America’s leading Christian CEO forum, building GREAT businesses for a GREATER purpose.

Regardless of how long you’ve been a business leader, you probably still have those days when you are keenly aware of the gaps in your knowledge and experience. The challenge for many of us is that we don’t set aside time to work “on” our business rather than “in” it. We might read books, attend industry seminars or even engage consultants, but we don’t regularly schedule time to focus on big-picture issues. The C12 Group is a unique forum for Christian CEOs and business owners who are intentional about business, ministry and personal growth.

Robert Beaman

Managing Chair

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God called Robert to be a businessman. When at age 29 Robert became a Christian, he asked God what he should do now. God’s clear call was to continue in his business career as Vice President and later COO of a large regional retail company with 650 retail outlets and three thousand employees.

Later while serving as President of another significant retail chain, Robert spearheaded a TQM initiative for his organization that led to huge reductions in expenses and employee turnover. Company size and sales more than doubled in less than ten years. Along the way, Robert received specialized training as a facilitator to enhance the performance and teamwork among his management staff. The team’s resulting heightened effectiveness later enabled the business to later be sold for a record amount.

In 2000, Robert co-founded Share and Compare, a CEO peer group facilitation company engaging a network of 150 retail and distribution companies who participate in regular financial benchmarking and best practices sharing meetings and conferences.

At a critical juncture in the life of his church, Robert was called by God to leave his business career and to serve for five years as Executive Pastor of his church. Robert joined C12 in 2006 as Area Chair for Eastern NC. His unique blend of work experiences and his journey of faith provide him a framework to encourage and support Christian business owners as they run their businesses for Christ.

Robert and his high school sweetheart, Janet, have been married 42 years and have two daughters and four grandchildren. Robert attended East Carolina University.

Steve Calhoun

Chair

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At the age of 30, after being raised in a Christian home, Steve realized his relationship with Christ was not real and true.  Once he realized his need for Christ, Steve surrendered everything in his life to Him and thankfully has never gotten over it.  Steve has served the local church in various lay capacities including several Bible study group start-ups and was instrumental in a local church plant.

A native of Rocky Mount, NC, Steve earned his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 1990 and his MBA from Liberty University in 2007.  He was a contributing author of Essentials of International Business (Satterlee, 2006) and has obtained many professional certifications in the insurance and financial services industry over the past 20 years.  Steve served the insurance industry for 18 years in various sales and service capacities with Equitable Life and NC Farm Bureau, and managed all aspects of claims service in eastern NC for Erie Insurance.  Steve also pursued his entrepreneurial spirit during the 1990’s by providing various services to local jewelry stores in eastern North Carolina.

More recently, Steve and his family lived in China for three years where he primarily worked with Chinese business owners to bridge relationships with U.S. counterparts.  While in China, he explored much of Chinese culture and language all while studying the business practices of Chinese companies. His experience in China gave Steve a unique opportunity to lead and disciple Chinese believers in their walk with Jesus Christ.

Many years ago, God placed a desire in Steve’s heart to combine excellent business and marketplace ministry knowing the impact that the marketplace can have in expanding God’s Kingdom.  With Steve’s varied educational past and experience in both business and ministry, he has much to bring to the table in helping C12 members “Build Great Businesses for a Greater Purpose.”

Steve and his wife, Beth, have been happily married for 16 years.  They have been blessed with three sons and two daughters.  Beth is a full-time mother and homemaker and enjoys homeschooling their children.

Jim Steele

Chair

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Jim comes to C12 from having served for the prior decade as VP for a midsized insurance company, where he had responsibility for strategic planning, execution, P&L, and the corporate flight department. He also operated a small general aviation airport during this same period which served the needs of customers and the community. In these roles Jim’s greatest contributions were in the areas of team-building and organizational development. Preparation for those duties began in the United States Air Force where he served for 22 years in a variety of command, staff and leadership positions. Most of Jim’s career was in the operational arena, but he also gained significant experience in human resources and personnel policy matters while working at the highest levels within the Department of Defense. A devoted student of leadership, Jim has been actively engaged in small group studies and mentoring relationships for over 25 years. He holds graduate degrees in Management from Webster University and in Education from East Carolina University. He is also a graduate of the National War College where he completed graduate level studies in National Security Strategy and Policy Formulation.

Although a professional aviator for more than 35 years, Jim’s passion is not flying – it’s people. It’s his desire to see lives and businesses transformed through the Gospel of Jesus Christ that brought Jim to C12. He joined the C12 team in 2009 as an Area Chair to help further develop C12’s ‘business as ministry’ service to Christian CEOs in the eastern part of North Carolina. Jim lives in Kinston, NC with his wife, Judy. They have been blessed with two terrific children, Jeff and Julie, as well as five marvelous munchkins (their code name for grandchildren).

