Speaker Bios

Speakers

 
Dan Chen

Managing Director, Head of U.S. TMT, CEC Capital (formerly Siemer & Associates)

Dan Chen brings to CEC Capital over 18 years of investment banking, private equity and corporate development experience in the technology, media and telecom (TMT) industries, and has been involved in transactions totaling over $5 billion in value throughout his career. Chen currently leads and oversees execution of cross-border US - Asia M&A and capital raising mandates for clients in the media and entertainment, advertising, software, data, and Internet services space. He is also currently a Strategic Board Member of Lotus Innovations Fund, LP, a private equity firm focused on software investments in the Southern California market, and is part of the mentor team at MuckerLab, advising media and software entrepreneurs in the startup ecosystem in Southern California.

Chen’s career prior to CEC Capital spans various roles as investor, operator and advisor to companies. He was a managing director at Siemer & Associates prior to its acquisition by CEC Capital. He was also a key member of the investment team at TPG Capital, where he was involved on cross-border buyout and venture investments in the U.S. and Asia. He participated in the investment activities of TPG’s Asian investment funds Newbridge Asia III, LP ($724 million) and Newbridge Asia II, LP ($392 million), and he monitored several portfolio companies in the telecom and Internet services space within those funds. Chen was also Vice President in the media and software groups at Los Angeles-based Montgomery & Co., where he was involved on key transactions with strategic acquirers such as The Walt Disney Co. (Club Penguin) and WPP plc (WildTangent) as well as tech-focused buyout / hedge funds (HBK Investments) and growth / venture capital investors (Scale Venture Partners, Elevation Partners). Most recently, Chen led corporate development activities at a family office-backed investment holding company in Los Angeles where he evaluated and executed on investment opportunities in the healthcare services and IT space.

Chen began his career as an M&A banker at Merrill Lynch & Co. in New York and San Francisco, where he was involved on technology transactions with strategic acquirers in the Internet and financial technology space such as Infospace (now known as Blucora) and Checkfree (acquired by Fiserv), as well as semiconductor companies such as Solectron (acquired by Flextronics) and Xilinx. Chen graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He is a registered General Securities Representative (Series 63 and 79 licenses) with FINRA/SIPC (formerly NASD.

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Stephen Cheung

President, World Trade Center Los Angeles

Stephen Cheung is the President of World Trade Center Los Angeles (WTCLA). The WTCLA works to support the development of international trade and business opportunities for Southern California companies as the leading international trade association, trade service organization and trade resource in the Los Angeles region.

Prior to his current role, Cheung was the Secretary General for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and was responsible for managing policies and programs related to the Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports, International Affairs and Global Trade. Cheung served on the Board of Director of the Los Angeles Regional Export Council and the Los Angeles Business Council, and was the lead organizer for Mayor Garcetti’s international trade missions to Mexico, China, Korea and Japan.

Concurrently, Cheung was the Director of International Trade for the Port of Los Angeles – the busiest container port in North America, and was responsible for developing programs to increase trade through the Port of Los Angeles, and facilitate goods movement through the Southern California region.

Cheung joined the Port of Los Angeles and Mayor Garcetti’s Office after serving as Managing Director of International Trade and Clean Technology for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. He was responsible for enhancing international trade opportunities for Los Angeles-based companies, and expanding the city’s role as a leader in international trade, entertainment, tourism, manufacturing and professional services.

Cheung was the City’s lead organizer for the historic visit to Los Angeles by Chinese President, Xi Jinping in 2012. Furthermore, Cheung implemented the city’s strategic plan to make Los Angeles a global capital of clean technology by building the infrastructure to support research, development and manufacturing with key partners such as the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator and Port Tech LA.

A proud Angeleno, Cheung was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Los Angeles where he received both his bachelor’s in Psychobiology and master’s in Social Welfare from UCLA. He currently teaches a graduate-level course on public policy at the Luskin School of Public Affairs, and serves on the Advisory Council of USC’s Center for International Business Education and Research and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator.

