Over the past 30 years, Mr. Hong has been involved in the banking, financial, investment, public service and food service industries and is recognized as an influential advisor and expert for companies doing business between China and the United States. He served as Senior Advisor for the Global Advisory Committee of Redwood Securities.
Mr. Hong previously served as California State Deputy Treasurer. During the earlier part of his state government service, he was in charge of the Health and Education Financing Authorities responsible for the approval of billions of state tax exempt bonds for non-profit healthcare institutions such as Kaiser Permanente and Catholic Healthcare System and educational institutions such as the University of Southern California. Later he was appointed head of the Investment Division of the Treasurer's office responsible for investing billions of State revenue in short term fixed income securities. He also represented the Treasurer on the governing board of both the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers Retirement system (CalSTRS) responsible for the oversight of both investment funds with a combined asset total of over $175 billion.
Mr. Hong also served as Senior Executive of Panda Restaurant Group; which operates over 1500 Panda Express stores in the US and Mexico. He is a Senior Advisor for the Beijing based China Global Advisory, Ltd.
Joe F. Martinez
Mr. Martinez is a senior
executive in the financial and technology sectors. He started his career with Xerox Corporation,
was an early executive at ROLM - a Silicon Valley startup that was sold to
IBM. At IBM he managed enterprise teams
focused on IBM’s top accounts. After IBM
Mr. Martinez held senior level positions (CEO, CFO and Chairman) in both public
and private companies that he funded via private equity and sold successfully.
Following a successful career
as an operating executive and entrepreneur he started and led the technology
investment banking group for Citigroup in Southern California. In addition Mr. Martinez co-founded and
served as the President of a regional full service investment banking firm which
was sold to e*Trade. After the sale
he moved to Palo Alto and was the co-founder,
President and CEO of Centaur Partners, the technology and media division of
Wunderlich Securities and was a venture partner with Osprey Ventures.
Since 2003 he has led Core
Venture Partners a financial advisory and consultancy firm that he formed to
assist emerging and middle market companies in all aspects of capital
formation, merger and acquisition advisory and management consulting. The operating and investment banking
experience has provided Mr. Martinez with a global perspective on all aspects
of capital formation having traveled and engaged clients in Asia, Latin
America, and Europe. He is an advisor
and sits on the board of several companies including a global internet company,
and is the Chief Investment Officer of a real estate investment fund focused on
volunteer he has served on the City of Irvine’s Planning Commission and the
city’s Investment Advisory Committee. In
addition to his community involvement, Mr. Martinez was selected to serve on
The Ronald Reagan Foundation’s Advisory Council. www.reaganfoundation.org
Martinez served in the US Army as a platoon leader and attended the Infantry
school at Fort Benning GA, Adams State University and has graduate degrees from the University of