Build a great business
for a greater purpose.

Play video

You don't have to do it alone.

Join the nation's largest network of Christian CEO Peer Advisory Groups

Bill Maddox

Managing Chair

Bill brings a unique perspective to his role of C12 Area Chair, having been a 17-year C12 member and a business owner since 1985.  These experiences enable him to understand the daily pressures on the business Owner/CEO as well as the opportunities that they have to influence many people for Christ.  Bill’s stated objective is to “use my God-given skills and talents to fulfill the purpose for which I was created and to leverage my life experiences to serve those in my sphere of influence.”

As the son of a Baptist minister, Bill grew up in a loving, Christian home.   At the age of 30, he found himself asking, “Is this all there is to the Christian life?”  God reminded him that He wanted a daily relationship with him that would influence all areas of his life, including his business.

In August of 1985, after obtaining a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Florida, Bill established his own architectural practice in Sarasota, FL.   Over a 20-year period this business grew into a 20-person, multi-disciplined firm specializing in educational, religious and residential projects.

Bill is an original member of the C12 Group from its inception in Sarasota in 1992.  During his tenure he has been the recipient of the ‘Member of the Year’ award and has been designated as a ‘C12 Hero’ by the organization’s founder. Since becoming a C12 Chair, Bill has received the “Rookie of the Year” and “Chairman of the Year” awards from C12.

Bill and Nora, his wife of over 40 years, have 3 grown children; Garrett, Erin & Lindsey.  Their family has been active members of several churches over the years, where Bill has served as an Elder, Governing Board member, and chair or committee member for various Pastor Search teams and Strategic Planning groups.  He has taught adult Bible-study and other small groups for many years.

Laure Hoffman

Chair

In addition to being a positive and can-do person, Laure is a business and nonprofit executive with a track record of providing strategic vision and leadership for mission-critical growth, organizational performance and human resource excellence. She is an innovative, entrepreneurial leader who has worked with hundreds of high net worth individuals and business owners of all sizes, serving as a trusted advisor for many years.

Before joining The C12 Group, Laure especially enjoyed championing mission, vision and organizational messages to achieve business and nonprofit objectives and goals. Her prior experience in entrepreneurial, turnaround and growth stage environments have given her expertise in creating vision, long-range strategies and comprehensive plans for a variety of contexts such as retail environments, sales organizations and Kingdom investment (fundraising) teams. As a collaborative leader skilled in equipping, engaging and empowering teams of all varieties to create and implement initiatives that benefit the entire organization, she is recognized for her innovative approach to problem solving, exemplary work ethic and the ability to build collaborations between diverse groups.

Laure not only served more than 12 years as an executive director for pro-life pregnancy centers, but also worked as a field consultant for a national affiliation organization of more than 600 pro-life centers. In addition to running her own businesses, she initiated and completed a strategic turnaround for her family’s business, a manufacturer’s rep group in Denver, CO. She also worked at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in the roles of director of development, capital campaign director and interim executive director of The UNCG Alumni Association.

More recently, Laure served as the Vice President, Kingdom Investment, for The Pocket Testament League, a 125-year old personal evangelism ministry that equips and mobilizes Christians to read, carry and share God’s Word, and as the Chief Development Officer for Haggai Institute, an international evangelism ministry that equips national leaders to share the Gospel more effectively in their marketplace/industry.

Laure grew up on Florida’s east coast and attended The University of Florida where she obtained a BSBA in Management. She later received her MBA from UNCG. Her interests include Bible study, reading classical Christian literature and helping others grow in their faith. She also has a passion for teaching God’s Word, practicing Christian hospitality and equipping business leaders for ministry, as well as serving others through mission trips and evangelism outreach activities.

She and her best friend and husband, Philip, live in Peachtree Corners, GA and have three grown children who are married to wonderful spouses: Ryan (Annie), Aaron (Jessi) and Caitlin (Andrew).