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Craig Dehmel (‘98)

Executive Vice President, Head of Global Distribution, IMAX Entertainment

Craig Dehmel manages the global theatrical release planning and execution of Hollywood, local, documentary, and special content releases to over 1,200 IMAX screens worldwide. He leads a team that selects content to be shown on the global IMAX screen network, helping to maximize box office results on the IMAX screens for filmmakers, distributors, and exhibitors. He led the recent successful IMAX launches of ROGUE ONE, LOGAN, KONG, and BEAUTY & THE BEAST, and is currently planning the upcoming IMAX releases of THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOLUME 2, ALIEN: COVENANT, WONDER WOMAN, THE MUMMY, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, SPIDERMAN HOMECOMING, and DUNKIRK, to name a few. Craig is also currently planning the exclusive IMAX launch of MARVEL’S INHUMANS, a first-of-its-kind IMAX premiere run of the new Marvel TV series coming to ABC this fall.

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Chris Fenton

President, DMG Entertainment Motion Picture Group; GM, DMG North America

Chris Fenton is the President of DMG Entertainment Motion Picture Group and GM of DMG North America. He worked as a motion picture and television agent at the William Morris Agency from 1994 to 2002. Since then he has been the chief architect in orchestrating new creative and business opportunities for DMG -- a multi-billion dollar global entertainment, media, and technology company with its China component publicly traded on the Shenzhen Exchange -- in both the motion picture, television, technology, and new media space with North American and international partners.

For each of DMG's globally-focused entertainment content collaborations, Fenton supervised the development, financing, production, marketing, and distribution. Fenton has produced, executive produced, or supervised as a credited production executive twenty films ranging from the big budget franchises -- IRON MAN 3, POINT BREAK, and 47 RONIN, to the more niche-oriented films -- LOOPER, WAITING, and THE VATICAN TAPES. In 2017 alone, Fenton is a Producer on Universal’s THE PACT, an Executive Producer on Open Road’s COLLIDE, Warner Brothers’ BASTARDS, and Apex’s CHAPPAQUIDDICK, and a Production Executive on Studio Canal’s TERMINATOR 2–3D.

Fenton serves as a Trustee on the Boards of The US-Asia Institute, Valiant Entertainment, and Arcturus VR, and he is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He lives with his wife and two children in Manhattan Beach.

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Chan Fong

Tax Partner, PwC

Chan Chang Fong is the China Business Network (CBN) Tax Lead within the Southern California PwC practice. With more than 17 years of experience, he has extensive business and tax experience including federal and state tax compliance, transfer pricing, tax audit defense, and tax consulting. To effectively serve his multinational clients, Fong collaborates with foreign PwC offices as well as subject matter experts within PwC US in the areas of Advance Pricing Agreements, transfer pricing, international tax services, transaction services (mergers and acquisitions), state and local taxes, and credits and incentives.

Fong received his Master of Business Taxation and Bachelor of Accounting degrees from the University of Southern California. He is a certified public accountant in the State of California.

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David Fong

Founding Partner, RedBridge Capital, LLC

David N. Fong is one of the founding partners of RedBridge Capital, LLC, a real estate investment firm focused on the student housing sector in the United States. At RedBridge, Fong is responsible for deal sourcing, legal affairs, financing and joint venture partnerships for the firm. RedBridge is currently the owner of the Shrine Collection, a 103 unit, 350 bed student housing project located at the University of Southern California (USC) with an approximate market value of $70 million. RedBridge is also currently building the Village, a 215 unit, 601 bed ground up student housing community at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Affiliates of RedBridge own and manage over 2000 beds of student housing with a total market value of over $225 million.

Fong has been active in the commercial real estate industry for over 24 years and is recognized as one of the nation’s leading attorneys in commercial real estate finance, development and acquisitions. Previously, he worked as a partner or senior attorney in some of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the country including, Thelen LLP (500+ lawyers), Latham & Watkins (2000+ lawyers), SNR Denton LLP (700+ lawyers) and Cadwalader LLP (500+ lawyers). Throughout his career, Fong has regularly represented top real estate companies and institutions such as JPMorgan Asset Management, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Lazard Freres, General Electric Capital Corporation, Phillips Petroleum, Southern California Edison, Majestic Realty Co., Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, Lone Star Funds, Anschutz Entertainment Group, Playa Vista Company and numerous other prominent REITs, developers, banks and other investors in some of the industry’s largest and most complex transactions. Fong has helped his clients buy, finance and sell in excess of $7 billion in real estate including, office buildings, hotels and golf course resorts, casinos, ski resorts, residential and commercial condominiums, large apartment projects, shopping centers, regional malls, power centers, mixed-use projects, vacant land parcels, residential subdivisions, self-storage facilities, mobile home parks, industrial warehouses, marinas, sports arenas, power plants and cogeneration facilities. Fong received his undergraduate and law degree from New York University. He is admitted to practice law in the States of California, New York and New Jersey and is also a licensed California real estate broker.

