Don became friends with Buck Jacobs the founder of C12 in the middle 80’s and through their friendship developed a passion for serving God in the Marketplace. When God gave Buck a vision to expand C12 nationally, Don eagerly embraced that vision and took over two of Buck’s original C12 groups in the Sarasota/Bradenton area of Florida in 2001. Don brings a broad entrepreneurial background with 35+ years of business experience to his role as a C12 Chairman. Don graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He owned and operated a new car dealership and Budget Rent a Car franchise in Omaha, Nebraska with multiple new car and motor home franchises – Owned a Real Estate brokerage and property management company in Sarasota, Florida – Worked in upper level management for publicly traded companies and served on several Board of Directors – Served his local Church as Sunday School teacher, Board Member and Elder. Armed with love for the Lord and his highlighted experience as a business owner, franchisee, executive and consultant, Don currently oversees multiple C12 Groups and C12 Key Players groups in the Sarasota/Bradenton/Palmetto areas of Florida. His mission to expand C12 impact in the marketplace is being forwarded with Don’s son, Don, Jr. joining him as a Chair to the Sarasota and Ft. Myers/Naples areas. Don’s passion is to encourage and help Business Leaders become all they can be in Christ and to bring the Kingdom of God to the marketplace in South West Florida. He has had the joy of seeing many lives turned toward Christ through his time in the marketplace and through the impact member’s of his C12 groups are having in their businesses. Don and his wife, Linda have 2 sons and 9 grandchildren. They live in Bradenton, Florida.