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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 Naples, Ft. Myers, and Bradenton to have their questions answered and their answers questioned.

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Business Forum Leaders in the Southwest Florida Area

DON LIGHT, JR.

Prior to C12, Dons career spanned 20+ years in the Florida Real Estate industry, including the initial startup and development…

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DON LIGHT, JR.

Prior to C12, Dons career spanned 20+ years in the Florida Real Estate industry, including the initial startup and development of several residential high-end golf course and waterfront communities. During this time he became experienced in all facets of residential development including: sales and marketing, land acquisition and development, homebuilding, customer service, and project management. As Vice President and Director of Sales of WCI Realty, Inc., a unit of WCI Communities, a publicly-traded company operating in eastern U.S., Dons leadership and experience helped to build and maintain exceptional sales teams that generated over $675 million in sales. Don attributes his business success in sales and corporate operations to his ongoing desire to develop as a leader. He is a strong advocate of personal growth and development and leveraging our gifts as we love and care for people. Don gives full credit to the Lord’s goodness and blessings for his personal and professional opportunities and accomplishments. Equally important to Don is the opportunity to be a consistent source of encouragement and support to his local church. Don has served in various church capacities including Sunday school teacher, care group facilitator, and Deacon. As a C12 Chairman, Don is extremely excited to see what God is doing through the lives and companies of C12 Members in Southwest Florida and across the country. Don has been Married to his lovely wife Rachelle for over 28 years. Don and Rachelle have been blessed with six children and reside in Bradenton, Florida.

DOUG POLL

Doug has built and led companies the last 25 years that have allowed him to use his talents for God’s…

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DOUG POLL

Doug has built and led companies the last 25 years that have allowed him to use his talents for God’s greater purpose. His personal vision is to passionately engage others in finding God’s purpose for their lives and business and that is why he loves his work and calling with the C12 Group. Prior to joining C12 in 2015, Doug founded Developing People Group in 2009 which specializes in leadership development and helping companies become high-performance organizations. Doug’s experience also includes the launch and operations of Christian radio station WSMR 89.1 in Sarasota, FL. During his 15 years with the station, their audience grew to 50,000 listeners weekly with 10 employees and dozens of volunteers. WSMR had a worldwide impact and raised millions of dollars in listener support for Christian programming. He is also a Certified Professional Life Coach, a Master Strengths Coach through the Roy West Companies, and holds certifications in the Reach Ecosystem which includes psychometric assessments like the multi-rater Reach 360, Reach Culture Survey and Reach Profile for leaders. Doug is married to his teenage sweetheart, Kristen, and they have 4 grown children (Micah, Emily, Rebekah and Caleb). He and his family attend The 360 Church in Sarasota where his involvement has been helping build the Xchange Discipleship program and providing leadership coaching to the staff. In his spare time, you’ll find Doug reading the latest book on his stack, playing Fantasy football or baseball, watching one of his kids sporting activities or enjoying a good workout.

SETH WIEPKING

Seth comes to C12 with a vocational background that fits right in with the C12 Chair model. The first half…

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SETH WIEPKING

Seth comes to C12 with a vocational background that fits right in with the C12 Chair model. The first half of his professional career was spent serving as a youth, college, and young adults pastor. He was on staff with multiple Presbyterian Churches and also worked with The Navigators, who focus on 1:1 discipleship. During these professional years, he was able to pioneer new ministries along with build upon established ministries that needed some revitalization. Seth also received his Master’s of Divinity Degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando.
After this season, an opportunity developed to work in the marketplace in the banking industry. He rose through the ranks quickly and began to manage 50-million-dollar branches with multiple regional banks, overseeing all of their deposit and loan growth. In his role as a banking VP, Seth was able to walk shoulder-to-shoulder with owners and CEOs to help guide them in making business decisions that would put their business in a position to flourish. The experiences and knowledge he gained working in the marketplace were invaluable in understanding how to see work as ministry. You might sum up Seth’s professional journey before joining C12 as going from being a Minister to being a Minister of Finance!
Seth is an avid sports fan and loves to jog. He played football and baseball at the University of Central Florida before transferring to Ashland University in Ohio to complete his undergraduate studies. Born in Columbus, Ohio, you can find him rooting for the Ohio State Buckeyes in addition to cheering on his alma mater, the UCF Knights, . He has taken advantage of living on the west coast of Florida by becoming a certified scuba diver and spearfishing enthusiast. He considers it an absolute honor to now be partnering with business owners and CEOs to help them build great businesses for a greater purpose! Seth has learned two primary lessons about the Lord as he looks back at the paths that led him to his C12 Chair role: that He is faithful and He will direct our steps for His Glory!

DON LIGHT, SR.

Don became friends with Buck Jacobs the founder of C12 in the middle 80’s and through their friendship developed a…

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DON LIGHT, SR.

Don became friends with Buck Jacobs the founder of C12 in the middle 80’s and through their friendship developed a passion for serving God in the Marketplace. When God gave Buck a vision to expand C12 nationally, Don eagerly embraced that vision and took over two of Buck’s original C12 groups in the Sarasota/Bradenton area of Florida in 2001. Don brings a broad entrepreneurial background with 35+ years of business experience to his role as a C12 Chairman. Don graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  He owned and operated a new car dealership and Budget Rent a Car franchise in Omaha, Nebraska with multiple new car and motor home franchises – Owned a Real Estate brokerage and property management company in Sarasota, Florida – Worked in upper level management for publicly traded companies and served on several Board of Directors – Served his local Church as Sunday School teacher, Board Member and Elder. Armed with love for the Lord and his highlighted experience as a business owner, franchisee, executive and consultant, Don currently oversees multiple C12 Groups and C12 Key Players groups in the Sarasota/Bradenton/Palmetto areas of Florida. His mission to expand C12 impact in the marketplace is being forwarded with Don’s son, Don, Jr. joining him as a Chair to the Sarasota and Ft. Myers/Naples areas. Don’s passion is to encourage and help Business Leaders become all they can be in Christ and to bring the Kingdom of God to the marketplace in South West Florida.  He has had the joy of seeing many lives turned toward Christ through his time in the marketplace and through the impact member’s of his C12 groups are having in their businesses. Don and his wife, Linda have 2 sons and 9 grandchildren.  They live in Bradenton, Florida.

“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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