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Elizabeth Harrington

U.S. Publisher at Large, Hurun Report

Elizabeth Harrington has worked in China for over 30 years. She helped conduct one of the first American joint ventures in China in 1981. Since that time, she has been privileged to work with top Chinese and American companies, as well as the Chinese and U.S. governments to build cross-border trade.

Harrington began her career at Procter & Gamble in brand management. She then joined the Quaker Oats Company as vice president and was a member of the team that conducted the company's joint venture in China. Later she joined A.T. Kearney and helped build the firm's China practice. She became vice president - general manager of Asia for Pillsbury. She was then recruited to Pricewaterhouse Coopers as a partner of the global strategy and China practices, based in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Former Mayor of Chicago Richard M. Daley appointed Harrington as executive director of the Chicago-China Economic Development Center based in Shanghai. She has served on the boards of directors of the CME Group and the Warranty Group. She was appointed U.S. publisher at large to support Hurun's entrepreneurs and high-net-worth readers as they come to the U.S. for tourism, education and investment.

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Fang (Fiona) Hou

Head of Marketing and Public Relations, UnionPay USA

Shortly after graduating from Peking University with Dual Bachelors Degrees in Foreign Language and Economics, Fiona Hou joined China UnionPay's international division as the chief representative of Vietnam and Cambodia markets. In 2008, she was transferred to the U.S. team, and worked as a market representative in Los Angeles and San Francisco; heading the business development and marketing for the west coast. In 2013, she transferred to New York to focus on business development with financial institutions, as well as build partnerships with high-tech companies. Now, she is back in California, and established the first UnionPay office on the west coast, where she is now in charge of marketing and PR for the Americas office.

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William L. Hsiang

Partner, Shiang Law Firm, P.C.

William L. Hsiang is a partner in Shiang Law Firm, P.C., Diamond Bar, California. He has a law practice predominantly focused on international business transactions, investment, trade, intellectual property rights protection, business organizations, dispute resolution, and asset protection. Hsiang obtained his law degrees from Harvard Law School and Duke Law School.

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Philip Hurst

Senior Vice President, Director of Wealth Management and Premier Banking, Cathay Bank

Philip Hurst is Senior Vice President, Director of Wealth Management and Premier Banking at Cathay Bank. He brings over 30 years of financial services supervisory experience to his team, ensuring that those under his supervision are in compliance with all legal and regulatory issues and rules.

Before joining Cathay, Hurst was a Managing Director and Regional Manager at UnionBanc Investment Services, a subsidiary of MUFG Union Bank, N.A., for the Los Angeles region. He also held positions at Shearson Lehman Brothers, Paine Webber, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and WM Financial Strategies. He has earned several multiyear top producer and top sales manager awards throughout his career.

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Brandy Kang

Chief Executive Officer and President, Coolpad Americas

With a high level of empathy, Brandy Kang leads a highly talented, diverse, and dedicated team for Coolpad’s American division. Graduated in Xi’an Jiaotong University with mechanical electronics degree and master degree from Delhi College of Engineering in computer technology and applications, Kang is a global entrepreneurial leader with an engineer’s mind. He started his telecom career in 2003 across multiple countries including India, Turkey, France and Germany, and was promoted to GM of Vodafone Business Unit as his last position of his tenure with ZTE. He then joined Coolpad in March 2014 as Deputy General Manager of European region and has established strong business relationships with key carriers including Vodafone and Orange. He serves as CEO of Coolpad Americas from November 2014. In the past 3 years, Kang has led Coolpad Americas team in successfully breaking into tier 1 carriers such as T-Mobile and grown Coolpad into a visible brand in the U.S. smartphone market with 1.3% market share.

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Gregory J. Karns

Partner, Institutional Investment & Finance, Real Estate, Cox, Castle & Nicholson, LLP

Greg Karns is a partner at Cox, Castle & Nicholson, one of the largest real estate law firms in the country, where here he manages the firm's Pacific Rim Group. For over thirty years, international investors, lenders, and developers from Greater China and Asia have depended on Karn's highly sophisticated real estate acquisitions and finance, construction and development, and entity structure and joint venture negotiation. He has a key understanding of his clients' business needs and objectives, and has been recognized for his creative, effective, and efficient approach.

