The C12 Group Board of Directors Appoints New CEO To Usher in Global Vision

gI_119046_Mike-Sharrow.pngThe C12 Group, the largest and fastest growing Christian CEO and Executive roundtable organization, announces the Board of Directors has unanimously appointed Mike Sharrow as Chief Executive Officer and President. Don Barefoot, C12’s longtime CEO and figurehead announced his desire to step down earlier this year after a decade of dedicated and distinguished service to the company. Sharrow assumes the title effective May 1st, 2016.

“I am incredibly humbled at the opportunity to lead such a league of extraordinary saints forward with a vivid vision for seeing God’s Kingdom advance throughout the marketplace!”

“I am delighted with the selection of Mike Sharrow as the new CEO of the C12 Group. Mike will build upon the great work of Don Barefoot and I am confident that his skills and missional passion will drive C12 to new heights,” said Buck Jacobs, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Founder of the organization.

Sharrow will be transitioning to C12’s top executive role from Managing Chair of one of the largest and most successful C12 regional groups in central Texas. Prior to joining C12, he worked as a consultant in healthcare strategy as well as an Executive Pastor in local church ministry leadership. Sharrow brings a wide range of administrative experience in team development, international missions, product development, and collaborative-value based networking to the global mission of The C12 Group.

“Prior to joining The C12 Group as a member in 2010, I was skeptical that there truly could be a movement of leaders equally committed to work as worship (Biblical excellence in business stewardship) and business as ministry (eternal impact) in a real way,” says Sharrow of the influence C12 has among business owners and executives. “Joining and then leading others in C12 has been one of the most significant experiences of my life. I am incredibly humbled at the opportunity to lead such a league of extraordinary saints forward with a vivid vision for seeing God’s Kingdom advance throughout the marketplace!”

About the C12 Group
The C12 Group is the leading roundtable organization for Christian CEOs, Business Owners, and Executives. Comprised of a national network of like-minded leaders, C12 offers local monthly peer advisory board meetings and one-on-one counsel facilitated by full-time qualified Chairs.

With over 1800 members in 90+ metro markets, C12 peer groups are incorporating Godly counsel in the marketplace impacting business, revealing ministry opportunities, and changing lives.

  • Kevin Miller Bio

    With over a decade of experience in marketing leadership, brand management, and business development, Kevin has helped numerous companies refine and implement plans to create exponential growth.

    Prior to joining C12, Kevin led a successful Florida-based brand strategy consulting business focused on growing small and medium-sized businesses. Entrepreneurial in spirit, Kevin also has a diverse background in launching start-ups as well as helping struggling or stagnant businesses develop a new course of action. His experience incorporates knowledge from multiple industries including textile manufacturing and design, medicine, real estate, technology, web development, and the creative arts.

    After attending the University of Central Florida where he studied Music Performance, Kevin became involved in worship arts and youth ministries, serving for several years in various leadership roles. He and his wife Beth, an elementary school administrator, have been married since 2000. Together with two sons Kyle and Kamden, they enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities including hiking, hunting, fishing, and backpacking.

  • Troy Blackmon Bio

    Troy came to The C12 Group in 2008, with a diverse background in executive leadership, sales development, team building, and operations. Through his role as VP of Field Operations, he is committed to serve, equip and encourage CEOs and business owners to lead thriving companies that honor the Lord and serve people.

    During his tenure at Chick-fil-A, Inc. Troy learned that business excellence and glorifying God in the marketplace go hand in hand. Troy managed a P&L of $35+ million in revenue and coached business owners in operational excellence and improving financial results.

    In addition, Troy has been involved in leading small group ministry, including planting a church in Seattle, WA. Troy was formerly Partner at OneAccord, a management-consulting firm focused on accelerating revenue for mid-market companies. While at OneAccord, Troy was privileged to work with numerous technology companies in senior leadership positions, managing sales, marketing, and business development activities. Troy most recently served as the President of a technology private equity group, where he led the management teams of 4 portfolio businesses.

    Troy is married to his high school sweetheart, Shanna, and has been blessed with 4 children. He enjoys golf, cycling, and mountain biking with his family.

  • Mike Sharrow Bio

    Mike joined C12 as a member in 2010 while serving as an executive pastor for a large church in Texas and owner of a healthcare strategy consulting group.  Prior to that, he had served in a variety of leadership roles in both operations and sales corporately for the Walgreen Company, financial services as well as strategic development work with Health by Design.  In 2011 he exited his commitments to join the local C12 practice in San Antonio as an associate chair serving CEOs across that market.  In 2013 he and a partner acquired the greater Central Texas region and stewarded it as it grew to a team of 8 full-time chairmen serving nearly 150 leaders.  Mike is passionate about collaboration, strategic planning, Gospel initiatives and BHAG endeavors.

    With a background spanning Fortune 50 corporate settings, startups, non-profit and local church, Mike has been discipled into an integrated life perspective around the calling all believers share to be disciple-making disciples and ambassadors of Christ across all vocations and contexts.  It was in 2005 when God revealed to Mike the perils of a “sacred versus secular” duality in life and since then he’s been on the adventure of living one life in Christ, with work as worship, business as ministry and life as mission.

    Mike grew up in Alaska, graduated from Trinity International University and the Loyola Graduate School of Business.  He married his bijou of an Iowa farmers daughter, Jacqui, in 2002 and they have 2 girls, Elayna and Sophia.