Hunter Pugh grew up in Greenville, SC and graduated from Furman Univ. He has been a private wealth advisor at Ronald Blue & Co/Trust for over 30 years and started the Charlotte office 26 years ago. He enjoys serving clients and leading the Charlotte private wealth team of Ronald Blue Trust as they encourage their clients to be better stewards of the resources God has entrusted to them.
Katherine and Hunter have been married for 34 years and have three adult children, a daughter-and son-in-law and two granddaughters.
Hunter enjoys facilitating and coaching Halftime Roundtables, leading small groups at his church, sailing, biking, tennis, travel and photography.
Sheila spent the first 26 years of her career at Bank of America as a leader in various functions across the company. As her career progressed, she discovered a love for coaching and leading with caring. Her Halftime Roundtable experience in 2016 led her to a new chapter as a leadership coach. She founded Enlightened Workplace, specializing in helping businesses bring God’s love into their workplaces.
Sheila is also a spiritual director, which focuses on a person’s experience of God, helping them explore how God is present and working in their daily life. Her present position allows her the freedom to combine coaching for business leadership with nourishing a leader’s spirituality.
Sheila and Richard have been married for nearly 30 years and have two amazing grown daughters. Sheila’s favorite pastimes are reading, eating chocolate, and taking quiet pauses to listen.
Bill is the writer of The Weekly Winning Thought
I grew up the son of a Southern Baptist minister and married a deacon’s kid. I met Becky at one of the churches my dad pastored. Starting dating her when graduated from college (Univ of SC; major in Sociology with a minor in Business Management) in 1982, and we married in November 1984.
First job out of college was helping people who had been in prison get jobs – worked for a non-profit correctional services organization. I started working part-time in financial services selling insurance and mutual funds about the same and parlayed that into a full-time career as a self-employed financial services advisor in 1986. I did that until going to work as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch in 1991, at the age of 31. I was living in Anderson, where I had been for 7 years since we married, and working in Greenville. I got the opportunity to open an office in Anderson in 1995 and get my first shot at management. I was promoted to manager of the Greenville office 5 years later, then as the associate director of the Tri-South region (Atlanta), before being promoted to director of the Columbia Complex in 2008. I retired in November of this past year to earnestly pursue my second half – building an executive coaching and consulting firm (just made this decision in the last 2 weeks).
Hobbies include playing guitar in an “oldies” (1950’s & 60’s music…and a little 70’s) band called Those Guys (www.thoseguysband.com) that is based in Anderson. I enjoy writing. I write a weekly blog for an organization called Real Champions (https://www.facebook.com/theweeklywinningthought)..been writing about 9 years now. I hope to someday put this together into a book and would like to write other books. We have a power boat that we keep on Lake Murray for summer boating. I have started and lead several small group studies over the years, primarily men’s groups. I’ve also taught Sunday School off and on for about 25 years. I was the director of men’s ministry (lay position) for time at Brookwood Church in Greenville. I enjoy reading. Favorite writers: Philip Yancey, John Eldridge, Donald Miller. 3 books (other than the Bible) that have impacted me the most are: Halftime (Buford), Man in the Mirror (Morley), Wild at Heart (Eldridge).
As a Halftime Roundtable member of the class of 2015, Paul continues to be focused on “raising the bar” in every area of life and helping other men do the same. Paul and Melonie attend Calvary Church of Charlotte, North Carolina and are involved in several outreach ministries including SIM International, Sports Friends International and Hope for India. Personal interests are growing in the faith, loving on the wife and family, supporting family business endeavors, investments, music, lake activities, my dogs, reading and numerous outdoor activities.
In 2006, Paul founded Consortium Structured Investments, a boutique investment firm located in Charlotte, North Carolina and focused on tax equity investments for Corporations. Consortium has represented both investors and developers in structuring tax equity investments utilizing federal and state Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits, New Markets Tax Credits, and Low-Income Housing State and Federal Tax Credits.
Prior to Consortium, Paul spent 30 years with Wachovia Bank/First Union and several predecessor banking organizations in management roles in Real Estate Trust, Investment Banking and Capital Markets.
Paul and Melonie (wife of 42 years) live in Charlotte, and have 4 children, 2 daughters-in-law and 7 grandchildren.
Doug Piper is an alumni of the Halftime Institute – he completed a Halftime Roundtable in 2015. After a successful marketing, designing, and manufacturing career, he is researching the creation and appreciation of fine craft beverages and foods.
