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 expand our offerings to businessmen who are senior 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

  • Kent Kusel
    Director, CBMC 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.

  • Rob Gonzalez
    Field Operations Support Manager

    Rob Gonzalez brings extensive management experience to the Leadership Institute team. He has served in numerous management capacities during his 31 year career at Verizon Communications in New Jersey. Rob’s areas of expertise include team development, continuous improvement, and management process development. Rob graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Most recently, Rob served as Computer Operations Manager from 1999-2013 at the Verizon Freehold Corporate Data Center where he managed a high performance team spanning Colorado, Florida, New York, New Jersey and New England. Rob’s team expertly supported all Wireline Billing, Financial, and Provisioning systems. Rob joined CBMC as the Manager of the Field Operations Support team in September of 2013. His desire is to serve and support CBMC Field Staff and Area Leadership by providing efficient processes, procedures, and critical ministry materials in order to accelerate the Gospel in the Marketplace. Rob and his wife Madeline reside in Ooltewah TN and have three beautiful children: Christine, Lisa and Robbie.

  • 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.

  • Lee Truax
    President, CBMC, Inc.

    For more than 21 years Lee Truax has served in various technology, sales and business development roles.  His experience covers the spectrum from entrepreneurial start-ups to major corporations including Compaq Computer Corporation, Hewlett Packard and Advanced Micro Devices.  His clients include Forbes Global 2000 and include seven years as the dedicated Solution Architect for Fidelity Investments.  As President and CEO of CBMC, Inc., Lee combines his love for technology and business process with a passion for leadership.  Since 2009 he has worked diligently to serve the mission of CBMC and increase its impact in the global marketplace.  Lee received his undergraduate degree in English with a minor in Business Administration from Messiah College as well as an MBA in Leadership from Liberty University.

    Lee Truax was first introduced to CBMC by his father, Ernie, as a young boy, but when he got to Messiah College, he began thinking seriously about doing life God’s way. He spent 21 years in the IT industry in a number of capacities including Senior Business Development Specialist with Hewlett Packard. In 2009, Lee felt called to earn his MBA from Liberty University, after which he accepted the position of President of CBMC. “My sincere desire is to humbly listen, pray and then act in a manner that brings individuals across the nation and around the globe into a right relationship with Jesus Christ.”