Visionary entrepreneur, art collector and preservationist, corporate founder and inventor, internationally published author and photographer, martial arts instructor. Roland Tseng has been all of those things and more during a remarkable two-decade career, surely earning him the deserved title of "renaissance man."
Since starting as a vice president of his family's Northridge Travel Service between 1981 and 1985, the 47-year-old Tseng has built a diverse and accomplished portfolio that has increasingly focused on preserving and researching China's cultural heritage. In April 2003, Tseng was one of a group of Asian Americans honored as role models by Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn.
Tseng's passion for Chinese art -- and making it accessible to the public to increase understanding of Chinese culture -- began with his travels to China while working in the tourism industry. He has been a collector of ancient Chinese art for the past 20 years, is a recognized scholar on archaic Chinese jade and bronze, and has traveled to China more than 100 times.
A milestone event in Tseng's journeys came when he was asked to serve as managing project consultant between 1988 and 1991 for the Silk Road Project. Working for the Getty Conservation Institute, Tseng helped draft an unprecedented agreement with the government of the People's Republic of China and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the conservation of two of China's most important cultural sites.
More broadly, Tseng has devoted many years to China ventures, including in 1985 founding China Media Services, a syndication company that for the first time brought American television programming to mass audiences in China. He also served as a technical adviser to the U.S. Commerce Department during bilateral tourism talks between the U.S. and China in 1987, and worked as China Country Director for the United Nations' Hunger Project from 1988 to 2000.
A company that Tseng founded in 1999, Cyperion Inc., developed patent-pending security software interfaces that allow the use of biometric security measures, e.g. fingerprint recognition, via the Internet for securing key data. Tseng currently serves as president of Native Software, where he developed the first digital video camera to use Global Positioning System (GPS) technology for use in documenting archaeological sites and other mapping/surveying uses.
In prior years, Tseng -- who also holds a fifth-degree black belt in Kenpo karate -- has authored several books, including a bestseller titled Aerobic Self Defense that led to an exercise video, and has had his photography internationally published. Tseng, who grew up in the San Fernando Valley but now lives in Northern California, received his bachelor's degree in 1978 and a master's of business administration in 1980 from Pepperdine University.