Frank Au is the Executive Chairman of PacificPine Sports Group and oversees strategy, corporate development/M&A and fundraising.
Mr. Au is the co-founder and Managing Partner of PacificPine Group, Inc. an investment firm focused on technology, healthcare and consumer businesses in China. Mr. Au has spent over 20 years covering the technology and healthcare market in China. Mr. Au has spent over 15 years as an entrepreneur having founded, built and sold an independent investment banking business in China.
Mr. Au is the former President of China Renaissance Securities (HK), the wholly-owned broker dealer subsidiary of China Renaissance Group, the largest Internet focused investment bank in China. Mr. Au was the former CEO of Cowen and Company Asia and a member of Cowen’s global management committee. Mr. Au was the co-founder and President of Latitude Capital Group, a boutique M&A and private placement advisory firm with offices in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai which was acquired by Cowen Group (COWN:US). Prior to co-founding Latitude, Mr. Au was the former Head of Internet investment banking for Greater China at Lehman Brothers Asia.
Mr. Au holds a MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Columbia University.
CEO, Five-Star Sports
Joel Haines, the founder and CEO of Five-Star Sports, leads all aspects of basketball strategy and operations.
Mr. Haines founded Five-Star Sports in 2012 and developed the initial unique curriculum for Five-Star Sports and over time has built a full-range of products including weekly classes, club programs, tournament & leagues, holiday camps, overseas tours and a full-time academy program. Mr. Haines has provided the vision behind critical growth efforts including multi-city expansion, pursuit of strategic branding and operational partners, corporate negotiations, and hiring of key expansion-focused staff.
Mr. Haines has lived in China for 11 years working in youth education and is fluent in both written and spoken Mandarin with HSK Level 6 Certification from Shenzhen University. Mr. Haines is also a founding investor in the PGA Youth Development business in China.
Mr. Haines is originally from Canada and graduated from Crandall University with Degrees In Education and Psychology.
COO, PacificPine Golf
Patrick Quernemoen is the Chief Operating Officer of PacificPine Golf and oversees all aspects of day-to-day golf operations. Mr. Quernemoen has been a Member of the PGA of America for over eighteen years.
Mr. Quernemoen has worked in a range of sports & lifestyle businesses all related to the development golf in China. Most recently, Mr. Quernemoen worked as General Manager of OneClub Golf Management in Chengdu. Previously, Mr. Quernemoen worked as General Manager of Nicklaus Club-Beijing, where he successfully rebranded and relaunched two private golf clubs in China. Mr. Quernemoen's experience in the China golf market includes: international brand localisation, club development, management, sales & marketing, membership involvement, finance, player development, education, and family development.
Mr. Quernemoen holds an MBA from Mississippi State University and a BBA from Mississippi State University with majors in Marketing and Professional Golf Management. Mr. Quernemoen is fluent in Mandarin.
CRO, Five-Star Sports
Joseph Qi is the Chief Revenue Officer at Five-Star Sports and has been with Five-Star Sports since 2014.
Mr. Qi is responsible for developing relationships with international schools, VIP clients, and other growth-related partners, as well as managing on-court coaches and staff to ensure the highest level of quality control in Five-Star's programs. Mr. Qi has coached at all levels in Five-Star's programs and has additionally served as coach for company teams, AAU youth teams in international tournaments, and the Nike Rise Academy in Guangzhou.
Mr. Qi was also responsible for the creation of the Shenzhen CCSC full-time High School Basketball Academy program. Mr. Qi is fluent in spoken and written English and has acted as translator for NBA players including LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and NBA shooting coach Dave Hopla.
Mr. Qi is a graduate of Shenzhen University with a major in English Studies.
VP of Finance
Alex Wong is the VP of Finance for PacificPine Sports Group and oversees the finance and accounting of the group.
Mr. Wong is an FRM certified and chartered accountant with over 12 years of combined chartered accounting and commercial experience in the Asia Pacific region. With substantial experience in financial reporting, business counselling and international taxation, Mr. Wong has been responsible for providing financial reporting and executing corporate development projects for C-suite executives over the course of his career. Formerly, a senior finance manager at 51Talk and Modern Education, Mr. Wong has significant experience working in Australia, Mainland China and Hong Kong markets.
Mr. Wong holds a BA from Macquarie University and is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.