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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 in the Charlotte metro to have their questions answered and their answers questioned.

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Business Forum Leaders in the Greater Charlotte Area

TONY TENNARO

Tony Tennaro founded Cornerstone Initiatives in 2004 in order to bring C12 Group programs to the business community of Greater…

TONY TENNARO

Tony Tennaro founded Cornerstone Initiatives in 2004 in order to bring C12 Group programs to the business community of Greater Charlotte. He sees his mission as helping business leaders align their work with God’s agenda, releasing the transforming power of Jesus Christ into all they touch. Tony enjoyed a successful career in sales, marketing, and general management, both in large corporations, such as the Quaker State Corporation and Black & Decker, and in smaller entrepreneurial companies. He now brings the benefit of his experience to others, across a range of consumer and industrial markets, products, and services. As C12 Chair, he enthusiastically serves marketplace leaders, sharing his love of business strategy and performance, integrated with his foundation of faith. Tony is also available to speak at conferences on the topics of “Your Next Right Move: How to Make Wise Decisions and Advance Careers,” and “Recalculating Route: a GPS for Getting Back on Course and Staying There.” The love of his wife, daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren gives Tony daily opportunities to “rejoice and be glad” from their home in Waxhaw, NC. “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10).

DEAN WILLIAMS

With over 40 years of experience in project engineering, general management, and process improvement consulting, with a variety of organizations…

DEAN WILLIAMS

With over 40 years of experience in project engineering, general management, and process improvement consulting, with a variety of organizations from Fortune 500 companies to smaller firms, Dean has consistently sought to add value through a focus on continuous improvement. Prior to becoming an Associate Chair with the C12Group Greater Charlotte, Dean was a manager with Duke Energy, a Senior LEAN Consultant with Invistics, founder and president of Effective Focus Insights, a published author, and a regular speaker and workshop leader nationally and internationally. Dean is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering. Dean has been married to his wonderful bride, best friend, and talented professional artist, Leigh, since 1977. They have three married children, and six amazing grandchildren (and counting). As a family, the Williams’ have sought, by God’s grace, to live out the words of Joshua when he said, “…. but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord,” as they integrate their lives and their work with their faith. To that end Dean and Leigh have been actively involved in the church, community, and mission outreach including Dean serving as a Deacon, Elder, and Sunday School teacher, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Samaritans Purse, Charlotte Serve, Charlotte Rescue Mission, Wings of Eagles Ranch, and others, as well as participating in and leading numerous short term missions trips to eastern Europe.

DEREK ROGERS

Derek has been in Charlotte for 25 years and has loved seeing the city transform. After graduating from Wake Forest…

DEREK ROGERS

Derek has been in Charlotte for 25 years and has loved seeing the city transform. After graduating from Wake Forest University, Derek came to Charlotte in 1994 to join NationsBank. Since then, the city’s marketplace – and skyline – changed in significant ways; as part of that, Derek worked for NationsBank/Bank of America for 23 years, building business and internal-consulting experience through enterprise-wide projects and strategic programs. In 2017 he left financial services to spend intentional time at home (focused on his wife Anne and three teenaged sons) and in the community (sinking more time into church and various volunteer efforts). Over the past two decades, he has been involved in the city through the Charlotte Leadership Forum, the Foundation for the Carolinas Impact Fund, Halftime Carolinas, partnering with Reformed Theological Seminary, and chairing the Board of The Barnabas Center, a counseling/teaching/training non-profit in town. Derek led the Diaconate at his local church for many years and now serves as an elder there. He loves the way God is leveraging C12 to use the gospel to address concrete marketplace challenges of local business owners: better-defined (and purposeful) strategies; clear execution of goals; and operational excellence, just to name a few. And how He does that within, across and through the discipleship of our Peer Advisory Boards.

BRADEN RUCH

Braden is excited to be leading Peer Advisory Groups with C12 in the Greater Charlotte Marketplace. He is keenly aware…

BRADEN RUCH

Braden is excited to be leading Peer Advisory Groups with C12 in the Greater Charlotte Marketplace. He is keenly aware that the only successes he experienced in business were a direct result of efforts rooted in Biblical principles. His hope is to leverage C12 Peer Advisory Offerings to help and challenge Christian business owners to build great businesses for a greater purpose (i.e. drive revenue and profit, all the while incorporating Kingdom Building initiatives in the “how”). …..not just for God, but WITH God (Genesis 28:15). His goal is that when customers and employees interact with C12 businesses they will see Jesus in the mission and vision as well as in the way in which they conduct their businesses.

As an accomplished business leader, Braden has nearly 20 years of experience working to unlock revenue, profit, and other Desired Business Outcomes for his Customer’s C-level Executives, primarily, leveraging Document Management and Data & Analytics software.  During this season Braden led a matrixed team to deliver, implement and service contracts valued at upwards of $20M, some with $100M+ Business Outcomes.  He enjoys being the glue to great teams and ensuring no one is left behind (Matthew 18:12).  His previous work spanned numerous industries (healthcare, retail, construction, State & local govt, legal, finance, energy, banking) and from small-to-medium sized companies to Fortune-500 organizations.

He and his wife, Mandy, have been in Charlotte since attending UNCC in 1999. They have been married for 15 years and have three wonderful, rowdy, boys. After having both spent several years in Charlotte as volunteer leaders with Young Life in their 20s,  Braden and Mandy now serve Young Life Union County as Committee Members.  They currently attend Forest Hill-Waxhaw, and are partnering with the church to create a young families ministry similar to the communities they’ve benefited from over the last 15 years at Church at Charlotte and Carmel Baptist.

Braden has also benefited from investments from Search Ministries, Charlotte Leadership Forum, Halftime of the Carolinas, Campus Outreach, and came to Christ at Camp Lurecrest in the early 90s.  He loves golf, full-court basketball, and biking.

“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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