George Hawkins, ASA, CFA, is a Managing Director and the founder of Banister Financial. Hawkins is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) in business valuation of the American Society of Appraisers, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Prior to founding Banister Financial, Mr. Hawkins served in corporate lending, risk management, and credit analysis positions with Bank of America (formerly NationsBank) and First Citizens Bank. Hawkins obtained a B.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a MBA from Wake Forest University.
Hawkins is a frequent speaker to leading national conferences on business valuation issues in the areas of estate planning, family law, and other subjects, including the Business Valuation Conference of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), the Business Valuation Conference of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Judicial Section of the American Bar Association, national conferences of the American Bar Association-American Law Institute, the National Trust Real Estate Association, and is a guest lecturer at the Wake Forest University School of Law. Hawkins also routinely addresses regional sections of various Bar Associations throughout the country, as well as other groups and institutions. Hawkins has also served as a panelist and a moderator in various national teleconferences on business valuation for business appraisers for Business Valuation Resources, a provider of information to the valuation profession.
Hawkins is a qualified expert witness in business valuation in U.S. Tax Court, state courts, the North Carolina Business Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and in arbitration hearings on issues including estates/gifts, divorce, dissenting shareholder litigation, business damages, and bankruptcy. Also, Hawkins has been appointed numerous times as an independent valuator by the courts in disputes and is routinely engaged jointly by opposing parties in valuation disputes. In addition, Hawkins has appeared before the Internal Revenue Service on taxation-related valuation issues, and has been retained by the United States Justice Department to value business interests in estate tax matters. Hawkins has also served as a special technical advisor to a United States Federal Magistrate on valuation issues.