Board of Directors
Diana LiuExecutive Chairman
Diana Chia-Huei Liu was our Chief Executive Officer and a director from our inception until September 30, 2013 and has been a director since May 5, 2014. Ms. Liu was also our President from inception until April 2010. Ms. Liu served as President of AutoChina International Limited (OTCBB: AUTCF) from its inception to April 9, 2009 (during which time it was known as Spring Creek Acquisition Corp., a blank check company formed to acquire an operating business), and currently serves as a director. Ms. Liu has served as the President of Cansbridge Capital Corp., a private investment firm specializing in early stage investments along the west coast of North America (namely U.S. and Canada) and Asia, since August 1998. Prior to Cansbridge, Ms. Liu served as the Executive Vice-President at Polaris Securities Group (TW: 6011), an investment firm in Taiwan, where she founded and managed its North American operations from April 1994 to August 1998. From August 1991 to April 1994, Ms. Liu was an account portfolio manager in global private banking at the Royal Bank of Canada (NYSE:RY), a full service banking firm. From October 1988 to August 1991, Ms. Liu served as the regional sales manager for the province of British Columbia, Canada, at CIBC Securities, a subsidiary of CIBC (NYSE:CM), a full service banking firm, where she founded and managed the mutual funds promotion division. Ms. Liu has served since June 2006 as a member of the Executive Committee and the Chair of the Investment Committee at the Asia Pacific Foundation, a Canadian federal government created think tank and policy advisory board where she works closely with the co-CEOs on operational issues and investment of its endowment funds. In addition, she also served as a director of the Vancouver Goh Ballet Society and BaySpec, Inc., a supplier of optical components based in Fremont, California. Ms. Liu graduated with a BA in economics from the University of British Columbia in Canada. Ms. Liu is married to Mr. William Yu, our Interim Chief Executive Officer and a director.
William YuInterim CEO
William Tsu-Cheng Yu has been a director since inception and our Chief Financial Officer from inception until September 30, 2013 and has been our Interim Chief Executive Officer since May 8, 2014. Mr. Yu was our President from April 2010 until September 30, 2013 and Since May 5, 2014. Since July 2000, Mr. Yu has served as the Managing Partner of Cansbridge Capital. From October 2009 until January 2010, Mr. Yu served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Optoplex Corporation, a communication networks company. Mr. Yu served as a director of Optoplex Corporation from April 2004 until January 2010. Mr. Yu has been a general partner of the Shodan Company since February 2010. The Shodan Company is an investment holding company, formed in February 2010, which is equally owned amongst William Yu and his two sons, Conrad Yu and Byron Yu (who are also sons of Diana Liu). From July 2006 through October 2008, Mr. Yu served as a special advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of Optoplex Corporation. Mr. Yu served as a director of Abebooks, Inc., the world’s largest on-line used book seller, from 2001 to 2008, prior to its acquisition by Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN). From February 2002 to August 2003, Mr. Yu served as the Chief Financial Officer to Telos Technology Corp., a supplier of wireless solutions for voice and data communication networks (acquired by UT Starcom (NASDAQ: UTSI) in 2004). Mr. Yu co-founded Intrinsyc Software Inc. (TSE: ICS), a TSE-listed embedded software company, and served in various capacities including director, Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from July 1996 to November 2002. From August 1994 to May 1996, Mr. Yu was an associate in the Asia Pacific corporate finance group of Marleau, Lemire Securities, Inc., an investment banking firm headquartered in Montreal, Canada. From July 1991 to August 1994, Mr. Yu was an investment portfolio manager at Discovery Enterprises Inc., a provincial-government sponsored venture capital fund. Mr. Yu also previously worked with China-Canada Investment and Development and the Lawson Mardon Group. He has also served in various capacities with the Monte Jade Science and Technology Association, a non-profit organization supporting entrepreneurship and investment in technology companies in North America and Asia. Mr. Yu served as Chief Financial Officer and as a director of AutoChina International Limited (OTCBB: AUTCF) from October 2007 through April 2009 (during which time it was known as Spring Creek Acquisition Corp., a blank check company formed to acquire and operating business). Mr. Yu earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering with Honors and an MBA with Honors from Queen’s University in Canada. Mr. Yu is married to Ms. Diana Liu, our Chairman and a director.
George Kaufman was a director from March 2012 until September 30, 2013 and has been a director since May 5, 2014. Mr. Kaufman has served as the Managing Director of Investment Banking for Chardan Capital Markets, LLC, a New York based broker/dealer, since January 2006 and served as an Investment Banking Associate for Chardan from November 2004, when he joined the firm, to December 2005. As one of the seven original members of Chardan, Mr. Kaufman established the investment banking, brokerage and marketing protocols and standards. He has extensive experience with operating and development stage companies, having lead and/or managed over 30 public and private transactions. In addition, Mr. Kaufman founded Detroit Coffee Company, LLC, a national roaster, wholesaler and retail distributor of high-end specialty coffees in January 2002 and currently serves as its chief executive officer. Since June 2009, Mr. Kaufman has also served as a director of China Networks International Holdings Ltd. (OTCBB: CNWHF), a broadcast television advertising company based in China. Mr. Kaufman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Vermont in 1999.