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

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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.

Chair

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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.

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Meeting Information

Naples Key Players Group
Hilton Garden Inn Fort Myer Airport

Chair: Don Light, Jr.
Meeting Type: Key Players Group
Meeting time: 9 AM - 4 PM on the 2nd Wednesday of every month
Location: Hilton Garden Inn Fort Myer Airport, 16410 Corporate Commerce Way, Fort Myers, FL 33913

Sarasota 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

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

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: Don Light, Jr.
Meeting Type: C12 Group
Meeting time: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM on the 2nd Thursday of every month
Location: The Meadows Golf and Country Club,, 3101 Longmeadow, Sarasota, FL 34235

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Brad Thompson, Columbia Forest Products

Member since 2005

C12 gives me time away to work on my business, not in my business.

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Member since 2004

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Member since 2002

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