Charlie is the founder of Zion Enterprises and a celebrated
entrepreneur and success story. With only US $ 20.00 dollars in
his pocket, and unrelenting determination, Charlie create the
food brand called Pick Up Stix.
Charlie executed his first Pick Up Stix with passion, hard work and
deep insight to customer demands. Within a decade, Charlie had
built an empire with more than 100 Pick Up Stix locations, and a
commissary that streamlined the preparation of each menu item,
ensuring that every restaurant would serve the freshest products
available with quality and consistency. He sold his restaurant
enterprise along with the distribution center to TGI Fridays on
June 30, 2001 for $50 million dollars. He then established Zion
Enterprises, a real estate development company that has been
involved in over 200-million dollars worth of commercial, retail
and residential projects in the Western United States. Revitalizing
communities and adding value at every level are among Zion
Enterprises’ core tenets to this day. Not content to rest on his
laurels, Charlie began his next entrepreneurial evolution in 2004,
with Aseptic Solutions, a technologically advanced bottling
process to extend the shelf life of premium organic beverages.
The state-of-the-art aseptic beverage bottling company, Aseptic
Solutions was sold to Glanbia Nutrition Inc. in 2012 for more
than $60 million.
Among his awards are, “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst and
Young and the “Spirit of Life” award from the City of Hope. In
addition, he received the “Distinguished Business for Science
and Technology” award, and “Beijing International Entrepreneur
of the Year”. He also serves on the advisory board for Chapman
University, School of Business. Honored by the opportunity to
give back he subsidized the rebuilding of elementary schools after
a massive earthquake in Szechuan and most recently, funding
the building of a series of elementary schools near Nanjing.
Domestically he has helped to fund a handful of church buildings
on both coasts of the US and well as provide sponsorship to
students scholars and needy individuals through the Zion Charity
Fund. Managing capital for the greater good occupies 100% of his
passion and attention.