Karn's clients range from large international institutions to more entrepreneurial private companies.  Over his career he has worked on an extensive array of commercial real estate investment, development, and loan transactions.  And within the firm, Karns can call upon some of the leading real estate lawyers in the country.  Their extensive experience and connections within the real estate industry are unparalleled.  

Karns often speaks to local real estate and banking groups, and sits on the boards of several professional, trade, and nonprofit organizations, including the Asian Business League and Lambda Alpha International, an international land economics society.

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Joseph Lee

Senior Vice President, Wealth Management, Cathay Bank

Joseph H.T. Lee is Senior Vice President, Cathay Wealth Management. He has nearly 40 years extensive experience in private banking and investment industry. He studied in the Johns Hopkins University Mathematics Department PhD program, and received his MBA degree from Chaminade University in 1979. A few years later, he opened the first Chinese owned pension actuary company in Hawaii, and eventually opened branches in Los Angeles. In early 90's, Lee received Certified Investment Management Analyst from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania. From 1994 to 2000, he was recruited by Citi Bank, Bank of America and Brown Brothers Harriman, the oldest and first private bank in U.S. During his career with Bank of America, as a vice president and private banker, he provided service to high net worth customers with more than $5 million investment assets. He became the most valuable private banker at Bank of America. In 2001, Lee worked as President and CEO of Far East Nation Bank Investment Services Inc. where he led a newly formed team and increased department revenue from $0 to $5 million in four years. In 2004, Lee joined United Commercial Bank as President and CEO of UCB Investment Services Inc., and increased company revenue from $600,000 to $8 million. In 2009, Lee worked for China Trust Bank/ CTBC Bank as senior vice president and director of Wealth Management. Since October, 2012, Lee has worked with Cathay Wealth Management and over the last three years has led his team's departmental revenues from $4 million to $8.7 million.

Lee is enthusiastic about contributing in non-for-profit organizations and social committees. He has served as vice chair, trustee, administrator and commissioner for several Los Angeles County departments including the Private Industry Council, LA County Employee's Retirement Plan Committee, Work Force Investment Board. He currently serves as the Commissioner of the L.A. County Consumer Affairs.

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Yiwen Li

Director, Strategy and Business Development, NantHealth

Yiwen Li is the Director for Strategy and Business Development, Global Partnership at NantHealth, a NASDAQ listed healthcare company that leverages the latest advancements in precision medicine and software technology to enable true value based care. She is responsible for the strategy and execution of establishing strategic partnerships outside the U.S., including Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Middle East. She has over eight years’ experience in investment analysis and international business development.

Prior to NantHealth, Li worked at Capital Group Companies, one of the world’s largest investment management companies with over $1 trillion under management. She worked in multiple functions across investments, marketing, sales, and operations during her years at Capital Group. Li initiated and developed the effort to offer wealth-planning services to High Net Worth Asian American individuals and families.

Prior to Capital Group, Li worked as a consultant at the United Nations headquarter in Vienna. She worked closely with the head of the Asian Division at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization on China-related project; she also developed and implemented country programs for Vietnam, Nepal, and Pakistan.

Li received an MSc in Economic History with merit from the London School of Economics; an MA in Global Studies from University of Vienna; a dual Bachelors’ degree in German Studies and English Studies from Beijing Foreign Studies University. As one of three candidates in China, Li received the Erasmus Mundus scholarship from the European Union from 2006-2008.

Li is the Board of Director at Give2Asia. She is the author of “There is no right answer to growing up”, a book expected to be published in 2017 by the leading Chinese publisher Joint Publish House. Li has lived in fifteen cities, seven countries, and three continents, is fluent in English, Mandarin, and German.

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Chang M. Liu

Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer, Cathay Bank

Chang M. Liu has been a banker in the commercial real estate business for nearly 25 years. After graduating from UCLA, he worked for Sumitomo Bank of California, first as a loan officer and then in their Special Assets Group. He then joined Fuji Bank Ltd. and worked in their real estate and corporate finance group. In 1999, he joined California National Bank in the commercial real estate group, where he averaged more than $125 million in annual loan production over an eight-year span. Through the sale of California National Bank to U.S. Bank, he stayed for more than a year to help manage over $3 billion in assets before he joined Pacific Trust Bank at the beginning of 2011 as the EVP and chief lending officer.

