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Steve Van Ooteghem

Managing Chair

Steve brings a unique perspective to his role as Houston C12 Area Chair having been a member of one of the three original C12 groups founded in the Tampa Bay area by Buck Jacobs several years ago. Steve was privileged to learn firsthand the profound impact C12 concepts can have on a business Owner/CEO trying to operate successfully according to Biblical principles in the marketplace.

 

After launching a business in 1994 that grew rapidly, Steve began to feel the pressures felt experienced by all business owners. Steve wished for a Christian mentoring/sharing group of trusted advisors for the support, education and encouragement he needed to expand his business in a way that was both God-honoring and financially successful.  God brought C12 into Steve’s life in His own unique way (ask Steve about it sometime).  Having relocated to Houston, Steve now desires to provide other Christian chief executives with the knowledge, wisdom, and guidance that enabled him to grow in business performance and eternal fruitfulness.

 

Following college graduation, Steve served three years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantry officer in the 1st Recon Battalion stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA.  He later earned an MBA from Indiana University and had a successful 20-year corporate career leading to a position as Regional Vice President for a $250 million public company, Convergent Technologies, Inc.

 

Steve then went on to build a 21-year career as professional motivational speaker, author and business owner by founding Universal Seminars of America, Inc.  His wife of 40 years, Carolyn, has been Steve’s trusted business partner, and best friend.  They have three grown sons together and enjoy serving their church.

 

Steve’s life verse is: “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s Will for you in Christ Jesus” (1Thes 5:16-18).

Kent Major

Managing Chair

I grew up in Watonga, Oklahoma — population 4,000.  Though I have attended church my whole life, it wasn’t until my freshman year at Oklahoma State University that God opened my eyes and heart to a saving faith in Christ.  I was involved in various activities, serving as State 4-H President and as OSU’s Student Government President, and I struggled with how to integrate and express my faith in life outside the church.  I also struggled with how best to serve God after college and considered full-time ministry, work in business, and graduate school.  Ultimately, I decided to accept a fellowship from Stanford University business school to pursue a Ph.D. in organizational behavior, with a vision of being a university professor.  After a year at Stanford, I realized that academic life was primarily focused on research and publication in academic journals, not on influencing the lives of students.  After discussing my growing dissatisfaction with the department head, she offered a one year leave of absence from Stanford.  I accepted – and subsequently accepted a job offer from Southwestern Bell Telephone (which eventually became AT&T). 

 

I moved to Houston and – one month later – married Caroline, whom I had met several years earlier on a summer mission trip, and brought her to Texas from her home state of North Carolina.  Caroline and I have been married 25 years and have 7 children:  Jacob – 20, Josiah – 19, Noah – 17, Eliza – 15, Anna – 13, Ben – 11, John – 7.  We attend Faith Bible Church in The Woodlands.  Through our 21 years of marriage and a couple of relocations, we have also been members of Presbyterian and Baptist churches — and have benefitted from being exposed to the nuances and distinctions of multiple denominational perspectives.

 

As for my professional life, I spent 9 years (and had 7 different jobs) with AT&T in Dallas and Houston, I moved on to Compaq Computer as a Director of Business Development.  A year later, in 2001, I had the opportunity to move to a newly created company, Alpheus Communications, a Houston-based telecommunications network provider that began as a subsidiary of a large Houston energy company.

 

After 4 years at Alpheus, I took over as President and remained in that role for seven years.  In the last 15 months, I was also the Chief Financial Officer.  We grew the revenue of the company from $4M in 2001 to over $62M in 2011 – and made it highly profitable in the process.  After successfully selling Alpheus and transitioning the operations to the new owners and executives, I left Alpheus in March 2012. 

 

Upon the advice of mentor, I decided to take a one year sabbatical to seek God’s direction for the second half of life, in hopes that those I served in the coming decades would benefit from my time of renewal and redirection.  I also wanted to invest more deeply in my family, knowing that the remaining days of having them all under my own roof are few.

