Who am I?
I was raised in the First Baptist Church in Hartsville, SC where I attended preschool, was a Cub Scout, of which my mom was the leader, and went on to be a Boy Scout and patrol leader of the same troop my uncles were in and my grandfather started. Soon after college, I went on to be the Assistant Scout Master of the same Troop, receiving the spark plug award. My Grandfather was partners in the family-owned Funeral home till his passing and was the Secretary of the Masonic Lodge for 35 years, deacon in the church and Sunday School teacher for 45 years. My uncle presently owns the 4th generation funeral home founded in 1915 with the help of his son, who is the sitting Mayor of Hartsville, SC. Both have been named Hartsville’s business persons of the year. My mother worked as a Assistant Teacher to the Trainable Mentally Disabled for 29 years. My father is a retired production manager for Bausch Lomb, and his father was the lead accountant for Tampa International Airport. I'm married to Bobbi Tingen who works as a Paraprofessional at Jones County Pre–K. We have 2 girls, Mallory Grace, 10, and Sara Elizabeth, 6. Bobbi’s father is a 20-year retired Military Veteran, currently training Military leaders, and her mother has worked for the Military the last 30 years.
I started my first business in the 4th grade, selling drawings for $.10 so I could have some change for a coke and snickers bar. Around 14 years old (1988), I started Tingen Lawn Care and grew it to the largest Lawn Maintenance Business in Hartsville, S.C. I sold the business when I was 26 years old and already in my 2nd year of starting Tingen Transport. For the last 15 years I led the business from transporting autos to modular schools and houses for FEMA into logistics for transport during natural disasters for the Veterans Hospital and Power Companies. Disaster deployment and oversize loads are our current focus and have been the last 7 years. Now at 39 years old and with 25 years of small business experience, I am in a place to give back.
How did I get to Gray, GA and why am I running for Public Office?
In 2005 one of our disaster contracts was with Horton Homes in Eatonton, GA. Since then I have formed strong personal and business relationships in the area and decided to move to Georgia permanently soon after. I was in search of a place to raise my family and came upon Gray, immediately falling in love with this small town.
In recent years I have been fortunate to have free time and have been working to find the best way to give back. I started Tingen Photography in 2012, concentrating on Children and Families. We recently donated all services and photos for the Jones County Pre K Graduation.
I have always been a hard worker and a leader; it’s in my blood. Our City has some great opportunities and some great people in places working hard to move this small town forward while keeping its history strong. Working effectively with City Council, Police, Fire, DDA, Jones County, Board of Education, State and potential new small businesses; while preserving the small town feel with an importance on family and community involvement is what I am all about and is my Goal, working together for the best interest of the people and this City we call home.
Small towns and family values go hand and hand, and even in growth we need to keep our faith and purpose at the forefront of our evolution as people. We have to have community involvement and pride in ourselves so we can grow in a productive way as people. I moved to Gray to raise my family. I fell in love with its charm and the people. I want to preserve that quality of life and I’m going to work hard to take Gray in a positive direction. I’m running for mayor of this city and ask for your support and your vote as we move forward.