In March 2014, Liu joined Cathay Bank as a senior vice president. He is currently Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer responsible for 15 lending teams at the Bank stretching across the U.S. from Los Angeles to New York. Cathay Bank traces its roots to 1963 when it was founded in Los Angeles to serve the Chinese immigrant community. Now, 55 years later, Cathay Bank is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol CATY. It is the third largest bank (by assets) based in Southern California, with more than $14.5 billion in total assets, 57 branches across nine states, serving the needs of commercial real estate owners and developers as well as middle-market business owners. Cathay Bank’s footprint means the bank is actively looking for business opportunities in Seattle/Bellevue, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Boston and New York.

Cathay Bank is focused on construction, bridge and mini-perm commercial real estate financing. With a flat organization and local decision-making, Cathay Bank aims to provide timely response to the financing requests. The bank provides competitive pricing and prides itself on service and execution.

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Curt Moldenhauer

Partner, Deal Practice, U.S. Leader, PwC

Curt Moldenhauer Curt is a Partner in PwC’s Deals practice and leader of PwC’s Acquisitions practice. Curt has over 25 years of experience related to M&A, including leading domestic and international due diligence investigations for buy-side clients, strategic investment alternative analyses, financial structuring consultations, market entry and dealing with other complex financial and operational issues for multinational clients. Curt has significant experience working on cross border projects, including working in China from 2008 to 2012 and he currently leads the PwC US team serving China inbound investment. He also spent three years in the PwC Milan, Italy office, where he was involved with several privatizations, debt offerings, and joint ventures for large Italian private companies and government agencies. Moldenhauer has also worked extensively in emerging markets with a particular focus on Southeast Asia.

Moldenhauer graduated from Tufts University in Boston Massachusetts with a Bachelors degree in Economics and he has his Masters in Business Administration from University of Manchester in the UK. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the United States.

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Megan Moloughney

Senior Development Manager, The Alhambra, The Ratkovich Company

Megan Moloughney is the Senior Development Manager responsible for The Alhambra. She joined The Ratkovich Company in the summer of 2014.

Shortly after graduating from University of Washington with a BA in Art History, Moloughney began her real estate career as a property management assistant at The George Elkins Company, where she worked her way up to Senior Property Manager responsible for both office and retail sites. From there she moved on to Panattoni Development Company as a Development Manager, developing retail and converting industrial to office uses. In late 2008, she joined Kimco Realty, as a Portfolio Manager, overseeing a portfolio of approximately three million square feet of retail centers throughout Southern and Central California.

Since joining The Ratkovich Company, Moloughney assumed oversight of The Alhambra, the company’s 45 acre mixed use development including 950,000 square feet of office space, a 20,000 square foot retail center, a 50,000 square foot LA Fitness center and 18 acres of future development, currently being entitled for residential. In her role at The Alhambra, she manages the property’s capital improvement program, new development, financing, marketing, and leasing. Moloughney is also a board member for the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce.

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Michael Montgomery

President and Founder, Montgomery Advisory, LLC

Michael J. Montgomery is an advisor and investor in early stage companies, an active board member, and a Lecturer at the Anderson School of Business. Michael was the Co-Founder and President of Montgomery & Co., LLC, a boutique investment bank focused on media and technology, from 1993 through 2013. The Investment Bank specialized in M&A and equity financings for private and occasional public companies. Montgomery & Co. became known for its focus on the intersection of media and technology. Montgomery & Co. merged its operations into Signal Hill in 2013.

Prior to Montgomery & Co., he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sega GameWorks L.L.C., a joint venture between Sega, Universal Studios, and DreamWorks. It owned and operated family entertainment centers across the United States.

Prior to joining Sega GameWorks, he was a partner and Senior Executive of DreamWorks SKG from 1995 to 1996. He was their lead executive for their $900 million equity raise in 1995. He also led their real estate efforts to secure land to build their studio in Glendale and their attempted studio at Playa Vista.

He joined DreamWorks after a nine year career at the Walt Disney Company. As Assistant Treasurer and then Vice President and Treasurer, Michael was responsible for numerous innovative financing arrangements conceived and executed for Disney. This includes the $720 million non-recourse advance for the royalties of Tokyo Disneyland, the first large royalty financing conceived for intellectual property. He was also instrumental in Silver Screen 2, 3 and 4, and the $600 million Touchwood Film Financing. He also proposed and then played a key role in the execution of the initial public offering of EuroDisney in 1989. Upon returning from Paris, he conceived of the first bond with a return indexed to an unrelated security or index. The $927 million zero coupon bond indexed into Euro Disney’s stock value pioneered with the SEC and Wall Street the use of derivative-like structures imbedded in bonds. In 1993, he moved to Paris, France, to serve as Directeur General and Chief Financial Officer of Euro Disney, where he played an important role in a difficult financial and operational restructuring.

