Nathan Hill III is the new majority shareholder and owner of Global Freight Solutions. His family's history tells a story about living the American dream.
Nathan Hill was born on June 3rd 1890 to Stephen Hill and Annette Grissom, a middle-class couple in St. Louis, Missouri, a port city on the Mississippi River. Upon reaching age, he was hired as a dock worker. In his free time he used to sneak peeks at the larger mansions that sat up on the hill, filled with rich people who owned the businesses and never seemed to lift a finger of work.
World War IEdit
Growing tired of breaking his back for a pittance wage, he signed up for the U.S. Army in 1909 at the age of 18. With his experience and ambition, he was able to climb to a position as a supply officer in only a few short years. He had no idea at the time that the world's first major war would start on July 28th, 1914. When the U.S. entered the war on April 6th, 1917 he was assigned to coordinate supply lanes into the German offensive, shipping ammunition, food, and medical supplies to the U.S. and Allied forces fighting in the trenches.
After the WarEdit
Having seen the interdependency of the major world powers, after the war he decided to start his own shipping company. He carefully invested money throughout his life, often times in unusual ventures that most thought would die, but would turn into very large cash returns. His intuition on where to see opportunities served him well until his death on February 22nd, 1923 (age 32). His son, Richard Stephen Hill, inherited the company.
Global Freight SolutionsEdit
If anything, Richard Hill was even more adept at investments than was his father. He had a very long foresight and made decisions that almost bankrupt his company, but in the long run set it up for success over a decade down the road. The company’s headquarters was moved to New Orleans to work major trade through the Mississippi.
Stephen's company once again played a part in running supply lines from America’s midlands to Europe during World War II to support the war effort (and to keep him from being drafted and to have a tax write-off to better manage profits).
By 1955, his age was beginning to affect him, and he handed control ofthe company to his son, Nathan Hill II. It was Nathan that took the company global, establishing shipping lanes to other major countries and adding new shipping methods, such as cargo-planes. He changed the company's name to Global Freight Solutions. It was also Nathan who established the board of directors and voted to allow the company to go public on the New York Stock Exchange. He held 51% of the shares for himself.
The company was slow to grow, but grow it did. Over the next 24 years as he chaired the board, it grew into an internationally recognized company, shipping almost any kind of freight - including international moves. His legacy would be felt by his family into the 21st century.
His son, Jonathan Hill, took over directorship of the company from his father when he retired in 1979. Continuing his father's ideology, he furthered the company's growth, though not much changed during this time. What was notable at this time was their move over to computer tracking systems. Jonathan took most of his personal profits and invested heavily into future stocks in companies such as IBM, Microsoft, and Apple, as well as a few small mining companies.
He initiated a directive to hire computer technicians to develop a computer inventory and tracking system to be used by IBM computers. This software has evolved over the years to keep up with modern business needs and was eventually licensed out to other shipping companies. With the massive increase of international trade, he was able to spread his wealth out into other market stocks, including automotive companies (Ford, Chevrolet, etc.) and computer technologies (Dell, HP, Kodak, etc.).
Jonathan's son, Nathan Hill III, has used some of his family's wealth to help a number of causes, such as museums, art exhibitions, helping the families of those killed during the September 11th terrorist attacks and the Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts in 2005.
He isn't seen much outside in the media, preferring to keep to himself. As a result, when his father died of lung cancer in 2009, instead of electing to take over GFS as the chairman, he instead used his position as owner of the company to assign a new CEO, William Joseph Wright, to lead the company in today's markets.
After his embrace, Nathan was given plenty of time to invest into his company as a long-term investiture. It has taken patience and fortitude over the decades using makeup, hairpieces, and subtle acting to differentiate himself as his own heirs in order to continue his Masquerade.
As a Daeva, he was able to subtlely use his vampiric influence in mortal society to subtlely shape opinions towards his country, though he never outright defied anyone's inherent business standards. He is a moderate contributor to the kindred society of New Orleans, having a protected haven there with which he offers elysium to others of his kind.
He is also known to associate more closely with members of the Ordo Dracul, although no evidence has been found as yet linking him directly to that group. He does keep political ties to members of the Invictus and the Carthian Movement, as he has contacts in other countries that have proven useful in the past.
Lately, he has taken a serious interest in the Port of Lake Charles as a major shipping lane.