At the age of 30, after being raised in a Christian home, Steve realized his relationship with Christ was not real and true. Once he realized his need for Christ, Steve surrendered everything in his life to Him and thankfully has never gotten over it. Steve has served the local church in various lay capacities including several Bible study group start-ups and was instrumental in a local church plant.
A native of Rocky Mount, NC, Steve earned his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 1990 and his MBA from Liberty University in 2007. He was a contributing author of Essentials of International Business (Satterlee, 2006) and has obtained many professional certifications in the insurance and financial services industry over the past 20 years. Steve served the insurance industry for 18 years in various sales and service capacities with Equitable Life and NC Farm Bureau, and managed all aspects of claims service in eastern NC for Erie Insurance. Steve also pursued his entrepreneurial spirit during the 1990s by providing various services to local jewelry stores in eastern North Carolina.
More recently, Steve and his family lived in China for three years where he primarily worked with Chinese business owners to bridge relationships with U.S. counterparts. While in China, he explored much of Chinese culture and language all while studying the business practices of Chinese companies. His experience in China gave Steve a unique opportunity to lead and disciple Chinese believers in their walk with Jesus Christ.
Many years ago, God placed a desire in Steve's heart to combine excellent business and marketplace ministry knowing the impact that the marketplace can have in expanding Gods Kingdom. With Steve's varied educational past and experience in both business and ministry, he has much to bring to the table in helping C12 members Build Great Businesses for a Greater Purpose.
Steve and his wife, Beth, have been happily married for 16 years. They have been blessed with three sons and two daughters. Beth is a full-time mother and homemaker and enjoys homeschooling their children.
God called Robert to be a businessman. When at age 29 Robert became a Christian, he asked God what he should do now. Gods clear call was to continue in his business career as Vice President and later COO of a large regional retail company with 650 retail outlets and three thousand employees.
Later while serving as President of another significant retail chain, Robert spearheaded a TQM initiative for his organization that led to huge reductions in expenses and employee turnover. Company size and sales more than doubled in less than ten years. Along the way, Robert received specialized training as a facilitator to enhance the performance and teamwork among his management staff. The team's resulting heightened effectiveness later enabled the business to later be sold for a record amount.
In 2000, Robert co-founded Share and Compare, a CEO peer group facilitation company engaging a network of 150 retail and distribution companies who participate in regular financial benchmarking and best practices sharing meetings and conferences.
At a critical juncture in the life of his church, Robert was called by God to leave his business career and to serve for five years as Executive Pastor of his church. Robert joined C12 in 2006 as Area Chair for Eastern NC. His unique blend of work experiences and his journey of faith provide him a framework to encourage and support Christian business owners as they run their businesses for Christ.
Robert and his high school sweetheart, Janet, have been married 42 years and have two daughters and four grandchildren. Robert attended East Carolina University.
Jim comes to C12 from having served for the prior decade as VP for a midsized insurance company, where he had responsibility for strategic planning, execution, P&L, and the corporate flight department. He also operated a small general aviation airport during this same period which served the needs of customers and the community. In these roles Jim's greatest contributions were in the areas of team-building and organizational development. Preparation for those duties began in the United States Air Force where he served for 22 years in a variety of command, staff and leadership positions. Most of Jim's career was in the operational arena, but he also gained significant experience in human resources and personnel policy matters while working at the highest levels within the Department of Defense. A devoted student of leadership, Jim has been actively engaged in small group studies and mentoring relationships for over 25 years. He holds graduate degrees in Management from Webster University and in Education from East Carolina University. He is also a graduate of the National War College where he completed graduate level studies in National Security Strategy and Policy Formulation.
Although a professional aviator for more than 35 years, Jim's passion is not flying it's people. It's his desire to see lives and businesses transformed through the Gospel of Jesus Christ that brought Jim to C12. He joined the C12 team in 2009 as an Area Chair to help further develop C12's business as ministry service to Christian CEOs in the eastern part of North Carolina. Jim lives in Kinston, NC with his wife, Judy. They have been blessed with two terrific children, Jeff and Julie, as well as five marvelous munchkins (their code name for grandchildren).
Helping Christ change the world one heart and one business at a time is the motivation John embraced when he joined The C12 Group, the amazing marketplace movement which is the nation's leading ministry for CEOs. God had been preparing him for this exhilarating transition for years, as he was lead to shine the light of his faith in the businesses he owned and the boards he served on. He exemplified this passion by encouraging employees, customers and board members alike to consider choosing a truly meaningful life revolving around embracing Christs awesome message of inner peace. As CEO and owner of a nationally recognized, award winning, retail golf shop and corporate apparel business, John witnessed firsthand the miracles that can only happen when one lets go and gives God control of every aspect of their life and business.
Before becoming an Area Chair for The C12 Group, John was a devoted member of the organization for six years where he and his business experienced the transformative power of aligning with this movement. As a C12 member, John came to realize how fleeting his successful 30-year career, many awards, and millions in sales were and how they would dissipate just like a vapor; yet all work done in that business honoring God would last forever. John is now fixated on allowing God to multiply his gifts and talents by helping other business owners and CEOs build great businesses for a greater purpose.
John graduated from Central Bible College and has been married for 25 years to the love of his life, Jill. They happily reside in Goldsboro, North Carolina with their two teens, John and Jenna, and their two K-9 furbabies, Gabby and Gracie.
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!" Isaiah 6:8
Tim comes to the role of C12 Chair having been both a C-suite executive with small to midsized companies and a business owner. His prior CEO/COO/CFO roles give him experience in strategic planning, vision/alignment, financial management, marketing, labor management, operational management, and mentoring. Tim has provided leadership to several turnarounds of medium and large-sized hospitals of 260 to 1000 employees and revenues ranging from $50 million to $1.2 Billion. Tim's leadership approach always aimed at mentoring and preparing his direct reports on these leadership teams such that they might grow into future CEOs and CFOs.
Tim has a BS in Accounting from WVU Tech and an MBA from the University of Miami (FL). He has known the Lord since his mid-teens. Tim has served as a Sunday school youth teacher, participates in several men's groups, and has been blessed by taking short-term mission trips to Nicaragua and Angola Prison in Louisiana.
Tim and his wife Jennifer have four adult children, three of whom are married, and they enjoy golf, swimming, and other outdoor activities. Tim is excited to be called by the Lord to help Christian CEOs "Build GREAT Businesses for a GREATER Purpose" in order to glorify God, "Who desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of truth." (1Timothy 2:4)