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The Vegas Valley Angels (VVA) are a group of accredited investors dedicated to providing equity capital to early and mid-stage entrepreneurial companies. Our primary focus is on companies based in Southern Nevada.
Members of VVA have extensive experience in founding, building, managing and/or financing companies in a wide variety of industries. We mentor and coach the entrepreneurs in whom we invest, serve on their boards, provide contacts and assist with team building, strategic planning and fundraising.
VVA also works closely with other angel groups throughout the country as well as regional and national venture firms.
Vegas Valley Angels
Eugene Wong currently serves as an advisor, director and investor to several companies, including First American International Bank (NY,NY), Optimer Pharmaceuticals (SD, CA), Radixx Solutions International (Orlando, FL)., Unbounded Learning (Co-Founder-Shanghai, China), and Veracast Communications (Co-Founder-SF, CA), He is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Business with an M.B.A. in Finance , and of Cornell University with a B.S. in Engineering Physics . Mr. Wong is married to his wife Lai of 40 years, with two adult offspring: Byron (36)-married, and Vanessa (33); one grandson Egan (5) and one granddaughter Madison (2). He divides his time between the Bay Area-San Francisco, CA and Henderson, NV.
Mr. Wong was a founding member of The Aslan Group – a national group of angel investors to early-stage companies (1998). Since 1995, he was the CEO of AmerAsia Partners, Inc. a private investment banking firm. Mr. Wong was the Managing Partner of IHG-a boutique investment bank in New York in 1990 which did the management buyout of Protection One Alarm Services and subsequent IPO; and was also engaged in the recapitalization of Sunbeam Oster, out of bankruptcy. Prior to that he served as a Managing Director of the High Yield Securities Department at Prudential Bache Securities (1987) and served on the Investment Committee of Prudential Bache Merchant Banking Fund- an $800 million private equity fund. He was a Senior Vice President in the High Yield and Convertible Bond Department of Drexel Burnham Lambert (Los Angeles) in 1983, and began his career on Wall Street with Goldman Sachs & Company in 1973. Mr. Wong co-founded the SF Bay Chinese Entrepreneurs Association Chapter in 2001.
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