Lora Yan Chen
"Felix" Zhongxun Guo
Mark S. Karlan
Judy D. Olian
Adam W. Schorr
Clifton Chang | Regional Manager-Asia Pacific, Johnson & Johnson
Clifton Chang has been with Johnson & Johnson for over 11 years and is currently part of the Global University Recruiting function. He is the Regional Manager for Asia-Pacific responsible for the International Recruiting & Development Program in the region. He is actively recruiting at many of the universities around the world and his team is responsible for hiring over 200 MBA students each year for opportunities globally.
Clifton started his career at J&J Corporate in New Brunswick, NJ and during his time there he worked in Management Education & Development (Asia/Pacific) and Labor Relations. He went on to take an international assignment with J&J in China and spent two years from 1997-1999 living and working in Shanghai. During this time he was responsible for delivering a number of management development and J&J Credo education programs to the employees in China. He returned to his home state of California in 1999 and joined Neutrogena in Los Angeles as the Human Resource Manager. During his eight years at Neutrogena he worked in employee development, recruiting, and supported the Operations, Manufacturing, and QA divisions.
Clifton completed his undergraduate degree at Cornell University in Industrial and Labor Relations and his MBA at the University of Southern California. He and his wife reside in Southern California.Joe is a Senior Vice President in the Manufacturing Practice at Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance LLC, the investment banking subsidiary of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP, where he originates and executes investment banking transactions for middle-market public and private US companies, as well as Chinese SOEs, public and private companies. Joe is also an SPD Fellows in the US Chinese Services Group where he focuses on cross-border transactions for Chinese companies pursuing M&A in the US. Joe has closed transactions for companies in the lodging, consumer, automotive, technology and business services industries.
Joseph Chang | Senior Vice President, Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance LLC
Joe is a Senior Vice President in the Manufacturing Practice at Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance LLC, the investment banking subsidiary of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP, where he originates and executes investment banking transactions for middle-market public and private US companies, as well as Chinese SOEs, public and private companies. Joe is also an SPD Fellows in the US Chinese Services Group where he focuses on cross-border transactions for Chinese companies pursuing M&A in the US. Joe has closed transactions for companies in the lodging, consumer, automotive, technology and business services industries.
Previously, Joe was an Associate in Leveraged Finance at Banc of America Securities, an Analyst in High Yield Finance at NationsBanc Montgomery Securities, and an Analyst in Corporate Finance at NationsBank. Joe has also worked in Equity Markets at Merrill Lynch (Asia Pacific) and Fixed Income at Goldman, Sachs & Co. In addition, Joe led finance operations and corporate development at two VC-funded automotive startups, Build-To-Order and Model E.
Joe holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a BA from University of California, Berkeley. Joe is a NASD registered representative (Series 7 and 63)
Lora Yan Chen | Vice President of Business Development at Common Ground
Lora Chen has successfully implemented business development and strategic planning programs for US firms doing business in China since the 1990's, including for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Paramount Parks and Sony Pictures Entertainment. She's also served as Associate Director of Business Development and Strategic Planning for the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies.
Before coming to the United States in 1985, Ms. Chen attended Beijing Film Academy along with other 5th Generation filmmakers. She was a professional cinematographer in China, with five features to her credit.
Ms. Chen has an MBA from USC, an MA in Cinema Production from Ohio State University and a BA in Cinematography from the Beijing Film Academy in 1982.
“Felix” Zhongxun Guo | Lead Host, KAZN AM 1300 Chinese Radio
Felix Guo is not a recognizable name in the Southern California’s Chinese community, but his radio on-air name Zhong-xun is. It has been a household name for the past thirteen years.
Since early 1994, Zhongxun and co-host Nick Gao have been hosting the hugely popular morning drive show “Today’s Topic” on KAZN AM1300 Radio Chinese, featuring live talks about breaking news and events, international and domestic affairs (ex-marital affairs are a must), sports and entertainment, science and technology … all in the conversational style imbued with humor, allusions, opinions, sharp observations and in-depth analysis.
In 2002, “Today’s Topic” won the prestigious New California Media Award under the category of “Promoting Inter-Ethnic Exchange,” making it the first media trophy for Multicultural Broadcasting Inc.
With a master’s degree in English and American literature, another master’s in film production, and a natural-born sense of humor, Zhongxun is well-qualified to inform and entertain the morning crowd whether at home or driving.