 

I then spent 3 years with Oracle Corp, serving as a Director of Strategy and Business Architecture.  My role was to lead consultative engagements with key Oracle customers, helping them to align their I.T. roadmap with corporate objectives and determining what level of financial reward an investment in Oracle technology might yield.  I left Oracle in July 2016 and have since been seeking clarity on how I might use my business and life experiences to simultaneously advance God’s kingdom and provide for my family’s future needs. 

 

I look forward to whatever new adventure God brings my way.  I trust Him to do what is best.  Humanly speaking, I believe C12 is God’s next assignment for me, as it would provide a unique intersection of 1) my experiences in leadership and business, 2) my God-given wiring and desire to build connected relationships around trust and purpose, and 3) the opportunity to help people advance in their faith journey. 

Steve brings a unique perspective to his role as Houston C12 Area Chair having been a member of one of the three original C12 groups founded in the Tampa Bay area by Buck Jacobs several years ago. Steve was privileged to learn firsthand the profound impact C12 concepts can have on a business Owner/CEO trying to operate successfully according to Biblical principles in the marketplace.

 

After launching a business in 1994 that grew rapidly, Steve began to feel the pressures felt experienced by all business owners. Steve wished for a Christian mentoring/sharing group of trusted advisors for the support, education and encouragement he needed to expand his business in a way that was both God-honoring and financially successful.  God brought C12 into Steve’s life in His own unique way (ask Steve about it sometime).  Having relocated to Houston, Steve now desires to provide other Christian chief executives with the knowledge, wisdom, and guidance that enabled him to grow in business performance and eternal fruitfulness.

 

Following college graduation, Steve served three years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantry officer in the 1st Recon Battalion stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA.  He later earned an MBA from Indiana University and had a successful 20-year corporate career leading to a position as Regional Vice President for a $250 million public company, Convergent Technologies, Inc.

 

Steve then went on to build a 21-year career as professional motivational speaker, author and business owner by founding Universal Seminars of America, Inc.  His wife of 40 years, Carolyn, has been Steve’s trusted business partner, and best friend.  They have three grown sons together and enjoy serving their church.

 

Steve’s life verse is: “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s Will for you in Christ Jesus” (1Thes 5:16-18).

I grew up in Watonga, Oklahoma — population 4,000.  Though I have attended church my whole life, it wasn’t until my freshman year at Oklahoma State University that God opened my eyes and heart to a saving faith in Christ.  I was involved in various activities, serving as State 4-H President and as OSU’s Student Government President, and I struggled with how to integrate and express my faith in life outside the church.  I also struggled with how best to serve God after college and considered full-time ministry, work in business, and graduate school.  Ultimately, I decided to accept a fellowship from Stanford University business school to pursue a Ph.D. in organizational behavior, with a vision of being a university professor.  After a year at Stanford, I realized that academic life was primarily focused on research and publication in academic journals, not on influencing the lives of students.  After discussing my growing dissatisfaction with the department head, she offered a one year leave of absence from Stanford.  I accepted – and subsequently accepted a job offer from Southwestern Bell Telephone (which eventually became AT&T). 

 

I moved to Houston and – one month later – married Caroline, whom I had met several years earlier on a summer mission trip, and brought her to Texas from her home state of North Carolina.  Caroline and I have been married 25 years and have 7 children:  Jacob – 20, Josiah – 19, Noah – 17, Eliza – 15, Anna – 13, Ben – 11, John – 7.  We attend Faith Bible Church in The Woodlands.  Through our 21 years of marriage and a couple of relocations, we have also been members of Presbyterian and Baptist churches — and have benefitted from being exposed to the nuances and distinctions of multiple denominational perspectives.

