EMAX is the combined effort of a Beijing government insider who spent her career with one of China's most influential organizations and a Colorado telecom attorney who began his career working for the U.S. Congress in the Office of Technology Assessment. Together they have managed to forge an alliance that provides EMAX's clients with a unique blend of skills, experience, and perspective.

A native of China, Ji Dongning was educated in Shanghai where, in 1975, she was awarded a B.A. in Media and English from the Shanghai University of International Studies. Over the next twenty years, she rose to the level of Senior Civil Servant within the International Department of CYL* with special expertise in North American Affairs. During that period, Ji Dongning became expert in managing international cultural and business exchange programs, including those carried out under the auspices of the United Nations. And from 1982 to 1986, she acted as an advisor on international affairs to Hu Jintao, the then-president of CYL and now president of China. During the 1980s and 1990s, Ji Dongning traveled extensively in Europe in support of business and training opportunities for Chinese entrepreneurs with such  companies  as NEC,  Mercedes-Benz, Coca-Cola,  Lufthansa,  and others. From 1989  to  1991, Ms. Ji served in Cyprus as a foreign correspondent and editor for the Xinhua News Agency. From 1991 to 1993, she was a member of the National Council of the China Young Entrepreneur Association.
After immigrating to the United States in 1995, Ji Dongning began consulting with multi-national companies regarding the business climate and market possibilities in China. Her extensive high-level contacts among China's current leaders (at the local and Provincial levels, as well as within the Central Government) provide EMAX's clients with unique access to key decision makers.
*The International Department of CYL is under the direct control of the Foreign Affairs Department of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party. CYL is the Communist Youth League ("the League"). Outside of China, CYL is known as ACYF, the All-China Youth Federation.

Educated at Claremont McKenna College, Mr. Vernon graduated cum laude with majors in both History and Political Science. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree from UCLA Law School and was admitted to practice in the District of Columbia. Early in his career, Mr. Vernon served on the Professional Staff of the U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment (OTA). As a law and policy analyst, Mr. Vernon produced in-depth studies of the steel, electronics, and aerospace industries. He was an advisor to studies on coal utilization, utilities regulation, energy conservation, technology transfer, and energy from biological processes. He edited the OTA report to Congress on alcohol fuels. Mr. Vernon has spent over 20 years in new product design and development. But he is also intimately familiar with the corporate environment, having spent six years in Colorado working for Intrado Inc., where he served for two years as Assistant General Counsel. In that capacity, Mr. Vernon negotiated key agreements with such companies as AT&T Wireless, Sprint PCS, NEXTEL, Verizon, and Qwest.
Mr. Vernon was invited to coordinate and manage the company's lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C.and served as the Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs before leaving to establish EMAX in 2004. Mr. Vernon draws upon a wide range of experiences in international business, law, and government and regulatory affairs. He has traveled and worked extensively in China during the past six years, and he has managed to bridge the cultural divide between Chinese and Western business practices, an essential prerequisite to building the personal and professional relationships on which any successful bilateral venture ultimately depends.