Global Business Success Foundation is an Oklahoma Corporation with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. GBSF is not affiliated with any one denomination but works with all Christian denominations. GBSF believes in creating unity within the Body of Christ.
To identify and develop Christian business leaders who will utilize the resources within their respective countries to fulfill the Great Commission.
Our focus is to primarily work through established local churches or Bible training centers in hosting countries. The first objective is to search out and select pastors that have a sincere desire to develop the businessperson.
The Business Mission Trips program is aggressively encouraging churches to develop Bible studies and prayer groups to regularly meet and focus on the Biblical aspects of serving God in business.
Our Doctrinal Statement
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, only infallible, authoritative Word of God. We believe that there is one God eternally existent in three persons: The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity of Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, and His personal return in power and glory. We believe in the resurrection of the saved and the lost: the saved to the resurrection of life and the lost to damnation. We believe in creating unity within the Body of Christ.
Our Core Values
We receive direction, provision, and motivation directly from God and His Word to take the Gospel to the world.
We are who we say we are, and we always do the right thing, regardless of expediency.
We have servants’ attitudes, and we go to heroic lengths to meet the needs of others.
We dare to dream as big as God dreams, and we believe that with God on our side, we can achieve the impossible.
We demand of ourselves uncompromising quality, and we strive to be people who demonstrate excellence in everything we do.
About the Founders; Gary & Cindy Shotton
Gary graduated high school from Eads High School in the year 1969. Eads a small farm community in SE Colorado, near Lamar. Gary is a university graduate of Colorado School of Mines in the year 1973 with a Bachelors of Science “Mining Engineering”.
Cindy graduated high school from Wiley High School in the year 1971. Wiley is a neighboring small farm community in SE Colorado, near Lamar. Cindy attended Lamar Junior College and Colorado State University.
Both Gary and Cindy graduated from a two year program of Bible Training in 1984.
Gary worked for one of the larger oil companies at the time, Dresser Industries as mineral process from 1973 until 1982. Job responsibilities included the design and installation of several major mineral processing systems, packing a conveyor systems, dense-phase pneumatic conveyor systems, electrical power systems, etc.
Business Ownership Experience
Training for business ownership started by being raised in a farm family with parents that were strong entrepreneurs.
While attending the Bible College from 1982 thru 1983, the Shotton family started a moving a storage business using a borrowed horse trailer pulled behind their family car. It seemed that God was leading them to serve people in one of their most difficult times of life where moving is considered to be in the top 4 most stressful events in a person’s life. After developing this business to include being a Ryder Truck Rental Agent for 11 years, an Atlas Van Lines agent for 13 years, conducting moves to foreign countries, consistently have between 50 and 70 employees, and owning a 30,000 sq. ft. facility on 3 Acres the Shottons sold the business at the end of 2000.
For five and a half years, Gary and Cindy formed and developed the concept of Business Mission Trips by being the founders of Global Business Success Foundation, a 501.c.3 non-profit foundation. This included traveling to as many as 30 different countries and starting a habit of going on four major trips per year to a foreign country presenting the concepts of Marketplace Ministry. Multiple revenue streams from a heritage in agriculture, investments in rental properties, and several other side ventures, have allowed Gary’s trips to be self-funded, which has allowed the organization to prosper without a need for fund raising.
After several months of study and consideration, the Shottons purchased and existing machine shop which that currently own and operate. At the time of the purchase, the company consisted of a 15,000 sq.ft. facility with 41 employees and currently the facility consists of a 46,000 sf. ft. facility with 64 employees. More information if you wish at our company website, www.Auto-Turn.com
AS of August, 2013 the Shottons have been married 40 years. From this marriage have come two boys and one girl, which has expanded to include six grand-children (3 boys and 3 girls). In fact, each of the kids have one boy and one girl, in that order. Needless to say this is now a very positive part of our lives.
Hobbies and special interests
It is far to say that “Gary has the travel bug” which seemed to be passed to him from his mother, Betty Shotton. Other hobbies include water skiing (now, one son owns the boat, instead of me, which is a lot better), attending musical events with a wide variety of genres of music, and watch college and professional athletic events. The calendar is normally pretty full.
It is safe to say that after serving God for almost 40 years, that we are seeing the fruits of this service. The good thing is that we have not taken away any blessing from anyone because God’s blessings are unlimited to everyone that will put Him first. At this point in life, I ask myself, “why wouldn’t a person choose to follow Him because it has led to an extremely exciting and rewarding life. And we are just beginning.