John S. Matthews has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of GAHC since February 2011. Mr. Matthews concurrently serves as the Chairman of Global Election Services. Mr. Matthews has been involved in United States Politics since the 1980s, having worked on and for numerous elections, including: Carol Berman for NY State Senate; Mark Green for US Senate; Mario Cuomo For NY Governor; Daniel Patrick Moynihan for US Senate, (Mr. Matthews also served as Senator Moynihan’s Director of the Senator’s New York Office acting as the Senator’s senior Ombudsman, responsible for constituent services and legislative initiatives); Al D’Amato for US Senate; Clinton Gore Presidential Campaign; Dick Gephardt for US Congress and President; Carol Maloney for US Congress; Ted Kennedy for US Senate; Martin Frost for US Congress; Terry McAuliffe for Governor of Virginia; Charlie Crist for Governor of Florida; Steve Westly for Comptroller of California.
Formally Mr. Matthews worked in the Securities Business in the United States and was an Officer of numerous Registered Broker Dealers from 1995 to 2014, including Global Arena Capital Corp, our former subsidiary, which GAHC sold in 2014.
Current shareholder and member of the family that owns and controls Bacardi Ltd., a worldwide liquor manufacturer and distributor. From 1979 to 1991, he was in charge of Bacardi’s manufacturing and distribution division for Nassau, Brazil, Trinidad and Central America. Currently, Mr. Bacardi serves as a director of Suramericana de Inversiones, S.A., an investment company located in Panama, and has served in that capacity since 1990.
Mr. Bacardi is a founding shareholder of JSM Capital Holding Corp., a shareholder of Global Arena.
Mr. Doane is a director of Global Arena Holding Inc. as well as a founding partner and CEO of Ubequity Capital. He brings with him 18 years of experience as a lawyer and two decades of activity in the corporate finance, M&A, financial services and venture capital fields. He has served on a variety of boards of both public and private companies. He has also served as CEO for several technology and digital media companies, including most recently, Silverback Media PLC, which he grew in less than 3 years from an idea to a multi-national moblie solutions group, with a revenue base of $25 million and 100+ employees. His industry and legal endeavors have supplied him with a deep, global network of professionals, entrepeneurs, and capital sources on which to draw from. Martin directs Ubequity’s strategy and business development. He focuses on originating opportunities for the firm, together with shepharding deals to fruition, selecting and leading execution teams. In his legal career, Martin was a partner at leading Canadian national and boutique firms. He engaged in a diverse litigation practice, involving significant work in the areas of corporate, employment, constitutional, securities, human rights and class action litigation. He appeared as counsel at all levels of court in Canada and has dozens of reported decisions to his credit.
Always active in the pro bono sphere, Martin litigated numerous precedent-setting cases as Special Counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Democracy Watch. He is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Martin is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and Osgoode Hall Law School. In 2002, Martin was awarded the Golden Jubilee Medal for his public service to Canada.