Robert Hills | Partner, Deloitte Consulting
Rob is a Partner at Deloitte Consulting LLP who has worked predominantly on operations strategy engagements and Low Cost Country Sourcing for a variety of industries. He is the National practice leader for Direct Materials sourcing practice leads the consulting effort for Applied Materials in Silicon Valley. Earlier in his career, he was a consultant for AT Kearney and was a mechanical design engineer in the Aerospace and Defense industry.
o Semi Conductor Equipment Mfg’r – Lead Consulting Partner Role – Led effort to implement SAP implementations / business transformation
o Test Equipment Mfg’r– SG&A cost reduction including strategic sourcing of indirect goods and services
o Construction Equipment Mfg’r - Service Parts cost reduction in through strategic sourcing of manufactured components using producers from low cost regions .
o RV Mfg’r – Direct Materials sourcing including Low Cost Country sourcing.
o Oil / Gas Producer - Evaluated over $10 billion of direct and indirect spend to identify for opportunities to procure highly engineered goods from low cost country sources
o Auto Mfg’r - China market strategy - Led supply chain effort for major automotive OEM to establish operations in China. Built business case to set up plant and sourcing partners for the development and launch of new products for China's domestic market and for sale in regional markets.
o Aerospace and Defense – Lead Partner on Business Case Development and implementation of SAP software deployment and Business Process Transformation. Expected returns of 5X within 2 – 3 year period.
o Consumer Electronics - Managed Spare Parts Distribution Strategy / Cost Reduction initiative for major Asian consumer electronics products manufacturer.
o Gas Turbine Engines - An operations improvement effort resulting in a 2X throughput rate increase for various high cost components and a 12% drop in WIP inventory in component manufacturing.
Matt Kahn | Professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment
Matthew Kahn, a UCLA Institute of the Environment professor, specializes in the environmental consequences of urban growth and related quality-of-life issues. He has been widely published in the fields of urban and environmental economics, including research on public transit, sprawl, and the costs and benefits of environmental regulation and comments regularly about the relationship between consumer and institutional behavior and environmentalism. Kahn, who has joint appointments in the departments of public policy and economics, also has published papers on the relationship between international trade and environmental quality. Most recently he is the author of "Green Cities: Urban Growth and the Environment" (Brookings Institution Press, 2006).
Mark S. Karlan | Executive Managing Director, CB Richard Ellis Investors
Mark S. Karlan has 24 years of experience in the commercial real estate investment business. Mr. Karlan joined CB Richard Ellis Investors in February, 2006 as an Executive Managing Director and is a member of the firm’s global investment committees. He is President of the Strategic Partners Asia II value added investment fund and leads the fund’s dedicated investment team with offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Previously, Mr. Karlan was the President, CEO, founder and a member of the board of directors of Imperial Credit Commercial Mortgage Investment Corp., a publicly traded REIT that invested in both commercial real estate and commercial property loans and whose initial public offering raised over $500 million of equity.
Mr. Karlan has acquired more than 100 commercial properties with a gross asset value exceeding $7 billion on behalf of institutional and other investors. Mr. Karlan earned MBA, Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Harvard University with honors, and received a John Harvard Scholarship for academic achievement of the highest distinction.
Clarence Kwan | National Managing Partner of Chinese Services Group, Deloitte & Touche USA LLP
Chairman – China Committee, US Council for International Business
Chairman – China Task Force, Business & Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD
Mr. Kwan has 29 years of advisory and management experience in the U.S., China and Eastern Europe. From 1995 to 2002, Mr. Kwan was based in Beijing as the Deputy CEO of our China practice. Prior to Beijing, he spent three years in Prague, Czech Republic, advising extensively on the restructuring of state-owned enterprises. He has also worked in Houston, New York and Taipei since joining the firm in 1978. With his multi-functional and multi-cultural background, he is a trusted business advisor to our clients, especially in the areas of expanding and competing on a cross-border basis. Mr. Kwan, a frequent speaker on China-related topics and a Certified Public Accountant in the U.S., advises multinational companies, large national enterprises and financial investors in the following areas:
•Cross-border investments and international alliances
•Mergers & acquisitions
•State-owned enterprises restructuring and privatization
Education and Honors
University of Texas at Austin, Master of Professional Accounting 1978
University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology 1975
Named one of the 50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business for 2005 by the Asian American Business Development Center
Scott Li | Founder and CEO, Shibo Home
Scott is a partner of Shibo Home, a private real estate developer. He has oversight for financing and strategic planning of the firm. Mr. Li has over 15 years of experience in real estate financing, valuation, merger and acquisition. Prior to joining Shibo Home, Mr. Li was a real estate fund manager in China. He managed $20 million real estate fund and achieved average annual return of over 40%. He was an associate of real estate merger and acquisition at Arthur Andersen and responsible for valuation, deal structure and financing, and due diligent. At Arthur Andersen, Mr. Li valued and structured several deals and led to around $500 million total transaction.
