Board of Directors
Hans H. Hertell
Ambassador Hertell has over 30 years’ experience in government, public affairs, business, and banking, He was sworn in as the United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic on November 8, 2001. When he finished his tour in May 2007, Ambassador Hertell was the second longest serving U.S. Ambassador in the world.
Ambassador Hertell has served with distinction as officer and member of the board of directors of public and private corporations. From 1981 to 1989, and by appointment of the President of the United States, he served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, a banking system created by U.S. Congress which at the time had over 1.3 trilion dollars in assets. Subsequently, Ambassador Hertell served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Ponce Federal Bank (NYSE), one of the largest publicly traded corporations in the Caribbean, with $1.3 billion in assets. He also served on the Board of Directors of OCASO Insurance, a subsidiary of the largest insurance and reinsurance holding companies in Spain.
Ambassador Hertell currently serves on the Board of Directors of InterEnergy Holdings, a holding company that owns and operates power generation and distribution assets in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is also President, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of U.S. Precious Metals, Inc. (OTC NASDAQ).
Mr. Tai has over 18 years of experience in investment, finance, and the capital markets of Canada, the US, and Greater China. He has extensive expertise in facilitating cross‐border transactions and strategic partnerships, building cross‐cultural business relationships with Asian industrial groups and financial institutions. Joe serves as director for numerous North American publicly listed companies including several listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange.
Mr. Yeou is the Managing Director of Worldlink (Canada) Resources Ltd., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Worldlink (Canada) Resources Ltd. is a member company of the Worldlink Group, which is a private integrated trading group, engaged in import and export of iron ore, coal and other dry bulk commodities. Established in 1992, the Worldlink Group has built solid marketing channels, relationships and synergies with major steel mills, power plants and commodity end-users throughout China and other Far East Asian countries. Since 2007, the Group has made multi-million dollar investments in iron ore and coal companies in the Americas and is considered to be the largest privately held integrated trading company of iron ore and coal from the Americas to China by volume in the industry. Mr. Yeou is currently also a board member of Adriana Resources Inc. (TSXV.ADI)