C12 Faith & Business Podcasts (2015-2016)
Thy Kingdom Come @ Work (The Washington Times)
CEO, C12 Group
Mike is the CEO for The C12 Group, a for-profit operator of peer advisory groups serving Christian CEO/Owners and their Key Players. C12 was founded in 1992 by Buck Jacobs and has grown to serve over 2,100 members across the US with new chapters in Malaysia, China and Brazil. C12 serves CEOs/Owners of businesses from $1M - $5B in gross revenue through full day peer advisory groups facilitated by full-time C12 Chairmen using proven best practices, performance enhancing tools/systems and MBA-level curriculum geared around helping the serious-minded entrepreneur build a “Great business for a GREATER purpose” with a “business AS ministry” mindset based upon Ephesians 2:10, Galatians 2:20 and 2 Corinthians 5:10.
Mike started his career in a start-up financial services small business in Lake Forest, IL focused on pension plans and wealth management then was part of a start-up subsidiary of the Walgreen Company focused on health plan strategies and pharmacy benefits. It was while working at Walgreens that Mike first began the odyssey of an integrated missiology, reconciling the artificial but handicapping “sacred versus secular” mindset and pursuing a Great Commission and identity-based vocational mindset instead of a positional or contextual one.
After Walgreens, Mike joined the staff of his local church, Grace Point Church, as the associate pastor for 4 years. It was in the latter time of pastoring that Mike launched a management consulting business, TQ Strategies, focused on serving the enterprise healthcare arena, served as a fractional strategy leader for Health By Design and first joined a C12 Group as a member in 2010. In 2011 Mike became a C12 Chair in San Antonio, then partnered up to buy a combined Austin & San Antonio region which grew to be the largest market for C12 from 2013-2016. In 2016 there was a succession event for The C12 Group and Mike was selected to be the third CEO to lead the national organization, with the HQ operations eventually relocated from North Carolina to Texas. The mission of The C12 Group is to equip Christian CEOs & Owners to build great businesses for a greater purpose, towards a vision of changing the world by advancing the Gospel in the marketplace.
Mike exchanged his life for the life of Jesus in February 1989 at Glacier Valley Baptist Church in Juneau, Alaska, was captivated by the heart of the Father, became obsessed with His Word and has been on an apprenticeship adventure ever since. Mike has been married to his bijou of a bride and best friend, Jacqui, since 2002. They have 2 daughters and live in San Antonio. They are active in their local church, Grace Point Church. Mike is on the board for the South Texas Alliance for Orphans, Breakthrough Moments, the San Antonio Marriage Initiative and a missions foundation doing work in primarily Central America. Mike grew up in Alaska, went to college in Chicago (Trinity, TEDS and Loyola), and has been residing in Texas since 2006. Mike is also a dues-paying member of a C12 CEO peer advisory group in Austin, Texas because he passionately believes “every leader needs a group!"