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Mr. Montes is currently the President of, a Los Angeles-based web building and social media technology company which allows users to opt-in and re-direct to a social media site, website, email or domain via a member’s car license plate. Director Montes is a veteran of the United States Air Force (1982-1987) and a former police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, where he served from 1987 to 1998 as a patrol officer, training officer, detective trainee and academy instructor.

Taking a leave from the LAPD, he spent 1996 as a Fulbright scholar at the London School of Economics. Mr. Montes examined the relationship between level of accountability and rank. Focusing his research on leadership traits in law enforcement, Mr. Montes explored the differences between the U.S. and U.K. systems. Whilst at LSE, Mr. Montes also studied international law, public policy and economic theory.

Mr. Montes later joined the investment banking industry where he worked at Goldman Sachs and HSBC. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California. Mr. Montes was confirmed as a Director of the Industrial Development Authority of the City of Los Angeles in November 2007, and has served as the Chair since July 2008. Mr. Montes is also on the Board of Directors for the Fulbright Scholarship Association in Washington, D.C. He is an avid reader and competes in triathalons. Mr. Montes resides in West Los Angeles.


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