BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chairman of the Board
Gary Nelson has been a director since September 2003. Mr. Nelson was an early investor in Franklin Telecommunications Corp. in the 1980’s and served as a director from 2001 up until the Company’s merger with Accetio Inc. in September 2003, at which time the Company was renamed Franklin Wireless Corp. Following the merger, Mr. Nelson became a director and ultimately Chairman of the Board of Franklin Wireless Corp. He was co-founder and President of Churchill Mortgage Corporation, an income property mortgage banking firm based in Los Angeles, California, which was a loan correspondent for major life insurance companies and other financial institutions. In addition, Mr. Nelson was the Chief Operating Officer of Churchill Mortgage Capital, which is the loan origination arm of Churchill Mortgage Corporation. Mr. Nelson’s prior experience includes various marketing positions with Control Data Corporation and design engineering positions with North American Aviation where he worked on the Apollo Project. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
OC Kim has been our President and a director since September 2003. Prior to joining Franklin Wireless, Mr. Kim was the CEO and President of Accetio Inc., a company he founded in April 2001 that developed cell phones and modules for the telecommunications industry. In September 2003, Accetio Inc. merged with Franklin Telecommunications Corp. and was renamed Franklin Wireless. Prior to this, Mr. Kim was the Chief Operating Officer of Axesstel Inc., a pioneering developer of CDMA Wireless Local Loop Products. Before joining Axesstel, he was the president of the U.S. sales office for Kolon Data Communications Co., Ltd., one of Korea’s most prominent technology conglomerates. While at Kolon Data Communications, Mr. Kim helped introduce the first generation of CDMA phones to the Korean market through his work with Qualcomm Personal Electronics (QPE), a joint venture between Qualcomm Incorporated and Sony Electronics Inc. He has more than 23 years of experience in sales, marketing, and operations management in the telecommunications and information systems industries. He earned a B.A. from Sogang University in Korea.
Johnathan Chee has been a director since September 2009. He is an attorney and has owned the Law Offices of Johnathan Chee, in Niles, Illinois, since August 2007. Mr. Chee has represented clients in various business dealings and negotiations with Ameritech, SBC, Sprint and several wireless carriers in Latin America. Between 1998 and 2007, he served as an attorney with the C&S Law Group, P.C., in Glenview, Illinois. He holds a B.A. from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is a member of the Illinois Bar Association.
Heidy Chow is a Certified Public Accountant and an experienced finance and accounting executive whose client base includes several IT companies. Ms. Chow is an Assurance Partner of The Pun Group, LLP and has over fifteen (15) years of combined experience in auditing, consulting and finance. Ms. Chow’s career in public accounting was spent primarily with the National firms of RSM US and Ernst & Young, and regional firms where she has specialized in corporate accounting and auditing services. She supervises engagement teams in areas of designing and planning audits in accordance with the AICPA Generally Accepted Auditing Standards and Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) standards. In addition, she often serves as Contract Chief Financial Officer for privately held small and middle market companies. She holds a B.S. in Accounting from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Kristina Kim has been a director since January 2021. Ms. Kim is a Business lawyer, and her practice focuses on international and cross border investment, trade, tax, and corporate matters, with a special attention to compliance with regulations regarding supply chain security, customs regulations compliance, tariffs and duties, and international trade agreements. Ms. Kim received her B.A. from University of California, Santa Barbara, and earned her law degree from the University of San Diego, School of Law. Ms. Kim served as General Counsel and Vice President for Samsung Electronics, the world-renowned electronics manufacturer, at its subsidiaries Samsung International, Inc., based in San Diego, California, and Samsung Mexicana, S.A. de C.V., based in Tijuana, Mexico, from 2004 to 2018. She practiced as of Counsel with the law firm of Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek from 2019 to 2020, with emphasis on International Trade and Cross-Border practice.