Ms. Chen is a Class I director of the Company and was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank in 1989. She is the President of Metro Investment Group, Inc., an investment company that holds shares of Common Stock of the Company as its principal asset. She has served as the President of the Houston Chinese Schools Association and served as Chairman of the Board of the Houston Northwest Chinese School for many years. A member of various civic organizations in Houston, Ms. Chen focuses her efforts in the Chinese community. Ms. Chen is the sister of Don J. Wang. Ms. Chen is not related to Mr. Tommy F. Chen.
May P. Chu Director
Ms. Chu is a Class II director of the Company and an organizing director of the Bank. Ms. Chu serves on the Company's Compensation Committee and Audit Committee. She is the founder of Signet Consulting, a bank management consulting firm specializing in regulatory issues and has served as its President for more than fifteen years. She received a Bachelors degree in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Economics from Case Western Reserve University. Ms. Chu was employed at Texas Commerce Bank and Texas Commerce Bancshares, Inc. for more than five years, first in the Economics Division and subsequently in Mergers/Acquisitions.
Ms. Clayton was appointed as a Class I director of the Company and a director of MetroBank in April 2004 and serves as a member of the Company's Audit Committee. She was appointed as a director of Metro United Bank in October 2005. She retired as the President and CEO of Abmaxis Inc., a subsidiary of Merck & Co.. From 2000 to 2003, she was the Chief Financial Officer of CBYON Inc., a surgical instrument company. Prior to joining CBYON, she was a co-founder, President and Chief Financial Officer of Raven Biotechnologies. She has been President, CEO or CFO of several technology companies, including Protein Design Labs and Genentech. From 1976 to 1981, she was with the Bank of America where she served in both lending and operations functions, including Head of Corporate Banking in Mountain View, California and Assistant Branch Manager. Ms. Clayton received a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Stanford Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College.
Mr. Lee is a Class II director of the Company and was an organizing director of the bank. He is Executive Vice President of Alpha Seafood Enterprises, Inc. and serves as the Treasurer, Director and co-founder of United Oriental Capital Corporation, a Specialized Small Business Investment Company. For six years, Mr. Lee served as President and manager for numerous motels in the Houston area. Mr. Lee received a Bachelors degree in Economics from National Chung Hsing University. He is a member of the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of North America. Mr. Lee is the brother-in-law of Mr. David Tai. Mr. Lee is not related to Mr. George Lee.
Charles L. Roff Director
Mr. Roff was elected as a Class III director of the Company in 2003 and has been a director of the Bank since 2001. Mr. Roff is the Vice Chairman of Roff Resources LLC, a private investment firm and has served in that capacity since 1998. From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Roff was Vice Chairman and Director of PetroUnited Terminals, Inc., a bulk liquid storage services company. Mr. Roff received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1987 and while there, was the Scholarly Publications Editor of the Texas International Law Journal. Mr. Roff also was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University in 1983, with high honors. He is actively involved in various charitable and civic organizations.
Mr. Tai is a Class I director of the Company and was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank in 1988. Mr. Tai is the Executive Vice President and Secretary of the Company and the President and Vice Chairman of the Board of the Bank. Mr. Tai is a leader in the Asian-American community through his active involvement in several organizations. He has served as the President of the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston and is the Executive Advisor of the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of North America, an organization that has members in 25 cities across the United States, Canada and Mexico. He is also active in the World Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce and serves as its Executive Consular. In 1999, Mr. Tai was appointed as a director of the State Bar of Texas Chief Disciplinary Council's Houston Region Grievance Council. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Fu-Jen Catholic University in Taiwan in 1974 and a Masters in Business Administration degree from Murray State University in 1977. Mr. Tai is a member of the Asian Realtors Association, the Asian Chamber of Commerce and the United Way. He is a Counselor at the Taiwanese Cultural Center. Mr. Tai is the brother-in-law of Mr. John Lee.
Joe Ting Director
Mr. Ting is a Class III director of the Company and has served as a director of the Bank since 1989. He was elected as Vice Chairman of the Bank's Board of Directors in 1999. Mr. Ting serves on the Company's Compensation Committee and on the Governance and Nominating Committee. He has been the President of West Plaza Management, Inc., a real estate management company, for more than ten years. Mr. Ting has extensive knowledge in the plastic manufacturing industry and real estate investments. He received a Masters in Business Administration from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Mr. Wang is a Class II director of the Company and organizing director of the Bank. Mr. Wang serves as Chairman of the Board of the Company and the Bank. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of New Era Life Insurance Company, and has done so since 1989. He has served as a Board member of the Greater Houston Partnership since 1991 and served on the Supervisory Board of Directors of the World Trade Division and serves on the board of directors of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. Mr. Wang is Chairman of the Board of the Chinese Senior Estate – HUD Senior Housing Project. He has served on the Boards of Directors of Harris County Hospital District and served on the Advisory Board Committee of the Ex-Im Bank of the U.S. in Washington, D. C. Mr. Wang has a history of community leadership in Houston. He has actively participated in the promotion of Asian businesses and has played a principal role in relationship building between the Asian and non-Asian communities in and around Houston. He held the position of President of the Chambers of Commerce of North America from 1991 to 1992. Also, Mr. Wang was an active member of the Houston Asian Chamber of Commerce. He has received many awards for his work in community relations. He received a Bachelors of Science degree from National Chung Hsing University and a Masters in Science degree from Utah State University. Mr. Wang is the brother of Ms. Helen F. Chen.
Mr. Hsueh was appointed as a class I director to the holding company board of directors on June 12, 2007. Mr. Hsueh has been practicing International and Immigration Law in the Dallas area for the past 27 years and is currently the Managing Partner at the Law Offices of Robert Hsueh. He received a Bachelor of Law from the Soochow University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Southern Methodist University School of Law. Mr. Hsueh is currently an Arbitrator to the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, Chairman of the DFW International Airport Board. He also serves as a member of the board of the Dallas Museum of Art, and the World Affairs Council of Greater Dallas, a member of U.S. Senators John Cornyn's and Kay Bailey Hutchison's Federal Judiciary Evaluation Committee, Chairman of the Dallas-China Partnership, the Hong Kong Association of Northern Texas, founding Chairman of the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce. Formerly, Mr. Hsueh has served as a Board Member for the Texas Department of Economic Development Board and the State of Texas International Trade Commission.
Mr. Lee was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and Chief Executive Officer of MetroBank in July 2004 and Chairman of Metro United in October 2005. He has served as a class I director of the Company and MetroBank since March 1999 and was elected to serve as Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of the Company in September 2003 and Executive Vice Chairman of MetroBank in 2004. Prior to that, Mr. Lee served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Erimos Pharmaceutical (formerly BioCure Medical LLC), a joint venture between a private investment group and Johns Hopkins University. From 1997 through 2000, Mr. Lee was an investor and an active executive team member of Higher Dimensions Medical, a cutting edge high tech company involved with the development and manufacturing of puncture-proof material. Prior to this, from 1987 to 1997, he served as the Chief Operating Officer and President at different publicly-traded companies, including Hanover Direct in New York and Fingerhut Companies in Minnesota. His areas of responsibility included strategic planning and new business acquisitions. Mr. Lee also serves as a director on the board of Texas Bankers Association, St. Luke's Sugar Land Hospital and an advisor to the board of directors of the Xiamen Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Lee received a Bachelor of Science in Econometrics from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters of Business Administration from Minnesota State University. Mr. George Lee is not related to Mr. John Lee. The Company believes Mr. Lee's qualifications to serve as a director, Executive Vice Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company include his years of banking experience, his prior experience as Chief Operating Officer and President at different publically traded companies and his proven leadership in the success of the Company.
Krishnan Balasubramanian Director
Mr. Balasubramanian was appointed as a class III director to the holding company board of directors on November 27, 2007. Mr. Balasubramanian retired from Texas Instruments in 2006 after thirty seven years career. From 2001-2006 he was the President and Chairman of the board of Texas Instruments, Japan where he was responsible for Executive management supervision regulator matters as well as technological operations. Prior to 2001 Mr. Balasubramanian held various senior positions at Texas Instruments. Mr. Balasubramanian holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island. He is currently involved in various charitable organizations.
Dr. Wright became a director of the Company in January 2011 and previously served as a director of the Company and MetroBank from 2001 to 2007. Dr. Wright is currently the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the GreenPoint Group. He was recently Senior Vice President and China practice head of the Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm based in Washington, DC. In 2007, he served as the Director for China and the Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) with the U.S. Treasury Department where he provided strategic counsel to the Secretary of Treasury Henry M. Paulson, Jr. and SED Special Envoy Alan F. Holmer for this Cabinet-level economic exchange with China. Prior to his appointment with the U.S. Treasury, Dr. Wright was Vice President and Washington D.C. Office Director of the National Bureau of Asian Research. From 2000 to 2004, he served as the Executive Director of the Hopkins-Nanjing Program of Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the premier educational joint-venture program between the United States and China. From 1997 to 1999, Dr. Wright held a fellowship with the Institute of Current World Affairs. He has also worked as Manager of Asian Affairs for the Washington, D.C. consulting firm Andreae, Vick & Associates. Dr. Wright earned his Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts from Johns Hopkins University in international affairs from The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Master of Divinity in cross-cultural studies from Fuller Theological Seminary and Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University. He is the author of various books and publications.
Y Ping Sun Director
Ms. Sun was appointed as a class II director to the holding Company Board of Directors on March 26, 2012. Prior to her move to Houston in 2004, she has practiced law with several distinguished New York law firms. Ms. Sun is currently of Counsel for the law firm of Yetter Coleman LLP. She also serves as a board member of the Asia Society, Texas Center, St. John's School, and the United Way of Greater Houston, a trustee of Texas Children's Hospital and honorary co-chair of Rice's Baker Institute Roundtable. She also serves as a member of the advisory board of Rice's Shepherd School of Music, the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Asian Chamber of Commerce, Chinese Community Center, Houston Greeters, Julia Ideson Library Preservation Partners, and the Mayor's International Trade and Development Council for Asia/Australia. Ms. Sun has been recognized by several organizations for her contributions to the community, including the 2010 International Executive of the Year, Texas China Distinguished Leader in Education Award, the 2011 Asian American Leadership Award, Woman on the Move, one of the Most 50 Influential Women of 2010 and the 2012 ABC Channel 13 Woman of Distinction. Ms. Sun received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Columbia University School of Law, and while there, was the editor of the Journal of Transnational Law. She also was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University with high honors.
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