WHO WE ARE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Gurkan SUZER (President)
Gurkan SUZER is the CEO of Trelodex International Trade and Consultancy, Inc.
Gurkan served as a commercial diplomat in Moscow for 3 years and in Los Angeles for 4 years. He has participated in meetings hosted by international organizations like EU, OECD and WTO. He was head of Department of Exhibition Permits and State Aids before his assignment to Los Angeles where he managed a staff of more than 100 in 13 regions and 10 high level specialists in the headquarters of Ministry of Economy.
He has experienced in export processes and private public partnership projects and has worked on strategic plan studies in different sectors like chemicals, electronics, ceramics, etc. He graduated from METU Civil Engineering School and studied transportation engineering and gained his MSc and PhD degrees in optimization techniques and has developed unique knowledge on logistics and international trade subjects. He is also a Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) and a member of APICS the largest organization in supply chain management.
Ahmet ONERBAY (Vice President)
Ahmet ONERBAY is a professional business entrepreneur within the Turkish American community in southern California.
Ahmet Onerbay was born on October 19th 1979, in Giresun, Turkey. After graduating from High School he was accepted to Istanbul University in 1997 and graduated from History department in 2001. The same year he moved to New York and got accepted to City University of New York in 2002, finished his Master’s Degree in Political Science in 2005.
After moving to California he also finished the “Strategy and Leadership” Extension Program at the Chapman University in 2009.
He has managed several different companies and he is currently the Vice-President of a large corporation in Los Angeles.
He has written many columns for major magazines and online resources and also given many speeches about Turkish History and International Policies.
He has been very active in the community since his High School years; volunteered at the “Egitim Gonulluleri Vakfi, Turk Hava Kurumu, World Health Organization, and Amnesty International.”
Ahmet Onerbay also is the former president of the Los Angeles Turkish American Association (LATAA), and served Southern California Turkish American Association (ATASC) as a director. Ahmet is proficient in three languages which include: Turkish, English, and Spanish. Onerbay enjoys giving back to his community by educating his fellow citizens about Turkish history and international policies.
Oral YILMAZ (Vice President)
Oral YILMAZ is the founder of Treasure Transportation & Concierge Services. He graduated from Maritime Management of Near East University Cyprus, and completed Master Of Business Administration (MBA) degree at Southern States University in San Diego. Following years, he also completed web design and graphics at UCSD. He is actively working for community.
Neal N. CHILINGIRIAN (Treasurer)
Neal N. CHILINGIRIAN attended Lycée de Saint Michel before moving to the U.S. in 1985. He graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1992 with a Major in Economics/Business with accounting emphasis. He completed his J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
He completed a Masters in Business Taxation degree from University of Southern California (USC) in 2000. After receiving his Masters in Business Taxation degree from USC, he worked for a boutique tax and transactional law firm: Goodson Wachtel & Petrulis, APC in Westwood, Los Angeles.
He opened his private practice in May of 2003. On March of 2004, he became a Certified Specialist – Taxation Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He is currently one of about 400 lawyers in California that is designated as a specialist in taxation.
His practice focuses on tax planning, tax representation, business transactions and estate planning. He travels frequently to Turkey and advises various Turkish law firms and their clients on tax planning (including pre-green card tax planning), offshore bank account disclosure issues, cross-border transactions and estate planning for dual citizens.
Buket PEREZ (Secretary)
Yunus AKSOY earned his master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University Long Beach. He
earned his BA in Political Science and Public Administration from Bilkent University, Ankara – Turkey. Mr. Aksoy was
the founder of Cal State Long Beach Turkish Student Association in 2000. Mr Aksoy was the director of Turkish
Language School in Long Beach under ATA-SC organization in 2002. Mr. Aksoy was Board Member of ATASC and
former President of the ATA-SC in 2006. Mr. Aksoy was the publisher of the first printed weekly Turkish
newspaper in CA, called California Turkish Times and later on expended to 42 states under USA Turkish Times
between the years of 2005 and 2007. In 2010 Mr. Aksoy ran for Irvine City Council to serve the residents of Irvine.
Mr. Aksoy has been an active volunteer and contributor of the Turkish Community organizations since he came to US
in 1999. Mr. Aksoy is the owner and broker of Aksoy Realty and he is a broker for 14 years. His business is focused
on residential real estate, commercial real estate and business sales.
Charles EROGE is the President of Tristar Fund. He graduated from University of California in Los Angeles and completed his MBA at La Sierra University. He is active in Turkish Comminity and organizations.
Funda GURGOZE is graduated from School of Engineering of Bagazıcı University Istanbul, completed her MBA degree at Stanford Univresity School of Business. She is the founder and president of Pera Tiles. She is one of the Turkish Women Business owner of our community and active in Turkish organizations.
Melih OZMEN is the Director of SellersGlobal.com internet matchmaking and market entry company. He graduated from Middle East Technical University, Ankara and completed his MS degree at University of Nevada
ETHICS AND GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE