Global Business Associates, LLC

GBA provides our clients with an array of sophisticated strategic counsulting and financing advisory services that include assistance with mergers & acquisitions, divestitures, financial recapitalization and restructuring, strategic positioning, company valuations and negotiations with technical alliances and sales partners.  Senior GBA Partners and Associates have extensive expertise in these areas and provide clients with reasonably priced transactional strategies tailored to best meet their goals and objectives. Services described include:

  • Merger & Acquisition Advisory 
  • Expansion Capital Sourcing 
  • Strategic Market Advice and Partner Assistance
  • Joint Venture Concepts and Negotiation Assistance
  • International / Cross Border Arrangements 


H. W. (Bill) Hankinson - Managing General Partner

A co-founder of GBA, Mr. Hankinson is a senior executive and former military officer with engineering and business degrees. He has held executive management responsibility for multinational business activities for over twenty five years including a large conglomerate owned by senior members of the Saudi Royal family. In his career, he has built many management teams and directed change initiatives while creating synergistic relationships that significantly enhanced ownership value. Early in his career, he learned to overcome unexpected challenges when structuring and closing expansion financing and complex M&A deals. 

Mr. Hankinson has had hands-on experience in international business and has served as Chairman, CEO, COO, and Director of International Business Development for multi-national companies in engineering & construction (Halliburton/Brown & Root in Russia and Saudi Arabia), Internet Technology (Conexys - Bermuda, Canada and South Africa) and a conglomerate of multinational holdings that included newspaper publishing, hotels, aircraft ground servicing, advertising, farming, etc. (Saudi Royal Family - in ten countries). During that time he served on the Boards of more than fifteen organizations. 

He is currently a Board Member for Equus Total Return, Inc. a NYSE traded business development investment company. Mr. Hankinson holds a BS in Civil Engineering from The Citadel and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of South Carolina. He resides with his wife in Atlanta, Ga.        

John M. Hayde - Managing General Partner

A co-founder of GBA, Mr. Hayde's career includes extensive experience building investment relationships, business partnerships, and new channels of distribution in the technology industry. As an innovator, he authored and secured several patents in the security and Internet marketplace.  

Most recently, he was the co-founder, President & CEO of Single Access Lock, Inc. (SALOCK) developer of the world's first wireless Network lock that provides real-time remote management, alerts/activity reporting and control of building security via the Internet and Satellite Networks. He spearheaded strategic relationships with industry leaders, that resulted in the ultimate sale of SALOCK in 2006 to ASSA ABLOY, the world's largest lock company.

Prior to SALOCK he was co-founder of Thoughtmill, Corp. and EVP of Sales & Marketing for the e-business engineering firm. His work helped launch over 100 new technology start-up firms.  From 1997 through 2001, he was directly responsible for the innovative technology offerings and business strategies that propelled Thoughtmill's 400% annual growth rate. During that time, he formed Thoughtmill Ventures, a venture arm that fueled over 25 new start-up companies. Those companies included ISSX & DLCK two firms listed by the Wall Street Journal as the most successful IPO's of 1998. Thoughtmill was acquired by ASC in December 2001.  

Earlier executive positions held by Mr. Hayde include Directors of Business Development for Xircom and Digital Communications Associates - (DCA) in Cincinnati, New York and Atlanta. He was responsible for over $100 million in revenue generation.

He is a graduate of Miami University where he majored in Business and Marketing. He holds a postgraduate honorary from Law's Hall & Associates, an International program at Regents College, London England. Mr. Hayde lives in Atlanta with his wife and 4 boys.  

The talents and experience of our Associated firms and Advisors are shown below:

Associates and Advisors

Greg McGreevey - Exec VP, Chief Investment Officer of The Hartford & President of Hartford Investment Management Group -

Scott Meyerhoff - Partner - F&A and Executive Transaction Group - The Intersect Group -

John Moribito - Partner - RTM Group - Merrill Lynch wealth management team -

Charles Menatti -  Communications Industry Consultant with Pheonix Management Group, a strategic turn-around executive management company -

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