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Board of Directors

  • James W. Kao, Ph.D.

    James W. Kao, Ph.D.
    Chairman and Director
    James W. Kao, Ph.D. Dr. Kao is the Chairman of the Board, and has served as a member since 2015. Dr. Kao had a long and distinguished career at Philip Morris, USA in the research and development department. Since his retirement in 1998, Dr. Kao has been a successful investor in many companies. Dr. Kao holds a B.A. from National Taiwan University, an M.B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and his Ph.D. from Miami University. Our Board considered Dr. Kao’s experiences as an investor and his educational background in determining that he should be a member of our Board.  
  • Peter M. Chang

    Peter M. Chang
    Vice Chairman and Director
    Peter M. Chang. Mr. Chang has served as a member since the founding of the Bank in 2008. Mr. Chang is the President of Sunshine Paper LLC, which purchases and exports waste paper, as well as imports PPE for sale to the state of California and the private sector. As such he works with recycling, shipping and exporting to companies in the United States and provides raw materials to paper manufacturing companies in Southeast Asia, China and Taiwan. Mr. Chang holds a B.S. in Economics from University of California at Los Angeles. Our Board considered Mr. Chang’s experience in international trade financing and his long-standing relationships within the Chinese-American business community in determining that he should be a member of our Board. 
    • Wendell Chen

      Wendell Chen
      Director
      Wendell Chen. Mr. Chen has served as a member of the Board since November 2010. Mr. Chen has been the Chief Executive Officer of US Development LLC, a real estate development firm, since 2015. From 2006 to 2015, Mr. Chen served as the Chief Executive Officer and managing partner of Vanetti, Inc., a start-up firm that successfully designed, manufactured, and delivered branded and private labeled men’s suits to specialty shops and major chain stores in the United States. Mr. Chen holds a B.A. from California State University Pomona. Our Board considered Mr. Chen’s experience as an executive of a small business that does international trade and his relationships within the Chinese American business community in determining that he should be a member of our Board.
    • Christina Kao

      Christina Kao
      Director
      Christina Kao. Ms. Kao has been a local business owner in Las Vegas, Nevada since 2017.  From 2009 to 2017, Ms. Kao was a marketing manager for a number of major U.S. corporations.  Ms. Kao holds a B.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.  She is passionate about mentoring young women and is trained in Cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France.  Our Board considered Ms. Kao’s marketing experience and involvement as a business owner in determining that she should be a member of our Board.  
      • Chie Min (Christopher) Koo, CPA

        Chie Min (Christopher) Koo, CPA
        Director
        Chie Min (Christopher) Koo, CPA. Mr. Koo has served as a Board member since the founding of the Bank in 2008. Mr. Koo is the President and founder of Christopher Koo Accountancy, an accounting and tax service in the city of Diamond Bar. Mr. Koo holds an M.B.A. and a B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management from U.S. International University in San Diego, California. Our Board considered Mr. Koo’s experience as a C.P.A. and his relationships in the Chinese-American community in determining that he should be a Board member. 
        • Joyce Wong Lee

          Joyce Wong Lee
          Director
          Joyce Wong Lee, ERPA. Mrs. Lee is founder and president of California Benefit Planners (CBP) at Pasadena, a retirement plan consulting and design firm providing services nationally to all range of business entities to sponsor qualified retirement plans under ERISA law since 1994. Mrs. Lee holds a B.S. and M.Ed from Texas A&M University at Kingsville, Texas. Mrs. Lee is passionate about providing consultation services to her clientele for planning towards retirement through pension programs. As an Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent (ERPA), Mrs. Lee has successfully practiced and represented her clientele’s pension programs before the IRS. Our Board considered Ms. Wong's knowledge of investment products, particularly for financial planning and retirement, and her strong ties to the Chinese-American small business community in determining that she should be a member of our Board.
          • Chuang-I (Christopher) Lin, Ph.D.

