Leadership Team

Michael George DeSombre


Michael George DeSombre was elected Chairman of Republicans Overseas Hong Kong in December 2012 after serving on the board as vice-Chairman since 2008. Mr. DeSombre is a partner of Sullivan & Cromwell, a global law firm headquartered in New York, and has been resident in Hong Kong since 1997. In 2012, Mr. DeSombre served on Governor Romney’s National Finance Committee. Mr. DeSombre has a J.D. from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude) and a M.A. (East Asian Studies) and a B.A. (Quantitative Economics) from Stanford University. Mr. DeSombre is fluent in Mandarin, and is admitted to practice law in New York and Hong Kong. Mr. DeSombre is recognized as one of the preeminent M&A and private equity lawyers in the world by major legal publications and is a frequent speaker on the art of negotiation and acquisitions of public companies.

Alan Daniel Seigrist


Mr. Seigrist is the Chief Executive Officer and board director for Minibox Self Storage, one of the largest providers of high quality self storage in Asia.

Prior to this, Mr. Seigrist was the Chief Financial Officer at The Executive Centre; having started in 1999 when he spearheaded a management lead buyout of the business from the original owner. Mr. Seigrist, partnering with the founder and CEO Paul Salnikow, built the company from a small business to the third largest in the industry globally today.

Mr. Seigrist also worked as an investment manager for private equity firm Pathfinder Holdings and its affiliate East Asia Property Group, with USD 500 MM in assets. Mr. Seigrist also previously worked at Bechtel, IBM and Unocal.

Mr. Seigrist has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.B.A., both from the University of California at Berkeley. He serves as Chairman of the Board for The Jane Goodall Institute, Hong Kong. He currently serves as Vice Chair and Treasurer for Republicans Overseas Hong Kong.

Tariq Dennison


Tariq Dennison writes analysis, strategy, and marketing pieces about investments and economics around Asia, and serves as Managing Director at Glory Port Holdings and Zigasig Corporation, which provide statistical and financial advice to small companies. He has previously worked at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), Bear Stearns, J.P. Morgan, CIBC and most recently Société Générale. Tariq holds a Master’s in Financial Engineering from UC Berkeley and degrees in Mathematics and Philosophy from Marquette University. In 2009, Tariq and his family travelled by train from Turkey to Singapore through 23 countries in 206 days, and have been living in Hong Kong since 2010.

Aaron Arthur Goach

Vice Chairman

AARON GOACH is Chairman and CEO of Global Criterion Solutions, a strategy firm promoting frontier technologies, sustainability solutions and impact investing in the Philippines, Indochina and other markets across APEC, ASEAN and SAARC.

Mr. Goach is a Bretton Woods Committee Member, an ADB, IMF, World Bank and World Economic Forum Delegate, American Citizens Abroad Country Chairman and an Independent Power Producers Forum Officer.

He has appeared on Bloomberg TV and other media networks and has been featured in major industry publications including American Lawyer, Asian Legal Business, Corporate Counsel, Euromoney, FinanceAsia and International Financial Law Review.
Mr. Goach is a graduate of Harvard University.

Jim Gosart

Vice Chairman

Jim Gosart is President JMG Consulting of Hong Kong, a company Jim established in 2011 to provide consulting services to lighting and industrial systems companies seeking to expand operations in China, Asia and the US. Previously, Jim was CEO of private equity owned JK Lighting of Fujian, during which time JK successfully acquired a Silicon Valley based high tech lighting company.

Jim’s career included 34 years with GE in various lighting and industrial businesses, most recently in Shanghai as President & CEO – Asia Pacific for GE Lighting. Jim has lived in Asia for more than 20 years, including 15 years in Hong Kong, five years in Shanghai and two in Singapore.

A graduate of Cornell University, Jim and and wife Carol reside in Hong Kong and Sarasota, Florida.

Leland Sun

Vice Chairman

Leland Sun was born in Hong Kong with roots in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.He returned to HK in 1993 with Goldman Sachs and is currently theManaging Director of Pan Asian Mortgage. Leland is fluent in Putonghua and travels frequently to China serving as an independent non-executivedirector of Chongqing Rural Commercial Bank (3618) listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. He was elected to the General Committee of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (HKGCC) in 2015 and Chairman, HKCSI Executive Committee. Leland is also a member of the Executive Committee and Honorary Treasurer, Business and Professionals Federation (BPF) and Treasurer, Servicemen’s Guide Association (SGA). Previously, Leland was President of The American Club (2011) and served as a Board
of Governor, American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (2006-2011).

Sarah Rindlaub

Vice Chairman

Sarah Rindlaub returned to Hong Kong in 2011 after living for many years in Seattle, WA. Prior to that she was in Tokyo, New York and, of course, Hong Kong. She and her family have spent more than 15 years in Asia. She worked at the Hoover Institution, and then in the aviation business with four carriers before ending her career outside the home when her third child arrived while in Tokyo. She remains on the board of the Washington Policy Center in WA state where she is a past chairman; this organization is a free market think tank and one of the largest, and most effective of such state organizations in the US. Sarah also was a founder of the Women of Washington (WOW), an educational organization which has brought scores of women into the political process by teaching conservative values and understanding of current issues. She has been involved with every major election for the past 15 years both statewide and nationally, and looks forward to helping internationally as well.

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