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.

Steve Van Ooteghem (832) 356-7212

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).

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Meeting Information

C12 Executive Board Meeting - 2nd Tuesday
The Preserve

Chair: Steve Van Ooteghem (832) 356-7212
Meeting Type: Key Players Group
Meeting time: 8 AM - 3 PM on the 2nd Tuesday of every month
Location: The Preserve, 2004 North Loop West Freeway, Bldg #2040 Conference Room, Houston, TX 77018

C12 Executive Board Meeting - 2nd Thursday
The Preserve

Chair: Steve Van Ooteghem (832) 356-7212
Meeting Type: Key Players Group
Meeting time: 8 AM - 3 PM on the 2nd Thursday of every month
Location: The Preserve, 2004 North Loop West Freeway, Bldg #2040 Conference Room, Houston, TX 77018

C12 Executive Board Meeting - 3rd Tuesday
Emerus Inc.

Chair: Steve Van Ooteghem (832) 356-7212
Meeting Type: C12 Group
Meeting time: 8 AM - 3 PM on the 3rd Tuesday of every month
Location: Emerus Inc., 8686 New Trails Drive, Woodlands, TX 77381

C12 Executive Board Meeting - 3rd Thursday
The Preserve

Chair: Steve Van Ooteghem (832) 356-7212
Meeting Type: C12 Group
Meeting time: 8 AM - 3 PM on the 3rd Thursday of every month
Location: The Preserve, 2004 North Loop West Freeway, Bldg #2040 Conference Room, Houston, TX 77018

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C12 gives me a structured time each month.

Brad Thompson, Columbia Forest Products

Member since 2005

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

Barry Utesch, Total Computer Solutions

Member since 2004

C12 materials are really top notch.

Jeff Burkett, Advanced Direct

Member since 2002

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