            Chuang-I (Christopher) Lin, Ph.D.
            Director
            Chuang-I (Christopher) Lin, Ph.D. Dr. Lin has served as a Board member since 2010. Dr. Lin is the President and Chairman of three separate specialty real estate firms: Forte Resources, Inc., which specializes in senior and affordable housing management and development, Sonnycal Development Company, which specializes in real estate development in market-rate residential houses and industrial warehouses, and Linkage Financial Group Inc., which specializes in real estate development in China. Dr. Lin previously served as a director of General Bank from 1981 to 2003. Dr. Lin holds a B.S. from Cheng Kung University, a M.S. from National Tsing Hua University and a Ph.D. from Duquesne University. Our Board considered Dr. Lin’s real estate background, specifically in affordable housing, and his prior experience as a bank director in determining that he should be a Board member. 
          • Feng Lin

            Feng Lin
            Director
            Feng (Richard) Lin. Mr. Lin has served as a Board member since 2011. Mr. Lin is the President and Chief Financial Officer of Arche Investments, LLC, a real estate development firm specializing in developing condominiums and work-live detached condominium projects in Southern California. In addition, he is a regional director of Harmony Bioscience Inc., a personal healthcare product company. Mr. Lin holds a B.S. in Economics from University of California, Irvine. Our Board considered Mr. Lin’s real estate background in determining that he should be a Board member. 
          • Ko-Yen Lin

            Ko-Yen Lin
            Director
            Ko-Yen Lin. Mr. Lin has served as a Board member since the founding of the Bank in 2008. Mr. Lin is a real estate investor and manager of motels, office buildings, shopping centers and mobile home parks. Mr. Lin previously served as a Commissioner of Overseas Affairs for the Government of Taiwan. Mr. Lin also previously served as a director of General Bank from 1986 to 2003 and United National Bank from 1982 to 1985. From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Lin served as a senior advisory board member of Cathay Bank. Our Board considered Mr. Lin’s real estate background and his prior experience as a bank director in determining that he should be a Board member. 
          • Paul Lin

            Paul Lin
            Director
            Paul Lin. Mr. Lin has served as a Board member since 2012. Mr. Lin is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Drill Spot, LLC, an ecommerce company specializing in industrial and hardware supplies for contractors. Drill Spot has generated over $100 million since its inception in 2005. Due to the success of his startup, in 2010 Mr. Lin was named one of Inc. Magazine’s Top 10 Asian Entrepreneurs. Mr. Lin attended the University of Colorado in Boulder and studied Information Systems. In his spare time, Mr. Lin designs technology products and currently has three issued design patents. Our Board considered Mr. Lin’s experience as the founder of a small business and his strong technology and security background in determining that he should be a member of our Board. 
          • Geraldine Pannu

            Geraldine Pannu
            Director
            Geraldine Pannu. Ms. Pannu has over 25 years experience in investment and financial management, fund operations, consulting and marketing. She is the Managing Partner of GLTJ Pioneer Capital, a real estate firm specializing in development and fixed income investments. Ms. Pannu is an Independent Board of Director for Processa Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: PCSA). She also mentors several startup companies and assists them as Interim CFO. Previously, she was the managing Director of Golden Gate Global, one of the largest EB5 regional centers in Northern California. She was the COO and Managing Partner for ChinaRock Capital Management, a leading hedge and venture capital fund company in San Francisco for nearly 10 years. She worked in McKinsey & Co, Monitor Company as a management consultant before and after business school. She had successfully raised capital for several hedge, venture capital and real estate funds.  Ms. Pannu was born in Shanghai and grew up in Hong Kong. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Chinese University of Hong Kong and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Shanghainese. Our Board considered Ms. Pannu's investment and financial expertise as well as her involvement in the Chinese-American business community in determining that she should be a member of our Board.
            • Fui Ming (Catherine) Thian

              Fui Ming (Catherine) Thian
              Director
              Fui Ming (Catherine) Thian. Ms. Thian has served as a Board member since 2010. Ms. Thian has been in the real estate management business for over 30 years and is responsible for operating and accounting for multiple apartment complexes and mobile home parks. Ms. Thian holds a B.S. in Commerce from Nanyang University. Our Board considered Ms. Thian’s experience in real estate management and preparing financial statements in determining that she should be a Board member.