Our Team



William “Bill” Bantz
President & Board Member
Charlotte, NC
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William “Bill” Bantz

President & Board Member
Charlotte, NC

Bill is the founder and CEO of the Mercer group of companies, established in 1978 in Albany, New York. Mercer Companies developed apartments, office buildings and hydroelectric plants. Bill has been working with Halftimers and ministries to build and develop a scalable, sustainable model of Scripture engagement for the world. Bill and his wife, Linda, live in North Carolina near their grown children and a growing number of grandkids. His wisdom provides a powerful ingredient as a facilitator of Halftime Roundtables in the Carolinas.


Doug Piper
Alumni Relations Director
Greenville, SC
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Doug Piper

Alumni Relations Director
Greenville, SC

Doug is growing the Halftime alumni’s fellowship and networking opportunities. After his participation in the 2015 Columbia Roundtable, he left a 40-year business development career to pursue more significant passions. During his career, he’s received over 15 patents and developed and manufactured numerous new products for the computer, aerospace and security markets. Doug’s creative marketing and media skills are now focused on Halftime and numerous other organizations. He has been married over 35 years to his wife, Nancy. They have three grown children and one grandchild.

 


Mike Shields
Advisor & Board Member
Charlotte, NC
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Mike Shields

Advisor & Board Member
Charlotte, NC

Mike Shields has three decades of experience in the financial services industry with the last ten years primarily working with people serious about investing wisely, living with purpose, and finishing well. Mike has a diverse investment background, including significant Wall Street executive experience, that has led to a skill set with which he helps others gain clarity regarding their life goals, then implement strategies to pursue lives of enduring impact. He had the privilege of working for the Halftime organization in 2003-2004 during which he helped launch the Halftime Institute with his mentor Bob Buford. Mike lives in Charlotte with his wife, Marion, and their three children.


William J. Bantz
Coach & Roundtable Facilitator
Charlotte, NC
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William J. Bantz

Coach & Roundtable Facilitator
Charlotte, NC

Bill J. Bantz was a commercial real estate investor/developer and information technology professional for 15 years before he realized he was being called to something more. After moving from New York to North Carolina, he began an intentional search for his “Life II” calling and was introduced to Halftime and the Halftime Roundtable concept by his dad, ultimately coming out of the Roundtable process with the clarity and focus for his second half calling that he’d been looking for. Considered an Advisor/Creator and Resource Aggregator, he is passionate about helping leaders solve their most troubling personal & professional issues to create greater clarity, harmony, and significance in their lives.  In addition to being a Halftime Certified Coach, Bill has an Advanced Diploma in Christian Life Coaching with specialties in executive, marriage, and wellness coaching, is credentialed as a Board Certified Master Christian Life Coach, and is the founder and primary Transformation Guide at The Transformative Connection (www.transformativeconnection.com).

He lives in Charlotte, NC with his incredible wife, JoAnn, and their 4 children. He enjoys spending focused time with his wife, helping his children grow to love God and love people, and taking family trips to the beach.


Mike Blanton
Advisor
Asheville, NC
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Mike Blanton

Advisor
Asheville, NC

Mike spent his youth in Virginia Beach, Virginia but moved to Asheville and graduated from Ben Lippen High School in 1975. He attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville (on a soccer scholarship) studying Business and Economics. He is a member of Kingdom Advisors (a group associated with Larry Burkett and Ron Blue).

Mike is a graduate of the mentoring program The Circle of Wealth Financial System and is a certified Mentor. Mike is the president of Successful Financial Strategies. Mike also runs Chumpchange Ministries, which is dedicated to helping youth avoid financial mistakes early in life and teaching them the value of saving money for their future. He is a longtime resident of Henderson County and is the father of two boys and two girls. He has been an active member of Biltmore Baptist Church since 1991. Mike enjoys flying remote control airplanes as well as fishing and playing golf.