Before joining Disney, he worked at ARCO in its treasury organization. From 1980 to 1984, he also served as CFO and later President of Arco Solar Europe, a subsidiary of Arco Solar, in Milan, Italy and later, London, UK. At that time, Arco Solar was the largest solar photovoltaic company in the world. He was been a Director of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. from July 2006 through its sale to Comcast in 2016. He has been a Director of Synacor, Inc. since December 2011. He is also on the board or board of advisors of a number of private companies. He received an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College (1977), where he holds a BA degree as a Rufus Choate Scholar with magna cum laude honors.

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Wes Nichols

Board Partner, Upfront Ventures

Wes Nichols is a Board Partner at Upfront Ventures, one of California’s largest venture capital firms, and an active technology investor and advisor. He is serial entrepreneur and an industry authority in predictive analytics, AI/Machine Learning, and technology. Nichols is the author of the Harvard Business Review cover story, Analytics 2.0, on next-generation analytics to drive more predictive decision-making.

Most recently, Nichols was the Chief Strategy Officer at Neustar (NYSE: NSR), the leading company in authenticated identity for marketing and security. Neustar acquired his company, MarketShare, where he was co-founder and CEO. MarketShare’s analytics SaaS solutions are used by companies globally to drive resource allocation decisions and marketing investments, and is now the dominant market leader in the field of analytics, with its clients directing over $80 billion in marketing this year. MarketShare, recently acquired by Neustar for nearly a half a billion dollars, was backed by FTV Capital, Elevation Partners and Silver Lake, the world’s largest technology investor.

Prior to starting MarketShare, Nichols was with Omnicom Group (NYSE: OMC) as President and CEO of TBWA’s digital business, working with Nissan, Sony, Pfizer, and other brands. Prior, he was the founder and CEO of Direct Partners, building from scratch one of the industry’s first data-driven analytics companies, which was acquired by Omnicom Group.

Nichols is a member of the Board of Directors of TrueCar (NASDAQ: TRUE) and BJ’s Restaurants (NASDAQ: BJRI), the LAPD Foundation, and a Trustee of Randolph-Macon College. He is an active member in both Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and the Pacific Council on International Policy. Nichols was the 2016 winner of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He graduated from Randolph-Macon College and The Johns Hopkins University, with degrees in Psychology and Business, respectively. Nichols is currently enrolled in the executive education program at Harvard Business School.

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Jerry Nickelsburg

Adjunct Professor of Economics, UCLA Anderson; Senior Economist, UCLA Anderson Forecast

Jerry Nickelsburg joined the UCLA Anderson School of Management in 2006. He teaches economics in the MBA program with a focus on Asian economies. At the Anderson Forecast he plays a key role in the economic modeling and forecasting of the national and California economies. He has conducted research in the areas of labor economics, industrial organization, statistics and international monetary economics, focusing on the development of new data and the application of economic theory and statistical methods applied to policy issues. His current academic research is on specific skills, structural unemployment, and the seasonal adjustment of time series. He is a regular presenter at economic conferences and is cited in national media such as the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Reuters.

Nickelsburg received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota in 1980, specializing in monetary economics and econometrics. He was a professor of economics at the University of Southern California and has held executive positions with McDonnell Douglas, FlightSafety International and FlightSafety Boeing during a 15-year span in the aviation business. He also held a position with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors developing forecasting tools, and has advised banks, investors and financial institutions. From 2000 to 2006, Nickelsburg was the managing principal of Deep Blue Economics, a consulting firm he founded. He has been the recipient of the Korda Fellowship, USC Outstanding Teacher, India Chamber of Commerce Jubilee Lecturer and is a Fulbright Scholar. Nickelsburg has published over 100 scholarly and popular articles on monetary economics, economic forecasting and analysis, labor economics, and industrial organization, and he is the author of two books on monetary economics and exchange rates.

