CEO and Founder
Philip Chen As Chief Executive Officer of Apex Computer Systems, Dr. Philip Chen oversees all strategic planning and business development for the organization. After working as a research scientist with McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories and Dynamic Technology for nearly 10 years, Dr. Chen branched out into the technology field and formed Apex Computer Systems, Inc. in 1983 based on his entrepreneurial vision to help others benefit from leveraging information technology.
Over the years, Dr. Chen has truly proven himself to be an exemplary leader not only as the chief executive of Apex but also in the greater business community. Named "Asian Entrepreneur of the Year" by the Asian Business Association in 1996, Dr. Chen has always been a strong believer in giving more than you receive. As a result of his countless community involvements, he has served as National Vice President in Economic Affairs for the Organization of Chinese Americans, President of the Asian Business Association, Los Angeles Chapter, and President of the Chinese American Computer Association. He established the Cerritos Chinese Senior Citizen Association in 1992, which has now grown to 600 members, and he was the key organizer of the Asian Business Association, Orange County Chapter. Most recently, he established the Asian American Professional Association which is now in its seventh year in mentoring technical professionals to go into management careers. Dr. Chen has also served on the board of several volunteering organizations, including Orange County Purchasing Council, California General Order 156 Minority Advisory Council, and many others.
Dr. Chen graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1974 with a doctorate in Aerospace Engineering and a minor in Computer Science.
Senior Vice President, Field Services
Mr. Dennis Rice currently directs and manages all field service operations including service delivery for Apex Computer Systems, Inc. Mr. Rice joined Apex in 1998 with 24 years in the computer service industry, including more than 20 years in management at McDonnell Douglas, Novadyne, Wang Laboratories, and Westec. Under Mr. Rice's leadership, Apex's field service has consistently been ranked as a top performing service provider by our clients and partners including IBM and our field service coverage has expanded from regional to national.
Jessica C. Chow
Jessica C. Chow was promoted to Controller from Senior Accountant in 1999. Under her financial stewardship, Apex has grown steadily and smoothly, multiplying by ten times in revenue and number of employees.
Under Ms. Chow's efficient leadership, the Administration Department of Apex has made significant accomplishments including successful development and implementation a company-wide ERP system, improvements in 401(K) and other employee benefit plans, creation of an effective technical environment for all employees, as well as reorganization of the accounting, logistics, and warehouse departments in order to streamline workflow and processes.
Jessica C. Chow received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from California State University at Los Angeles. She is most grateful to those who helped her learn to become a bold, caring, and kind leader.
Florence Wang Kuo
Chief of Staff
Florence Kuo joined Apex Computer Systems, Inc. in 1998. Ms. Kuo manages the President's office, specifically in the areas of community relations, quality assurance, and special projects. She brought with her twenty-four years of experience as the Executive Assistant to the CEO/Founder of Continental Engineering Corp. She contributed to the significant growth of Continental Engineering Corp. from a mid-sized local firm to a leading construction conglomerate in Taiwan with a global presence.
Ms. Kuo is currently administrating the Mentoring Program for the Asian American Professional Association (AAPA) in Southern California, based on the vision of inspiring, developing, and promoting Asian-American professionals to maximize their career potential.
Ms. Kuo holds a B.A. degree in Literature from National Taiwan University. She is fluent in English and Chinese in several dialects including Mandarin, Shanghainese, and Taiwanese.