Corporate Profile

Board of Directors

Robert W. Haulbrook, Jr.
President & CEO, GTA

Robert Haulbrook is President and Chief Executive Officer of GTA. Haulbrook has 30 years experience in communications market segments including wireless, landline phone service, long distance, and digital television services both nationally and internationally. He has worked in more than 10 international markets in Asia, Australia, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, and in the Middle East.

His previous positions include founder and CEO of Cellular Center, a wireless phone retailer based in Alabama. He also served as chairman and CEO of Meteor Mobile Communications in Dublin, Ireland, as well as general manager of Centennial Wireless in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Earlier in his career, Haulbrook held various executive level positions in telecom marketing, sales, product development and strategic planning.

Haulbrook holds a bachelor's degree in Marketing from Georgia Southern University.

 

Richard Folsom
Representative Partner, Advantage Partners, LLP

Richard Folsom co-founded Advantage Partners, a leading service provider to private equity funds investing in Japan and other global markets, in 1992. Their initial buyout fund was established in 1997. Since then, several more funds have been raised through which they have made 33 acquisitions and buyouts. Recent investments include the acquisition of GTA.

Prior to founding Advantage Partners, his previous experience was in management consulting with Bain & Company, primarily in their Tokyo office, where he accumulated eight years of experience in developing and implementing strategies for both foreign and domestic corporations in the Japanese market. He also serves as the Representative Director of APM Co., Ltd.

Folsom received his undergraduate degree in Japanese and Economics from Brigham Young University, and received an MBA degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Emmett Thomas
Partner, Head of Asia - Advantage Partners (Hong Kong)

Emmett Thomas joined Advantage Partners in 2007, in order to launch the firm's activities in Asia. He has led the effort to help AP's Japanese portfolio companies expand into Greater China, as well as to originate new investments in North Asia.

Prior to joining AP, Thomas was the President of Asia for Monitor Group, a global strategy consulting firm, where among other responsibilities he oversaw the private equity advisory business in Asia, advising on many transactions. In addition, he has led many engagements in the telecom industry for a wide variety of global and Asian clients. In his 18 year career at Monitor, he worked in the Cambridge, Tokyo, and Hong Kong offices. He started his career at TSE-listed SMC Corporation, a leading Japanese factory automation manufacturer.

Thomas holds a BA in Economics from Duke University, as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

Makoto Takada
General Counsel, Advantage Partners LLP

Makoto joined Advantage Partners in February 2009 in order to lead and enhance the firm's legal and compliance function, including monitoring and supervising portfolio investments, fund management, external regulation matters, as well as establishing firm's internal policies and guidelines.

Before joining Advantage, he was a vice president at the Legal Department of Goldman Sachs Japan as an in-house counsel, covering the strategic investment and principal investment businesses, including bulk sales of distressed assets, sponsor deals of bankrupt hotels and golf courses, and private equity investments. He started his legal career in 1990 as an associate attorney at Nagashima & Ohno, one of the largest law firms in Japan, focusing mainly on joint ventures, M&A, finance lease, project finance and securitization as well as general corporate matters.

He holds an LLM from The University of Chicago Law School and a BE from the University of Tokyo. He is qualified in NY and Japan.

 

Takeshi Sasaki
Director, Advantage Partners LLP

Sasaki joined Advantage Partners in July 2007. At Advantage he has been involved in various projects including Community One, a Japanese condominium management service company, Interac, an English education company and United Cinemas, the 3rd largest cinema chain in Japan.

Before joining Advantage, he worked at a private equity fund, where he engaged in asset management and financing activities for several years. He also led corporate finance transactions and advised M&A deals for media and technology industries at UBS Securities Japan. He started his professional career as a management consultant at Gemini Consulting, where he worked on developing and implementing business strategies, marketing strategies and operational improvements for clients in various industries.

He holds a BA in Economics from Keio University, an MBA degree from the Darden Business School and an MA degree in East Asian Studies concentrated on China from the University of Virginia.

 

Admiral Thomas Fargo, USN (Ret.)
President, Trex Enterprises - Chairman, Trex Enterprises' Subsidiaries.

Admiral Fargo is President of Trex Enterprises and Chairman of Trex Enterprises' subsidiaries – namely, Loea Corporation, a high data rate wireless communications company, and Sago Systems, Inc. a developer and manufacturer of millimeter-wave cameras used for security systems. He joined Trex Enterprises in March 2005 after a distinguished career serving the United States Navy and Department of Defense.

Fargo was Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, responsible to the President and the Secretary of Defense, and was the U.S. military representative for collective defense arrangements in the Pacific. Admiral Fargo also served as the 29th Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet from October 1999 to May 2002. His service as a leader in the Pacific was preceded by his command of the U.S. Fifth Fleet and Naval Forces of the Central Command during two years of Iraqi contingency operations from July 1996 to July 1998. His 35 years of service included six tours in Washington, D.C. in addition to five commands in the Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Middle East.

Fargo graduated from the United States Naval Academy in June 1970. He is a 1989 recipient of the Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Award for Inspirational Leadership.

 

Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero
President & Chairman of the Board, Bank of Guam

Lou Leon Guerrero is the President and Chair of the Board of the Bank of Guam and was named 2010 Guam Business Executive of the Year.

She is also a former senator of the 23rd, 24th, 26th, 27th, and 28th Guam Legislatures. Prior to her service in the Guam Legislature, Leon Guerrero serving as the nursing supervisor, associate operations manager, and director of operations at FHP Inc. from 1984 to 1994. Before this, she worked at the Guam Memorial Hospital, first as staff development coordinator and later as assistant nursing director.

Leon Guerrero is a graduate of California State University with a bachelor's degree in Nursing and a master's degree in Public Health from University of California at Los Angeles. She is also a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School.

 

Peter E. Gill
Owner, KwikSpace Guam. Inc.

Peter Gill is the founder and owner of KwikSPACE Guam, Inc., a diversified industrial service company on Guam. He grew up on Guam and has been a lifelong entrepreneur, bringing his extensive business history and a broad perspective to the GTA Board.

In 1994, he founded Habitat of Humanity Guam and has also served on the Affordable Housing Corporation of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle. He is currently the Chairman of the Guam Department of Labor and the Treasurer of the Saint John's School Board. He also served in the Guam Land Use Commission.

Gill holds a bachelor's degree from Marquette University in Wisconsin.