Our Mission

TO CONNECT, EQUIP, AND INSPIRE CHRISTIAN CEOS AND BUSINESS OWNERS TO GROW EXCEPTIONAL BUSINESSES AND BECOME HIGHER-IMPACT LEADERS, TO HONOR GOD.

“When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier." — Roy E. Disney

  • God is not a God of mediocrity. Excellence with a service orientation is the way we’re to lead our team, serve customers, manufacture products, collaborate with vendors, and bless our community.

OUR FAITH FOUNDATION

Founded in 1996 by Brian Thatcher and a group of 5 CEOs and business owners, Convene was created to meet a vital need. God gave Brian and his partners a passion for successful business leaders like themselves who were isolated and lacked the tools, support and relationships they needed to build the profitable businesses of their dreams, and at the same time, integrate their faith to make a great Kingdom impact.

Since then, we’ve been seeking God’s wisdom and consistently innovating to best accomplish our Mission, Vision and Values.

PARALLEL PRIORITIES

Parallel Priorities are the vital areas of commitment in our life that have HIGH importance. They’re the core areas of our daily calling in which mediocrity and failure can have huge implications for us, our families and businesses. In Christ, success in all these priorities is possible at the same time, resulting in the benefits and blessings of a life well-lived.

For the Christian CEO and Business Owner, these are our parallel priorities

GROWING AN EXCEPTIONAL BUSINESS • BEING A HIGH-IMPACT FAMILY LEADER • SERVING GOD WITH SIGNIFICANCE

  • Your business leadership is both a gift and a stewardship from God. The Parable of the Talents is clear: God expects you to get a good return on the assets He has entrusted to you including: profits to keep the company healthy, opportunities for your employees and a fair return for you and other shareholders. While profitability is vital and good, God’s definition of “success” requires integration with other priorities in life.
    Growing an Exceptional Business
  • Being an incredible leader in your company is important; being a great spouse or parent has an even more profound impact. Investing the time to develop nurturing and supportive relationships, honoring your commitments, and faithfully living out your faith with the people you care most about will impact generations to come. At Convene, we’ll help you live out the reality that your family is your primary ministry.
    Being a High-impact Family Leader
  • God has a unique plan and great adventure for your life and business! It embraces your dreams,strengths, passions, personality, and experiences. At Convene, we emphasize that our true significance comes from loving and serving God faithfully in all areas of life. He has blessed you with the opportunity to serve others in and through your business, using your gifts and abilities, and to be a blessing to the world by bearing “much fruit.”
    Serving God with Significance
  • Business

    Your business leadership is both a gift and a stewardship from God. The Parable of the Talents is clear: God expects you to get a good return on the assets He has entrusted to you including: profits to keep the company healthy, opportunities for your employees and a fair return for you and other shareholders. While profitability is vital and good, God’s definition of “success” requires integration with other priorities in life.
    Growing an Exceptional Business
  • Family

    Being an incredible leader in your company is important; being a great spouse or parent has an even more profound impact. Investing the time to develop nurturing and supportive relationships, honoring your commitments, and faithfully living out your faith with the people you care most about will impact generations to come. At Convene, we’ll help you live out the reality that your family is your primary ministry.
    Being a High-impact Family Leader
  • Significance

    God has a unique plan and great adventure for your life and business! It embraces your dreams,strengths, passions, personality, and experiences. At Convene, we emphasize that our true significance comes from loving and serving God faithfully in all areas of life. He has blessed you with the opportunity to serve others in and through your business, using your gifts and abilities, and to be a blessing to the world by bearing “much fruit.”
    Serving God with Significance

National Support Team

OUR CHAIRS

Across the country, our Chairs are impacting lives and businesses as they live out their calling. Each Chair works in a specific geographical area and has the unique experience and expertise to help serve you.

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Greg Leith

Chief Executive Officer

Greg Leith is the CEO of Convene. He was born in Canada and lived in all four corners of North America. His career spans over 35 years of senior leadership roles in corporate, non-profit and academic sectors. Recently, he served as Director of Strategic Alliances for 13 years at Biola University in California.

Greg has served the persecuted church with food, brought relief and long term jobs to Orissa, India, assisted mission agencies in China with strategy and helped envision a School of Journalism in Haiti. He and Shelley, his wife of 35 years, have crisscrossed Canada for over a decade speaking on marriage and parenting for FamilyLife helping thousands of marriages.

Greg was a senior executive for 20 years with the $9 billion ServiceMaster Company, serving in various leadership capacities. He was Vice President of Arrow Leadership and Director of Leadership Development for Christian Leadership Alliance, creating learning experiences for the most influential Christian organizations in the world. Married for over 35 years to his wife Shelley, he’s the father and friend to five thriving young adults.

Sheryl Clutter

Chief Operations Officer

Sheryl has more than 20 years leadership experience, and over the course of 13 years served in the roles of President, CFO and COO for a start-up software company, helping to grow sales to $20 million, and eventually negotiating its sale on behalf of the company owners.

Sheryl’s passion for business and serving others led her to start a consulting practice where she has worked with numerous organizations, assisting them with strategic planning, implementation and business process review.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for a privately held software company and a non-profit community based youth sports organization.

Sheryl and her husband, Don, worship at Calvary Chapel East Anaheim.  They have one daughter who is currently attending Biola University.

Paul Aubin

VP of Business & Leadership Advancement

Paul is a Convene Chair as well as the VP of Business and Leadership Advancement. His diverse background as a successful corporate executive, business owner, men’s ministry pastor, and published author gives him a well-balanced and robust set of experiences to draw from as he mentors and develops Christian business leaders in his roles at Convene.

