TAMPA — About 35 members of the C12 Group of Tampa Bay are attending the national Leaders Conference taking place Oct. 27-29 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando. The theme for this year’s get-together is “Standing in the Gap.”
Kris Den Besten, CEO of the Florida-based Vermeer Southeast and author of the book “Shine: Five Empowering Principles of a Rewarding Life,” is the conference keynote speaker. A listing of conference activities is available online.
According to its organizers, “The 2011 Leaders Conference will provide a time of rich fellowship and sharing of best practices by peers from across America who are devoted to ‘Building Great Businesses for a Greater Purpose’.”
Founded in the Tampa Bay area in 1992 by Buck Jacobs and initially reaching Bradenton, Sarasota and Tampa, the C12 Group is now based in Greensboro, NC, and has become a national network of more than 100 groups serving 60 metro areas with members from 30 states.
C12 describes itself as a Christian leadership development organization: “C12 helps teach you to best use your position as Christian business owner, CEO, or president to share the joy of serving Christ daily.”
Scott Hitchcock is the C12 Managing Area Chair for Tampa Bay. He has been with the organization since its early days and says that he was “the first guinea pig” that founder Buck Jacobs used to see if the process he developed really worked.
According to his bio, Hitchcock completed three years of service with the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C., and got his MBA at George Washington University, before beginning his business career with Dale Carnegie Courses in New Orleans in 1971.
After working his way up the ladder within the organization, he secured the Tampa Bay territory franchise in 1982 and served as president of Scott R. Hitchcock & Associates, Inc., offering Dale Carnegie Courses in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties.
Hitchcock eventually joined C12’s Tampa group; after three years as a member, he became a C12 Area Chair in 1998.
Hitchcock says the Orlando conference is designed to help focus on “the best practices” for business owners, CEOs and company presidents.
“All of us are hoping that we will learn from other Christian owners what is working for them and what we can bring back,” Hitchcock said, adding that local leaders want to do “a better job using our businesses as an outreach to Tampa Bay.”
Don Barefoot, President and CEO of The C12 Group, explained the goal of the upcoming Orlando conference like this: “Approximately 370 Christian CEOs and spouses who are looking for excellent value-added business and ministry ideas to sharpen their businesses and honor the Lord, and fellowship with like-minded peers from across America will participate during this specially targeted time.”
Barefoot added that, “Our conferences are aimed at serving all Christian chief executives.”
To benefit its local membership, the C12 Group of Tampa Bay offers a number of comprehensive, once-a-month, day-long meetings at three Bay area locations:
Centre Club: 123 S. Westshore Blvd., Tampa, 33609
Holiday Inn Express: 2102 N. Park Road & Interstate 4, Plant City, 33563
Tampa Palms Country Club: 5811 Tampa Palms Blvd., Tampa, 33647
Here are the meeting days, locations and times:
- 2nd Tuesday C12 Group, Centre Club, 8:45 a.m-4 p.m.
- 2nd Wednesday C12 Group, Holiday Inn Express, 9 a.m-4 p.m.
- 3rd Thursday C12 Group, Centre Club, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
- 4th Tuesday C12 Group, Tampa Palms, 9 a.m-4 p.m.
- 4th Wednesday C12 Group, Centre Club, 9 a.m-4 p.m.
Additional meeting-related information is available online.
For more information about the C12 Group of Tampa Bay, click here.
ABOUT: Founded in 1992 by Buck Jacobs, the C12 Group is a growing national membership network of more than 100 groups serving 60 metro areas and members from 30 states across America. It is comprised of Christian CEOs and business owners leading solid businesses who are “committed to growing both professionally and spiritually through lifelong learning, iron-sharpening-iron interaction with peer executives, and best practice application consistent with a Biblical worldview.”