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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 Chicagoland to have their questions answered and their answers questioned.

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Business Forum Leaders in the Chicagoland Area

GARY MASCHING

Gary joined C12 in 2015 and is a Principal Chair in the greater Chicagoland. With extensive business leadership experience, Gary…

GARY MASCHING

Gary joined C12 in 2015 and is a Principal Chair in the greater Chicagoland. With extensive business leadership experience, Gary loves working with executives to bring focus and clarity to their businesses. Gary is a CPA and served as a partner with RSM until he transitioned to one of his international clients, VTech, a consumer electronics company where he served for 14 years in executive leadership including President and CEO. In addition to these roles, Gary served as President of another consumer electronics company as well as a director in a strategic planning consulting firm. With extensive business leadership and a desire to see Christian business leaders live out their faith in the businesses, Gary is well-equipped to serve these leaders as they build great businesses for a greater purpose. Gary and his wife Peg attend Harvest Bible Chapel. They have been married since 1977 and have two married children and three grandchildren.

DAVID LACINE

Dave has been involved in the life-changing mission of C12 Group for more than a decade. After 34 years in…

DAVID LACINE

Dave has been involved in the life-changing mission of C12 Group for more than a decade. After 34 years in the insurance industry, Dave sensed the call to develop C12 Groups in the Chicago area. Dave brings to C12 experience in agency expansion and growth, mergers and acquisitions, along with business development and planning. He has held positions as president of two companies and is also a past president of the largest insurance state association for independent agents in Illinois. Along with his business background, Dave has been involved in leadership with small groups, couples’ groups, marriage ministry, and spiritual direction, also leading retreats for leaders with a focus on spiritual disciplines and development. Dave has mentored high school students and has served as president of the board for Emmaus Ministries in Chicago, which ministers to broken lives of men in the inner city. Dave’s passions also include short-term missions which have taken him to China and the Dominican Republic. Dave’s desire is to see leaders in business develop to their true capacity not only in the business world, but personally and spiritually, to be all that God has called them to be. Dave and Robin, his wife of 43 years, reside in Downers Grove and have two grown children, along with six grandchildren. They are members and active in leadership at Christ Church of Oak Brook.

MARK LAROCCA

One of Mark’s key strength’s is being able to bring order to difficult situations. He thrives in turning chaos into…

MARK LAROCCA

One of Mark’s key strength’s is being able to bring order to difficult situations. He thrives in turning chaos into order. Mark spent 20 plus years as an entrepreneur and insurance agency owner, using insurance and financial solutions to serve clients in some of the most challenging environments in the world. As a result of this international exposure, Mark has worked with Fortune 100 companies all the way to smaller start-ups. These experiences have shaped Mark to be an intent listener. Mark is able to draw out the right questions enabling an owner or their team towards a solution they’ve developed together. A key component is to communicate what a CEO or owner needs to hear but may not necessarily want to hear. Mark does not avoid those crucial and essential conversations. Starting as most agents, Mark was able to work through the ranks doubling the size of the agency he worked at in two years. He was rewarded with ownership by growing the agency footprint from four states to fourteen. During this time, he dealt with global and local recessions and helping clients survive the tech bubble as well as the mortgage melt down. Most recently, he has worked with teams that have had to deal with the COVID surprise and was fortunate enough to have remote offices thereby lacking the need for brick-and-mortar locations. Understanding this helped Mark bridge the gap for a number of local business owners during this time of unforeseen crisis. God has prepared Mark well for this season in life. In Mark’s words, “God has made me for as time such as this, to use my gifts and talents to help others excel and face their own challenges.” After selling his book of business, Mark spent time consulting and found it lacking. Staying in contact with his C12 cadre, Mark was encouraged to look at the calling of a C12 Chair. And he responded to that call. It is Mark’s final goal in life to help other business owners Build Great Businesses for a Greater Purpose.. Mark will be the first to say he has not figured it all out, but that he has learned that preparing for a loss is often more important than dealing with a loss. Therefore, by God’s grace Mark is committed to fulfill this final mission and calling with courage and valor hearing the words, “Well done faithful servant.” The most cherished part of Mark’s life is family; He has been blessed with the gift of raising two children who have both been homeschooled along with his wife Kristin of over 25 years. In Mark’s words, “There is nothing more important than God, Family, and Country.” When Mark is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, mountain biking, and helping other business owners with challenges they face. Welcome to the C12 Chair Core!

“C12 is everything I was looking for and more of what I didn’t know I needed. My peers challenge me in my blind spots, love me in hard times, and encourage me to glorify God in the way I lead my team. It’s a home for business leaders.”

Brittany Zeller, founder and director of Tiny Feet Early Intervention / South Carolina C12 member

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