Paul is originally from New England and spent most of his younger years on Long Island just outside of New York City. He attended The Ohio State University for his undergraduate degree and then attended Duke Business School for post-graduate studies. He moved to Orange County, California in 1981 where he currently resides with his beautiful wife Margaret. They are blessed with 7 children and 5 grandchildren.

 

Marc Ottestad

Business Development, Board Member

Marc has more than 30 years of leadership experience and served as President of ProSound & Stage Lighting for 10 years. ProSound is a company utilizing catalog and web channels for sound and lighting products delivered to schools, churches, military and the musician/dj market. He grew that organization into a recognized national niche leader and sold it in 2005. Today he maintains minority positions at ProSound and Convene.

Marc left ProSound at the end of 2002 to join Convene. He serves in business development where he focuses on finding excellent group leaders and helping them launch groups across the nation.

Marc came to Christ in 1987 and worships at North Hills Church in Brea, CA where he leads the men’s ministry. Marc is married to Kasey. They have three children and a desire to live the abundant life of followers that pray, listen and obey our Lord Jesus Christ.

Mark Vincent

Director of Convene Consulting Network, Advisory Board Chairman

Out of a life spent building an enterprise and walking beside his first wife during her long cancer battle, Mark pared and honed and answered the question, “If there is just one thing to which you give your life, what will it be?” The answer for Mark is to love enterprise leaders while they claim their vocation as stewards.

Mark holds deep experience in process consultation, group process and process design, especially with franchised businesses and associational systems. He has provided extensive assistance to businesses, nonprofits, and ministry organizations in guiding leadership transitions, untying organizational knots, and moving forward in mission.

Mark is author, contributor or co-author of a number of books, including, Becoming a Steward Leader, A Christian View of Money, The Selfless Leader, and Fighting Disease, Not Death: Finding a Way Through Lifelong Struggle. He regularly contributes to the Convene blog, the CLA blog, and The Organizational Muse.

Bob Brumleu

Board Member

Bob is the president and owner of Omni Duct Systems, a manufacturer of sheet metal for the air conditioning industry, with locations in Anaheim, Sacramento, Ontario and San Diego, California, Everett Wa., Coeur D’ Alene Id. and Chandler Az. Bob leads Omni Duct with the primary goal of honoring God in all that is done, based on the company’s core values of Integrity, Caring and Stewardship.

Bob has been a member of Calvary Church of Santa Ana since 1983. He has served on the board of The Sheepfold, a ministry for battered and abused women and children, since 1993. He also serves on the boards of The Pocket Testament League, Project Hangout, The Barnabas Group and Convene.

Bob graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Architecture. He is also a graduate of The Masters Program and was a member of TEC/Vistage for four years.

Ric Green

Board Member

Ric started, built and sold a multi-state, $150+ million distribution business through acquisitions and strategic partnering. Additionally, he built a water management business, which uses computers and high-tech communication technology to control and manage large public institutional water use. He is experienced in and has done consulting in the areas of strategic planning, partnering, turnarounds, operations management and growth through acquisitions.

Ric graduated from Cal Poly University with a degree in engineering and later earned an MBA from the University of Southern California, with an emphasis in marketing and finance. He was also a member of TEC/Vistage for 17 years and is currently in a business partnership with his son. Ric has been actively involved with Saddleback church for over 27 years.

Michael Ogdon

Member Recruitment Specialist

Bellingham, Washington was Michael’s birthplace (nearly a Canadian!).  Many moves followed in the next 15 years until the family settled in the Silicon Valley.  Mike graduated from Fremont High School in 1978 and completed a music education degree at Biola University three and a half years later. With education matters settled, Michael met, befriended, courted and married Kerilyn before heading back to his home church in the Bay Area to begin vocational ministry in music and youth.  Later, Mike’s college ministry and Kerilyn’s interior decorating career filled their early married lives together.

In 1985, Michael earned an MA in choral conducting from San Jose State University while serving the choral and orchestral departments as a graduate assistant.  Full time music ministry followed in SoCal and Arizona churches. Mike, Kerilyn, Kelsey and Katie moved to Fresno, California in 1998.  Vocational and volunteer ministries, adjunct professorship at Fresno State University, and agency work with New York Life Insurance Company have filled the Ogdon’s lives with a generous amount of wonderful friends.

Nolan Dempster

Manager, Community Engagement and Accounting

Before coming to Convene, Nolan graduated from Corban University in Salem, OR where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a Minor in Biblical Studies. While attending Corban, he served as the captain of the Men’s Soccer Team and worked at a local bank in town. Working at multiple financial institutions, in a variety of different roles, Nolan brings to Convene a passion to serve others.

Nolan and his wife, Hilary, attend church at EV Free Fullerton, in Fullerton, CA. In their free time, they enjoy traveling, attending sporting events, and spending time with friends and family.

Kimberly Weaver

Marketing Coordinator

Prior to working for Convene, Kimberly was a student at Biola University where she received a degree in Sociology with a Minor in Biblical Studies.  Through her studies and past job experiences, Kimberly was able to develop and strengthen skills in service, leadership, communication and organization.

Kimberly is passionate about serving her family, friends, colleagues and community. Her passion for service is what led her to work for Convene where, she felt she could put her strengths and passions to work.

In her free time, Kimberly enjoys reading, journaling, and spending time with her close friends and family.

Carmen Vertikoff

Social Media Manager & Marketing Assistant

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