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It can be lonely at the top, but it doesn’t have to be.

We know leaders limit their potential when they lead from isolation. But, when surrounded by trusted advisors with a common goal and a biblical worldview, they can maximize performance and energize cultures. With faith as the foundation, this powerful group of peers meet in an exclusive, confidential forums around the Orlando metro, Lake Wales, Deltona, to have their questions answered and their answers questioned.

Chairs

Business Forum Leaders in the Central Florida Area

KEVIN RESPRESS

Kevin brings 20 years of business experience to his role as C12 Area Chair for Central Florida. Prior to launching…

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KEVIN RESPRESS

Kevin brings 20 years of business experience to his role as C12 Area Chair for Central Florida. Prior to launching his own coaching and consulting practice, Kevin’s career was spent in positions of increasing management responsibility with business units of Procter & Gamble and Cargill Inc. Kevin has experience in all aspects of operations management, maintenance, budgeting, customer relations, human resources, auditing, project design and installations, acquisitions, plant closures, and joint ventures. He, and his wife Amy, who owns and manages Entourage Salon and Spa, have been together for over 20 years and are lifelong residents of Florida, making Lake Wales their home. They reside in the community of Babson Park along with their three children – Ashley, Lauren, and Seth. Kevin has actively served in his local church and is pleased to be able to serve the needs of Christian business owners and CEOs in Central Florida.

RANDY HARROD

Randy Harrod serves as Managing Chair for the C12 Groups in the East Central Florida area. In addition to his…

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RANDY HARROD

Randy Harrod serves as Managing Chair for the C12 Groups in the East Central Florida area. In addition to his service through C12, Randy founded his accounting firm in 2000 to offer financial, operational and management experience to small and mid-sized business organizations through a cloud-based solution. Randy has 35 years experience in public and private accounting with 25 years experience in multi-corporation accounting operations. Randy considers it a joy to serve Christian business leaders in the Central Florida area. Randy is an ordained Deacon and a Spiritual Leadership Coach certified with Blackaby Ministries International. In addition, he is a Certified Public Accountant in Georgia (1983) and Florida (1991). He holds a BBA degree in Accounting from Valdosta State University. Randy is married to his wife Linda for over 30 years and they have one daughter Christie. Both native to South Georgia, they have been residents of Florida since 1991 and currently reside in DeLand, where they have enjoyed living for the past 27 years.

CAMMIE HAUSER

Cammie Hauser serves as a Chair with C12 in the East Central Florida area. She has served for the past…

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CAMMIE HAUSER

Cammie Hauser serves as a Chair with C12 in the East Central Florida area. She has served for the past 15 years as a Certified Practice Advisor and Shareholder with Atticus, one of the nation’s leading practice management education and training organization for attorneys. In addition, she has more than 15 years of experience in both public accounting and private industry having served as a regional CFO for a public company. Cammie holds an active Certified Public Accountant (#20716) license from the Florida Board of Accountancy. Also, she received both her B.S. in Business Administration in Accounting and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. Cammie lives with her husband Jerry in Umatilla where they have been residents of Central Florida for over 40 years. They both are very active in their church, where Cammie is involved in several committees and leads a women’s online bible study and Jerry spearheads the food pantry to help meet the needs in their local community.

JOSÉ ALMEIDA

My name is José Alexandre, I was born in 1974, in Lages, in the state of Santa Catarina in the…

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JOSÉ ALMEIDA

My name is José Alexandre, I was born in 1974, in Lages, in the state of Santa Catarina in the south of Brazil. My father, José de Jesus, is a retired engineer of the Brazilian Army and my mother, Adelina, is a retired librarian. I have an older sister named Katiana, who is married and has two kids, 17 and 12 years old.

Since my father was in the military, we moved around a lot, so I got to know my country very well and learned to adapt and embrace change.

Our way of life led me to practice and enjoy many types of sports: Judo as a kid, volleyball as a teenager and triathlon later. I even reached professional levels (national youth team in volleyball and Ironman in triathlon) however I decided to follow a different career and enjoy sports solely as a healthy hobby.

I studied Mechanical Engineering and worked in a few multi-national companies (pulp and paper and mining). I had the chance to live and work worldwide during this time, I even lived in the USA for couple of years while working for FLSmidth Salt Lake City Inc. During this time God called me back to the gospel through the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. In 2012 I returned to Brazil to live in Belo Horizonte and later in Curitiba, where I currently live.

Alongside this time in engineering, I participated in some small businesses since 2000. Though the multi-national manager life was exciting, I have always felt that I belonged investing in small businesses through funding, encouragement and technical, emotional and spiritual support. By 2014 God directed me to leave the corporative life and become an entrepreneur.

In 2015, I met my wife, Marina, in the First Baptist Church of Curitiba and we got married in 2018. Recently God gave us the direction to end cycles again in our professional lives. Marina is a Civil Engineering professor in Brazil and was invited for a postdoctoral position in University of Florida in Gainesville.

I felt that the company in which I was a partner reached a point where it didn’t need me as much and I decided to sell my shares to follow my personal mission: To contribute to people and companies to raise the Kingdom of God. I feel that the C12 group is an awesome way reach this call.

PAUL LECHNER

Paul Lechner’s 30+ years as an entrepreneur, business owner, and business development executive spans two distinct industries: building materials and…

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PAUL LECHNER

Paul Lechner’s 30+ years as an entrepreneur, business owner, and business development executive spans two distinct industries: building materials and technology (Salesforce.com), ranging from start-ups to $160 million mid-size companies.

In his early 30s, Paul lost his wife to divorce and an $11 million company he founded due to being a “lukewarm” Christian. As a result, he was spiritually, morally, and financially bankrupt—completely broken.  God then used two life-shaping events to change the course of Paul’s life.

First, he met Michael Tremain, a man of God who understood the importance of Biblical Lordship in business.  Michael discipled Paul and modeled Lordship by praying before appointments, accepting calls from his wife during meetings, and turning to scripture when faced with difficult decisions.

Second, Paul discovered he had a son Josh.  Josh was 15 at the time.  God spoke to Paul, letting him know that it is never too late to build a relationship, personally and professionally.

These events marked Paul’s life as a businessman and father, allowing him to connect more deeply with people.  Paul attends Lake Mary Church, where he leads the connect team, hosts a men’s life group, and is a table leader for Foundations and Equip.

Nearly 20 years had passed since Michael discipled Paul.  Sensing God was calling him to something more meaningful, Paul contacted Michael for counsel.  It was then that Michael suggested C12 Business Forums.  Michael was a C12 member and recommended that Paul look into becoming a chair.  After a time of prayer and discernment, Paul affirmed God’s calling to become a C12 chair.

Paul is thankful for the opportunity to use his spiritual gifts of vision, leadership, and connecting to change the world by advancing the Gospel in the marketplace as a chair in C12’s Central Florida region.

“When I found C12, I knew that I was among leaders who would join me in a commitment to demonstrate that we are indeed managing God’s businesses for Him. Our fight for excellence unites us in ways that transcend the diversity of industries we represent. We apply the ideas differently in each company, but as C12 members, we are united in principles of excellence.”

Cassandra Laymon | President, Beacon Wealth Consultants

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