Board of Directors

Yongwei Hu

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Hu has served as the Chairman of the Board and President of Xi’an App-chem Bio (Tech) Co., Ltd. since April of 2006. He is the legal representative and the ultimate owner of Xi’an App-Chem. From June 2000 to March 2006, Mr. Hu served as the department manager and Deputy Executive President of Shaanxi Iko Ostriches Co., Ltd. and Xi’an England Bioscience Co., Ltd. From January 1999 to May 2000, Mr. Hu served as the trainer-in-charge of Xi’an Synchrobit Co., Ltd. From July 1997 to December 1998, Mr. Hu served as trainer-in-charge of Ping An Insurance Group Xi’an Branch Office. From July 1993 to June1997, Mr. Hu served as staff and department manager of Shaanxi Agriculture, Industry and Trade Co., Ltd. Mr. Hu obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biology upon his graduation from Northwest University in 1993.

Mr. Hu has over twenty years of experience in natural products industry, an abundant industry network, and deep familiarity with the global natural health market, with extensive experience in the Big Health markets in Europe and the United States. In addition, he maintains sound business relations with well-known large enterprises in the health and pharmaceutical industry. We believe Mr. Hu’s depth of experience and extensive industry knowledge make him well-positioned to continue leading the company forward.

Zhenchao Li

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Li has served as the CFO of Xi’an App-Chem since July of 2019. From August 2016 to June 2019, Mr. Li served as the Chief Financial Officer of Shaanxi Mingfeng Group Co., Ltd. and President of Shaanxi Mingfeng Investment Co., Ltd. From April 2012 to July 2016, Mr. Li served as the Chief Financial Officer of Xi’an City Natural Gas Group. From March 2011 to April 2012, he served as the General Manager of Xincheng Real Estate Division of Xi’an Xinlong Group Real Estate. In March 2003, Mr. Li became the Chief Accountant of Real Estate Business and Deputy President of Xi’an Xinlong Group Real Estate. From June 2002 to February 2003, Mr. Li served in the Auditing Section of Xianyang Pianzhuan Co., Ltd. From July 1984 to May 2002, he served as the Chief of Accounting Section, Chief of Auditing Section, and Chief Accountant of Xianyang Municipal Flannel Printing and Dyeing Factory.

Mr. Li is a senior accountant and member of the Shaanxi Provincial Accounting Society, a senior accountant of Shaanxi Provincial Forensic Authentication Accounting (the only senior accountant who passed the National Forensic Authentication Accounting in 2008), a member of National and Local Taxation of Xi’an Municipal International Taxation Research Institute, tax supervisor of the Xi’an Municipal Tax Service, and a guest supervisor of Yanta District Tax Bureau of Xi’an Municipal Tax Service.

James Edward Burns

Mr. Burns has had a distinguished career in the energy sector, and brings a wealth of management, business development and financial knowledge to the Company. From 2017 through 2018, Mr. Burns was President of Petrolia Energy (OTCQB: BBLS), and international oil and gas company, where he structured the organization for growth and compliance to acquire and integrate new acquisitions. From 2014 to 2016 he served as President of Transfuels (dba BLU LNG), ENN’s N.A. investment arm, where he improved the company’s net income and helped prevent the company’s potential bankruptcy. In 2014, Mr. Burns served as President of Fortress Energy Partners, a division of Fortress Investment Group (NYSE: FIG), where was responsible for creating and running FIG’s first entrance into the energy sector, an LNG plant in Clearwater, Florida, and laying the groundwork for both domestic and International projects. From 2009 to 2014, he was General Manager of Clean Energy & Innovation/LNG for Transport for Shell Americas, the Americas division of Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS) At Shell, he created and ran the company’s small-scale LNG business. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Burns served as Business Development Manager for Shell Gas & Power, a global division of Royal Dutch Shell focused on natural gas and liquified natural gas. In that position, he led Shell’s Coal/Biomass to Liquids efforts in the Americas. From 2002 to 2006, her served as Global LNG Finance Advisor for Shell Gas & Power, where he provided financial and commercial advice on all global LNG commercial agreements including LNG and shipping deals. From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Burns served as Business Development Manager and Portfolio Manager at Shell Pipeline, where he lead numerous acquisition and divestment projects including joint venture buyouts, company acquisitions, and asset sales and purchases. From 1998 to 1999, he served as Business Development Advisor and Finance Manager at Equilon (a Texaco & Shell Joint Venture combining the two entities U.S. downstream assets). In that position, he performed business development duties such as contract negotiations and project management, and coordinated and supervised all accounting, finance and administrative personnel in the region. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Burns served as Revenue Manager for Texaco Exploration and Production, N.A., a division of Texaco, where he designed, created and implemented the crude oil trading model and revenue recognition model for over 50,000 barrels per day of crude oil sales. In 1990 to 1996, he served as a Crude Oil Trading Accountant at ARCO Long Beach, Inc., a division of Atlantic Richfield.

