Steve is an operations-oriented senior executive, with both CPA and CMA professional certifications, and prior roles as financial analyst/auditor, CFO, CEO and business owner. Steve has had significant experience in the areas of operating general management, acquisitions, divestitures, strategic planning, and financial management. In his roles as an international accounting firm auditor and manufacturing executive/owner, Steve has had exposure to many industries including banking, light manufacturing, textiles, apparel, and service. He has had responsibility for multi-site operations, international commerce, ERP system implementation and buying, operating and selling a plastics manufacturing business as a Christian owner.
A father of five children, Steve has known the Lord since childhood and has been active as a church elder, youth director, Bible teacher and active board member for several Christian organizations. Steve initially joined C12 as a member CEO/Owner, and has been a C12 Area Chair since 2004. Steve is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and resides in Reidsville, NC with his wife Kim and family.
Born in Somerset, PA, Jeff is the oldest of 4 children from a family in which God came first. He was active in sports, music, and service organizations, often in a leadership role. Jeff has been married for over 40 years to his high school sweetheart, Glenda Rose Burkett. He earned a BS in Accounting degree from Virginia Tech, graduating with honors.
A former CPA, Jeff started his career with Peat Marwick Mitchell in the Greensboro, NC office. He later joined WFMY-TV, where he held positions of controller and account representative. In 1989, he founded Advanced Direct Inc., a direct marketing company that soon established a strong reputation for managing targeted promotions that covered the entire country for national retailers like Outback Steakhouse, Lowes, and Jos. A Bank Clothiers. As a 12-year C12 member, Jeff grew Advanced to a $10 million plus sales company before selling it in 2012 to a large North Carolina printer. During these years, the company flourished in both profitable business growth and Christ-centered ministry flowing through their daily interaction with the company's many stakeholders.
Jeff and Glenda have two married sons and five grandchildren. Jeff enjoys tennis, hiking, and physical fitness programs. His other interests include men's small groups, church activities at Mt. Pisgah United Methodist, guitar, singing, and travel.
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