Corporate Governance

  • Russell T. Libby

    Chairman of the Board of Directors

    Mr. Libby has nearly 30 years of comprehensive global experience in mergers and acquisitions, strategy, business development, international business, corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility. From 2007 to 2019, he held numerous leadership positions at Sysco Corp. and most recently served as the company’s Executive Vice President of Administration and Corporate Secretary.

    Prior to his career with Sysco, Mr. Libby served as President of COFRA North America and Vice President – legal, for Good Energies, Inc., an investment advisor to private equity and venture capital funds. During his career, he has also worked as General Counsel, Vice President – Human Resources and Secretary at Liuski International, Inc., a computer distribution and manufacturing company, and as a Corporate Associate with Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP, a full-service law firm in Atlanta.

    Libby holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and a J.D. degree from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta.

  • Xiao Mou Zhang aka Peter Zhang


    Mr. Peter Zhang was the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of B&R Global Holdings, Inc. (“B&R”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of HFFG and the holding company for the various operating subsidiaries founded by Peter and his partners who were all originally from China. Peter has over 20 years of experience in the food distribution industry with extensive experience in sales, marketing, financing, acquisitions, inventory, logistics and distribution dating as far back to 1999 from the ground up. Having established a large supplier network and maintaining long-term relationships with many major suppliers were built up over the years, and under Peter’s leadership, B&R was officially formed in 2014 as a holding company to consolidate the various operating entities all under one roof.

  • Dr. Hong Wang

    Independent Director

    Dr. Wang has served as a Professor of Management Information Systems at North Carolina A&T State University since 2005 and a Visiting Professor at Yunnan University of Finance and Economics in China since June, 2012, Dalian Maritime University in China since June 2012, and Henan Polytechnic University in China since June 2015. Dr. Wang has over 30 years of university teaching experience and has taught Management Sciences, Operations Research, Optimization, Business Environment, Management Concepts, Strategic Management, Engineering Economy, in addition to various Information Systems courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Wang is active in professional and community services. He has served in multiple cities in the US for several terms as president of local Chinese Associations, on various boards, as a principal of Chinese schools, as session chair of academic conferences, and as a journal referee. He also helped several Chinese universities to establish international programs in collaboration with US universities. Dr. Wang received his Ph.D. in Management Information Systems/Decision Sciences from Ohio State University.

  • Xi Lin aka Felix Lin

    Independent Director

    Xi Lin aka Felix Lin, has worked in a number of positions at Blue Bird Corporation since 2011. His current position is in the Human Resource/Corporate Strategy Department as Executive Director of Human Resources and Strategy. He has also held various other positions within Blue Bird Corporation in the Operations Management Department from 2015 to 2016, the Finance and Accounting Department in 2011 and from 2013 to 2015, and the Business Development Department in 2012. Mr. Lin received his B.A. in Accounting and Finance from the Eugene Stetson School of Business and Economics in Georgia, a Master’s degree in Accountancy from the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business in Georgia, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We believe Mr. Lin’s qualification to sit on our board of directors includes his experience in corporate/operations, HR, manufacturing, corporate finance, corporate accounting, fixed asset management, international business development, and strategic development.

  • Valerie P. Chase

    Independent Director

    Ms. Chase’s experience includes four years with Ernst & Young LLP, achieving Senior Auditor capacity, from September 2005 to November 2009. From February 2010 to May 2018, Ms. Chase served in roles of increasing responsibility with Apache Corporation, a Houston-based, publicly traded oil & gas exploration and production company, culminating in her role as the Manager of Accounting Policy and Financial Controls.  From May 2018 to September 2021, Ms. Chase served as the Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller of Magnolia Oil & Gas Corporation, a Houston based, publicly traded oil & gas exploration and production company. Ms. Chase holds a Bachelor of Economics degree and a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.