History and Leadership

God birthed Marketplace Impact from the leadership work of Jeff Wilson, and his unique blend of business and ministry background.  After graduating from the University of Alabama with a Corporate Finance degree, he worked in the banking industry for a few years. He later completed a masters in Theology and a Doctorate of Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He later served on the staffs of two churches, before planting a church in Sarasota, FL, where he served as pastor for 10 years.  In 2003, he left the church in great hands to help launch a new initiative of Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) to reach and mobilize national business leaders.  In 2006, Jeff founded Wilson Leadership Group, a leadership development firm whose mission is to develop leadership excellence in senior leaders and in organizations.

In 2007, Jeff moved his family and business back home to Birmingham, AL, where he soon re-connected with two dear friends, Lew Burdette, whom he knew from high school days, and Jim Warren, a friend from a previous church.  Soon a third new friend, David Pursell, joined the group and these men became the core of a newly forming Leadership Roundtable, designed to help business leaders sharpen their leadership skills.  Early on, Jim Warren expressed interest in discussing Kingdom impact more than leadership.  The others agreed and the group refocused the emphasis and called themselves an Impact Roundtable.   From that original Impact Roundtable, God birthed the vision to help other marketplace leaders fully leverage their businesses and professional relationships and influence for Kingdom impact.  Marketplace Impact was born.  God brought several other key men to the Impact Roundtable and that original group continues to serve as the core of Marketplace Impact.

The following individuals presently serve on the board of Marketplace Impact:

Roy Borrego, Vice President, Merrill Lynch

Lew Burdette, President, King’s Home

Jimmy Godfrey, Executive Vice-PresidentHIIG Energy

Marc Guthrie, Chief Technology Officer and SVP, Medseek

Anthony Humphries,  President & CEO, NobleBank & Trust

Jim Meeks, Managing Partner, Northwestern Mutual

Brad Paramore, Partner, Truitt, Tingle & Paramore, CPA’s

Jeff Wilson, President, Wilson Leadership Group