South Carolina CHRISTIAN PEER ADVISORY GROUPS
Peer Advisory Group Leaders in South Carolina
As an accomplished leader and business executive, Joe is passionate about helping companies achieve purpose-driven, sustainable success through improved strategies, market development and operational excellence. Joe first discovered and grew this passion in his own family’s brick company (Southern Brick Company) before participating in its sale. He then honed a broad range of skills working from 1996-2011 with a stellar international brand & multibillion-dollar private company (VELUX). Joe successfully brought development stage technology for electronically tinting glass to the unit skylight market with exclusive rights in 6 countries, and contributed to the analysis and integrations of 3 acquisitions.
His time with VELUX also included a life-changing year in Copenhagen, Denmark, working as the first American expatriate with a group overseeing companies in Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the US. Joe was Vice President: Operations at OOBE Uniforms & Apparel, Inc., a provider of retail and custom apparel for brands including Chick-fil-A, Hendrick Automotive Group, and BMW Manufacturing. He has been successful with P & L accountability and oversight of numerous departments and leadership of cross-functional teams on projects of high strategic importance.
He has also helped start, fund or advise several companies with family and friends along the way. He is currently a Director on the Board of Fortis Riders and a founding partner of Wilderness Capital LLC. After Joe graduated from Erskine College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, he earned his MBA from Clemson University with concentrations in marketing and finance. His post-graduate business education also includes completion of The Moore School of Business at USC Mid-Level Management Program, as well as a customized International Management Program from MANNAZ for high potential VELUX managers conducted outside Paris, France by leading international business school professors. Joe finds deep satisfaction in serving others in his community. He presently serves as Secretary of the Board for the American Red Cross Palmetto Region in the Upstate of South Carolina and mentors through Mentor Upstate.
He lives in Greenville with his wife, Emily, and three children. He is an ordained ruling elder at Greenville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and served as Session Vice Moderator. He has previously been a member of the Erskine College & Seminary Board of Trustees, where he also served as its Chairman.
Grants business leadership experience includes operating a successful specialty retail business for 20+ years. This business served three distinct consumer sectors and gave Grant experience in company operations, client acquisition, inventory control, personnel management, and profit maximization. He also gained a special understanding of the interaction between personal and professional responsibilities and the importance for business owners to balance them. Grant also brings extensive experience in residential real estate sales and investments, and currently holds an active real estate license. Finally, he has had experience in mergers and acquisitions through a brief stint with an M&A firm in Houston, Texas, which focused on mid-sized industrial companies.
Grant has been happily married for 35 years and is the father of three wonderful adult children. He has known the Lord since childhood and has been active as a church elder, Bible teacher, counselor, and active board member of Aletheia Springs Christian Education Center (VA). Grant earned a BS degree from the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina in 1982, an MBA from North Greenville University in 2011, and a doctorate of Business Administration from Walden University in 2016. His experience as an entrepreneur, coupled with years of experience in ministry and education, enables him to be both an encourager and supporter of business owners as they operate their businesses for Christ. He currently resides in Greer, SC with his wife Debbie.
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
Mike Aman grew up in Roanoke Rapids NC and is a graduate of East Carolina University with a BSBA & MBA. He founded One Source Communications in Greenville, NC in 1996 and was a C12 Member for over 12 years and was a poster child as one who fully implemented C12 business and ministry principles and as a result, saw much eternal fruit and business success. One Source Communications grew from the idea of serving all of client’s communications needs in Eastern NC to a national provider of this unique customer-focused communications business. Mike is an experienced leader skilled in Coaching & Development, Management, Marketing, Operations, and Client Satisfaction.
In late 2016, Mike was led to selling One Source and as he considered what’s next and felt the Lords leading to join the East Carolina C12 team. Mike has been a committed community and church leader in Greenville. As a result of these commitments, he carries the respect of the faith and business communities. Following his 2018 entry as a C12 Chair in Greenville, he quickly recruited more than a dozen area businesses to become C12 member firms. Mike is a sought-out coach, mentor, business leader, and accountability partner. He brings a unique background and skill set to the East Carolina C12 team.
A number of years ago God encouraged Ed to live fully for Christ and revealed that worship, family, hobbies and career should be lived integrated with and revolving around Christ solely to glorify Him and His Kingdom. The first step was to use Ed’s business, a successful law practice, to further God’s purposes by engaging in marketplace ministry. Several years later, prompted by God’s call, Ed closed his law practice and entered the world of higher education, serving as Vice President of Student Affairs and Legal Affairs/ Dean of Students at a private Christian College. Ed was responsible for all areas of student life experience, including security, housing, food services, student programing, student conduct, spiritual life and others managing a budget of over 4 million dollars and leading 25 team members. The son of an entrepreneur, Ed grew up in eastern North Carolina and graduated from East Carolina University and North Carolina Central School of Law. A promising baseball career was derailed by lack of talent but lead to a lifelong passion for the sport and coaching youth baseball and soccer. Ed serves his local church facilitating study groups, teaching and serving as a Director. Ed has been happily married for 28 years to the love of his life, Sheryl, they have two adult children, Jonathan and Hannah.
Steve joined The C12 Group in 2016, with extensive executive leadership experience in both Fortune 50 and privately held companies. Steve’s business strengths include business development, strategy, sales, marketing and operations. Among his career successes, he has developed and launched brands, developed new credit card platforms, and built creative and transformational industry alliances unique to his industry and company. With an extensive business background and a passion for Christ-centered leadership, Steve is well-equipped to serve CEOs and business owners to build great businesses for a greater purpose.
With experience at ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and most recently with privately held EPIC Aviation, Steve has led these organizations through significant consolidation and industry change while managing P&Ls at times exceeding $1B annually. His roles created opportunities to develop, lead and transform these businesses to not only survive but thrive in a highly competitive industry. As a result of his experiences, Steve can relate to the business challenges facing CEOs and business owners in today’s economy. Steve has been blessed with core leadership skills and recently completed Blackaby Coaching Training to further equip him to serve CEOs in the Charleston and Savannah markets.
Steve is an active leader in his church, serving as a small group leader and VIP (newcomers) ministry leader. He is married to the love of his life, Stephanie and they are blessed to have 3 incredible children. Steve enjoys golf and staying fit by running, cycling, and swimming competing in triathlons and marathons.
Along with all of the other 90 plus C12 Chairmen in the US, Steve has been called to this line of work. Steve is eager to help Charleston and Savannah CEOs and business owners integrate their faith and business in a safe, encouraging and accountable environment.
- January 19, 2018Consumed by work. Arriving early to the office. Staying late. Working weekends. Feeling frustrated by the daily constraints, all while worrying about the company’s future performance. Living this way sends the possibility of a balanced life out the window. Sound familiar to you?READ MORE