Working With You

Our Approach

Our approach is strategic, methodical and long term. It often leads to an indefinite working relationship with a constant review of the synergetic relationship between us and the venture partner.

 

We will work with carefully selected entities and ambitious individuals and management teams, providing them with a trusted and bespoke service that is simple, transparent and effective.

 

Our straightforward process is based upon a straightforward four-point process designed to systematically assess, organise, deploy and monitor the ongoing management of your business.

  1. Evaluation of your current situation
    We cannot begin to work with you effectively until we understand your situation. Your Venturezen Partner will consult with you to create a comprehensive picture of your company circumstances and planned objectives. Only when your present position is known can your future be properly planned.

     

  2. Envision your future objectives
    The value of an effective partner is in assisting you to visualize, in a realistic manner, the business objectives that you wish to achieve throughout the business lifecycle. There are personal considerations, such as age, company turnover, family responsibilities and attitude to risk that will also affect this view as well as your future lifestyle aspirations.

     

  3. Enable a strategy that will meet your venture objectives
    The journey from where your business is now to where you want to arrive will be complicated by the overwhelming sense of busyness that successful people experience. Your Partner will assist in organizing what you have to do, and when, in order to achieve your stated company goals. This is a systematic and iterative process that requires long-term attention to the detail of your ongoing company circumstances.

     

  4. Excel in ongoing business objectives
    This involves following the disciplined application of your company plan that will require regular revaluation and adjustment. Often Venture Partners will not immediately appreciate the effectiveness of their new focus and strategy, but right from the onset, they will value the ongoing support and help that Venturezen provides.

Meet The Team

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Catherine C. Nguyen

Chief Executive Officer

Catherine C. Nguyen is an experienced banker specializing in commercial lending and international finance with over 20 years of experience at both large and mid-sized financial institutions. Ms. Nguyen focuses on outreach to domestic and international companies in Southern California, especially middle market, with a need for traditional banking including commercial and industrial financing, asset-based lending, commercial real estate, mergers and acquisition financing, and global capital markets.

Prior to joining Venturezen as a CEO and founding partner, Ms. Nguyen served as a Senior Vice President in Corporate Banking at Umpqua Bank, prior to Umpqua Bank, Ms. Catherine was VP, International Finance with Comerica Bank, covering Southern California and Prior to Comerica Bank, Ms. Nguyen was Vice President in Global Commercial Banking at Bank of America for Orange County, California.

Ms. Nguyen graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a Bachelor’s in Finance and a Minor in Accounting. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce for Southern California, as Chairperson, and is a board of the French American Chamber of Commerce located in Los Angeles. Ms. Nguyen is fluent in English, Vietnamese and French.

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Nhan Q. Vuong

Chief Financial Officer

Nhan Q. Vuong is an experienced CPA and CVA, with over 20 years in the field. He began his accounting career at BDO Seidman, a top 10 accounting firm in the US. He then joined FHWV CPA firm as a principal where he focuses on tax and business valuation working with middle market businesses and high net worth individuals.

Nhan, graduated from Chapman University with a degree in accounting. Today he spend his time advising and investing in growing companies.

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Hyung Kim

Director

Hyung J. Kim is a wealth management professional with over 20 years of experience in the financial market, including previously held positions as Vice president at Merrill Lynch and Prudential Securities, Hyung founded KLK Capital Management LLC in 2014 where he specializes in asset management and financial planning for high net-worth individuals, corporations, and small foundations. Besides his professional career, Hyung Kim also participates in humanitarian organizations including KoreaTown Rotary Club where he served as president and vigorously partakes in events such as Operation Smile.

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John Drew

Director of International Trade & Finance

John has spent over 40 years in international banking (he is both very experienced, and very old). Prior to joining Venturezen, John was Senior Vice President, HSBC CMB Global Markets Originations for the Western United States, advising clients on international market related risks, and achieving an optimal capital structure.

John has lived and worked both in the United States and the UK, and John currently resides in the UK. He has worked with a wide range of clients, from large Multi-National to Middle Market corporates. “I get the most enjoyment from working with the mid-market sized corporate entities” says John, “as this is often where I feel Venturezen and I can add the most value for our clients.”

Associates

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Delphine Desoutter

Finance Manager

Delphine Desoutter has a background in corporate finance, operations, and business development. She has fifteen years of experience in researching and studying quantitative data and works together with executives and CEOs to grow their professional ventures. She also has experienced leading a team that developed and facilitated the restructuring of internal workflows and professional development of external client relations. Delphine aided in the implementation of new software systems to enhance data analysis methodologies and optimize transparency of information.

What makes Delphine successful is her curiosity behind past financial crises, allowing for better understanding in the economic choices that the present and future bring, and her analytical look on how to make financial activities and business relationships move forward.

She graduated from the University of Southern California (Marshall School of Business), with a master’s of science degree in Finance and holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from France. After 5 years of working experience in Paris, she traveled the United States to expand her career abroad and with over 20 years of experience, she has a working proficiency in both languages and an international perspective of the professional environment.”

An Pham, Jr., CFA.

Director of Business Development

An Pham, Jr., CFA, Mr. Pham has over 18 years of investment experience ranging from cash flow & asset-backed C&I loans to distressed/special situation & venture capital securities. His credit background has led to roles as Commercial Banking Team Lead at Banc of California and Senior Credit Executive at MUFG Union Bank overseeing a diverse industry portfolio of consumer products, technology, media, & telecom, financials, transportation, power & utilities, and real estate. Prior to Commercial Banking, he managed leveraged loan & high yield bond portfolios at Alcentra, a subsidiary of BNY Mellon. Prior to Alcentra, he began his career at BlackRock (fka Merrill Lynch Investment Managers) having completed the credit analyst training program. He has also held positions sourcing venture capital deals for a family office and sales & trading at a boutique investment bank.

Mr. Pham received a BA in Economics with a Concentration in Mathematics from Columbia University. He has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation since 2004.

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David Huynh

Credit Manager

David Huynh is an accomplished finance professional with over 11 years of experience in finance, banking, and investment management industries.  He has a strong credit background in commercial lending, including SBA, commercial real estate, asset-backed C&I loans.  He was a credit analyst at Lehman Brothers Small Business Finance, and eventually became a Commercial Financing Manager, overseeing a team of regional business development officers to find new sources of business that were aligned with the bank’s credit risk appetite. Prior to commercial banking, he was a Middle Office Trade Associate at Pacific Investment Management Co. (PIMCO) assisting top mutual funds managers.

Mr. Huynh graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Business/Managerial Economics.

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Christine Ayers

Executive assistant to the CEO

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