Mr. Burns is currently Chairman of the Board of Petrolia Energy (OTCQB: BBLS), an independent member of the Board of Directors of Playmaker IQ, a technology company focused on e-learning and workforce productivity, and a member of the Energy Council of the Houston Angel Investors. He has previously served as a Director of Transfuels, the North American investment arm of ENN Energy Holdings Limited (SEHK:2688). Mr. Burns holds an Executive MBA from the University of Houston and a B.S. in Business Administration from California State University. Mr. Burns was nominated to serve as a Director due to his extensive management, business development, and public company experience. Due to his extensive operational experience and corporate board in the public companies, we believe Mr. Burns is well-qualified to serve as a Director.

Jeffrey J. Guzy

Jeffrey J. Guzy has had key executive positions at several large international companies, including Loral Space, Sprint International, Verizon and IBM. He has held program and project start-up responsibilities along with senior business development positions at all these firms. Mr. Guzy has been working with emerging private companies and middle market public companies to market their products, improve their investor/business relations, help them find capital and develop corporate governance programs. Mr. Guzy is a private investor and advisor to Aprize Satellite and several other hi-tech companies.

Mr. Guzy currently serves as an independent board member and chairman of the audit committee of several public companies, including Leatt Corp. (OTCQB:LEAT) (2007 – Present), a company that designs, develops, markets and distributes personal protective equipment for participants of motor sports and leisure activities worldwide; Capstone Companies, Inc. (OTCQB:CAPC) (2007 – Present), a company that develops, markets, and sells consumer home Wi-Fi products in North America and internationally; Purebase Corp.(OTCQB:PUBC) (2020 – Present) an industrial mineral and natural resource company providing solutions to the agriculture and construction materials markets; and Blue Star Foods Corp. (Nasdaq:BSFC) (April 12, 2021 – Present) an international seafood company that processes, imports, packages, and sells refrigerated seafood products. In addition, from 2017 to the present, Mr. Guzy has been the CEO and Executive Chairman of Cojax Oil & Gas Corp. (OTC:CJAX), an oil and gas exploration company.

Lawrence W. Leighton

Mr. Lieghton is an experienced investment banker with a strong background in international finance and mergers and acquisitions. He has represented many major international companies throughout his career, including Pernod Ricard SA (ENXTPA:RI), and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ). From 2009 to 2018, Mr. Leighton was a Board Director of China XD Plastics Company Limited (NASDAQ:CXDC), a major producer of specialty plastics in Harbin, China. He joined Bentley in 1997 as a Managing Director. Starting in 1989 he was President and Chief Executive Officer of UI USA, the US subsidiary of Union d’Ètudes et d’Investissements, the merchant banking arm of Credit Agricôle SA (ENXTPA:ACA), the largest bank in France. Mr. Leighton joined Chase Investment Bank in 1982 as a Managing Director, where focused on cross-border mergers. Previously, he was a Limited Partner at Bear, Sterns & Co., also focusing on international mergers and acquisitions. Starting in 1974, he was with Norton Simon as the Director of Strategic Planning/Mergers & Acquisitions, where he was responsible for several significant acquisitions for that company, including Avis Rent-A-Car. Before Norton Simon, Mr. Leighton was with Clark, Dodge & Co. where he became Co-Head of the Corporate Finance Department. He began his extensive investment banking career at Kuhn, Loeb & Co. Mr. Leighton is on the Board of Trustees of the Gillen Brewer School and is a Director Emeritus of the Waterford Institute and the Princeton Club of New York. He received his B.S.E. degree from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr. Leighton became Senior Advisor in 2017. Due to his strong experience in investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, and international finance, we believe Mr. Leighton is well-qualified to serve as a Director.