Dr. James Wang serves as our Chairman of the board of directors. Dr. Wang, a co-founder, is the visionary leader behind China Direct Industries. His dream was to provide critical resources to empower Chinese entities to compete in the global economy. China Direct Industries was founded on this principle and under his leadership we strive to accomplish this goal on each project.
Dr. Wang was born and raised in Shanghai, China. As such his experience operating within the Chinese economy is instrumental to our company. Dr. Wang graduated from the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, China in 1985, and then earned a Master's Degree from the Shanghai Second Medical University, in Shanghai, China in 1988. Dr. Wang earned his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 1994. From 1997 to 2000, Dr. Wang was a research scientist, Assistant Professor, and Lab Director at the University Of Minnesota School Of Medicine
Since 2000, Dr. Wang has operated in a variety of capacities with public entities promoting cross border commerce. Dr. Wang continues to capitalize on his knowledge and experience to enable China Direct Industries to empower Chinese entities to compete in the global economy.
Mr. Rothstein is a Vice President and our General Counsel and Secretary. Mr. Rothstein was born and raised in South Florida and has been practicing law for over 23 years. Mr. Rothstein has held senior legal positions at Elizabeth Arden, Inc. - a global prestige fragrance and beauty products company with operations in over 17 countries, Sports Authority - the nation's largest full line sporting goods retailer operating over 385 stores throughout the United States, Daleen Technologies - a billing and customer care software provider and Let's Talk Cellular & Wireless - a specialty retailer of wireless communication products and services that operated over 270 stores in the United States. In his role as a corporate lawyer, Mr. Rothstein has supported major business units in negotiating customer and product supply agreements, license, distribution, marketing, logistics and information technology agreements and expansion into the Pacific Rim market in addition to the successful completion of several mergers and acquisitions. In addition, Mr. Rothstein has been responsible for SEC compliance and reporting and various public debt and equity offerings. Mr. Rothstein received his Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting from Florida State University, his Juris Doctor Degree from Nova Southeastern University Law School and has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubble, the highest level of professional excellence.
Mr. Andrew Weeraratne has over 25 years of experience in finance, investment and accounting. He managed his own CPA firm in Washington D.C. for eight years and then served as the CFO of J2 Communication, a public company that held the entertainment franchise â€œNational Lampoonâ€ and served as the controller for Beachport Entertainment, a pubic company that was engaged in live entertainment shows. He also served as the CFO for various private companies in diversified industries and last served as the CFO for Merit Diamond Corp. engaged in production and distribution of gold and diamond jewelry. In 2004 Mr. Weeraratne joined the US state department as a financial advisor and worked in Iraq setting up an Iraqi accounting association as part of a plan to privatize State Owned enterprises and also worked in the Iraqi trade ministry facilitating a multi-billion dollar commodity procurement program. Pursuant to his time in Iraq he served as the financial consultant to various international companies in the Middle East. He is experienced in all phases of accounting including internal controls and financial management. Mr. Weeraratne is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Florida.
Mr. Huang has served as General Manager of Chang Magnesium since June 2006. Mr. Huang is responsible for the operations of Chang Magnesium. Mr. Huang serves as General Manager of Taiyuan Golden (Yiwei) Magnesium Industry Co., Ltd. since founding the company in 1999 and serves in various positions with its affiliated entities including Vice Chairman of Shanxi Golden Trust YiWei Magnesium Industry Co., Ltd, Vice Chairman of Taiyuan Qingcheng YiWei Magnesium Industry Co., Ltd, Vice Chairman and General Manager of Taiyuan Minwei Magnesium Industry Co., General Manager of Taiyuan YiWei Magnesium Factory, and Chairman of Shangxi NiChiMen YiWei Magnesium Co., Ltd.
Mr. Chen serves as Executive Vice President of our Basic Materials segment. Mr. Chen has over sixteen years of sales experience in the chemical business. Mr. Chen serves as CEO and Chairman of Shanghai Lang Chemical Co.,Ltd. since 1998. He is instrumental in the development of Lang Chemical into a well organized chemical sales giant in the eastern part of China. Mr. Chen received his master degree from East China Normal University
Mr. Xiaowen Zhuang serves as General Manager of our operations in China, responsible for our operations in China. Mr. Zhuang is a registered Corporate Law consultant in Shanghai, China. As such Mr. Zhuang offers critical insights into the rules and regulations unique to doing business in China. Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Mr. Zhuang has been working as a business consultant in various capacities for private Chinese entities since 1992. In this role, Mr. Zhuang has developed an understanding of the unique challenges facing Chinese companies. Mr. Zhuang holds a Bachelor of Law (LLB) from East China University of Politics and Law and studied at the College of Electronics Engineering of East China Normal University in 1987.
Mr. Galterio serves as our Executive Vice President responsible for shareholder services. His responsibilities include corporate development and communications as well as the management of all public and investor relations for China Direct Industries and its clients. Mr. Galterio has over 16 years of experience in investment banking with a focus on early stage companies. Mr. Galterio has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Psychology from Villanova University