Chien J. Wang launched Toujours Products, Inc. at the age of 22 with $4,000 he had saved in college. The company distributes awards and personalized gifts to hundreds of retail outlets in the U.S. He worked tirelessly, and often 100 hour work weeks in the first six years of the business to build the company from the ground up. In 2004, Chien spotted another opportunity when he realized that many award and promotional products retailers were not properly servicing their corporate clients.
Mr. Takenaka, President and CEO of Takenaka Partners in Los Angeles and Tokyo, is recognized for his expertise in cross-border M&A and joint venture transactions. On both sides of the Pacific, he serves as a senior advisor to companies in a wide range of industries including information technology, electronics, manufacturing, financial services and real estate. He is the author of the Japanese best seller, Merger and Acquisition Strategy. Prior to forming The Takenaka Partners Group in 1989, he was a senior partner and National Director of KPMG Peat Marwick's Japanese practice. He also served as Chairman of Project Japan for the parent company, KPMG. Mr. Takenaka was born in Japan and is fluent in both Japanese and English. Mr. Takenaka received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Utah and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Phu Hoang is chief executive officer and founder of Virtium Technology. Mr. Hoang came to North America in 1983 as an immigrant from Vietnam.After obtaining a B.S.E.E. from the University of Waterloo, Canada, he started his career as a design engineer designing computer telecommunication products. Mr. Hoang received recognition for his innovations fromvarious major design publications.As an inventor, he has two US patents to his credit.
Miles Valentine started computer telephony integration software company Zeacom in 1994 and within a year had expanded into 24 countries. In January 2000, he relocated to Southern California to manage the company's growth in the United States before returning to New Zealand in 2007.