Christopher Che is the president/CEO of the Che International Group, LLC (CIG), a multi-national holding company that he founded in 2005 with the objective of creating subsidiary companies in diverse industries through strategic acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic alliances. Under his visionary leadership, in 2007 the Che International Group successfully acquired Hooven-Dayton Corporation (HDC) as its first wholly owned subsidiary, which he is also leading as President/CEO. Hooven Dayton Corporation is a 75 year old provider of high quality prime product labels, flexible packaging, promotional coupons and specialty printing solutions and has two state-of-the art manufacturing facilities in Dayton, Ohio. Under his leadership, both CIG and HDC are experiencing exponential increase in revenues through acquisitions and organic growth. As President/CEO, his responsibilities include setting strategy and vision, building cohesive executive teams that will lead the company to the next level, creating a conducive culture of sustainable growth and properly allocating capital resources.
Christopher is an accountant by profession and a veteran Senior Financial Executive with over 20 years of vast and dynamic business experience during which he has held progressive Auditing, Corporate Controller and Chief Financial Officer positions with various progressive, high profile, privately held manufacturing, Service and Technology corporations. Prior to starting the Che International Group in 2005, Christopher held CFO positions for 17 years. Responsibilities included all Operations, Accounting, Finance & Administration; Human Resources, MIS and Treasury departments as well as Risk and Benefits Management in multi-state and multi-national environments. He has significant expertise in financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, policy and procedure administration, and design and implementation of internal accounting controls.
Christopher is a proven expert in designing, sourcing and implementing technology (ERP systems) to optimize accuracy and efficiency of accounting operations. Backed by Big 8 Public Accounting Auditing experience, he has significant experience in restructuring financial and operating procedures to provide a solid foundation for exponential growth.
Christopher is an innovative executive who has deep entrepreneurial skills and strong ability to mentor staff, management and owners, creating a cohesive team to finding strategic solutions to business problems and opportunities for growth both internally and through acquisitions. He is a proven strategist who has led the growth of privately held firms from $2million to $75 million through multi-industry acquisitions and integration. Christopher has strong expertise in sourcing capital through building strong relationships with Commercial banks, Private Equity and Venture Capital firms.
Christopher’s specific manufacturing experiences include, concurrently, over 10 years in Flexographic Printing & Packaging; ten years in Corrugated Box packaging; Fifteen years in the Specialty chemical industry. He also spent approximately three years in the Technology and Service industries.
Christopher is a strong believer in giving back to the community through direct involvement. He currently serves as a board member of the Dayton Minority Economic Development Council, the Dayton Area Chamber of commerce, the Southern Advisory Council for the Printing Industries of America (PIA), the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland- Dayton Area Business Advisory Council, and the Small Business Advisory Council of the Cincinnati USA Chamber of Commerce. Christopher also serves in the membership committee of the Tag & Label Manufacturing Institute (TLMI); mentors minority and small business and is involved in other community outreach efforts in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio. He was a long time president of the Tristate Cameroonian Association of Ohio, Indiana & Kentucky during which he pioneered the longest running life insurance program for Cameroonians in the U.S.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting with a minor in Computers from Wilmington College, Ohio in 1985. He proceeded immediately to obtain a Master’s of Accountancy degree From Miami University in Oxford Ohio in 1986.
Dr. Mathias A.L. Fobi, is an internationally recognized bariatric surgeon, who has changed the shape of Hollywood heavyweights such as Etta James and American Idol’s Randy Jackson. MAL, as he is known among friends, was born in Nkwen, a small village in Cameroon, West Africa. He is a member of the first batch, class of 1965, of Sacred Heart College in Mankon, Bamenda in Cameroon. He came to the USA through the African Scholarship Program for American Universities (ASPAU) in 1966. This was a scholarship program that was inaugurated by President Kennedy along with the Peace Corps Program.
Mathias Fobi received his Pharmacy degree from the University of Michigan and received his Medical degree from University of Cincinnati. Dr. Fobi completed a General Surgical Residency at the King Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles where he was Chief Resident and later becoming a professor at the school. He is a Board Certified General Surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
In 1977, he experienced a life-changing encounter while teaching at Drew Medical Center. He met a woman who feared emergency surgery to repair complications from intestinal bypass surgery that she was willing to die rather than regain the weight she had lost. Her story of physical incapacity and ridicule struck a chord of compassion, and after some research, he developed a procedure that helped her. That experience eventually led him to shift the focus of his surgical career from trauma and oncology to the fledging field of bariatric (obesity) surgery.
In 1981, he opened the Center for Surgical Treatment of Obesity in Los Angeles and has treated more than 12,000 patients through The Center. In November 2005, Mathias A. L. Fobi, was named the Medical Director for the Bariatric Surgery Program at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach California where he has developed an accredited Center of Excellence. He is also the Medical Director of Tri-City Regional Medical Center Bariatric Program in Hawaiian Gardens, CA.
Currently Dr. Fobi is the President Elect of the International Federation for Surgery of Obesity, the President of the California Chapter of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, the immediate past President of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Foundation, is a fellow of the International College of Surgeons and the American College of Nutrition. He is the past president of the ASBS Foundation. He is a member of over two dozen medical associations, including the Los Angeles County Medical Association, North American Association for the Study of Obesity, American College of Nutrition, Los Angeles Surgical Society, Southwestern Surgical Association, the National Medical Association and the American Medical Association. He sits on the Board of the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles, is a lifetime member of the NAACP and is on the editorial board of publications Obesity Help and WLS Magazine.
Dr. Fobi lectures worldwide and has published numerous articles on obesity and surgical treatment for obesity. His research has appeared in Journals and several medical school textbooks related to obesity and bariatric surgery.
Dr Fobi, a well recognized name in Cameroon for his support for the change for democracy in Cameroon, was one of the pioneer immigrants from Cameroon to the United States of America in the 60s. He has contributed both to the welfare of Cameroonians in the USA and in Cameroon.
Dr Fobi and his wife Helen founded a foundation, the Bobe Ngwebifor Foundation, through which he has helped many people in Cameroon and in the USA. The Foundation provides financial support to students who without support cannot obtain an education. This financial support may entail tuition fees, books and lodging fees and in some cases other living expenses. More than 150 students have benefited from the scholarships. The Foundation supports schools which meet a special need such as for the deaf and mute, the blind or otherwise mentally gifted in Cameroon and also sponsors teachers from the USA or any other developed country with the special skills to initiate and/or work at such schools. As a part of the Foundation’s Mama Africa Program, the Fobi’s collect books, medical supplies, clothing, computers and other goods, ship them to Cameroon and distribute to local hospitals, schools and orphanages.
Dr Fobi is married to Helen Jean Newton Fobi of Blackshear, Georgia and has four daughters and two grandchildren.