BENJAMIN B. TRAN, PH.D., MBA; CONSULTING CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER & SHAREHOLDER

Dr. Tran specializes in cross-border M&A, private equity and merchant banking advisory.  He is currently Chairman of of Asia Pacific Capital, a global private equity advisory firm and was also President of an Asian-based JV with Brean Murray Carret & Co., a New York-based investment bank that has transacted over 100 IPOs/APOs/SPACs and raised over $4 billion for U.S. and Asian companies.  Dr. Tran often formulates M&A executions via going public with various financing options for SMEs via globalization strategies. Dr. Tran has been seasoned international consultant providing corporate development and interim senior management to emerging-growth companies in Silicon Valley and Asia Pacific region.  He also served as board director, CFO, corporate strategist, and executive advisor for several distressed companies, managing turn-around situations. He also serves as Chairman of International Western Oil and board member of Key Legend Group, an energy-focused private equity firm.  As a Silicon Valley high-tech veteran, Dr. Tran brings over 20 years of diversified experience, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, strategic marketing and international business development.  Prior to his investment and corporate advisory career, Dr. Tran worked for technology leaders including Micron Technology, Fujitsu Microelectronics, Mitsubishi Electric, Philips Semiconductors, holding various senior technical and marketing management positions.

Dr. Tran holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, and received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University, California.