Sandy Brenneman
Connecting Team Leader & Board Member
Shelby, NC
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Sandy Brenneman

Connecting Team Leader & Board Member
Shelby, NC

Sandy leads Halftime Carolina’s efforts to connect Halftimers with opportunities to use their passions and skills while transforming Charlotte. A retired community mental health director and state human services administrator, he embarked on his Halftime journey in 1998, serving as a coach and mentor in numerous community-building efforts throughout North Carolina. Curtailing his consulting practice, Sandy now networks with individuals and organizations that are directly engaged in serving people in Charlotte. He also works with Halftime participants who ask for help to sharpen their understanding of where their interests might be employed, and to facilitate well-informed referrals. He lives in Shelby with his wife, Kathy, and is devoting his professional efforts to building the Halftime support system.


Tom Guthrie
CFO, Coach & Roundtable Facilitator
Greensboro, NC
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Tom Guthrie

CFO, Coach & Roundtable Facilitator
Greensboro, NC

Tom spent over 34 years working in the energy field with Duke Energy. Since 1999, Tom served as a plant manager for Duke Energy in California, Indiana and North Carolina. In January 2012, Tom engaged with Halftime to determine how his skills and experience could best be used for kingdom purposes.

In December 2012, Tom left Duke Energy. In early 2013, Tom began his role with Halftime Carolinas as the CFO enabling him to utilize his organizing and financial skills. Tom and his wife, Vonnie, have been married for over 30 years and now live in Greensboro, NC. They have two grown children.


Cameron Perkins
Coach & Roundtable Facilitator
Raleigh, NC
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Cameron Perkins

Coach & Roundtable Facilitator
Raleigh, NC

Cameron Perkins founded FastMed Urgent Care company in 2001 with a partner. In 2010, they completed a private equity transaction to grow the company. In 2013, FastMed stands as the 6th largest urgent care company nationally and has strategically partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC.

As a result of his recent liquidity event, Cameron engaged in Halftime to further find clarity on how he could use his God given talents, passions, and success to impact the lives of others. Today, he serves as a Halftime Roundtable facilitator, a Halftime Certified Coach, and volunteers by serving the pastors/executives at his church. His primary role is loving his wife, Lisa, and their three daughters and one son. They live in Cary, NC.


John Putnam
Advisor
Charlotte, NC
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John Putnam

Advisor
Charlotte, NC

John is the Founding President of National Christian Foundation Piedmont in Charlotte, N.C., a regional affiliate of National Christian Foundation (NCF) in Atlanta, Georgia. He grew up on a NC farm and went on to study at N.C. State University As an entrepreneur, John led a thriving financial services practice for 22 years with a focus on advising high-capacity families, entrepreneurs and private businesses. He has CFP® designation (Certified Financial Planner), has received numerous industry awards and has been internationally recognized as a leader in his industry by the Million Dollar Round Table. John is an avid writer and speaker. He has had extensive media exposure sharing his insights, on financial issues facing families and businesses, with millions of people via local, regional and national television, radio and periodicals. John has always been active in his community, serving in leadership roles with youth, the arts, his church, schools and non-profits.

Over the past 10 years, John began to focus more on his clients’ life planning and the issues behind their financial and wealth transfer decisions. He has coached and led dozens of individuals and families through thoughtful processes and conversations to create clarity and unity as they move forward in achieving their respective goals. This faith-filled passion and calling, combined with his financial services expertise, led him to his own Halftime transition from his financial advisory to his current role with NCF in March 2012.

With this blend of professional and personal experience John is a very talented Halftime Roundtable Facilitator and shares the Halftime message in a powerful way to groups around the Carolinas. He and his wife, Anne, have been married for 25 years and have three children.


Lloyd Reeb
Managing Director, Board Member, Coach & Roundtable Facilitator
Lake Norman, NC
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Lloyd Reeb

Managing Director, Board Member, Coach & Roundtable Facilitator
Lake Norman, NC

Lloyd is the primary spokesperson for the Halftime movement nationally and is the author of From Success to Significance, The Second Half, and co-author with his wife, Linda, of Halftime for Couples (the latest book in the Halftime series). As a successful real estate developer, he made a Halftime transition in 1993, redefining success and reorienting his focus toward second-half significance. Lloyd allocates most of his time to leading Halftime events and experiences, and coaching individuals through this journey. Lloyd speaks at about 100 events each year all around the world, but loves most the privilege to engage an audience of successful business and professional leaders right here in the Carolinas. He and Linda live north of Charlotte on Lake Norman. They have been married for more than 30 years and have three adult children.