Our Interview with founder of GMSI — Hilton Augustine Jr.
Recently, Dinocrates Group announced its acquisition of Global Management Systems, Inc. (GMSI), a networking and communications company.
At the time of the acquisition, GMSI handled communication network systems for various private enterprises, as well as some of the most secure public-sector organizations in the world, such as the US Department of Defense.
Hilton Augustine, Jr. founded GMSI three decades ago. Freed up from the day-to-day responsibilities of running a company, he is now hanging out in Buenos Aires. Hilton is living the dream in a Remote Year Program, a working community for freelancers and other globetrotting professionals. “I met some Buenos Aires natives last night at a bar,” he chuckled. “…I feel as if I’ve really integrated into the society now.”
At the time he made this remark, Hilton had been in Buenos Aires for a mere week.
While Hilton’s joke was by no means the core of his interview with The Millennial Source, it does capture a core quality of his character.
THE MILLENNIAL SOURCE INTERVIEW WITH HILTON AUGUSTINE, JR.
A Millennial Source reporter called Hilton late one evening, right after his yoga class. “Hello Hello,” he greeted the reporter with a smiling voice and a mild New Orleans twang.
Even during a phone interview, Hilton’s energy was contagious, unrestricted by the land and seas separating him from the reporter. It was easy to imagine him offering his long, thoughtful insights into his life and career with his feet up on a table, head swung back, holding a beer.
Early years in New Orleans
While Hilton now spends most of his time traveling, fulfilling his aim of becoming a “global citizen”, the seeds of his identity were first planted in the 7th Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana. There, he lived with his four siblings and parents until he was 10 years old. “I wouldn’t say it was ghetto — but a step above that,” he said.
Many of Augustine’s childhood memories center on his father. “My dad was always interested in trying to find…