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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.

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).

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.

Troy Blackmon

VP of Field Operations

Troy came to The C12 Group in 2008, with a diverse background in executive leadership, sales development, team building, and operations. Through his role as VP of Field Operations and as the Managing Chair in Nashville, TN, he is committed to serve, equip and encourage CEOs and business owners to lead thriving companies that honor the Lord and serve people.

During his tenure at Chick-fil-A, Inc. Troy learned that business excellence and glorifying God in the marketplace go hand in hand. Troy managed a P&L of $35+ million in revenue and coached business owners in operational excellence and improving financial results.

In addition, Troy has been involved in leading small group ministry, including planting a church in Seattle, WA. Troy was formerly Partner at OneAccord, a management-consulting firm focused on accelerating revenue for mid-market companies. While at OneAccord, Troy was privileged to work with numerous technology companies in senior leadership positions, managing sales, marketing and business development activities. Troy most recently served as the President of a technology private equity group, where he led the management teams of 4 portfolio businesses.

Troy has been married to his high school sweetheart, Shanna, for over 23 years, and has been blessed with 4 children, Sam, Joel, Maggie, and Abi. He enjoys golf, and competing in marathons, triathlons and trail races with his family.

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.

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).

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.

Troy came to The C12 Group in 2008, with a diverse background in executive leadership, sales development, team building, and operations. Through his role as VP of Field Operations and as the Managing Chair in Nashville, TN, he is committed to serve, equip and encourage CEOs and business owners to lead thriving companies that honor the Lord and serve people.

During his tenure at Chick-fil-A, Inc. Troy learned that business excellence and glorifying God in the marketplace go hand in hand. Troy managed a P&L of $35+ million in revenue and coached business owners in operational excellence and improving financial results.

In addition, Troy has been involved in leading small group ministry, including planting a church in Seattle, WA. Troy was formerly Partner at OneAccord, a management-consulting firm focused on accelerating revenue for mid-market companies. While at OneAccord, Troy was privileged to work with numerous technology companies in senior leadership positions, managing sales, marketing and business development activities. Troy most recently served as the President of a technology private equity group, where he led the management teams of 4 portfolio businesses.

Troy has been married to his high school sweetheart, Shanna, for over 23 years, and has been blessed with 4 children, Sam, Joel, Maggie, and Abi. He enjoys golf, and competing in marathons, triathlons and trail races with his family.

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.

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Meeting Information

Key Players Atlanta
Country Club of the South

Chair:

Laure Hoffman

Meeting Type:

Key Player Peer Advisory Group

Meeting Time:

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

Location:

Country Club of the South
4230 Old Alabama Road
Alpharetta, GA 30022
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Atlanta C12
The Manor Golf and Country Club

Chair:

Laure Hoffman

Meeting Type:

CEO Peer Advisory Group

Meeting Time:

9 AM - 4 PM 2nd Thursday each month

Location:

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