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  • Writer's pictureDonald V. Watkins

The Joy of Climbing Mountains in International Business

By: Donald V. Watkins

Copyrighted and Published on January 31, 2024


Most people don’t get it.  They think I should be slowing done in my work-related activities. Wrong!

A lot of people know I had a great track record as a litigation attorney.  I hold the national record for winning the most felony counts (85) in a single defendant case (U.S. v. Richard Scrushy).   I also hold the national record for winning 155 straight courtroom victories

These records in law will likely never be broken in my lifetime.


The person who taught me the art of war in law was a janitor at the University of Alabama’s law school named Mr. Ramus Rhodes.  Every courtroom victory in my career was dedicated to Mr. Rhodes, with a smile on my face.

IMAGE: Mr. Ramus Rhodes.

I enjoyed dominating my opponents in the “gladiator pit,” but my passion has always been in the international business arena.


Today, two companies provided me with the international platforms to pursue my passion in international business – Nabirm Energy Services (Pty) Ltd. and Masada Resource Group, LLC.


Nabirm is based in Windhoek, Namibia (West Africa).  In July 2012, Nabirm was awarded a petroleum exploration license by the Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy.  In 2016, the company announced the discovery of a massive reservoir of unrisked oil and natural gas within its licensed territory offshore.  The company is proceeding with the geotechnical work program necessary for the commercial extraction of these natural resources.

Masada is a waste-to-energy technology company.  Based in California today, the company is presently pursuing the development of a planned waste-to-ethanol facility in the Durbin/Mandeni Region of South Africa.


The Nabirm and Masada project development experiences are akin to mountain-climbing.  There are no short-cuts, and these projects require tremendous focus, detailed planning, world-class partners, flawless execution, and a fair amount of patience.


I am blessed to work with the best and brightest minds in the U.S. and around the globe on both projects. 

It took several years to accomplish, but I have finally freed myself of the naysayers, negative thinkers, and obstructionists who worked hard to slow the forward progress of both companies.


Our business development teams work each day to bring our projects to life.  The dedication, focus, and energy of my team members never ceases to amaze me.


In mountain-climbing, we focus on how close we are to the summit, not how far we have come from the base of the mountain. 

I learned this valuable lesson from my teachers at Alabama State College Laboratory High School They taught us the art of mountain-climbing in life and in business.  Today, I climb these two mountains for them.


I want to become a full participant in the global stream of commerce.  I enjoy building competitive international businesses, with their never-ending challenges, ups and downs, and occasional successes.


Finally, it is also a wonderful experience whenever my business development teams get a chance to shatter the negative racial stereotypes held by many Americans (both black and white).  We have done this -- against all odds -- in the fields of law, banking, and now, energy.

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I believe many people THINK that retiring is a great thing to do when they get of age. I've learned that the most successful people out there continue to be active in something. I believe it's what keeps you young and energetic, so I plan to be involved with something until the day I die.

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