Mr. Li holds a B.S. in economics and MS in finance from Fudan University, China, and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School.
Iris Lin | Founder and CEO, Trinity Industries, Inc.
Ms. Lin has extensive international business experience in both corporate and entrepreneurial settings. She was the Senior Director of Business Development at LINKSYS Group Inc. where she was responsible for development of new markets with emphasis of both sales and marketing strategies for Retail, Catalog, E-Commerce, Reseller, International, OEM and Broadband Channels. She was also responsible for transforming LINKSYS from a domestic corporation to an international firm by expanding manufacturing capabilities, and operation capabilities in Asia.
Iris is founder and current Partner with TRINITY International Industries LLC. serving national retail/wholesale customers such as Costco Wholesale, BJ's Wholesale, and Sam’s Club...etc. TRINITY is a product design company that manufactures and imports goods from overseas directly to US national retailers. It specializes in finished hardware products with sales revenue that is on target to achieve $10MM in its third year.
Julie Makinen | Deputy Business Editor, Los Angeles Times
Julie is deputy business editor of the Los Angeles Times, overseeing a staff of more than 50 reporters and editors in California, Washington, New York, Mexico and China. Throughout most of her 14 years in journalism, Julie has had a strong connection with foreign affairs. She worked as an editor supervising foreign correspondents at the Washington Post and The Times for more than seven years, with a particular focus on East Asia. She has worked in Iraq and Afghanistan as a reporter and editor. Julie holds a bachelor's degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and a master's degree in East Asian Studies from UCLA.
Clariza Mullins | Treasurer of Pepperdine University
Clariza is Treasurer of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. She has planning and management responsibility for the areas of endowment and investment management, cash management, debt management, banking, planned gifts management, and other general treasury functions and operations. Prior to joining Pepperdine in April 1997, she was Executive Director for Cash & Investment Management at The UCLA Foundation.
She is a graduate of Maryknoll College (cum laude) with a BA in Business Administration and an MBA from Ateneo Graduate School of Business in the Philippines. Clariza received her professional designation in Personal Financial Planning from UCLA. She is a Certified Treasury Professional, past Director of the Southern California Association of Financial Professionals, and member of the Treasurer’s Club of Southern California and Association of Financial Professionals.
Judy D. Olian | Dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management
Judy D. Olian, Ph.D., is the eighth dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management and is the John E. Anderson Chair in Management. She began her appointment on January 1, 2006 after serving five and a half years as dean and professor of management at the Smeal College of Business Administration at Pennsylvania State University.
Olian serves as chairman of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the premier business accrediting and management thought leadership organization in the world. She also has chaired two industry-wide AACSB commissions addressing the future of management education, and the looming crisis of shortages in business Ph.D. graduates.
Olian has been widely published in journals on human resource management and business alignment of management systems, wrote a weekly syndicated newspaper column and hosted a monthly television show on current topics in business. She is a sought-after speaker and has consulted for major corporations. Olian's honors include the American Council on Education Fellowship and the Maryland Association for Higher Education Award for Innovation.
As dean of UCLA Anderson, Judy Olian leads a school that annually provides management education to more than 1,600 students enrolled in MBA, Executive MBA, Fully-Employed MBA and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs. The school has several widely recognized research centers and more than 35,000 alumni worldwide.
While at Smeal, Dean Olian led an ambitious fundraising campaign for a $68 million state-of-the-art-facility opened in 2005; spearheaded comprehensive renewals of the undergraduate, MBA and Ph.D. programs; and oversaw program expansion through the launch of the Smeal Trading Room, the eBusiness Research Center, the Auctions Market Lab, the Nittany Lion Fund LLC (a student run investment fund) and the Philadelphia-based Executive MBA program.
