For some, entrepreneurship is a pipe dream. For others, it’s in their blood. How could they ever do anything else? For Gaby Batshoun
, Northern Kentucky University alumnus and founder of Global Business Solutions (GBS), a local IT company, it was only natural to be a business owner.
“I come from a family of entrepreneurs,” Batshoun reveals. “My father worked his way up from being a mechanic to owning his own factory. Watching my father and other family members run their own businesses, I never saw myself doing anything else.”
Batshoun was born in Jordan, grew up in Morocco then moved to America in 1987 to attend college. While he didn’t attend NKU until his sophomore year, he certainly made the most of his time on campus.
He started dual bachelor’s degrees in manufacturing engineering technology
and electronics engineering technology. The programs were new and gave Batshoun hands-on experience in automation, robotics and manufacturing processes. And thanks to his experience working in the NKU computer lab, he was able to gain knowledge in another area of interest—information technology. At the time, the university was upgrading its IT network infrastructure, and Batshoun was given the opportunity to help with these network upgrades.