Tennessee CHRISTIAN PEER ADVISORY GROUPS
Peer Advisory Group Leaders in Tennessee
Bill Mancini is an experienced business and ministry leader with a passion for discipling and mentoring business owners and leaders to align their faith with their leadership, bringing Jesus to the workplace.
Bill has more than 25 years of management experience with Fortune 100 companies and over a decade of leadership in both church and para-church settings. He formerly served as CFO for Auxano, a church consulting organization. Trained by the Navigators, a Christian organization focused on discipleship and team development, he is uniquely equipped with both business and Biblical expertise. His experience in our nations armed forces, as an instructor pilot with the Air Force and an aircraft commander with the Air National Guard, render Bill a patient and thoughtful mentor and peer.
Bill resides in Knoxville, Tennessee with his wife, Lee and enjoys spending time with his three children and 10 grandchildren.
Jon Carlton brings over 20 years of executive, business operations and leadership experience in the information technology / engineering software industry where he led teams to multiple years of double-digit growth. Most recently he served as Vice-President of ModernTech Corporation.
Over the years, Jon has been involved in leading a variety of church small groups and classes and has served in deacon/elder leadership positions. He has a passion to see men, both young and old, honor God in all facets of their life, at home and in the marketplace.
Jon has been blessed by over 26 years of marriage to his wife, Shelli. Residing in the Knoxville, TN area, they enjoy spending time with their five children, multiple grandchildren, and in the beautiful outdoors of East Tennessee.
Bobby Simpson brings over 30 years of corporate executive, management, operations, development and international experience with a large percentage of the work in the direct selling industry. Bobby has worked with scores of businesses and practices of all shapes and sizes, from one man startups with a great idea to multinational corporations with over $1 billion in annual revenue. Most recently Bobby has served as Founder and CEO of RW Simpson & Associates.
Additionally, Bobby is active in a myriad of church activities, serves as an elder, while also working with youth in international missions. Bobby resides in Knoxville, TN with his wife Connie of 32 years. They have four sons, three of which are married. Their first grandson is expected in mid-March, 2018.
Bringing a strategic perspective, Mitch serves as a leadership advisor and coach to CEOs and business owners to enable effective strategy formation and execution. Moved by a strong desire to help Christian business leaders develop a passion for dramatically growing their business while using their influence for advancing the Gospel in the marketplace led Mitch to C12 Group. Leveraging over 30 years of business and technology experience consulting for Fortune 500 companies, Mitch provides executive leaders with strategic advice in concert with sound tactical guidance for navigating through people, business process and technology challenges. With an objective to always be learning, Mitch’s current hobbies/interests are solar energy, metal fabrication/welding, and community farming. Mitch lives in Knoxville, TN with his wife Angela and enjoys spending time camping and playing outdoors with their two children
Bob Phillips is the Managing Chair for the C12 Group in West Tennessee, Eastern Arkansas and North Mississippi.
Prior to being called to be the Managing Chair, Bob was a charter member of the C12 Group here in Memphis. Bob is a devoted Christian. His passion is for the lost or those forgotten about. He believes that we are here on earth for a purpose and by trusting in God we can overcome our fears and leverage our strengths to do Gods will.
Bob brings over 25 years of a broad range of business and leadership experience, from various industries including telecommunications, staffing and third party logistics. He most recently served as President and CEO of Versant Supply Chain, an $80M third party logistics provider.
During his nearly 12-year career with Versant, Bob successfully lead the organization through several major change initiatives. Initially, Versant was a family owned business and Bob joined as divisional President to start a new staffing division. This new division quickly became successful and was a key contributor that allowed the founding family to exit the business through a private equity buyout. Through Bobs leadership he rose to be COO of all the Versant companies, and then became CEO. Bob successfully rebranded and repositioned Versant in the market to reflect its broader capabilities and ensure long term success.
Originally from northern California, Bob moved to Memphis in 1993 to manage a region for WorldCom, which is now Verizon. He also held P&L management positions with Olsten and Remedy. Bob has vast experience in improving operational inefficiencies and is experienced in engaging teams and making positive cultural changes for the benefit of the organizations and the people.