Justin Pritchard | Investigative Reporter of the Associated Press, Los Angeles
Justin Pritchard is a news editor in the Los Angeles bureau of The Associated Press. He won a 2004 Polk Award for his series examining the disproportionate on-the-job death rates among Mexican-born workers in the United States. He completed the award-winning "Dying to Work" series an AP reporter in San Francisco after beginning his Justice and Journalism Fellowship in November 2003 with a conference co-sponsored by USC Annenberg's Institute for Justice and Journalism and the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism, also based at the USC Annenberg School for Communication. He previously had participated in an immigration seminar of the Western Knight Center. At The AP's San Francisco bureau, he covered demographics and immigration for three years. He has reported from Southeast Asia and Cuba, Capitol Hill and suburban zoning meetings, and has worked for newspapers in Philadelphia, New York City and Providence. Born in Oakland, Calif., he is a Brown University graduate.
Stanley Rosen | Director of the East Asian Studies Center at University of Southern California
Stanley Rosen is Director of the East Asian Studies Center at USC’s College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and Professor in the USC Department of Political Science specializing in Chinese politics and society. He studied Chinese in Taiwan and Hong Kong and has traveled to mainland China more than 35 times over the last 28 years.
Professor Rosen's courses range from Chinese politics to film, and focus on political change in Asia, comparative political theory, and politics and film in comparative perspective. One of the most well-regarded instructors on the USC campus, his undergraduate survey course on East Asian societies ranks among the most popular of area studies classes.
The author or editor of six books and numerous articles, Professor Rosen has written on such topics as the Cultural Revolution, the Chinese legal system, public opinion, youth, gender, human rights, and film and the media. He is the editor of Chinese Education and Society and a frequent guest editor of other translation journals. His most recent book is State and Society in 21st Century China: Crisis, Contention and Legitimation, co-edited with Peter Hays Gries (RoutledgeCurzon, 2004).
Professor Rosen is currently collaborating on forthcoming volumes on Chinese higher education (with Gerard Postiglione); the “reverse brain drain,” an examination of the treatment and influence of study abroad returnees to China (with David Zweig); and a retrospective on the 100th anniversary of Chinese film (with Ying Zhu). One recent project (with Joseph Fewsmith), funded by the Smith Richardson Foundation, was a study of political transition in China. More specifically, the project sought to identify the major debates preoccupying policy-making elites and those trying to influence them, to clarify the major fault lines between different schools of thought, and to ascertain how these debates enter the political realm. These debates included such topics as the Chinese view of their rightful place in the world, the relationship between foreign investment and China's national industries, the reform of state-owned enterprises, central-provincial relations, and the impact of nationalism on China's foreign relations. Other ongoing projects include a study of Hollywood films in China and the prospects for Chinese film on the international market, particularly in the United States, a study of the personnel reforms at Beijing University and the changing attitudes and behavior of Chinese youth.
In addition to his academic work at USC, Professor Rosen has escorted eleven delegations to China for the National Committee on US-China Relations (including American university presidents, professional associations, and Fulbright groups), and consulted for the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, the United States Information Agency, the Los Angeles Public Defenders Office and a number of private corporations, law firms and U.S. government agencies.
Adam W. Schorr | Partner at Margolis & Tisman LLP
- Juris Doctorate, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law (1998).
- Ph. D., University of California, Los Angeles East Asian Languages and Cultures Dept. (l994).
- Practiced general corporate law and was a member of the China Practice Group at the international law firm of Coudert Brothers (1998-2005).
- Joined Margolis & Tisman LLP in 2006; practices corporate law, specializing in cross-border transactions and investments, including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, manufacturing and supply, licensing and technology transfer, private placements, and sales and distribution in the United States and China.
- Adjunct Professor at UCLA Law School (teaches "Doing Business in China"); gives frequent talks and seminars on China-related business and legal topics.
- Advisory board member of the Ecolinx Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting China's transition to a more sustainable environmental and energy future; member of the Asia Society and the Asia Pacific-USA Chamber of Commerce.
- Speaks Mandarin Chinese; reads and writes Chinese, and works comfortably with Chinese legal documents.
Donald Straszheim | Vice Chairman of Roth Capital Partners
Vice Chairman, Roth Capital Partners, LLC
Donald H. Straszheim is Vice Chairman of Roth Capital Partners in Los Angeles, former global Chief Economist at Merrill Lynch in New York City, a contributing columnist for Forbes.com,Visiting Scholar at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a long-time China specialist.
Straszheim, a Wall Street veteran, joined Roth Capital Partners in 2006 to spearhead the firm’s China initiative. Since the mid 1990s, he has focused on understanding how China affects investments, companies, industries, sectors and policy in America and elsewhere.
From 1985 to 1997, Straszheim served as global Chief Economist for Merrill Lynch and Co. where he was voted ten consecutive years to Institutional Investor’s ‘All-Star Team.’ As Merrill’s chief economic spokesperson, he traveled globally representing the firm and led its worldwide research effort.
