About C12

C12 is a unique executive peer advisory board made up of Christian CEOs and business owners. C12 members are typically chief executives or owners of established companies with annual revenues of $1 million to more than $1 billion. We meet away from our businesses for a day each month to study and share excellent business practices and solutions from a Christian perspective. This isn’t some type of business network and we don’t solicit each other for business. We come together to learn how to better grow our businesses, to improve our execution and to challenge, encourage and hold each other accountable as we become better leaders.

The C12 group is a proven resource for business owners, CEOs and senior management level staff who want to learn how to be better leaders, stewards, employers, spouses, parents, mentors and servants. We work to bring together the top business leaders representing the most respected and successful businesses in the Tarrant County marketplace. C12 blends solid “best practice” contemporary business education, ministry principles and structured peer accountability to achieve successful results both professionally and personally.

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Joe has worked as a development, construction and marketing professional in various facets of the real estate housing industry. Joe has served on a variety of industry and charitable boards including service as President of the Dallas Multifamily Builders Council and Chairman of the Multi-Housing Council for the National Association of Home Builders. Joe was also named “America’s Multifamily Builder of the Year” by the National Association of Home Builders. He has served as the Chairman for the Keller Chamber of Commerce, as well as serving as a Planning and Zoning Commissioner and Economic Development Board member for the City of Keller.

In addition, Joe was named “40 Under 40” by the Dallas Business Journal for his work in real estate development, construction and management. Partners in his real estate projects included the Perot Family (Hillwood), Ed and Lee Bass, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance and the Disney Company. He also has served on the board of Snowball Express, a private organization that supports the children and surviving spouses of men and women killed in active duty since 9/11. | (832) 265-8883

Rich has over 35 years of providing business advisory experience in a variety of industries including financial services, energy, telecommunications, hospitality, manufacturing and the public sector.  Before establishing the C12 practice, Rich has owned and operated a private management consulting firm. He also spent several years as Partner-in-Charge of management consulting in the Houston office of Grant Thornton in addition to his time with KPMG-Peat Marwick and J.P. Morgan/Chase Bank.

Rich’s specific expertise has included large scale organizational capability improvement, merger and acquisition integration, change management, large management information systems implementations, operational improvement, and business re-engineering. In the recent past, Rich was a senior business advisor to numerous leadership teams such as those at Chevron, Shell Chemicals, British Petroleum, Clear Channel Communications, several large regional Texas based commercial banks and the Houston Independent School District. Finally, Rich is also an Executive Coach for the Mays MBA Business School at Texas A&M University. | (813) 230-2651

Steve brings a unique perspective to his role as Houston C12 Area Chair having been a member of one of the three original C12 groups founded in the Tampa Bay area by Buck Jacobs several years ago. Steve was privileged to learn firsthand the profound impact C12 concepts can have on a business Owner/CEO trying to operate successfully according to Biblical principles in the marketplace.

After launching a business in 1994 that grew rapidly, Steve began to feel the pressures felt experienced by all business owners. Steve wished for a Christian mentoring/sharing group of trusted advisors for the support, education and encouragement he needed to expand his business in a way that was both God-honoring and financially successful. God brought C12 into Steve’s life in His own unique way (ask Steve about it sometime). Having relocated to Houston, Steve now desires to provide other Christian chief executives with the knowledge, wisdom, and guidance that enabled him to grow in business performance and eternal fruitfulness.

Following college graduation, Steve served three years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantry officer in the 1st Recon Battalion stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA. He later earned an MBA from Indiana University and had a successful 20-year corporate career leading to a position as Regional Vice President for a $250 million public company, Convergent Technologies, Inc.

Steve then went on to build a 21-year career as professional motivational speaker, author and business owner by founding Universal Seminars of America, Inc. His wife of 40 years, Carolyn, has been Steve’s trusted business partner, and best friend. They have three grown sons together and enjoy serving their church.

Steve’s life verse is: “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s Will for you in Christ Jesus” (1Thes 5:16-18).

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"C12 provides an arena of business owners who love God and desire to operate their businesses according to His instructions. What an awesome place for support, accountability and growth!" David Dial | Owner, Living Stones Architecture
"C12 has been a compass that has kept me on course as a Christian, husband, father and CEO. My C12 relationships are pure gold!" Marty Morris | Sunbelt Lubricants
"C12 has helped me to be a more effective Christian and a better businessman. In one meeting, I saved enough to pay for ten years of membership!" Steve Wilson | Hide-Away Storage Services
"One of the best things about C12 are the people in C12 and the influences that they have in my life and what they challenge you to do and to become." Brad Green | Lightening RV Supply
"C12 has been the best business consultant that we've ever been associated with. Biblical teaching incorporated with the collective business knowledge of other members is priceless. Our ministry is growing every year." Bart Azarelli | Dallas 1 Construction and Development
"C12 provides an arena of business owners who love God and desire to operate their businesses according to His instructions. What an awesome place for support, accountability and growth!" Markey Austin | Community Marketing Services
"C12 is a great, real-world MBA, board of directors and R&D lab rolled up into one...a life preserver in times of treading water, a mirror for accountability, and a tool that I could not part with." David Dial | Living Stones Architecture
"The wisdom I receive from my C12 peer group and the challenge to dig deeper into His word to come up with the right solutions for every dilemma I face has been imperative to grow me in my Christian walk, as well as increase the true "fruitfulness" of my organization." Cheryl Hunter | McDonald's Restaurants
"Being a member of C12 for 9 years has given me the tools to be a better husband, father, and employer. Not only have I learned Godly principles, but I have learned how to incorporate them in the everyday challenges of life." Jan Hasse, DVM | Sarasota Animal Hospital