Bingo! It is a nickname that fits James Bone for a variety of reasons. Fellow Drury basketball player Kim Rohlfing observed that Bone's jump shot resembled that of NBA great Dave Bing. He anointed Bone as "Bingo," and the nickname stuck. Bone's close Drury friends still use the moniker today. Bone observes that "Bingo" is a special sobriquet because "Bing (of the Detroit Pistons) played the game very quietly for 12 years and went on to become a very successful businessman in his own right. So I am very honored to be called Bingo." Bing was named one of the NBA's 50 greatest players and today has a multi-million dollar steel business. Bingo likewise has found success outside basketball, in the business world.
Words used to describe Bing - quiet, speedy, successful, civic minded, leader - also are attributes that fit James Bone. Bingo's choice to come to Drury from Chattanooga, Tenn. was the first step of a plan to succeed in life. "Education was my first priority in choosing a college. I was recruited by West Point. But Drury provided the right combination of small, intimate class instruction with the opportunity to play for a program with a history of graduating its athletes."
Bingo showed top-notch abilities as both a student and an athlete at Drury. He graduated in 1980 with a degree in business. He was a leader on the 1979 NAIA national champion team. Remembering the championship game he says, "I don't think that a Hollywood screenwriter could have put together the characters that we had on our team and developed a better ending script. We weren't the biggest, fastest or best looking...But it worked!" What would be a highlight to many is simply one in a cavalcade of memories Bone carried with him from Drury. Adding to the list, Bone is Drury's top rebounder, and its fourth-highest scorer. Reflecting his team spirit, Bingo notes the experiences he shared with players, other students and members of the larger Drury family. They all were good.
Bone took his business degree to the financial services industry, earned the masters from Boston University and today is senior vice president, risk management for Fidelity Investments Institutional Services Company. Based in Boston, Bone supervises marketing, advertising, operations, information security, contract administration, sales practices, retirement product development and continuing education. Bone is on the Drury Board of Trustees and has served as a trustee for the Aloha Foundation. He, his wife Deborah and their two daughters are active in the Bethel AME Church in Boston.
Bingo tells us that he sought a profession that would give him the same sense of accomplishment and excitement that he experienced as an athlete. "The financial services industry is extremely competitive and requires us to rethink the 'game plan' each year. We also think of financial services as a contact sport, which requires us to excel in many areas of our game. The work ethic and commitment to excellence learned at Drury have served me well."
When you look at Bingo's life, it's as sure as a slam-dunk that the liberal arts experience, combined with his athletic power, are contributing to his ability to adapt to changes in business and the economy...and to succeed.