Jim Bingaman - Senior Area Director

Jim Bingaman

Jim Bingaman
C: 716-7158 Judi's C: 342-3001
271 Suffolk Road 36608
jbingaman@cbmc.com

Since April 1988 Jim has served at the Area Director, “Player Coach” of the CBMC ministries and the CBMC Members and volunteers here in the Metro Mobile / Baldwin County areas.

CBMC stands for Christian Business Men’s Connection, and is an International ministry to men in the marketplace. The vision and mission of CBMC is, as Ambassadors for Christ, to help men to become the men that God created men to be. In April 1974, as a new Christian Jim began attending the CBMC weekly gathering of men and shortly thereafter became a member. After having attended a few of the weekly meetings one of the CBMC members, Tom Bealle, owner of an Architectural firm, offered to meet with him on a weekly basis to help Jim as a new Christian. Over the 2 years meeting with Tom he experienced the blessings of being disciple and mentored going through CBMC’s program, Operation Timothy. In the 2nd year Jim began to disciple and mentor a man through the Operation Timothy program, and has been helping men ever since, as he’s been helped.

Jim’s first career, spanning almost 28 years, started in Decatur, IL in 1960 when he began with the Mutual of Omaha Ins. Co. as an insurance salesman. In 1965 he was invited to their Home Office to help develop a new series of Life Insurance Sales / Marketing Training Programs and to be one of the instructors as some of the company’s veteran would come to the Home Office for the classroom training. He also went around the country conducting in-agency product introductions, sales meetings, and seminars. At the end of 2 years he was given the opportunity to enter into their 5 year Agency management training program by returning to the field to select, hire, field train, and supervise a sales force, which he completed to their satisfaction and returned to the Home Office to serve as a Regional Sales Director awaiting his appointment to his own agency. In January 1971 Jim and his family moved to Mobile when he was appointed General Manager for the Mutual of Omaha Insurance Companies with the responsibility for sales and policyowner service for the 16 counties in SW Alabama. Jim held this position until November 1, 1987 when he resigned his position to answer God’s call on his life to become the Area Director for CBMC in Mobile.

Jim and Judi, married for 59+ years, have been blessed with their daughter Tammy and son Todd and through them have been blessed with 2 granddaughters and 3 grandsons, and a year ago a daughter-in law.


Travis Toth - Area Director

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Travis Toth
C: 367-6195 O: 414-8274
2211 Vulcan Court 36695
ttoth@cbmc.com 

Travis currently serves as the Area Director for CBMC doing the work of the Lord through this ministry in the Mobile and Baldwin County region. His passion is to take the gospel to the marketplace as an Ambassador for Jesus Christ and helping men become the man that God created them to be.

Previously, Travis served as the Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs with the University of South Alabama. He helped create Jaguar Sports Properties within the Athletic Department and he managed corporate sales, broadcasting, marketing, logo usage and licensing. He worked at the University from 2008-2020. From 1996-2008, Travis worked at the Mobile BayBears, a Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks respectively. He served as the General Manager of the BayBears from 2004-2008.

Travis received his Bachelor of Communication degree from the University of Alabama in 1990, then worked for four years as a DJ and sales manager for WCKO Radio in Carrollton / Tuscaloosa Alabama.

Travis and his wife Elisa have been married since 1994. They have two sons, Eric and Larkin. They belong to the People of Mars Hill Church family.


Will Wright - Chairman

Will Wright

Will Wright
C: 401-0095 H: 342-1363
252 Tuthill Lane 36608
wwright252@aol.com

Will Wright is currently the local chairman of CBMC Mobile. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University where he earned a B.E. Degree in Chemical Engineering. Upon graduation, Will served 4 years in the U.S. Marine Corp attaining the rank of Captain. He then went to work for International Paper Co. and retired after 35 years of service. He has been married to his better half (Shelby) for the past 55 years and they are blessed to have four grown children and six grandchildren.