Today he splits his time between Halftime LifeStream/Podcasts and consulting to the food and beverage market as the Founder and Host of Gourmet Brewing LLC. He’s a Certified BJCP Beer and Mead Judge and Cicerone. Fueled by passion, Doug understands the nuances of food and drink flavors. He is a “forever student,” eager to build an academic foundation. He brings a fresh perspective to the fine food and beverage market with simple yet scientific accuracy. His folksy manner is a welcome change from the typical journalist.
Doug and his wife, Nancy, have been married for over 35 years. They live in Greenville, South Carolina and have three grown children and one grandchild.
I have been engaged with Halftime since 2017, when I went through the Roundtable. In the past few years, I have had the opportunity to co-facilitate two Roundtables and one Halftime Couples Retreat.
I am also involved with several local Christian organizations. I “retired” from corporate life in 2014, most recently having been an executive with ITW, a Chicago-based industrial conglomerate. I continue to do some corporate board work.
I am very involved with Reynolda Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem and currently serve as an Elder.
My Halftime mission is to use my faith and business experience to help others joyfully apply faith in their lives and in their business careers. Deborah and I also apply Halftime principles in feeding into our grandchildren on a regular basis and demonstrating Christian values in building our relationships with them.
My wife, Deborah, and I live in Winston-Salem, where our two children and eight grandchildren also reside.
Bill Jefferis spent his career in the investment business as an analyst and portfolio manager for the investment management arm of various New England insurance companies. Most of the time he focused on companies in the high yield bond space. Bill finished his career as head of public corporate credit research and a member of the Executive Committee at Babson Capital Management, a subsidiary of MassMutual.
God led Bill to retire in 2008 to spend the second half of my career serving Him in new ways. Beginning in 2012 his business partner and Bill built a ready-mix concrete business in Connecticut and New York, acquiring and turning around 3 companies. They have brought kingdom principles and best practices to these companies, significantly improving market share and profitability.
For the past 12 years Bill has served as Chairman of the Board of T-Net International, a ministry that equips pastors throughout the world to transform their churches into multiplying, disciple-making churches. He is also personally involved in leading a training center in Africa. T-Net has grown significantly over this period and now has over 10,000 students in over 30 countries.
He received his undergraduate degree from Duke and his MBA from Harvard.
Bill is currently involved with a non-profit called DotLife. A couple of the focus areas for DotLife include:
As a member of the Halftime Carolinas team, Bill serves in the Connecting role, working with our current Roundtable members to connect them with ministries and Halftime Alumni in the member’s area of mission/passions. In addition, he will utilize strategic partnerships to connect our alumni with opportunities to fulfill their second half mission.
I have been blessed with a wonderful family and successful career. For the past 25+ years, I have focused on building a career to provide my family with the security and comforts they deserve. After participating in a Halftime Roundtable in 2015-16, I refocused my work to shift the focus toward influencing others to think about their life purpose and how they can influence others. My son and I work at Merrill Lynch helping people achieve their financial goals and challenging them to use their resources to help others.
In 2017 God opened my eyes to the beautiful people trapped in addiction and led my family to establish a non-profit to help free people from addiction and lead them to a life in Christ. We run a safehouse where we receive men out of detox and provide for them until they can get into a treatment program. After treatment, we have a team of life coaches to come alongside the men to help them grow in their holistic being and find their life purpose.
Since 2015, I have been a coach for Leader Mundial, an organization that coaches leaders of global ministries. My wife has a ministry where she hosts organizations, at our home in Pinehurst, that share our mission of training disciples. It has been an amazing journey since my participation in the Halftime Roundtable and I look forward with excitement for what God has planned for the remainder of my life.
While I grew up in Richmond, Va and attended Washington and Lee, life as I know it has been lived here in Charlotte. Lynne and I married in 1979 and moved here shortly thereafter with Young Life. All three of our children were born here. Our friends and community are all here.
My M.Div is from Fuller Seminary. After serving in YL for ten years, I served on the staff at Forest Hill for two years before launching the Barnabas Center in 1989. Barnabas has afforded lots of opportunities, in and outside of the counseling room, for meaningful conversations about how the real Jesus can meet us in our real lives with his real hope… And on the side, I love to read, walk and play golf.
Tom Temple has advised management teams, boards of directors and business owners on Mergers & Acquisitions and Strategic Alternatives for more than 30 years. For twenty years he co-led Brookwood Associates and early in his career worked in strategic planning for Bain & Company.