Bob has been married to his best friend Laurie since 1990 and they have two wonderful adult children. He has been active in his church, Servants of Christ (SOC) for the past 16 years. He serves as Chairman of the Board for World Shine USA, which primarily exists to develop faithful, active followers and reproducers of Jesus Christ in Uganda. Bob also is part of Kairos Prison Ministry and teaching team at West Tennessee State Penitentiary.
Friends called them Ken and Barbie with kids. From the outside looking in it was true. Dewey and Jeannie were blessed with five beautiful children, a promising health care career, and, from all indications, were firmly grounded in the church.
Looks can be deceiving. A sincere, strong commitment to the church, with a non-existent personal relationship with the Living God, is a formula for disaster, an invisible ticking time bomb. Dewey, enjoying worldly success, was blindly adrift in mans sinful nature. His world would collapse. He, and those nearest to him, suffered greatly.
But God is present. He is not the enfeebled grandfather that we envisioned. No, God is miraculous. What no man nor woman could have done, God did. He intervened and radically rescued Dewey and Jeannie; and, one day at a time, He continues to plant their feet on solid ground.
Dewey was born and reared in Macon, Georgia. He has BS in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Masters in Health Administration from Duke University. Dewey and Jeannie are the proud parents of five adult children, an adopted son whom God has entrusted to their care, and fourteen beautiful grandchildren. They live in Nashville, Tennessee.
Deweys heart for God is reflected in his personal mission statement: Every day, purpose to hear and follow Gods call that Christ Jesus be honored in my innermost thoughts and manifested in my love for others (John 15:9-13). His hope and prayer is that God will powerfully use him as a vessel in C12’s ministry. Dewey is also the author of Painful Gifts; a simple but profound story that reveals the presence of the Living God.
Becoming a C12 Chairman is the answer to Trent’s heart desire to see the Kingdom of God advanced in the lives of business owners and their companies. Trent comes to C12 with a breadth of experience from founding his own business to starting and remaining Chairman of a Crisis Pregnancy Center in Murfreesboro, TN.
Trent founded Messick Homecare at age 23 to provide medical equipment and supplies to patients in their homes. The business quickly grew to seven locations throughout Middle Tennessee. Trent not only provided leadership for his company, but became president of the Tennessee Home Medical Providers Association and was the first chairman of the National Association’s board of delegates. Trent sold his company in 1996 and became Vice President of Operations for HouseCall Medical where he had operational responsibility for $125 million in sales.
Trent has been involved in church planting, leading small groups, leading worship, and men’s groups for over 30 years. He has a passion to see men step up to their role as servant leaders. He is involved in ministries that plant churches among unreached people groups in North Africa and provide education and hope to 1,400 underprivileged children in Uganda.
Trent has been married to his high school sweetheart, Laura for over 34 years. They have three children: Caralyn, Meagan, and Brandon. Both girls are married and have blessed Trent and Laura with seven grandchildren. Brandon is currently at Middle TN State University where he is studying business and is on the track team.
Duane started his twelve-year career in healthcare developing a statewide management services organization for private and Baptist-owned practices in Central Kentucky. He then transitioned to middle TN to become CEO of a 12 doctor Orthopaedic Surgery group in Franklin, TN, where he led them to consecutive years of their highest profitability and expansion. This included the successful development of a free-standing, physician-owned surgery center.
But instead of taking the next career jump when it came in 2005, Duane made the courageous decision to leave a promising healthcare career to support the growing ministry of his church. He went from health care to soul care. Duane became the Executive Pastor at Thompson Station Church. It was a fulfillment of a calling from when he was 13 years old.
Over twelve years as Executive Pastor the church developed locally, launched an international missions plan, started a satellite church, and planted churches in Las Vegas and Cincinnati. More than that he developed a passion to be a disciple who makes disciples who make disciples.
Discipleship started at home where he partnered with his wife, Kristen, to intentionally pour into their three children. These three children have developed their own passion for a personal relationship with Christ that includes ministering to others. All three children are pursuing business degrees with the plan to use their business as a platform for ministry.
Duane sees his contribution to the mission of Christ (to reach every nation) is through discipleship in the marketplace. In this season of life, he utilizes his gifts for facilitation and insightful inquiry to spur business leaders to build great businesses for a greater purpose as a chair in C12’s Greater Nashville area.