Karl Harte

Chair

Karl Harte is a recognized Industry Insider, experienced at working at all levels of business environments, from the Boardroom to the Sales Territory, to the Shop Floor. He brings over 35 years of executive experience in the Building Products, Luxury Fixtures, and Construction industries, working with market leaders including; Dupont Surfaces®, Formica ® Corporation, Wilsonart™ International, Clive Christian®, Subzero, and Wolf. He specializes in the development of strategic plans and leading teams together in the pursuit of more profitable growth.  Karl is also skilled in the deployment of Branding strategies, and he has great experience in developing Corporate Identities, and positioning industry partners for investment and growth.

During his career, he has served in lead advisory roles on several National Boards of Directors, Peer Advisory Boards, and Steering Teams. Developing strategic business plans for the entire National Enterprise. His passion is to encourage people to grow in leadership and to see giftings awaken in the lives of those that he serves.

Karl is also one of a small group of classically trained wood craftsmen. Having served as an apprentice for 10 years, he was trained early by his father in the traditional “German Tischler” style of furniture making and has carried that training into his life, successfully completing distinctive bespoke luxury projects all over North America.

Karl earned his BS degree in Construction Technology from Purdue University and currently lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area. With his wife of 34 years, they have 2 married children that also live in Georgia. They attend and serve at West Metro Church of God, Douglasville, GA

  • “We are too young to know what things are impossible, so we will do them anyway!” -William Pitt to William Wilberforce, Amazing Grace.

Ben Comerford

Chair

Ben is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of business where he majored in Finance and Real Estate.  In his professional career, Ben has contributed to the successful development, acquisition, and management of over a billion dollars in commercial real estate projects throughout North America.  He is skilled in differentiating details to forecast success, with the ability to discern and implement strategies for long-term, continuous growth.  In addition to a successful career in commercial real estate, Ben has served in regional economic development and has led business development teams in the textile, agriculture, and logistics industries.

With a self-described ‘Jeffersonian’ love of agriculture, Ben is the owner EverGrass Farms, a purebred and commercial cattle operation.  Additionally, Ben and his brother Matt co-founded Comerford Farms, a field to market producer, wholesaler, and retailer of poultry, pork, lamb, and beef.

After receiving the redeeming grace of Christ, Ben considers marrying his wife Nicole to be the high-water mark in his life.  Ben and Nicole have been blessed with three children:  Amelia, Annie, and Will.  The Comerford’s are members of Rosemont Baptist Church where Ben serves as a deacon and teaches the 11th & 12th-grade boy’s Sunday school class.  As a disciple of Christ, He hopes to see lives changed and molded to the person of Jesus Christ.  Ben is eager to work with the business owners of Atlanta, West Georgia, and east Alabama to Build Great Businesses for a GREATER Purpose.

Bill brings a unique perspective to his role of C12 Area Chair, having been a 17-year C12 member and a business owner since 1985.  These experiences enable him to understand the daily pressures on the business Owner/CEO as well as the opportunities that they have to influence many people for Christ.  Bill’s stated objective is to “use my God-given skills and talents to fulfill the purpose for which I was created and to leverage my life experiences to serve those in my sphere of influence.”

As the son of a Baptist minister, Bill grew up in a loving, Christian home.   At the age of 30, he found himself asking, “Is this all there is to the Christian life?”  God reminded him that He wanted a daily relationship with him that would influence all areas of his life, including his business.

In August of 1985, after obtaining a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Florida, Bill established his own architectural practice in Sarasota, FL.   Over a 20-year period this business grew into a 20-person, multi-disciplined firm specializing in educational, religious and residential projects.

Bill is an original member of the C12 Group from its inception in Sarasota in 1992.  During his tenure he has been the recipient of the ‘Member of the Year’ award and has been designated as a ‘C12 Hero’ by the organization’s founder. Since becoming a C12 Chair, Bill has received the “Rookie of the Year” and “Chairman of the Year” awards from C12.

