Ricky Harper


C12 Chair since 2017

Territory Served

As the Principal Chairman for C12 Northwest Florida, Ricky has the privilege of working with top Christian CEOs, owners, and leaders across Florida’s panhandle and Southwest Georgia. He is honored to have a team accompanying him on his mission of equipping Christian CEOs to build great businesses for a greater purpose, these ‘Associate Chairs’ are Dr. Jeff Cerny in Destin and Major General USAF (retired) Norm Brozenick in Pensacola. All three share a common vision of bringing excellence in business, life, and faith to leaders throughout the region.  

After a four-year stint in the US Army Ricky spent 29 years with GE Healthcare. He began his GE career as an engineer installing and maintaining MRI systems. Eight years later he became the area’s senior engineer and after nineteen years he put down the oscilloscope and stepped into management, at first leading a small team of engineers in Southern Georgia, and then taking over the largest territory in the Southeast where he led the service division of a team of more than 50 engineers and sales representatives.  

In 2009 he retired from GE and began consulting, specializing in change management. In late 2010 Ricky went to work for Florida’s Department of State as the state’s Chief Corporations Officer, running ‘Sunbiz’ and working with state leaders to foster business growth and improve Florida’s business entity registration process. During this time, he oversaw the rewriting of Florida statutes governing the state’s LLC rules. After two years Ricky returned to the private sector and consulting. At the same time, he launched his first business and admits he learned more from its failure than from his many years of success. In 2017 he heard about C12 and answered God’s call to become a full-time Peer Advisory coach. He formed C12 Tallahassee and markets C12’s service throughout the Florida Panhandle and recently added South West Georgia (SoWeGa).

Ricky loves Jesus and has been married to his beautiful bride Gail for 46 years. They have two sons and four grandsons. He is an elder in his church and serves in other ministries. His spare time is spent building and racing cars in the Champcar Endurance Road-Racing series.