A native of Australia, Craig together with his wife Debbie and four children moved to Nashville, TN in 1999 to pursue his calling with a major international Not For Profit. Completing a 15-month-long assignment restructuring the ministry’s activities in India, and then graduating with an MBA from Lipscomb University in 2008, Craig was appointed International Executive Director of The Gideons International in 2010 and served for seven years. In that role, he came to understand the need of external counsel and found C12 to be both an honest and safe place to deal with difficult issues. Having traveled to more than 45 countries, dealing with business leaders from multiple disciplines, he brings significant cross-cultural experience as both a business and a ministry leader. He has a passion for discipling and mentoring business owners and leaders to align and integrate their faith with their leadership, bringing Jesus to the workplace. Craig and Debbie reside outside Lebanon, TN.
Through years of formal business and theological education, practical business experience, seminary teaching, pastoral leadership, and personal growth, God has prepared me to lead and equip His people for effective service. Having personally experienced God’s love I have a passion to teach His people to understand and appropriate their rich inheritance in God to live effective and productive lives through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
Peter is a dreamer who believes “with God, all things are possible.” He is blessed to be married to Jeanne since 1993 and together they have 4 amazing children. In his free time, he enjoys basketball, biking, and anything with his family. Peter graduated from Auburn University in mechanical engineering and started his career dreaming up new product designs and leading project teams for companies such as Diversified Products Exercise Equipment, Sunbeam, Haworth, Trane, and Whirlpool. While working in Nashville, he completed a Master’s in Management of Technology at Vanderbilt University. Shortly after completing his degree, he and his family moved to China. Peter co-founded TAG trading company in 2005 and started Transformation Management Consulting (TMC) in 2012. TMC helped foster healthy growth for their small and medium-sized business clients. In 2018 he returned to Huntsville, AL and began his new role as a C12 Chair. Peter is thrilled to team with Murray and the local team to equip and inspire executives and business owners of North Alabama to build GREAT Businesses for a GREATER Purpose. His dream is to partner with God and local leaders to see sustainable business, personal, and community transformation in North Alabama!
Contact Peter to share the dreams you have for your life, business, and community!
Prior to joining C12, Russell served as the CEO of a multinational technology company. Russell’s career in executive leadership started out with Boeing as an electrical design engineer for Secret aerospace projects, prior to launching into Technology Business Development at Intel. Russell later left Intel to begin a path of founding and leading multiple companies within the electronics technology sector for over 25 years, providing R&D driven Business Development, Products, and Services. Russell’s journey has included domestic and international engagements in the US, China, Japan, South America, and Europe. The opportunity to be a part of C12 is an incredible platform to engage and continue to grow as a peer team member with some of the greatest CEOs and Business Owners.
Bill brings a unique perspective to his role of C12 Area Chair, having been a 17-year C12 member and a business owner since 1985. These experiences enable him to understand the daily pressures on the business Owner/CEO as well as the opportunities that they have to influence many people for Christ. Bills stated objective is to use my God-given skills and talents to fulfill the purpose for which I was created and to leverage my life experiences to serve those in my sphere of influence.
As the son of a Baptist minister, Bill grew up in a loving, Christian home. At the age of 30, he found himself asking, Is this all there is to the Christian life? God reminded him that He wanted a daily relationship with him that would influence all areas of his life, including his business.
In August of 1985, after obtaining a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Florida, Bill established his own architectural practice in Sarasota, FL. Over a 20-year period this business grew into a 20-person, multi-disciplined firm specializing in educational, religious and residential projects.
Bill is an original member of the C12 Group from its inception in Sarasota in 1992. During his tenure he has been the recipient of the Member of the Year award and has been designated as a C12 Hero by the organizations founder. Since becoming the Area Chair in Western North Carolina, Bill has received the “Rookie of the Year” and “Chairman of the Year” awards from C12.
Bill and Nora, his wife of over 40 years, have 3 grown children; Garrett, Erin & Lindsey. Their family has been active members of several churches over the years, where Bill has served as an Elder, Governing Board member, and chair or committee member for various Pastor Search teams and Strategic Planning groups. He has taught adult Bible-study and other small groups for many years.
Bill and Nora consider it a privilege to live and work in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina and to serve those that God brings across their path.
- 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