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Judy D. Olian

Dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management, UCLA Anderson

Judy D. Olian, Ph.D, is dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management and John E. Anderson Chair in Management. She began her appointment in January 2006 after serving more than five years as dean and professor of management at the Smeal College of Business Administration at Pennsylvania State University, and professor and senior associate dean at the Smith School at the University of Maryland. UCLA Anderson is among the leading business schools in the world, annually providing management education across MBA, masters and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 working professionals through executive education programs. The school has several internationally recognized research centers and a global alumni network of more than 37,000 graduates. Under her leadership, UCLA Anderson has hired a record number of faculty and raised over $350 million for students and faculty support and to create innovative programming.

The school’s Board of Advisors has expanded, attracting many prominent business leaders who represent diverse functional and global perspectives. Olian served as the 2008 chairman of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the premier business accrediting and management thought leadership organization in the world.

Widely published in journals on human resource management, top management team composition and the business alignment of management systems, Olian 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. She serves on the boards of United Therapeutics, Ares Management and Technology Development Group and on the advisory board of Catalyst.

Born and raised in Australia, Olian holds a B.S. degree in psychology from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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Pin Tai

Chief Executive Officer and President, Cathay Bancorp; Chief Executive Officer, Cathay Bank

Pin Tai was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Cathay General Bancorp and Chief Executive Officer of Cathay Bank, effective October 1, 2016. Previously, he held the position of President and is a member of the Board of Directors of Cathay Bank with his over 30 years of commercial banking experience.

Tai joined Cathay Bank in 1999 and he held numerous key positions including Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer, Deputy Chief Lending Officer, and as the Head of the Bank's New York and Eastern Regions from 1999 to 2014. Prior to joining Cathay Bank, Tai led credit and business development, correspondent banking and marketing for Bank of China-USA, and for Bank of America in China and Hong Kong, where he was responsible for international banking services to Chinese state-owned banks and companies, as well as multinational companies doing business in China and Hong Kong. Tai graduated from the University of Rochester with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and received his MBA degree with Honors from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

In addition to the Board of Cathay Bank, he serves on the boards of Cathay Bank Foundation, Foothill Family Service and nominated as an Honorable member of U.S. Min Shang Association. He was formerly Vice Chair and a Board member of the New York Chinatown Partnership Local Development Corporation and Director of the New York Chinese American Bankers' Association.

Cathay Bank is a California state-chartered bank with total assets of $14 billion. Founded in 1962, Cathay Bank offers a wide range of banking services typically provided by large regional banks, such as retail bank services, real estate lending, commercial lending,international trade finance, wealth management, SBA loan, etc. Cathay Bank currently operates 59 branches in California, New York, Massachusetts, Texas, Washington State, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, Maryland and Hong Kong, and a representative office in Shanghai and in Taipei.

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Steve Tsai (’98)

Senior Vice President, Worldwide Distribution Analytics, Sony Pictures

Steven Tsai oversees the worldwide analytics department of the theatrical distribution division of Sony Pictures. He and his department provide business intelligence and analytic support to the global theatrical sales and distribution team.

Prior to rejoining Sony Pictures, Tsai specialized in the area of digital cinema, the disruptive technological transition from celluloid to digital media. He was part of the startup management team that launched Deluxe Digital Cinema from within a 90+ year old photochemical lab business, and also led business development efforts at Digital Cinema Initiatives, the joint venture between Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Universal and Warner Bros. that defined the parameters of digital cinema.

Tsai began his career in corporate strategy at Creative Artists Agency in its corporate advisory and new media group, and subsequently joined Sony Pictures Entertainment in corporate development with a stint overseas as the regional executive for Asia. He received an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA and a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Kexue (Kay) Wei

Lead Cloud Architect, Alibaba USA

Kexue (Kay) Wei is Lead Cloud Architect of Alibaba USA, Chair of Chinese Enterprise Association High-Tech committee with more 20 years architect design and management experience. Prior joining Alibaba, Wei was head of Huawei U.S. SPO Big data team, Vice President of ID5 (a startup invested in by KPCB and Softbank), Principal Enterprise Architect of Microsoft, Chief Architect of Oracle/BEA China and manager of the HP/Agilent OSS team.

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Michael K. Woo

Dean, College of Environmental Design, Cal Poly Pomona

Michael Woo, the son of Wilbur K. Woo, is the dean of the College of Environmental Design at Cal Poly Pomona, one of the leading schools producing architects, landscape architects, urban planners and graphic designers working in California. He was the first Asian-American and the first trained urban planner elected to the Los Angeles City Council, on which he served eight years as a representative of Hollywood and surrounding neighborhoods.

