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.

Don Light, Jr.

Managing Chair


Prior to C12, Don’s 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., Don’s leadership and expertise helped to build and maintain exceptional sales and development teams that generated over $675 million in sales.  Don attributes his business success in sales, leadership and corporate operations to his genuine care and love for people.  He is a strong advocate of personal growth and development and leveraging all of one’s God-given skills and abilities.  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, Pastor, body of believers, and unbelieving seekers.  Don has served in various church capacities including Sunday school teacher, care group facilitator, and Deacon.  He is extremely excited about what God can and is doing in the marketplace through business owners who recognize the importance of “eternal” profits.

Don believes the Lord upgraded his life when he met and married his lovely wife Rachelle of 22 years.  Don and Rachelle have been blessed with six children and reside in Bradenton, Florida.

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.

Doug Poll



Doug Poll is known for his positive and uplifting outlook towards all aspects of life and is especially gifted in leading hundreds of people and companies to successful lives and businesses, over the last 25 years. He is a Certified Professional Life Coach, a Master Strengths Coach through the Roy West Companies, and holds certifications in the Leading Dimensions Profile assessment which includes psychometric assessments like the multi-rater 360, Emotional Intelligence, Organizational Engagement Reviews and Leading Intelligence.

Prior to joining C12, Doug owned and operated the Doug Poll Group that specialized in coaching business executives and leaders in the for-profit and non-profit sectors.  Doug’s experience also includes 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 weekly with 10 employees and dozens of volunteers. WSMR had a worldwide impact and raised millions of dollars in listener support for Christian programming.

Doug is married to his teenage sweetheart, Kristen, and they have 4 teenagers (2 boys and 2 girls). 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.

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Meeting Information

Venice Group
Plantation Golf & Country Club

Chair: Doug Poll
Meeting Type: C12 Group
Meeting time: 9 AM - 4PM on the 4th Tuesday of every month
Location: Plantation Golf & Country Club, 500 Rockley Boulevard, Venice, FL 34293

Venice Key Players Group
Mission Valley Golf & Country Club

Chair: Doug Poll
Meeting Type: Key Players Group
Meeting time: 9 AM - 4 PM on the 3rd Wednesday of every month
Location: Mission Valley Golf & Country Club, 1851 Mission Valley Boulevard, Nokomis, FL 34275

Sarasota Group
The Founders Club

Chair: Don Light, Jr.
Meeting Type: C12 Group
Meeting time: 9 AM - 4 PM on the 3rd Wednesday of every month
Location: The Founders Club, 3800 Golf Hall Drive, Sarasota, FL 34240

Sarasota Key Players Group
 RTI Insurance Building

Chair: Don Light, Jr.
Meeting Type: Key Players Group
Meeting time: 9 AM - 4 PM on the 3rd Tuesday of every month
Location:  RTI Insurance Building, 6371 Business Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34240

Naples Group
The Club at Olde Cypress

Chair: Don Light, Jr.
Meeting Type: C12 Group
Meeting time: 9 AM - 4 PM on the 2nd Tuesday of every month
Location: The Club at Olde Cypress, 7165 Treeline Drive, Naples, FL 34119

Naples Key Players Group
St. Matthew's House Administrative Offices

Chair: Don Light, Jr.
Meeting Type: Key Players Group
Meeting time: 9 AM - 4 PM on the 2nd Wednesday of every month
Location: St. Matthew's House Administrative Offices, 2601 Airport Pulling Rd. S., Naples, FL 34112

Bradenton Group
Regatta Pointe Marina

Chair: Don Light, Jr.
Meeting Type: C12 Group
Meeting time: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM on the 3rd Thursday of every month
Location: Regatta Pointe Marina, 1005 Riverside Drive, Palmetto, FL 34221

Manasota Group
The Meadows Golf and Country Club,

Chair: Doug Poll
Meeting Type: C12 Group
Meeting time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM on the 2nd Thursday of every month
Location: The Meadows Golf and Country Club,, 3101 Longmeadow, Sarasota, FL 34235

Charlotte County Group
Kingsway Golf & Country Club

Chair: Doug Poll
Meeting Type: C12 Group
Meeting time: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM on the 3rd Tuesday of every month
Location: Kingsway Golf & Country Club, 13625 SW Kingsway Cir, Lake Suzy, FL 34269

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Member since 2005

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Member since 2004

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