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Urban Rhino Gin, is made up of a small team whose energy and passion for both gin and rhinos are infectious (come and visit us at any of our events and you’ll see why!). Each member brings their own strengths and at the core of everyone of us are our:
Values, Beliefs, Personality\Major Urban Rhino Personalities
Billy started his career with First Chicago Bank where he was accepted on an overseas student sponsorship program, completing his Bachelors’ degree at Robert Morris University, Illinois. Following an internship, Billy went on to become a Technology Business Analyst with First Chicago Bank with an integral role in supporting the FCB’s Treasury’s infrastructure needs during the 1993 acquisition of Lake Shore Bancorp, and again in the 1995 $5 billion merger with the Nation Bank of Detroit. Subsequently Billy was promoted to Senior Technology Business Analyst with both First Chicago Bank and then Bank One Corporation in Columbus, Ohio. His responsibilities included identifying the differences in the two businesses’ processes and recommending infrastructure changes to harmonise their technology infrastructures to facilitate a seamless merger of the two companies’ procedures. Working closely with technology partners on system designs, Billy worked with a team that created test plans and test scenarios and was often charged with presenting and reporting their findings to the Treasury’s Group Finance Director .In 2006 Billy used his knowledge and experience in technology infrastructure to set up his own company, initially a marketing company but quickly identified a Client Relationship Management system that could be adapted to provide a marketing solution for most online businesses. The system was further developed so that it could be bespoke and adapted at end user level and the business grew into a 20-strong team. In 2015 the company was acquired by The Publishing Group based in London, and Billy stayed on in an advisory role for a further 12 months. Billy’s expertise provided White Rhino with the ability to maximise the use of modern technology in developing on-line sales systems combined with optimum use of social media.
Having started work in the City of London for a major UK insurance company and subsequently for two independent stockbrokers, John Heeds spent over 30 years with The Bank of Nova Scotia, a leading Canadian bank with a significant international presence. A spart of Scotiabank’s Corporate Banking division in London, John was responsible for producing new, credit worthy, corporate business and managing the subsequent relationships. As a result of leading the Bank’s first corporate syndicated loan and arranging the debt for the management buyout of the UK’s largest vehicle auction business, as Managing Director, John formed the Bank’s Corporate Finance & Syndicated Loan Group. In addition to being involved at various significant levels with senior debt for leveraged buyouts and investment grade corporates, John also created a successful secondary debt trading group to widen the Bank’s distribution capability and spread risk. John has a wealth of experience, within a leading financial institution with a strong credit culture and brings with him expansive knowledge gained through lending to and distributing corporate debt.
Michael Hall has held senior board level positions with some of the UK’s leading insurance and fund management companies. In a career spanning more than 30 years Michael has worked both in the UK and more latterly specialised in international markets. As Sales Director of Scottish Life International (a joint venture company between RCM Global Asset Management, a Dresdner Bank company, and Scottish Life Assurance Company of the UK) Michael sat on the main board and was responsible for world-wide sales. Reporting directly to the Managing Director he was also charged with advising the board on which territories to establish branch offices and the costings involved in addition to recommending new product developments. Michael subsequently became Director of International Sales, Scottish International Fund Managers and Director of Scottish Capital Protected Funds plc. This company won many industry awards and Michael was successful in overseeing cost effective product distribution via a network of internationally based financial intermediaries and other institutions such as banks and stock brokers. Michael brought to the company a wealth of sales, distribution and business development expertise.
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