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CREATING BRIDGES BETWEEN
CHINESE & U.S. COMMERCE

About

Our background

Formed in 2013, Signature Trade Group (STG) connects Chinese and U.S. firms to form business partnerships by leveraging their extensive experience in real estate development, project management, finance, land use and planning, government/legal affairs, public relations, renewable energy development, agriculture, and business management.

With such varied and deep experience, STG picks up where U.S. and Chinese trade offices leave off. Whether an American company identifies an opportunity in China or a Chinese business sees great potential in the U.S., STG puts their knowledge and networks to work to turn opportunities into profitable business realities.

STG tailors its involvement to the opportunity—making sure the right people get connected and that the correct actions are taken to ensure successful outcomes.  In some cases, where its principals add significant value, STG makes direct investments. In others, STG works to create joint ventures with new and existing partners—assuming the appropriate amount direct operating responsibility.

Services

Our services

Across sectors, STG has the experience and relationships to create profitable, productive partnerships.

Real Estate Investament

REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

STG principals and their networks can help Chinese companies seeking access to the US real estate market. From offering insight about where to invest to identifying potential partners, STG offers a full-spectrum of real estate services to ensure a positive outcome.

Clean Technology

Clean Technology & Renewable Energy

Whether you're a clean tech company seeking access to the Chinese market or you are a Chinese investor seeking opportunities to find strong renewable energy projects in the United States, STG can deliver the results you need. In addition to experience advising large scale renewable energy project sponsors, our principals are well-positioned to analyze market opportunities for various clean technologies.

Business Management & Finance

Business Management & Finance

STG can help your launch and grow your business in the US. Our principals have proven track record taking start-up businesses from inception through IPO.

Real Estate Technology

REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY

STG helps bring companies to market in the U.S. Take a look at our most recent joint venture.

Agriculture

Agriculture

Similar to Sichuan which has historically been known as the "province of abundance," California, with an annual agricultural output of over $46 billion, is known as the breadbasket of the world. Statewide, 77,900 farms produce more than 400 commodities and approximately one half of U.S.-grown fruits, nuts and vegetables. With such a diverse, high quality agricultural output—increasingly—the Chinese consumer is seeking out California grown products. With its key relationships in China, STG is well positioned to help California growers reach these new markets in China.

Technology

Technology

STG principals have a successful track record introducing technology to the Chinese marketplace for fabrication. By identifying and securing the right partners, STG can assist tech companies seeking manufacturing services in China.

Team

We have assembled an experienced team that delivers results to create business opportunities across borders.

Douglas Boxer, CEO & Co-Founder

Douglas Boxer

CEO & Co-Founder

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Michael Ghielmetti, President/Founder

Michael Ghielmetti

Co-Founder

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Scott Gable, Principal

Scott Gable

Partner

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Jean Quan, Sales Manager

Jane Quan

Partner

Inquiries:

For additional information or assistance, please contact: dboxer@signaturetradegroup.com

Michael Ghielmetti, Co-Founder

Michael Ghielmetti

President/Founder

In addition to his role with Signature Trade Group, Mr. Ghielmetti is also the founder and President of Signature Development Group (SDG)—a private real estate development company based in Oakland, California that specializes in residential and mixed-use projects in Northern California.

In 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown appointed Mr. Ghielmetti to the Board of Directors of the California-China Office of Trade and Investment to increase cooperation and mutual respect between California and China.

Prior to founding Signature Development Group and Signature Trade Group, Mr. Ghielmetti was a principal at Signature Properties, Inc., one of Northern California’s largest private land development and homebuilding firms, serving as President from 2003-2010. Mr. Ghielmetti has developed and invested in over 30 residential, commercial, and mixed-use real estate projects valued at over $1.5 billion. He oversees all aspects of the development process from acquisition and entitlement to financing and construction. In 2013, Signature Development Group secured one of the largest equity investments into a Northern California real estate project from a Chinese real estate company.

Since 2010, Mr. Ghielmetti has served on the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Council and is also a Director of the California Building Industry Association.

Douglas Boxer, CEO & Co-Founder

Douglas Boxer

CEO & Co-Founder

Having begun his career as an attorney in a private San Francisco practice, Mr. Boxer went on to work for the Administration of United States President Bill Clinton and later for the Mayor of Los Angeles. Since leaving public service, Mr. Boxer has worked with some of California’s leading business and political leaders. He advises large public corporations on legal and governmental affairs and lends his business development insight to green technology start-ups.

Mr. Boxer chaired the City of Oakland Planning Commission, the leading land-use policy body for the city, having been appointed by then-Mayor and now California Governor Jerry Brown. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Political Economy from University of California, Berkeley, and his law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he graduated cum laude.

Scott Gable, Partner

Scott Gable

Partner

Mr. Gable is a partner in STG and also serves as the CEO of CityLift Parking LLC, a joint venture formed between STG and a Chinese manufacturer to design, install, and service mechanical parking lift systems.  He has over 28 years of experience in leading companies. In his capacity as CEO of CityLift Parking, Mr. Gable now leads his fourth high-growth company.

Previously, Mr. Gable served as Chief Operating Officer for Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust (NYSE: SWAY), a single family rental real estate trust he helped grow from 500 to 15,000 homes in three years. In his role he built and led all operations, including acquisitions, construction, leasing, property management and repairs and maintenance nationally. He helped take the company through its initial public offering in February 2014.

Mr. Gable served as EVP of Operations for Wells Fargo Bank (NYSE: WFC), where he was part of the team that grew Home Equity lending portfolio from $2 billion to a $92 billion in 11 years.  He oversaw a 5,000 person team responsible for underwriting, processing, servicing, and collections for the portfolio.

He also served as a Principal for Booz*Allen & Hamilton.  During his tenure the office quadrupled in size and became a leading consulting firm to consumer industries, including retail, packaged goods, entertainment, and transportation.

Mr. Gable holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB in International Relations from Stanford University.  He has lived and worked in Asia and speaks Japanese.

Jean Quan, Former Mayor, City of Oakland

Jane Quan

Partner