When Will is not busy fulfilling the Great Commission, you can find him spending time with his family, literally running the streets somewhere in the world, writing articles for his running club newsletter, fishing, or reading a spiritual enrichment book.


Mark Jones - Secretary, Team Leader

Mark Jones

Mark Jones
C: 209-5214 O: 456-4186 ext 104 H: 661-6963
2604 Charlotte Oaks Dr. 36695
markmj@msn.com

Mark was born in Mobile, Alabama and attended Texas A&M University.

Mark is the owner of Master Cleaners, which has 8 locations throughout the Metro Mobile area.  Mark and his wife Gail have been married 28 years and have two sons and a daughter.

Mark currently attends Christ Anglican Church and is a member of Gideon's International. He became a network member of CBMC in 1990, and since that time has been a member / participant in one of the CBMC Business Owner Forums. Mark is a member of the CBMC Leadership Team on which he serves as secretary and membership chairman. He also facilitates one of the Monday weekly men's groups,

In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, snow skiing and jet skiing. His priorities in life consists of putting God first, wife second, children third, and job fourth.


A.J. Krause - Team Leader

A.J. Krause

A.J. Krause
C: 604-7900 H: 460-4601
828 Country Club Court 36609
Ajkrause1@aol.com

I have spent 35 years building sales organizations which market truly unique health products from air purification, water ionization and nutritional supplements.

Presently, we are launching a crypto currency which will soon be the future of payments for the banking industry.

The Lord saved me when I was 25 years old. Gave me a hunger for the Word of God and a unique direct skill of winning souls to His kingdom. Preacher, Bible teacher and ex-pastor.

We have been active in CBMC for over 35 years.


Bobby Crow - Team Leader

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Bobby Crow
C: 533-9809 O: 479-7482 
3 Buerger Road, Mobile, 36608
bobby@ccsme-cpas.com

Bobby was born in Mobile and grew up in Thomasville, Alabama. Finished high school there in 1973 and went on to Auburn University, graduating from there in 1977 with a degree in Business Administration, having majored in accounting.

He has been in the practice of public accounting, here in Mobile, with the same firm since graduating from Auburn. He is currently a shareholder in the accounting firm of Crow, Constantine, Singleton, Morrow and Elliott, P.C. He is a current member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, as well as the Alabama Society of CPAs.

He has three daughters and enjoys hunting, fishing and being outdoors.


Tofey Leon - Team Leader

Tofey Leon

Tofey Leon
C: 510-1582
401 Hounds Run E. 36608
Tofey_leon@yahoo.com

Tofey is a 1980 graduate of the University of Alabama, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a 1982 graduate from the University of Alabama Manderson School of Business with a Masters degree in Management Science. He and his wife Caren have been married since 1985 and have two children, Lindsay and TJ. They are members of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Mobile, Alabama, the city where they were both born and raised. Tofey is a franchise owner of Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers and has been so since 1997.


Gary Gabel - Team Leader

Gary Gabel

Gary Gabel
C: 586-1306 H: 661-1677
6309 Oakleigh Way 36693
garylouisegabel@bellsouth.net

Gary was born in Mobile and graduated from Semmes High School in 1962 and then studied accounting at Huffstetler Business College. Gary worked in various offices at International Paper Company until May, 1975 when he accepted the position with RGIS. In spite of his busy schedule with RGIS he found time to participate in bass fishing tournaments with local clubs, deer hunting, and a few trips to Colorado to hunt mule deer and elk. In addition to these pursuits Gary currently participates in competitive pistol shooting at Moss Hill Sportsmen’s Club, and is past President of the Port City Corvette Club.

Gary and his wife Louise were married January 9th, 1965. They have 3 sons: Gregory Scott, Michael, and Jason. All 3 are married and between them they have 4 children.


David Young - Team Leader

David Young

David Young
C: 656-0143 H: 957-3283
9300 Hodge Nursery Road, Irvington, 36544
DavidYoung61@aol.com

David Young is a Quality Coordinator with MH Wirth Company in Mobile, Alabama. David and his wife Lisa have two daughters and a granddaughter. David was born and raised in Mobile and he graduated from Theodore High School in 1979.