In addition to continuing this advisory work, he serves on the Boards of The Augustine Literacy Project, YMCA Camp Harrison, and Shine Charlotte and has served on several other boards of for profit and non-profit entities. Tom has served as a Stephen Minister, participated in a Halftime Roundtable in 2014 and seeks to be a servant leader.
Tom joined the Halftime Carolinas Board in 2020. He lives in Charlotte with his wife of 34 years and has 3 sons in their late 20s and early 30s.
Matt was raised in the suburbs of New York City and is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Columbia Business School. Matt, his wife, Emily (a speech therapist), their sons, Jack (2 in November 2021) and James (born December 2021), live in Charlotte and are members at Hope Community Church in South End. He enjoys playing golf, investing and encouraging young leaders.
Matt currently serves as Head of Acquisitions and Board Member of HC Government Realty Trust, a real estate investment trust focused on the acquisition, development and management of commercial properties leased to the U.S. Government. Matt has also served as the Managing Member of Hillandale Advisors, where he invests in and advises small businesses. From 2006 to 2016, Matt served on the investment team at Sasco Capital, a public equity asset management firm overseeing assets for public funds, corporations and endowments.
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Mike Shields is President and CEO of Piedmont Trust Company. He guides strategic direction and oversees all functional areas of the firm and serves on Piedmont’s Board. He earned a B.A. from UNC Charlotte, an M.B.A. from UNC Chapel Hill, and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute. He began his career at NationsBank (now Bank of America) in Charlotte. After 10 years there, he joined Scudder, Stevens & Clark in New York as an equity portfolio manager in 1992. He subsequently joined Campbell, Cowperthwait, an investment boutique owned by U.S. Trust Corporation, where he was promoted to President and CEO and chaired Campbell’s Investment Policy Committee. In 2003, Mike returned to North Carolina where he continued his career in the wealth management industry.
Mike has over 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. He 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 Lloyd Reeb and their mentor Bob Buford.
Mike has served on numerous boards and is currently a Director and Chairman of the UNC Charlotte Investment Fund, Director and Trustee of the Royce Funds in New York, and on the UNC Charlotte Foundation and Endowment Boards. He is also Chairman of the Halftime Carolinas Board. Mike and his wife, Marion, live in Charlotte and have three children.
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 in 2008, 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 using those skills to help people solve their most important personal and professional issues to realize greater joy, impact, balance, and wellness in their lives. In addition to being a Halftime Certified Coach, Bill is a Board Certified Master Christian Life Coach, a Certified Health Coach, a Certified Aromatherapist, a Certified Prepare-Enrich Facilitator, a member of several different professional coaching associations and masterminds, and is the COO and Director of Coaching and Education at the Brain Restoration Clinic in Indian Land, SC.
In addition to helping people through his coaching work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, kids, and friends, helping his children grow to love God and love people, biohacking his own health for optimal wellness, solving crossword puzzles, and taking trips to the beach.
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. He also began coaching and facilitating Roundtables in 2015. In 2019, Tom assumed the additional role of COO with Halftime Carolinas. Tom and his wife, Vonnie, have been married for over 36 years and now live in Greensboro, NC. They have two grown children.
Lloyd Reeb is an executive coach, speaker, author, and entrepreneur. He grew up in Philadelphia and attended McGill University in Montreal. Lloyd began his career in banking, but his entrepreneurial nature led him to build his first housing development in his early twenties. Real estate became his primary focus and Lloyd found a strategic niche in retirement housing developments. His early success in developing exceptional retirement complexes enabled him to transition to focus on other passions, specifically pouring into high-capacity leaders.
Lloyd still maintains his real estate business, but the majority of his energy over the past twenty years has been spent building the worldwide halftime movement of leaders who are seeking greater meaning, joy, and impact in their second half. Together with his mentor, the late Bob Buford, Lloyd helped launch the Halftime Institute over twenty years ago. Since then, he has clocked over 20,000 hours of coaching, and has traveled the world speaking and living out his mission statement as “a thought leader who mobilizes high-capacity business leaders to make an eternal impact.”
Lloyd is the author of From Success to Significance: When the Pursuit of Success Isn’t Enough; The Second Half: Real Stories, Real Adventures, Real Significance; and along with his wife, Linda, wrote Halftime for Couples. Lloyd and Linda live in Mooresville, NC. They have been married for more than 30 years and have three adult children, all married, and three precious grandchildren.