Bill and Nora, his wife of over 40 years, have 3 grown children; Garrett, Erin & Lindsey.  Their family has been active members of several churches over the years, where Bill has served as an Elder, Governing Board member, and chair or committee member for various Pastor Search teams and Strategic Planning groups.  He has taught adult Bible-study and other small groups for many years.

In addition to being a positive and can-do person, Laure is a business and nonprofit executive with a track record of providing strategic vision and leadership for mission-critical growth, organizational performance and human resource excellence. She is an innovative, entrepreneurial leader who has worked with hundreds of high net worth individuals and business owners of all sizes, serving as a trusted advisor for many years.

Before joining The C12 Group, Laure especially enjoyed championing mission, vision and organizational messages to achieve business and nonprofit objectives and goals. Her prior experience in entrepreneurial, turnaround and growth stage environments have given her expertise in creating vision, long-range strategies and comprehensive plans for a variety of contexts such as retail environments, sales organizations and Kingdom investment (fundraising) teams. As a collaborative leader skilled in equipping, engaging and empowering teams of all varieties to create and implement initiatives that benefit the entire organization, she is recognized for her innovative approach to problem solving, exemplary work ethic and the ability to build collaborations between diverse groups.

Laure not only served more than 12 years as an executive director for pro-life pregnancy centers, but also worked as a field consultant for a national affiliation organization of more than 600 pro-life centers. In addition to running her own businesses, she initiated and completed a strategic turnaround for her family’s business, a manufacturer’s rep group in Denver, CO. She also worked at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in the roles of director of development, capital campaign director and interim executive director of The UNCG Alumni Association.

More recently, Laure served as the Vice President, Kingdom Investment, for The Pocket Testament League, a 125-year old personal evangelism ministry that equips and mobilizes Christians to read, carry and share God’s Word, and as the Chief Development Officer for Haggai Institute, an international evangelism ministry that equips national leaders to share the Gospel more effectively in their marketplace/industry.

Laure grew up on Florida’s east coast and attended The University of Florida where she obtained a BSBA in Management. She later received her MBA from UNCG. Her interests include Bible study, reading classical Christian literature and helping others grow in their faith. She also has a passion for teaching God’s Word, practicing Christian hospitality and equipping business leaders for ministry, as well as serving others through mission trips and evangelism outreach activities.

She and her best friend and husband, Philip, live in Peachtree Corners, GA and have three grown children who are married to wonderful spouses: Ryan (Annie), Aaron (Jessi) and Caitlin (Andrew).

Karl Harte is a recognized Industry Insider, experienced at working at all levels of business environments, from the Boardroom to the Sales Territory, to the Shop Floor. He brings over 35 years of executive experience in the Building Products, Luxury Fixtures, and Construction industries, working with market leaders including; Dupont Surfaces®, Formica ® Corporation, Wilsonart™ International, Clive Christian®, Subzero, and Wolf. He specializes in the development of strategic plans and leading teams together in the pursuit of more profitable growth.  Karl is also skilled in the deployment of Branding strategies, and he has great experience in developing Corporate Identities, and positioning industry partners for investment and growth.

During his career, he has served in lead advisory roles on several National Boards of Directors, Peer Advisory Boards, and Steering Teams. Developing strategic business plans for the entire National Enterprise. His passion is to encourage people to grow in leadership and to see giftings awaken in the lives of those that he serves.

Karl is also one of a small group of classically trained wood craftsmen. Having served as an apprentice for 10 years, he was trained early by his father in the traditional “German Tischler” style of furniture making and has carried that training into his life, successfully completing distinctive bespoke luxury projects all over North America.

Karl earned his BS degree in Construction Technology from Purdue University and currently lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area. With his wife of 34 years, they have 2 married children that also live in Georgia. They attend and serve at West Metro Church of God, Douglasville, GA

  • “We are too young to know what things are impossible, so we will do them anyway!” -William Pitt to William Wilberforce, Amazing Grace.

