Mr. Jack Jie Zhao first came to the United States from China in 1985 to attend the University of Cincinnati, where he received a Master’s degree in Science. He became a United States citizen in 1995. During his career as a senior manager at KPMG, he became a member of the Society of Actuaries and an enrolled actuary with the Internal Revenue Service, where he was qualified to sign corporation’s tax return to deduct retirement funding. In 2003 Mr. Zhao established iTalk Global Communications, Inc., a company dedicated to building better life for the Chinese diaspora communities and which, under his leadership, is ranked among the Top 5 VoIP companies in North America. Not only is Mr. Zhao a successful entrepreneur, but he is also a visionary strategist who creates a scalable business model for the growth of iTalk. In 2012, iTalk was sold in an amount of $120 million to Net263 co., Ltd, a public company and China-based provider of integrated communication services. At the same time, Mr. Zhao continues to lead the company as CEO and aims to approach each new business challenge with his intrinsic flair for innovation, creative problem-solving and measured risk-taking to benefit more overseas Chinese.
Mr. Zhao is very patriotic and thankful for all of the opportunities the United States has given him and his family. Recognized as a humanitarian and advocate for the poor and helpless, Mr. Zhao has organized many fundraising drives and charity events for children, disaster victims and U.S. veterans. He is also very proud of his Chinese heritage and has always emphasized the traditional values of family, education and hard work. Many of his campaigns and charitable contributions center around the importance of education, as he understands deeply the crucial role education plays in the preservation and promotion of Chinese culture.