 

As for my professional life, I spent 9 years (and had 7 different jobs) with AT&T in Dallas and Houston, I moved on to Compaq Computer as a Director of Business Development.  A year later, in 2001, I had the opportunity to move to a newly created company, Alpheus Communications, a Houston-based telecommunications network provider that began as a subsidiary of a large Houston energy company.

 

After 4 years at Alpheus, I took over as President and remained in that role for seven years.  In the last 15 months, I was also the Chief Financial Officer.  We grew the revenue of the company from $4M in 2001 to over $62M in 2011 – and made it highly profitable in the process.  After successfully selling Alpheus and transitioning the operations to the new owners and executives, I left Alpheus in March 2012. 

 

Upon the advice of mentor, I decided to take a one year sabbatical to seek God’s direction for the second half of life, in hopes that those I served in the coming decades would benefit from my time of renewal and redirection.  I also wanted to invest more deeply in my family, knowing that the remaining days of having them all under my own roof are few.

 

I then spent 3 years with Oracle Corp, serving as a Director of Strategy and Business Architecture.  My role was to lead consultative engagements with key Oracle customers, helping them to align their I.T. roadmap with corporate objectives and determining what level of financial reward an investment in Oracle technology might yield.  I left Oracle in July 2016 and have since been seeking clarity on how I might use my business and life experiences to simultaneously advance God’s kingdom and provide for my family’s future needs. 

 

I look forward to whatever new adventure God brings my way.  I trust Him to do what is best.  Humanly speaking, I believe C12 is God’s next assignment for me, as it would provide a unique intersection of 1) my experiences in leadership and business, 2) my God-given wiring and desire to build connected relationships around trust and purpose, and 3) the opportunity to help people advance in their faith journey. 

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Meeting Information

Houston - TBD
TBD

Chair:

Kent Major

Meeting Type:

CEO Peer Advisory Group

Meeting Time:

TBD - TBD TBD each month

Location:

TBD
TBD
Houston, Texas
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Gulf Winds Key Players Meeting
Gulf Winds

Chair:

Steve Van Ooteghem

Meeting Type:

Key Player Peer Advisory Group

Meeting Time:

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM 3rd Monday each month

Location:

Gulf Winds
411 Brisbane St, Houston, TX 77061
Houston, TX 77061
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Houston - 2nd Wednesday CEO
Executive offices

Chair:

Steve Van Ooteghem

Meeting Type:

CEO Peer Advisory Group

Meeting Time:

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM 2nd Wednesdays each month

Location:

Executive offices
4635 Southwest Freeway, Ste. 210, Houston, Tx 77027
Houston, TX 77027
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C12 Executive Board Meeting - 2nd Tuesday
Residence Inn by Marriott Houston

Chair:

Steve Van Ooteghem

Meeting Type:

Key Player Peer Advisory Group

Meeting Time:

8 AM - 3 PM 2nd Tuesday each month

Location:

Residence Inn by Marriott Houston
1550 Barker Cypress Road
Houston, TX 77084
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C12 Executive Board Meeting - 2nd Thursday
The Preserve

Chair:

Steve Van Ooteghem

Meeting Type:

Key Player Peer Advisory Group

Meeting Time:

8 AM - 3 PM 2nd Thursday each month

Location:

The Preserve
2040 North Loop West Freeway, Bldg #2040 Conference Room
Houston, TX 77018
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C12 Executive Board Meeting - 3rd Tuesday
Emerus Inc.

Chair:

Steve Van Ooteghem

Meeting Type:

CEO Peer Advisory Group

Meeting Time:

8 AM - 3 PM 3rd Tuesday each month

Location:

Emerus Inc.
8686 New Trails Drive
Woodlands, TX 77381
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C12 Executive Board Meeting - 3rd Thursday
The Preserve

Chair:

Steve Van Ooteghem

Meeting Type:

CEO Peer Advisory Group

Meeting Time:

8 AM - 3 PM 3rd Thursday each month

Location:

The Preserve
4635 Southwest Freeway, Ste. 210
Houston, TX 77027
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