David is a born again Christian since 1972.  He and his family attend and worship at People of Mars Hill Church. 


John Thompson - Team Leader

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John Thompson

John has worked as a financial advisor since 1993. He started his career with Merrill Lynch where he was a senior financial advisor and assistant vice president. In March 2003, he established his business, Thompson Wealth Management and Life Planning, Inc. affiliated with Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC (WFAFN). John is a graduate of the University of South Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association, and the Society of Financial Service Professionals. He is currently a board member of the Mobile Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the University of South Alabama’s Economic/Finance Department Advisory Board. John has served as President of the Mobile Azalea City Kiwanis, Vice President of the Mobile Citizen’s Budget and Financial Advisory Committee, President of the Estate Planning Council of Mobile as well as on the board at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. John is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) professional and has earned the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®), Certified Estate and Trust Specialist (CES®) and Certified Fund Specialist (CFS®) designations. Away from the office John spends his free time with his wife, Dana, who is a teacher at St. Luke’s School, and his two children, Elizabeth and John Jr. John enjoys coaching sports, tennis, golf, hunting, workouts and family time. He participates in the community through the Rotary Club, Christian Business Men’s Connection (CBMC), and volunteers his time and resources to local charities and civic groups.


Tom Williams - Area Leadership Team Member

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Tom Williams

Tom grew up around Springfield, MO on small farms with one younger sister. He graduated from Willard High School, Willard, MO where he lettered in baseball and track. He attended Southwest Missouri State and made the varsity baseball team as a freshman. He did not have focus in his life and with the Viet Nam War on going he enlisted in the Navy in July 1968. Tom accepted Christ as his Savior at the age of eight. His spiritual growth and professional life story is a testament of GOD’s amazing grace. He is married to Christy Cook of Albuquerque, NM for over 50 years. They have no children, however, Tom was privileged and challenged to lead hundreds of young men and women in their late teens and early 20’s while in the Navy and helped them develop and prepare for the life ahead of them. Tom loves to read, especially books on Leadership, history, and biographies. Thankfully, The Holy Bible covers those subjects.

Tom enjoyed a career in the US Navy of over 33 years. He was promoted through the ranks from E-1 to O-6 through GOD ordained opportunities. He received training in naval nuclear propulsion while enlisted then through the Naval Enlisted Scientific Educational Program completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Mexico and was commissioned as an Ensign. He later completed a Master of Science degree in Telecommunications Systems Management at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.

Ship tours: USS Patrick Henry (SSBN 599), USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN 657) serving in Strategic Weapons billets. USS ORION (AS 18) serving as Repair Officer.

Industrial tours: Charleston Naval Shipyard; Trident Refit Facility, Bangor: Puget Sound Naval Shipyard; and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. He served as Ship Superintendent, Repair Officer, Project Manager, Operations Officer, and Shipyard Commander. He was in command on September 11, 2001.

His civilian work experience includes Atlantic Marine, Mobile as Vice President, Operations, and the Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge, TN as Director of Utilities.

In 2016 he completed certification as a John Maxwell coach, speaker, and trainer.


Dan Ward - Area Leadership Team Member

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Dan Ward

Dan Ward was born in Chicago, Illinois. At age 3 his family moved to Omaha, Nebraska. He graduated from Ralston High School and as a Junior in High School, he began his career through the Distributive Education Program and secured a service position at a Television repair company. Soon Dan met Gloria, the love of his life, and married her in 1976. They raised 2 Girls and 2 Boys in their 1000 sq ft home, while starting American Electronics, Inc. out of the basement in 1980. Starting a business was a struggle until Dan had a breakthrough that changed his life and propelled his business into a multi-million-dollar company with 25 employees in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska. Dan and Gloria recently relocated to Mobile, Alabama to be close to their daughter and grandchildren.