In his spare time, Woo continues to be active in community affairs. He is Interim President of the Los Angeles County Grand Park Foundation board of directors (established to support and promote the new downtown civic park between the Music Center and City Hall). He previously chaired the boards of the Hollywood Farmers Market, Smart Growth America, and Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, and was a long-time member of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission. He currently is one of the overseers of a real estate development feasibility analysis of the 300-acre former Lanterman state hospital property in Pomona which has been proposed for transfer to Cal Poly Pomona.

Relating to China, Woo is a trustee of the Lingnan Foundation, a U.S.-based charitable foundation that supports academic innovation and international opportunities at Sun Yat-sen University (which has incorporated Wilbur Woo’s alma mater Lingnan College) in Guangzhou and at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. Like his father, Woo is a product of the University of California. He earned his B.A. in politics and urban studies from UC Santa Cruz, and his master of city planning degree from UC Berkeley.

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William Yu

Economist, UCLA Anderson Forecast

William Yu joined the UCLA Anderson Forecast in 2011 as an economist. At Forecast he focuses on the economic modeling and forecasting of Los Angeles economy. He also conducts research and forecast on China’s economy, and its impacts on the US economy. His research interests include a wide range of economic and financial issues, such as time series econometrics, stock, bond, real estate, and commodity price dynamics, human capital, and innovation. He has published over a dozen research articles in Journal of Forecasting, International Journal of Forecasting, Journal of International Money and Finance, etc. He also published op-ed articles in Los Angeles Times and other newspapers. He developed the City Human Capital Index and the Los Angeles City Employment Estimate. He has been cited in the local, national and overseas media frequently including Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Time, Bloomberg, CBS Money Watch, Al Jazeera, U-T San Diego, LA Daily News, LA Daily Breeze, Straits Times, NBC, ABC, CNBC, CNN, and NPR, as well as various Chinese and Korean media. He was invited as a speaker for various events, including the annual Woo Greater China Business Conference and National Association for Business Economics.

He received his bachelor’s degree in finance from National Taiwan University in 1995 and was an analyst in Fubon Financial Holding in Taipei from 1997 to 2000. In 2006, he received his Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of Washington where he was also an economics instructor and won two distinguished teaching awards. In 2006, he worked for the Frank Russell Investment Group for Treasury and corporate yields modeling and forecasting. From 2006 to 2011, he served as an assistant and an associate professor of economics at Winona State University where he taught courses including forecasting methods, managerial economics, international economics, and macroeconomics. Currently, he teaches business forecasting courses at UCLA Anderson School of Management and UCLA Extension.

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Yi Yu

Assistant President, China Telecom Americas

Yi Yu is Assistant President of China Telecom Americas. Her responsibilities include Network Planning, Construction & Maintenance across American region, and Sales and Account Management of America-based Communication Service Providers. She manages CTA’s Los Angeles Office as well. Prior to her current assignment, Yu was Director of Carrier Business in China Telecom Global, leading wholesale business and managing carrier relationship in Asia Pacific region.

Yu started her international business career in 2001 in China Telecom’s Headquarters in Beijing. Before she transferred to CTA in early 2015, Yu worked in Hong Kong for 6 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Economics from Hunan University, China.

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Bill Zhou

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Elite International Investment Fund (EIIF)

Bill Zhou is co-founder and managing partner of Elite International Investment Fund (EIIF). Established in May 2013, EIIF is a privately-owned real estate investment management company with offices in Beijing, Los Angeles, and New York. EIIF makes equity investment in value add and opportunistic strategy through working with the best local talents and reputable sponsors. Since its inception, EIIF has set the precedence as the first Chinese private equity fund ever to invest in a U.S. development project, as well as the first to bring on board a major Chinese bank as an equity partner. Since 2013, Zhou has directed over 450 million equity investment in Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Denver, New York/New Jersey, Boston, Atlanta and Miami with total a capitalization over 1.5 billion.

Zhou has over 20 years of merger & acquisition, financial management and investment experience. Prior to Elite Fund, he served as Chief Financial Officer of two fast growing companies in California, and held various corporate finance and investment positions in a fortune 500 Company and middle market M&A firm. He earned his MBA degree from University of Southern California. Zhou is currently national multifamily council member of Urban Land Institute.

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2017 Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference