Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Prior to being elected as the Chairman of board in March, 2020, Hao (Howard) Zhang has been a member of the Board since November 2016. Mr. Zhang is a private investor based in China. Mr. Zhang has served as a director of Wealth Power Global Trading Limited since June 2015. Mr. Zhang was originally appointed to our Board and has been nominated to stand for reelection as a director on our Board under the terms of a stockholders' agreement entered into between the Company and CFL, our majority stockholder.
Michael D. Belsky
Michael D. Belsky has been serving as the Managing Director at the Hilltop Securities Inc., public finance office in Chicago since September 2020. Before that, Mr. Belsky was the Executive Director of the Center for Municipal Finance at Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago, and taught a course on the fundamentals of municipal bonds as part of the Municipal Finance Certificate Program. Mr. Belsky was previously the Managing Director for Fixed Income at Greenwich Investment Management, a firm specializing in High Yield Municipal Bonds. Prior to joining the firm, he worked in the municipal finance industry for over 30 years. From 2009 to 2011 he developed a credit review process for Chicago-based C.W. Henderson and Associates, a $3 billion municipal bond investment advisory firm.
Mr. Belsky spent most of his career as Group Managing Director of the Public Finance Group at Fitch Ratings. He worked at the rating agency from 1993 to 2008 and was named top rating agency executive in public finance by institutional investors three years in a row (Smith’s Research and Ratings Review Municipal All Star Team, 2005–07).
Mr. Belsky also served two terms as a member of the City Council in Highland Park, Illinois (1995–2003), and two terms as mayor (2003–11). Under his leadership the city received national recognition in the areas of environmental sustainability, budgeting, financial reporting, affordable housing and local health initiatives. The city maintained a triple-A rating by Moody’s Investors Service throughout his tenure.
From 2008 to 2011 Mr. Belsky was a member of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, a national body that sets accounting and financial reporting standards for state and local governments. Mr. Belsky received a BA in urban studies from Lake Forest College and an MA in public policy from the University of Chicago.
Mr. Gong has extensive experience in the fashion industry in China and was one of the earliest Chinese international male models. Since April 2017, Mr. Gong has been serving as the Legal Representative of Jiangshan Culture and Tourism Development Co., Ltd. Since 2010, Mr. Gong has been serving as the Secretary General and Chief Negotiator of Asian Professional Modeling Committee. In addition, since 2010, Mr. Gong has been serving as President and Secretary General at “MRS GLOBE”, a beauty contest sponsored by the US charity WIN Fund for married women globally. MRS GLOBE has been held in various countries around the world since 1996, having global influence and receiving support from many celebrity politicians. Mr. Gong is very influential in the fashion and women circles in China. He also actively promotes interactions among various women’s associations and seminars, which greatly promotes the development of women’s career.
Grace Reyes is one of the most prominent voices in finance when it comes to promoting diversity & gender balance in the investment management industry. Ms. Reyes is the CEO of The Investment Diversity Exchange (TIDE) which connects the movers and shakers to promote diversity & inclusion within the investment industry. With over 15 years’ work experience in working with both private and public companies, Ms. Reyes was most recently with AAAIM, a non-profit organization advocating for Asian Americans. There, she positioned the organization to be the official voice of Asian American Investment Managers thereby putting the organization on the map and creating a flourishing network. Prior to that, she was in the corporate and business development team at Switchfly, a travel tech firm, reporting to the Executive suite. As the first hire of the team, she built international relationships with influential industry leaders and opportunities with some of the top internet and travel tech firms for the company. Ms. Reyes also established and honed relationships with prominent investors when she spearheaded the investor relations and fundraising efforts at a private equity firm where she also reported to the Executive Suite. Ms. Reyes is ranked Top 1% LinkedIN profile within investment management. She was named globally as one of the Top 35 Under 35 Rising Stars by Phocuswright as well as one of ten CAIA Scholars in 2015. She is the Founder and Co-Host of goodtimesSF, San Francisco’s largest investment networking happy hour. She earned a BA degree in Economics with a Computer Specialization from UCLA and an MBA from UC Berkeley.
Courtney C. Shea
Courtney C. Shea has over 30 years of professional experience in municipal advisory and investment banking. Ms. Shea recently retired as a managing member of Columbia Capital Management, LLC, which she joined in 2013. She served as the head of the Chicago office and Senior Vice President at Acacia Financial Group, Inc. from 2009 to 2013. She was also the head of the Chicago office and the Managing Director of Siebert Branford Shank & Co, LLC from 2006 to 2008. She served as the national department manager at LaSalle Financial Services from 2001 to 2006.
Ms. Shea has been a member of the Board of Center for Municipal Finance at Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago since 2016 and a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers since 2010. She chaired the Illinois State Securities Advisory Committee from 1995 to 1998 and was a member there from 1991 to 1995. She was also a member of the State of Illinois Banking Board from 2001 to 2002. In addition, Ms. Shea established the National Women in Public Finance as a co-founder in 1996. Ms. Shea received her MBA degree from the University of Chicago in 1985, her Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University Law School in 1983 and her bachelor degree in Economics from University of Notre Dame in 1980. She is recently nominated to the board of Assured Guaranty (NYSE: AGO).
Xianfang Liu had served as a Board Director of the Company for the year 2016 through 2018, as a nominee of CFL under the Company’s stockholder agreement with CFL, although he is not being nominated for election at the Annual Meeting as CFL’s nominee. He has a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Penn State University, and with a focus on foreign direct investment and international acquisitions, his dissertation was the winner of the best dissertation award for AIB. Mr. Liu has been working for New York Institute of Technology since 1997 as a full professor and served as Director of the Center for International Business Studies and Executive Associate Dean for Global Programs, and from December 2006 to Sept. 2008, he served as Dean for School of Management of NYIT. Meanwhile, he has been active in real business, and a consultant for World Bank in small business administration, advised Florida’s Department of Agriculture and a large number of entities that seek overseas expansions. He is active in international education and have guided many institutions including HGC to grow from a scratch to a over $10 million business.