he brings a hands-on perspective to the challenges of progressive leaders who view themselves as stewards of the opportunities extended them in their calling in business and as Ambassadors for Christ.


Don is a graduate of M.I.T.'s Sloan School (MBA) and GMI/Kettering University (BSIA) where he served as trustee for many years.  He and his bride of 35 plus years, Karen, live in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Their son, Brandon, and his lovely wife, Jennifer, reside in Dallas, Texas, with their twin sons.

Selling to people who actually want to hear from you is more effective than interrupting strangers who don’t. - Seth Godin