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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. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Taking leave from the LAPD, Mr. Montes spent 1996 as a Fulbright scholar at the London School of Economics where 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. Mr. Montes returned to the United Kingdom to study International Security & Intelligence at Cambridge University, Pembroke College.

After leaving policing, Mr. Montes joined the investment banking industry and worked at Goldman Sachs and HSBC. Mr. Montes was appointed as a Director to the Industrial Development Authority of the City of Los Angeles in November 2007 where he currently chairs the IDA.

Mr. Montes also sits on the Board of Directors for the Fulbright Scholarship Association in Washington, D.C. and as a Board of Advisor for Banc of California. Mr. Montes recently completed the Harvard–Kennedy School of Government program Senior Executives in National & International Security (Class of 2014), and was selected to attend the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania as a National Security Seminar Fellow.


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