Prior to C12, Dons career spanned 20+ years in the Florida Real Estate industry, including the initial startup and development of several residential high-end golf course and waterfront communities. During this time he became experienced in all facets of residential development including: sales and marketing, land acquisition and development, homebuilding, customer service, and project management. As Vice President and Director of Sales of WCI Realty, Inc., a unit of WCI Communities, a publicly-traded company operating in eastern U.S., Dons leadership and expertise helped to build and maintain exceptional sales and development teams that generated over $675 million in sales. Don attributes his business success in sales, leadership and corporate operations to his genuine care and love for people. He is a strong advocate of personal growth and development and leveraging all of ones God-given skills and abilities. Don gives full credit to the Lords goodness and blessings for his personal and professional opportunities and accomplishments.
Equally important to Don is the opportunity to be a consistent source of encouragement and support to his local church, Pastor, body of believers, and unbelieving seekers. Don has served in various church capacities including Sunday school teacher, care group facilitator, and Deacon. As a C12 Chairman, Don is extremely excited to see what God is doing through the lives and companies of C12 Members in Southwest Florida and across the country.
Don has been Married to his lovely wife Rachelle for over 25 years. Don and Rachelle have been blessed with six children and reside in Bradenton, Florida.
Don Light, Sr.
Don became friends with Buck Jacobs the founder of C12 in the middle 80's and through their friendship developed a passion for serving God in the Marketplace. When God gave Buck a vision to expand C12 nationally, Don eagerly embraced that vision and took over two of Buck's original C12 groups in the Sarasota/Bradenton area of Florida in 2001.
Don brings a broad entrepreneurial background with 35+ years of business experience to his role as a C12 Chairman. Don graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He owned and operated a new car dealership and Budget Rent a Car franchise in Omaha, Nebraska with multiple new car and motor home franchises - Owned a Real Estate brokerage and property management company in Sarasota, Florida - Worked in upper level management for publicly traded companies and served on several Board of Directors - Served his local Church as Sunday School teacher, Board Member and Elder.
Armed with love for the Lord and his highlighted experience as a business owner, franchisee, executive and consultant, Don currently oversees multiple C12 Groups and C12 Key Players groups in the Sarasota/Bradenton/Palmetto areas of Florida. His mission to expand C12 impact in the marketplace is being forwarded with Don's son, Don, Jr. joining him as a Chair to the Sarasota and Ft. Myers/Naples areas.
Don's passion is to encourage and help Business Leaders become all they can be in Christ and to bring the Kingdom of God to the marketplace in South West Florida. He has had the joy of seeing many lives turned toward Christ through his time in the marketplace and through the impact member's of his C12 groups are having in their businesses.
Don and his wife, Linda have 2 sons and 9 grandchildren. They live in Bradenton, Florida.
Doug Poll is known for his positive and uplifting outlook towards all aspects of life and is especially gifted in leading hundreds of people and companies to successful lives and businesses, over the last 25 years. He is a Certified Professional Life Coach, a Master Strengths Coach through the Roy West Companies, and holds certifications in the Leading Dimensions Profile assessment which includes psychometric assessments like the multi-rater 360, Emotional Intelligence, Organizational Engagement Reviews and Leading Intelligence.
Prior to joining C12, Doug owned and operated the Doug Poll Group that specialized in coaching business executives and leaders in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Doug's experience also includes launch and operations of Christian radio station WSMR 89.1 in Sarasota, FL. During his 15 years with the station, their audience grew to 50,000 weekly with 10 employees and dozens of volunteers. WSMR had a worldwide impact and raised millions of dollars in listener support for Christian programming.
Doug is married to his teenage sweetheart, Kristen, and they have 4 teenagers (2 boys and 2 girls). He and his family attend The 360 Church in Sarasota where his involvement has been helping build the Xchange Discipleship program and providing leadership coaching to the staff. In his spare time you'll find Doug reading the latest book on his stack, playing Fantasy football or baseball, watching one of his kids sporting activities or enjoying a good workout.
Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Earl grew up loving the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and playing sports. He was an avid participant in all school sports excelling as a baseball pitcher. After he graduated from The University of Texas, in Austin, with a degree in Natural Sciences, he spent time in graduate studies in Spain for a year and then returned to enroll in Mechanical Engineering graduate school at UT. His 40-year career in manufacturing in the Marine Industry began there.
With experience at all levels from New Product Development to business ownership, he has spent over 25 years at the executive management level of both large and small companies. Earl has lived or worked in Texas, Georgia, Florida, Michigan, South Korea, Taiwan, Europe and Australia. He brings to his calling for C 12 an extensive background in business management.
He was saved as a Christian at an early age and has participated in teaching Bible studies to groups from College and Career to couples and adults of all ages. He resides in Bradenton, Florida with his wife of 40 years Mary, a realtor. They have two beautiful daughters. Sarah, an assistant county attorney and Chelsea a recent graduate from Ohio State University with a Doctorate degree in textiles and fashion merchandising.