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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 Nashville and Bowling Green to have their questions answered and their answers questioned.

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Business Forum Leaders in the Middle Tennessee Area

DEWEY GREENE

Friends called them Ken and Barbie with kids. From the outside looking in it was true. Dewey and Jeannie were…

DEWEY GREENE

Friends called them Ken and Barbie with kids. From the outside looking in it was true. Dewey and Jeannie were blessed with five beautiful children, a promising health care career, and, from all indications, were firmly grounded in the church. Looks can be deceiving. A sincere, strong commitment to the church, with a non-existent personal relationship with the Living God, is a formula for disaster, an invisible ticking time bomb. Dewey, enjoying worldly success, was blindly adrift in man’s sinful nature. His world would collapse. He, and those nearest to him, suffered greatly. But God is present. He is not the enfeebled grandfather that we envisioned. No, God is miraculous. What no man nor woman could have done, God did. He intervened and radically rescued Dewey and Jeannie; and, one day at a time, He continues to plant their feet on solid ground. Dewey was born and reared in Macon, Georgia. He has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Masters in Health Administration from Duke University. Dewey and Jeannie are the proud parents of five adult children, an adopted son whom God has entrusted to their care, and twenty beautiful grandchildren. They live in Nashville, Tennessee. Dewey’s heart for God is reflected in his personal mission statement: Every day, purpose to hear and follow God’s call that Christ Jesus be honored in my innermost thoughts and manifested in my love for others (John 15:9-13). His hope and prayer is that God will powerfully use him as a vessel in C12’s ministry. Dewey is also the author of Painful Gifts; a simple but profound story that reveals the presence of the Living God.

DUANE MURRAY

Duane started his twelve-year career in healthcare developing a statewide management services organization for private and Baptist-owned practices in Central…

DUANE MURRAY

Duane started his twelve-year career in healthcare developing a statewide management services organization for private and Baptist-owned practices in Central Kentucky. He then transitioned to middle TN to become CEO of a 12 doctor Orthopaedic Surgery group in Franklin, TN, where he led them to consecutive years of their highest profitability and expansion. This included the successful development of a free-standing, physician-owned surgery center. But instead of taking the next career jump when it came in 2005, Duane made the courageous decision to leave a promising healthcare career to support the growing ministry of his church. He went from health care to soul care. Duane became the Executive Pastor at Thompson Station Church, where over twelve years the church developed locally, launched an international missions plan, started a satellite church, and planted churches in Las Vegas and Cincinnati. More than that he developed a passion to be a disciple who makes disciples who make disciples. Discipleship started at home where he partnered with his wife, Kristen, to intentionally pour into their three children. These three children have developed their own passion for a personal relationship with Christ that includes ministering to others. All three children are pursuing business careers with the plan to use their business as a platform for ministry. Duane sees his contribution to the mission of Christ (to reach every nation) is through discipleship in the marketplace. He utilizes his gifts for facilitation and insightful inquiry to spur business leaders to build great businesses for a greater purpose as a chair in C12’s Greater Nashville area.

TRENT MESSICK

Trent has had the privilege of serving business owners, CEOs and Presidents as a C12 Chair for the past 9…

TRENT MESSICK

Trent has had the privilege of serving business owners, CEOs and Presidents as a C12 Chair for the past 9 years. Those members come to the C12 table with revenues of $1 Million to $1.5 Billion and employees that number from 5 to 1,000. Trent began his business career as the Founder of Messick Homecare at the age of 23. The business quickly grew to 7 locations throughout Middle Tennessee. Upon selling his company in 1996 he became Regional Vice President of Operations for HouseCall Medical were he managed $125 million in revenue and multiple locations in five states. Trent has a passion for church planting, missions and worship leading. Trent has been married to his high school sweetheart Laura for over 42 years. They were the Founders of Portico, a pregnancy resource center in Murfreesboro, TN over 35 years ago where he serves as Board Chair. They have 3 children Caralyn (Todd) Ignatz, Meagan (Jason) Dow and Brandon (Brooklyn) Messick. They are blessed with 9 wonderful grandchildren who keep them young and active!

CRAIG WARNER

Born in Australia, Craig began his professional career as a CPA. In 1999, Craig together with his wife Debbie and…

CRAIG WARNER

Born in Australia, Craig began his professional career as a CPA. In 1999, Craig together with his wife Debbie and four children moved to Nashville to pursue his calling with a major international mission organization. Completing various assignments, including a 15-month-long assignment restructuring the ministry’s activities in India, and then graduating with an MBA from Lipscomb University in 2008, Craig was appointed International Executive Director of The Gideons International in 2010 and served for seven years. In that role, he came to understand the need for external counsel and C12 to be both an honest and safe place to deal with difficult issues. Having traveled to more than 45 countries, dealing with business leaders from various and multiple disciplines, he brings significant cross-cultural experience a business and ministry leader. Craig has a passion for discipling and mentoring business owners and leaders to align and integrate their faith with their business leadership, bringing Christ to the workplace. Craig and Debbie enjoy their country retreat outside Lebanon, TN.

ALLEN POWELL

Originally from Southern California, Allen spent 20+ years in Executive Sales and Marketing roles within the networking and technology industries.  …

ALLEN POWELL

Originally from Southern California, Allen spent 20+ years in Executive Sales and Marketing roles within the networking and technology industries.   His career spanned founding a start-up to managing AT&T’s channel partners that delivered over $12 billion in annual revenue.   He built and managed worldwide sales teams, created innovative marketing partner programs, and built a growth culture that focused on high integrity selling.  He was in the executive suite, was making great money, blessed by a loving and supportive marriage, and had a happy & healthy family.  In worldly terms, “he had it all”…despite all that blessing, there was something missing – something not right.  As he prayed diligently, studied the Word of God, and spoke with trusted mentors, he knew that his successful career lacked purpose – Kingdom purpose.  Then, through a series of divine circumstances and events, God called him and his family to move to Franklin, TN, and join C12.  He now serves and supports Christian CEOs and Business Owners to build great businesses for a greater purpose.  Allen is supported by his wife Kim and their three children – Grace, Hudson, and Penelope.  They all love to entertain, be in community with others, and are always looking for their next adventure!

MIKE HUGHES

Mike grew up in the New York metropolitan area. He graduated from Rutgers University with a BS in Industrial Engineering….

MIKE HUGHES

Mike grew up in the New York metropolitan area. He graduated from Rutgers University with a BS in Industrial Engineering. God gifted him with Karen, his wife and soulmate of over 42 years shortly after graduating college. They moved ‘south’ to Starkville, MS where he began his 45-year career in the electrical business and also received an MBA at Mississippi State University. He worked for ten years for electrical manufacturers in various sales and marketing positions in Mississippi, New Jersey and Georgia. In 1990 he had the opportunity to buy into a electrical manufacturers representative company and a partner wholesale distribution business. He has stewarded those businesses for over 30 years. For eleven of those years as a business owner Mike built a great business for a greater business as a C12 member in Middle Tennessee. He has been involved in transformational small group programs such as Cursillo, Exodus 90 and groups tied to local Church activities. Mike’s business and small group experiences have uniquely prepared him to become a C12 Chair. Karen and Mike have been gifted with three adult children who are all married: Aaron (Kylie), Josh (Ashley) and Kate (Todd). God has blessed each of those unions with children blessing Mike and Karen with nine amazing grandchildren. All their children have an entrepreneur’s heart and a love for God and people. The boys own their own businesses and Kate is a counselor who writes and hosts workshops while being a mom. Aaron is a C12 member up in Chicago.

“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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