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George Hawkins, ASA



Contact Information:
1338 Harding Place
Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28204
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1 (704) 499-9009

Appraiser Profile:
George Hawkins, ASA, CFA

President and Managing Director 

Banister Financial, Inc.

1338 Harding Place, Suite 200

Charlotte, North Carolina 28204


Phone: (704) 499-9009 (direct dial)

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George Hawkins, ASA, CFA, is founder and a Managing Director of Banister Financial, Inc., a Charlotte, North Carolina business valuation firm and is one of the leading such firms in the nation.  He is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) in business valuation of the American Society of Appraisers, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder.  Prior to founding Banister Financial, Hawkins served in corporate lending, risk management, and credit analysis positions with North Carolina National Bank (now Bank of America) 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 co-author (along with Michael Paschall of Banister Financial) of the CCH Business Valuation Guide, an authoritative 1,500+ page book now in its sixteenth (2014) edition. Hawkins also serves as co-editor of CCH Business Valuation Alert, a national business valuation newsletter published quarterly. Hawkins has published numerous articles in leading business valuation journals, legal and other publications on a wide variety of valuation topics.


Hawkins is a frequent speaker on business valuation issues to leading national conferences, 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, the American Bar Association-American Law Institute, the National Trust Real Estate Association, and to the Wake Forest University and Elon University Schools of Law. 


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 in U.S. Tax Court, state courts, the North Carolina Business Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and in arbitration hearings on issues including business valuation or lost profits damages for estates/gifts, divorce, dissenting shareholder litigation, business damages, and bankruptcy. Also, Hawkins has been appointed over 50 times by courts as an independent valuator in disputes and is routinely engaged jointly by opposing parties in disputes. 


In addition, Hawkins has appeared before the IRS on 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 an advisor to a United States Federal Magistrate on valuation issues. 


Hawkins has served two three-year elected terms nationally as a member of the Business Valuation Committee of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), the governing body of the ASA’s business valuation discipline. He also served two three-year terms in a key position as the head of the Business Valuation section of the International Board of Examiners of the ASA, which reviewing business valuation reports for technical competency by candidates seeking accreditation. Hawkins also previously served eight years as an Advisor and as an Examiner to the Board, and was named Examiner of the Year one year.

Hawkins is a Charter Member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) Foundation's Forensic & Business Valuation Division.  The elite group of 28 Charter Members, from across the U.S, was selected on the basis of their national reputation and achievements in business valuation, litigation support and forensic accounting, their history of serving AAML members and their clients in complex financial matters during divorce proceedings, and their commitment to integrity in this process.   The AAML is the nation’s premier organization for highly experienced attorneys practicing family law and consists of 1,600 of the best divorce lawyers in America.