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Managing Partner

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

Managing Partner

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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 multifamily investments.

As a 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.

Mr. 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 Denver.