JIMMY T. YAOKASIN, CPA
Mr. Yaokasin serves as member of the Board of Directors in various companies such as the Development Academy of the Philippines, Splash Corporation, Bethel International School, and Leyte Cable TV Network Inc.
He is a Certified Public Accountant who obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of the Philippines where he graduated Cum Laude. He has a Masters in Business Administration degree, which he obtained from the Kellogg School of Management of the Northwestern University of Chicago.
About Our Team
AUGUSTO M. COSIO, Jr
President & CEO
He is known as “Gus” among friends and social media followers.
Until june this year, he was President of First Metro Asset Management Inc. (FAMI) which is manages mutual funds with total assets under management of around 11 billion pesos. He assumed this position in September 2009. He has been a member of the First Metro Investment Corporation Investment (FMIC) committee since 2006. In FMIC, he held the position of Vice President from September 2006 to September 2009.
Gus has had extensive experience in investments and the capital markets both locally and internationally. He served as consultant to the Mutual Fund Company of the Philippines (Kabuhayan Fund) from 2005 to 2006 and with the GSIS Mutual Fund (Kinabukasan Fund) from 2002 to 2003. He was Vice President at Bank Austria Private Banking in Hong Kong from 2000 to 2001 managing portfolios for private clients.
Gus was previously, President of PNB Securities Inc. (1997 to 2000) and a member of the board of the Philippine Stock Exchange (1999-2000). He also served as Senior Vice President of Security Bank Corporation and SB Capital from 1994 to 1996.
Gus had been an international capital markets practitioner from 1977 to 1994 having been worked with Banque Nationale de Paris (1977 to 1981) and Banque Paribas (1984 to 1994), the predecessors of the present BNP Paribas. Gus worked in Hong Kong and Singapore for the Paribas capital markets group and in the Manila Off-shore Branch of Banque Nationale de Paris. Gus was fortunate to have operated in the major financial centers of Tokyo, Paris, London and New York as a capital market practitioner with this global bank.
Outside his career in finance and investments, he had organized a BPO start-up in 2004 – Trec Global whose investors were New York, USA based – which now boasts of 600 BPO employees.
In his spare time, he volunteers as a resource speaker for fixed income courses at the Ateneo Center for Continuing Education and the University of Asia and the Pacific as well as for the Certified Securities Specialist Program of the Philippine Stock Exchange. Investment and financial literacy is his personal advocacy.
He pursued the course of AB Social Science at the University of the Philippines finishing in 1974. He received further training in international capital markets through seminars and courses conducted by BNP and Banque Paribas in London, Paris, Tokyo in New York during his employment with these firms.
Gus is widely followed by Filipino a few thousand investment enthusiasts through social media.
BERNARD B. RABANZO
Director/ Chief Admin & Finance Officer
Mr. Rabanzo sits in the Board of Menlo Renewable Energy Corporation, MRC Tampakan Mines Inc. and MRC Surigao Mines Inc. He also serves as the head of the Compliance Division of MRC.
He holds a degree in Bachelor of Science in Commerce with a Major in Banking and Finance from St. Louis University in Baguio City. Prior to joining MRC, he was employed at Philippine Wireless Inc.
Ms. Chao is a member of the Board of Directors of various multinational companies such as Yichang Technology (Taiwan), Power Silicon Semiconductors Inc. and Action Integrated Asia Corporation.
She is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Tamkang University in Taiwan. She is a Taiwan national who is fluent in English, Mandarin and Taiwanese.
JAMES G. VELASQUEZ
Mr. James G. Velasquez is currently the President and CEO of PT&T, a Philippines Telecommunications Company. He was previously a Senior Executive for IBM Global Technology Services, Asia Pacific.
James has 30 years of experience in running several business units in the Philippines and in Asia Pacific with focus on business management, operations, strategic sales, digital transformation, technical support, infrastructure management and regional sales & operations. Mr. Velasquez graduated from University of Santo Tomas, with degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering.
BERNARDO B. GALANG
Mr. Bernardo G. Galang, is a graduate of Ateneo De Manila University where he obtained his degree in Business Management. He sits as member of the Board of Trustees for Happy Child Foundation, where he is also one of the incorporators. He also had a hand in the incorporation of Friends and Associates of ABAKADA Inc., a foundation that aims to help disadvantaged children get college degrees.
Earlier in his career, he had an established career in the field of insurance, working with the likes of Berkley International Insurance International Life Insurance Company, Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, Philippine Banking Corporation, and FGU Insurance Corporation, among others.
GOPAL SHAM DASWANI
Mr. Daswani owned and managed various corporation engaged in garment manufacturing, importation, export, wholesale and retail trading from 2003 to 2012. Not long after, Mr. Daswani has focused on being an Investment Manager for local and foreign bonds and equities that mainly engaged in research, analysis and investment of personal assets into companies with long term growth potentials.
He is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts with Specialization in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Asia and the Pacific.
AL JOSEPH C. DE GUZMAN
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. De Guzman is an Electrical Engineer by profession with over 20 years of experience in project management and engineering. He has extensive background in operating renewable energy projects such as solar, wind and hydro projects; dams and irrigation electro-mechanical systems; and oil and gas electrical systems.
Mr De Guzman is a graduate of Mapua Institute of Technology.
ATTY. MARGARETH P. REYES-MENDOZA
Chief Admin Officer
Ms. Mendoza is founding partner of Prieto & Mendoza Law Office. Immediately upon admission to the Bar, she served for four (4) years as Public Attorney II at the the Public Attorney’s Office (Manila).
She was also previously connected with Diamond Motor Corporation where she served as In-house Counsel for Three (3) years. She was former Professor in the College of Accountancy and Economics at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila .
ATTY. MARGARETH P. REYES-MENDOZA
Corporate Secretary / Chief Legal & Compliance Officer
Ms. Mendoza is a lawyer by profession and founding partner of Nalda Prieto Mendoza & Soliven Law Firm. Immediately upon admission to the Philippine Bar in 2007, she worked at the the Public Attorney’s Office in Manila.
She obtained both her Economics and Law degree from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM). She was also former Professor in the College of Accountancy and Economics at PLM.
MARIA MAY P. MILITANTE
Chief Public Relations and Business Development Officer
Ms Militante is the former Head of Media Group of the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Energy, Corporate Communication Officer of the Philippine National Oil Corporation - Renewables Corporation where she also served as the company’s Spokesperson. She was previously connected with Go Abroad Philippines as Go-Media Coordinator.
She obtained her degree in Bachelor in Business Administration Major in Management from the University of the Philippines. Represented the Department of Energy in various exhibits, conferences and trainings in the Philippines, Singapore, Australia, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the USA. Completed an Executive Education Program Course at the Asian Institute of Management.
ELAINE B. NICOLASORA
Assistant Corporate Secretary
Ms. Nicolasora is Legal Officer and Asst. Corporate Secretary of MRC Allied Inc. Prior to joining MRC, she was connected with the Legal Department of the government owned Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).
She is a graduate of the University of the Philippines major in Political Science and minor in Economics. She is also a graduate of Bachelor of Laws from Don Vicente Orestes Romualdez Educational Foundation.