About Us

Since 1930 CBMC has helped business leaders around the world integrate their faith and work. In 1986 we established our first peer advisory group. In 2014 the CBMC Leadership Institute was established to update our ministry to senior business leaders. There are many options when it comes to leadership development. However, those who are committed to their Christian values and desire to integrate these into their business have limited choices. The CBMC Leadership Institute provides a confidential peer to peer environment where faith and leadership intersect. It is a whole life leadership approach, encompassing the multiple roles and responsibilities leaders maintain with their business, family and greater community.

Business leaders have a tendency to “go it alone,” but this isn’t always the best strategy. Solomon, one of the wisest leaders in history, maintains that two are better than one: “If one falls down, the other can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up.”

Leadership Team

  • Don Hoffert
    Area Leadership Institute Director, CBMC Northland & Natl Leadership Institute Servant

    Don Hoffert is the CBMC Northland Leadership Institute Director where by Gods enablement, he has been shepherding growth to 25 facilitators and 200+ peer advisory business leaders since 2008. In addition, he strategically advises on the growth, development and training to expand the 600 CEO-Owners network nationally. Don retired from a 30 year corporate career in 2007, last as VP of Business Excellence for Storaenso Paper, a fortune 50 company winning a number of national and state performance excellence awards. He was introduced to CBMC while on international assignment in Helsinki Finland. He is passionate about nurturing teams toward a servant leader, biblical Workview perspective for the glory of God and for leaders joy as they steward their businesses well while focusing on the Great Commission. Don and his wife Cynthia live in Minneapolis, MN and enjoy spending time with their 2 adult children and 6 grandchildren. Don also invests time ministering as an elder at Bethlehem Baptist Church where he leads “business as mission”. He has a BS in engineering.

  • Kent Kusel
    Area Director, CBMC Boston, & Leadership Institute

    Kent most recently served as founder and president of New England Cloud Solutions, a Boston-based cloud computing integrator, helping businesses take advantage of cloud computing technology. Prior to that, Kusel served as Chief Operating Officer of Balsam Technologies, an information technologies company (IT) providing outsourced IT services to the business community. His experiences have also included various leadership, management and marketing positions, including Marketing Director for Berkshire Mortgage Finance, Vice President with General Electric Capital Corporation and Manager with the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company. From 2000-2006 Kent served as President of Marketplace Network; a Boston-based marketplace ministry serving career minded leaders striving to integrate their faith and work. Kent has a Master of Arts in Leadership & Business Ethics from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree in business from Stetson University. He resides in the north shore of Boston with his wife Jane, and two children, Edward & Katherine.

  • Mark Whitacre
    Director, Marketplace Ambassador

    Mark Whitacre most recently served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Science Officer at Cypress Systems, Inc. Prior to that, he was the highest-ranked executive of any Fortune 500 company to become a whistleblower in US history, and is responsible for uncovering the ADM price-fixing scandal in the early 1990's. His undercover work with the FBI was the inspiration for the major motion picture, "The Informant," starring Matt Damon as Mr. Whitacre. Drawing from his unique history, Mark provides one-of-a-kind insight into corporate ethics, corporate greed, and the warning signs of a flawed corporate leadership. After simultaneously completing B.S. and M.S. degrees at Ohio State University, Mark then earned his Ph. D. degree at Cornell University in Nutritional Biochemistry. Mark has worked for multiple Fortune 500 companies including Ralston Purina, Degussa, and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM). Mark has extensive international business experience, having lived for almost four years in West Germany, and was involved with two international companies in the Southeast Asia market. Mark and his wife Ginger currently reside in Florence, KY and have three grown children.

  • Paul Johnson
    Director, Leader Advancement

    Over the past 28 years Paul has served CBMC in a variety of positions that have allowed him to pursue his passion for helping emerging leaders discover and develop their leadership potential. Paul completed his undergraduate work at Metro State University and received his Master of Arts in Theology and Counseling from Bethel Seminary. In 2007 he completed his professional certification as a Leadership Coach. He is the co-author and producer of the acclaimed CBMC Leadership Coach Training curriculum which is changing the way CBMC leaders are being developed in the United States and around the world. Paul is the former Vice-President of CBMC International. His speaking and training engagements have taken him to more 60 countries on 5 continents. He remains engaged in mentoring a select group of emerging leaders in Europe and Africa. Paul and his wife Carol live in St. Paul, Minnesota and have three grown children and three grandchildren.