Mr. Merino is chief executive officer and founder of "Office of the Chairman", a provider of corporate governance services. He served for six years as the director of corporate governance at a "Big Four" accounting firm's Orange County headquarters. His clients included Ingram Micro, National Education Corporation, Pacific Scientific Company, Freedom Communications, and many early-stage technology companies as well as family businesses. For ten years, Mr. Merino has been an adjunct coach with Right Management Consultants, the world's leading career transition and organizational consulting firm. In this capacity he counsels with Right Management's most senior executive clients.
Mr. Merino's achievements cap more than twenty-five years of corporate governance experience as director, chief executive officer and chairman. He is the former chairman of the board of the Forum for Corporate Directors, Orange County. He has also participated in the Harvard Business School's "Making Corporate Boards More Effective" program, and Directors' College, a series of executive education programs presented by Stanford University Law School in conjunction with the Securities & Exchange Commission, the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.
He has received a Director Certification from UCLA's Anderson School of Business's Directors' College. Mr. Merino has public board experience.
Michael Kim has 30 years of experience in research & development, manufacturing, and consulting internationally. His technical expertise began with Brunswick Corp where he was Chief of Research before starting his own consulting company in international manufacturing in 1975.
In addition to Michael's consulting practice, he formed a manufacturing company, Tong Yang Valve Company, and a second company, Korean Solar Energy Corp, selling both companies in 1984. In 1984, he co-founded Taeil Media Group, Seoul, Korea, with K.H. Chung. In 1989, Taeil went public growing to sales of $1.2BB in 1995. In 1990, Taeil formed Ssang Tae Industrial Group for the manufacturing of electronic components and hardware in Northern China.
Michael is also Chairman and co-founder (1999) of Hanwoo Computer Ltd (1998) and Hanwoo Information & Technology Corp (1999), Seoul, Korea, companies selling computer hardware and systems integration services, and providing data storage and telecommunications respectively.
Michael holds a Bachelors degree in Physics from Boston University, and earned his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Material Science Engineering from the University of Connecticut.