From 1997 to 2001, he was President of the Milken Institute, a not-for-profit economic and public policy think tank in Santa Monica, CA, continuing as Vice Chairman to 2004.
From 2001 to 2005, Straszheim was principal of Straszheim Global Advisors, an economic and financial markets advisory firm with offices in Los Angeles and Beijing.
Currently Straszheim serves on various public- and private-sector boards and is immediate past President of the Chartered Financial Analysts Society of Los Angeles. He earned B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University, and is a regular speaker and media commentator on China and the global economy and markets.
Alex Suh | Managing Director and Founder, California Technology Ventures
Mr. Alexander B. Suh is a Managing Director and Founder of California Technology Ventures, LLC (CTV), Jacobs Capital Group, LLC (JCG), and J.J. Jacobs Enterprises (JJJE). He manages all investments including information technology, life sciences, fund of funds, and direct investments.
Alex has managed portfolios of investments in a variety of industries including enterprise software, mesh networking, RF tuner technology, medical devices, oncology drug resistance testing, gene sequencing and bio-informatics, massively multiplayer online games, commercial printing, real estate, food and beverage, and others.
Alex currently serves on several Boards of Directors and has board visitation rights on others.
Prior to entering venture capital, Alex founded and sold businesses, helped develop the first small business incubator to the San Gabriel Valley, managed several small business lending programs, consulted with nonprofits and cities on economic development projects, and taught college courses in entrepreneurship, business, and management.
Alex graduated with honors from the University of Denver's School of Buiness with a B.S.B.A. in Management.
Andrew Sun | Senior Manager, World Premium Company
Andrew Sun manages World Premier's investment advisory operations, asset management, financing, and property acquisition and disposition. Mr. Sun also maintains domestic and international business, banking and governmental relationships. Mr. Sun maintains World Premier's success by continually developing corporate strategies, goals and objectives.
In addition, Mr. Sun is Co-managing partner of numerous partnerships that develop and operate apartments and retail shopping centers. He is also a personal investment advisor for several affluent investors from the Orient.
Mr. Sun is a certified public accountant with a "Big 6" background. He has extensive commercial lending experience with a premier United States real estate lending institution and has a diversified investment background with exclusive domestic and international clientele.
• Bachelors of Science degree in International Finance/Accounting from Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania
• Masters of Business Administration in Finance/Real Estate from Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Stacy Sun | Partner at China Global Ventures
As China Global Ventures founder and Chief Executive Officer, Stacy Sun is the driver behind
the vision and leadership for her company and her client’s direction. Ms. Sun, a Chinese native, is
responsible for initiating the company’s strategic direction and formulating and executing the long-term strategies of her client’s operations.
Ms. Sun set out to establish CGV as the premier China business consulting firm in the United States with offices both in Los Angeles and Shanghai. She has focused and concentrated CGV’s resources on building premium market entry implementation, government relations, and profit maximization services. The result has been increased growth and profitability of client initiatives as well as greater value to CGV’s customer base.
During her tenure as CEO Ms. Sun has directed consulting engagements for companies in the following industries: Finance, Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Aviation, and Entertainment.
For the past seven years Ms. Sun established and led Asia Pacific USA Chamber of Commerce (APUCC), a forum for corporations and U.S. and Chinese government agencies to partner and create business opportunities.Her experience at APUCC aided Ms. Sun in establishing well strong relationships with the highest levels of the Chinese government. She has established reciprocal
trade relationships with the following five Cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Haikou, Changzhou.
Ms. Sun has been featured in the LA Business Journal, the New York Times, La Opinion, and has been interviewed on Phoenix TV and CCTV, China’s Central Television station. Ms. Sun was named to the Top 20 Woman in Business Award from the California State Legislative Office in 2006. She was also named “2007 China Top 10 Caizhi People”. It is the award to recognize leaders who contribute greatly to Chinese economic and social development, who have
outstanding creating spirit and ability that influence society tremendously with material achievements and spiritual results. The award has the three principal: Contribution, Creation, Reputation" and it has been sponsored by the Chinese National condition investigation & Study Committee, Phoenix Satellite Television, Fortune Times and sohu.com since 2004.
Ms. Sun holds a Masters Degree in International Finance from Changchun University in Changchun, China and a Bachelors Degree in Business and History
from the Beijing Normal University, and EMBA from UCLA’s Anderson School.