Ben is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of business where he majored in Finance and Real Estate.  In his professional career, Ben has contributed to the successful development, acquisition, and management of over a billion dollars in commercial real estate projects throughout North America.  He is skilled in differentiating details to forecast success, with the ability to discern and implement strategies for long-term, continuous growth.  In addition to a successful career in commercial real estate, Ben has served in regional economic development and has led business development teams in the textile, agriculture, and logistics industries.

With a self-described ‘Jeffersonian’ love of agriculture, Ben is the owner EverGrass Farms, a purebred and commercial cattle operation.  Additionally, Ben and his brother Matt co-founded Comerford Farms, a field to market producer, wholesaler, and retailer of poultry, pork, lamb, and beef.

After receiving the redeeming grace of Christ, Ben considers marrying his wife Nicole to be the high-water mark in his life.  Ben and Nicole have been blessed with three children:  Amelia, Annie, and Will.  The Comerford’s are members of Rosemont Baptist Church where Ben serves as a deacon and teaches the 11th & 12th-grade boy’s Sunday school class.  As a disciple of Christ, He hopes to see lives changed and molded to the person of Jesus Christ.  Ben is eager to work with the business owners of Atlanta, West Georgia, and east Alabama to Build Great Businesses for a GREATER Purpose.

Our Members Say It Best

C12 is the largest and fastest growing Peer Advisory Group experience in the United States. Why?  The C12 Group is not a business Bible study. It's not a professional networking group or a guest speaker forum. It's a movement of Christian business leaders truly changing the world in and through the marketplace.

Click on the videos of Members below to hear why they have chosen the C12 Group.

Meeting Information

Key Players Atlanta
Windermere Golf Club

Chair:

Laure Hoffman

Meeting Type:

Key Player Peer Advisory Group

Meeting Time:

8:45 AM to 4:00 PM 3rd Wednesday each month

Location:

Windermere Golf Club
5000 Davis Love Drive
Cumming, GA 30041
Map

Atlanta C12
The Manor Golf and Country Club

Chair:

Laure Hoffman

Meeting Type:

CEO Peer Advisory Group

Meeting Time:

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

Location:

The Manor Golf and Country Club
15952 Manor Club Drive
Milton, GA 30004
Map

C12 Buckhead
Buckhead Club

Chair:

Laure Hoffman

Meeting Type:

CEO Peer Advisory Group

Meeting Time:

8:45 am - 4:00 pm 3rd Tuesday each month

Location:

Buckhead Club
3344 Peachtree Road NE, #2600
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Map

Columbus Group
Green Island Country Club

Chair:

Ben Comerford

Meeting Type:

CEO Peer Advisory Group

Meeting Time:

9 AM - 4 PM 3rd Tuesday each month

Location:

Green Island Country Club
6501 Standing Boy Road
Columbus, GA 31904
Map

Newnan Group
Newnan Country Club

Chair:

Ben Comerford

Meeting Type:

CEO Peer Advisory Group

Meeting Time:

9AM - 4PM 2nd Thursday each month

Location:

Newnan Country Club
1356 Highway 29
North Newnan, GA 30263
Map

C12 Atlanta North
The Country Club of the South

Chair:

Karl Harte

Meeting Type:

CEO Peer Advisory Group

Meeting Time:

9 AM - 4:00 PM 3rd Thursday each month

Location:

The Country Club of the South
4100 Old Alabama Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Map

Atlanta North Key Players
Midland Station Coffee Company

Chair:

Laure Hoffman

Meeting Type:

Key Player Peer Advisory Group

Meeting Time:

9 AM - 4:00 PM 2nd Tuesday each month

Location:

Midland Station Coffee Company
109 Green St NE
Gainsville, GA 30501
Map

C12 Atlanta Northeast
Midland Station Coffee Company

Chair:

Karl Harte

Meeting Type:

CEO Peer Advisory Group

Meeting Time:

9 AM - 4:00 PM 2nd Wednesday each month

Location:

Midland Station Coffee Company
109 Green St NE
Gainsville, GA 30501
Map

Start the conversation

I may be interested in

Current Title

number of employees?

Number of Years in Business Leadership Positions

Current Title

number of employees?