Tim Parker

Chair

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Tim comes to  the role of C12 Chair having been both a C-suite executive with small to midsized companies and a business owner.  His prior CEO/COO/CFO roles give him experience in strategic planning, vision/alignment, financial management, marketing, labor management, operational management, and mentoring.  Tim has provided leadership to several turnarounds of small and medium-sized hospitals of 260 to 1000 employees and revenues ranging from $50 million to $1.2 Billion.  Tim’s leadership approach always aimed at mentoring and preparing his direct reports on these leadership teams such that they might grow into future CEOs and CFOs.

Tim has a BS in Accounting from WVU Tech and an MBA from the University of Miami (FL).  He has known the Lord since his mid-teens.  Tim has served as a Sunday school youth teacher, participates in several men’s groups, and has been blessed by taking short-term mission trips to Nicaragua and Angola Prison in Louisiana.

Tim and his wife Jennifer have four adult children, three of whom are married, and they enjoy golf, swimming, and other outdoor activities.  Tim is excited to be called by the Lord to help Christian CEOs “Build GREAT Businesses for a GREATER Purpose” in order to glorify God, “Who desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of truth.” (1Timothy 2:4)

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Meeting Information

Greenville Key Players Group
Iron Wood Country Club

Chair: Robert Beaman
Meeting Type: Key Players Group
Meeting time: 9 AM - 4 PM on the 2nd Thursday of every month
Location: Iron Wood Country Club, 200 Golf Club Wynd, Greenville, NC 27834

C12 Goldsboro Group
Walnut Creek Country Club

Chair: Jim Steele
Meeting Type: C12 Group
Meeting time: 9 AM - 4 PM on the 3rd Wednesday of every month
Location: Walnut Creek Country Club, 508 Lakeshore Drive, Goldsboro, NC 27534

Wilson Key Players Group
Wilson Country Club

Chair: Steve Calhoun
Meeting Type: Key Players Group
Meeting time: 9 AM - 4 PM on the 2nd Tuesday of every month
Location: Wilson Country Club, 4509 Country Club Drive North, Wilson, NC 27896

C12 Goldsboro Group
Walnut Creek Country Club

Chair: Jim Steele
Meeting Type: C12 Group
Meeting time: 9 AM - 4 PM on the 2nd Thursday of every month
Location: Walnut Creek Country Club, 508 Lakeshore Drive, Goldsboro, NC 27534

Goldsboro Key Players Group
Walnut Creek Country Club

Chair: Jim Steele
Meeting Type: Key Players Group
Meeting time: 9 AM - 4 PM on the 3rd Thursday of every month
Location: Walnut Creek Country Club, 508 Lakeshore Drive, Goldsboro, NC 27534

C12 Wilmington Group
The City Club of Wilmington

Chair: Tim Parker
Meeting Type: C12 Group
Meeting time: 9 AM - 4 PM on the 3rd Wednesday of every month
Location: The City Club of Wilmington, 23 S. 2nd Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

C12 Group Outer Banks
Duck Woods Country Club

Chair: Steve Calhoun
Meeting Type: C12 Group
Meeting time: 9 AM - 4 PM on the 3rd Thursday of every month
Location: Duck Woods Country Club, 50 S Dogwood Trail, Southern Shores, NC 27949

C12 Wilson Group
Wilson Country Club

Chair: Steve Calhoun
Meeting Type: C12 Group
Meeting time: 9 AM - 4 PM on the 3rd Wednesday of every month
Location: Wilson Country Club, 4509 Country Club Drive North, Wilson, NC 27896

Rocky Mount Key Players Group II
Benvenue Country Club

Chair: Steve Calhoun
Meeting Type: Key Players Group
Meeting time: 9 AM - 4 PM on the 2nd Wednesday of every month
Location: Benvenue Country Club, 100 Southern Boulevard, Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Rocky Mount Key Players Group
Benvenue Country Club

Chair: Robert Beaman
Meeting Type: Key Players Group
Meeting time: 9 AM - 4 PM on the 3rd Thursday of every month
Location: Benvenue Country Club, 100 Southern Boulevard, Rocky Mount, NC 27804

C12 Rocky Mount Group
Benvenue Country Club

Chair: Robert Beaman
Meeting Type: C12 Group
Meeting time: 10 AM - 5 PM on the 3rd Tuesday of every month
Location: Benvenue Country Club, 100 Southern Boulevard, Rocky Mount, NC 27804

C12 Greenville Group #1
Iron Wood Country Club

Chair: Robert Beaman
Meeting Type: C12 Group
Meeting time: 9 AM - 4 PM on the 2nd Wednesday of every month
Location: Iron Wood Country Club, 200 Golf Club Wynd, Greenville, NC 27834

C12 Greenville Group #2
Iron Wood Country Club

Chair: Robert Beaman
Meeting Type: C12 Group
Meeting time: 9 AM - 4 PM on the 3rd Tuesday of every month
Location: Iron Wood Country Club, 200 Golf Club Wynd, Greenville, NC 27834

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