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.

Bob Sutter


Bob joins C12 as Area Chair for Minneapolis with a distinguished background in executive business leadership, community service and family commitment.  After serving as a Naval Officer with service in Vietnam, Bob began his business career as a CPA and eventually as a Partner with an international public accounting firm. Bob practiced with this international firm in Minnesota, Caracas, Venezuela and Texas. Subsequently, Bob joined prominent, privately held oil & gas company, then in 1986 began a career as President or CEO of several large, international organizations including sports products, consumer products, marine manufacturing, printing and light equipment manufacturing companies. This work experience includes operating public companies as well as purchasing and selling companies. Several of these company groups were restructured in strategic ways and then, when profit was improved or achieved, sold at a premium.

Bob has witnessed first hand the differences in running organizations with and without a God centered focus and therefore brings a wise, realistic and grounded perspective. As a C12 chair, Bob dedicates his gifts and experiences as a resource for business leaders. Together they learn and share the purpose and principles of organizational health and growth, pursue corporate excellence, and integrate their business, personal and spiritual lives.

Bob’s service to the community includes creating a business and philanthropic vehicle to tutor Twin Cities’ public school children in reading and math. He serves on the Board of Directors of several companies, including 28 years on the Board of the largest private substance abuse treatment foundation in the country. Bob is a member of Wooddale Church, Eden Prairie, Minnesota and received his BSB degree from the University of Minnesota. Bob and his wife Cindi have lived in the Twin Cities for 23 years and have been blessed with two boys, their wives and 7 grandchildren.

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Meeting Information

Thursdays (inconsistent week)
Hazeltine National Golf Club

Chair: Bob Sutter
Meeting Type: C12 Group
Meeting time: 9 AM - 4 PM on the fluctuating Thursdays of every month
Location: Hazeltine National Golf Club, 1900 Hazeltine Boulevard, Chaska, MN 55318

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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

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Member since 2002

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