Eric Sussman | Lecturer, UCLA Anderson School of Management
Since 1995, Eric has been a lecturer in accounting and real estate at UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management, where he has been voted Teacher of the Year five times by Anderson’s MBA students and was awarded the Citibank Teaching Award, voted upon by a committee of faculty members, in 1998. He has also received recognition by Business Week as one of the Anderson School’s ‘Outstanding Faculty' each year since 1996.
He teaches in the areas of cost/managerial accounting, financial accounting (beginning through advanced), financial statement analysis, corporate financial reporting, and real estate investment and finance to undergraduate, graduate, and Executive Education students. In addition, he has advised numerous Full-time and Fully Employed MBA field study teams and consulted for large and small firms, nationally and globally, and is a frequent lecturer on varied financial, accounting, and corporate reporting topics. He has served as an expert witness and consultant for commercial litigation, involving matters of corporate financial reporting and disclosure, audit effectiveness, valuation, real estate due diligence and related practices, and overall damage analyses.
Outside of campus, Mr. Sussman is president of Amber Capital, Inc., a real estate investment company, which has acquired, rehabilitated, developed, and managed over 1,000,000 square feet of commercial real estate since its founding in 1993. The firm’s portfolio consists of industrial, multi-family residential, and retail properties. He is also on the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Causeway Capital’s International Value Fund, which has nearly $2 billion in assets, and a newly started domestic value fund, the Presidio Fund. He received his MBA from Stanford, with honors, in 1993, after graduating Summa cum Laude from UCLA in 1987. He is a licensed CPA in the State of California.
MBA, 1993, Stanford University
B.A. Economics/Business, 1987, UCLA
Auditing procedures, financial statement analysis, fraud detection, personal financial planning, real estate acquisition, financing, and due diligence, asset valuation, shareholder litigation issues, cost evaluation and measurement
Issues in corporate financial reporting, complex deals, cost measurement and evaluation, real estate investment and finance
Charles Woo | Co-founder and CEO, Megatoys
Charlie Woo is the co-founder and CEO of Megatoys, a toy manufacturing company headquartered in Los Angeles, with office in Hong Kong and manufacturing plant in China. Charlie is also known as the founder of the Los Angeles Toy District, credited with tuning the once blighted industrial area in Downtown Los Angeles into a thriving international trade center, helping hundreds of immigrant entrepreneurs start their businesses there and creating thousands of jobs.
Charlie is a former Chairman of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. He currently chairs the Workforce Investment Board for the City of Los Angeles. He is a member of the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs and a former member of the State Commission for Economic Development. He has also been an advisor to four different mayors of Los Angeles on economic development and international trade.
Charlie’s business accomplishments and the impacts he made on others were featured by various news organizations, including Fortune, The Economist, Far East Economic Review, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and CNN.
Charlie came to this country from Hong Kong at the age of 17 to attend UCLA where he graduated summa cum laude and received his master’s degree.
Teddy Zee | President and Co-founder of Ironpond
Teddy Zee is President and co-founder of Ironpond, an entertainment and production company specializing in bridging Hollywood and China/Asia. Zee has over twenty years of experience as a studio executive for Columbia Pictures and Paramount Pictures, President of Sony-based Overbrook Films and Fox-based Davis Entertainment, and as an independent producer.
Zee was the Executive Producer of PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, a Columbia Pictures film starring Will Smith which earned $300 million in worldwide ticket sales. In 2005, Zee produced HITCH, a Columbia Pictures release starring Will Smith, Eva Mendes and Kevin James that made over $365 million in worldwide box office sales. He also produced SAVING FACE starring Joan Chen, which won the 2005 Golden Horse Audience Award, Taiwan's Oscar equivalent and WEST 32ND starring John Cho and Grace Park for Korea's CJ Entertainment. Zee was the Executive Producer of LIFE OR SOMETHING LIKE IT, a New Regency release starring Angelina Jolie. QUANTUM QUEST is a computer animated, 3D, large format movie that Zee is producing for Taiwan’s Digimax. The film is being made in cooperation with NASA and Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) which is slated for release in 2009.
As a studio executive, Zee championed such movies as CHARLIE'S ANGELS, MY GIRL, CABLE GUY, INDECENT PROPOSAL, FOOLS RUSH IN, MO' MONEY and REPLACEMENT KILLERS. Zee is Executive Producer of the Asian Excellence Awards broadcast on E! to 100 million homes in the US.
Zee is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Producers Guild of America, and the Committee of 100. Zee has an MBA from Harvard University and a BS from Cornell University.