Chair of the Board
Alen Hsu regularly represents publicly traded companies, privately owned multi-national businesses, and startup companies with respect to domestic and international legal issues. Alen provides strategic guidance and legal representation to international investors regarding their investments in the U.S., including the preparation of corporate and commercial contracts. He also maintains an active and diverse litigation practice involving business, labor and employment, non-competition agreements, real estate, construction, landlord-tenant, government relations, products liability, class action defense, and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights.
Alen has successfully served as counsel on a number of multimillion dollar litigation matters in state and federal courts and arbitrations, including appeals, on matters arising from varied state and federal laws, including the False Claims Act, Sherman Act/ Antitrust, Fair Labor Standards Act, American with Disabilities Act, Florida Civil Rights Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, and Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Alen aggressively litigates cases while simultaneously developing creative and cost-effective settlement solutions to resolve complex problems on behalf of the ﬁrm’s clients.
Alen has received numerous accolades for his legal work and involvement in the South Florida community. In 2016, he received the Legal Advisor of the Year Award from Sterling 5, Inc. for his strategic counseling of start-up companies and small to mid-sized businesses. He has also been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation since 2015. In 2016, Alen was selected to join a select group of attorneys to participate in The Florida Bar Leadership Academy. In 2017, Alen was selected to serve on the committee of The Florida Bar Journal and The Florida Bar News Editorial Board, and currently serves on the executive committee. Most recently, he was elected as Vice President of Membership of the National Asian Paciﬁc American Bar Association, a prominent organization that represents the interests of 50,000 attorneys and more than 80 national, state, and local Asian Paciﬁc American bar associations.
Alen obtained his Bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Florida. While at the University of Florida, he completed a foreign study program on Elizabethan England and William Shakespeare at Cambridge University, England. He went on to receive his law degree from Nova Southeastern University. Alen is proﬁcient in spoken Mandarin-Chinese.
Our Board of Directors
Originally a successful business owner from Chicago, Renette Verhaeghe has been a South Florida resident since 2003. Dedicating much of her time to community charitable causes, Renette was a member of Place of Hope’s Leadership Advisory Council and served and supported Achievement Center for Children & Families, Autism Soccer, Boca Raton Helping Hands, Boca Museum of Art, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the Shuzz organization. As a Board Member for Tri-County Animal Rescue, Renette collaborated and published the book “Rescuers Who Rescue”. She is the proud Rescue-Mom of Chloe and Ziggy.
Inspired by her involvement with non-profits, Renette, along with sons David and Richard, founded the Verhaeghe Family Foundation in 2010 to assist charities within the community. Her philanthropic nature expanded to include her desire to help our military, and earlier this year she became the Founder of OPERATION120. “I am a proud supporter of the US Military and with the financial support of the Verhaeghe Family Foundation and fundraising efforts, I have the ability to “Honor Those Who Have Served!” proudly states Verhaeghe.
Barbara (Bobbi) Prager, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Professionally, Bobbi Prager is a senior Human Resource professional with over 30 years of management, operational and leadership experience within various service industries, including healthcare, television broadcasting, and hospitality. Her background includes the areas of talent acquisition and retention, employee and labor relations, training and development, employee benefits and business insurance. Her areas of expertise have been in Mergers & Acquisitions, Contract Administration, Strategic Planning, Start Ups, HRMS implementation, Workforce Planning, Employee Benefits and Employee Relations.
Bobbi earned the SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) certification from the HR Certification Institute, the SHRM-SCP certification from the Society of Human Resource Management and the IHR Certificate in Performance Management. She has also been recognized with Excellence in Human Resources in 2005 and in 2006 by the South Florida Business Journal and a Career Achievement Award by the South Florida Business Journal in 2006.
As a volunteer, Bobbi has served on the boards of the Eastern Oklahoma Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, Hadassah (WZOA), the Human Resource Association of Broward County (HRABC), HR Florida State Council, and the Human Resource Association of Palm Beach County (HRPBC). Bobbi was recognized as Human Resource Association of Broward County’s Board Member of the Year 2003 and was inducted into the Member Hall of Fame in 2015.
She is currently serving on the board of the Florida Region of Hadassah, as Co-Chair of the HRPBC Annual Conference, and as Warrior Engagement Chair for the Arthritis Foundation (Palm Beach County).
Bobbi has two adult children and two grandchildren living in Sarasota, Florida. Entering the next phase of life, Bobbi is utilizing her past work and volunteer experiences, as well as proven abilities utilizing a proactive approach to problem solving, within the non-profit arena as her “Unretirement Project”.
United States Navy Veteran
Navy veteran, Grecia Smith, served overseas on active duty as an Aviation Ordnanceman, Weapons Technician aboard the USS George Washington (CVN 73), Yokosuka, JP. She maintained and inspected airborne weapons and aviation ordnance equipment, stored and loaded aviation ammunition, nuclear weapons, and missiles, and performed periodic maintenance on ammunition and ordnance. Grecia achieved the rank of Second Class Petty Officer, Aviation Warfare Specialist, and separated from the military with an honorable discharge.
Following her transition out of the military, Grecia earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and dedicates her time to advocating for mental health reform within local communities. She has established a strong community presence by volunteering with various community organizations dedicated to empowering the lives of women veterans, advocating for gun safety reform, and serving as an advocate for neglected and abused children in Broward County. As an administrative professional, Grecia offers a wealth of knowledge in office administration with enhanced communication and organizational support at all departmental levels.
Senior Vice President
Torren has exclusively served ultra-high net worth families and individuals with the sophisticated guidance needed to address the full spectrum of today’s wealth management needs. Over his 23-year career, Torren has enjoyed developing the tailored investment solutions that address the highly personalized situations of his UHNW clients.
Torren’s mission is to help each client develop a plan that not only preserves the wealth they hope to share for generations to come, but also enhances the footprint they choose to leave on the world.
Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2016, Torren was with UBS Private Wealth Management offices located in Palm Beach. Torren earned his B.S. from North Carolina State University and holds series 7, 63, 65, and 31 securities licenses.
Torren is an owner of PurLife Fitness Centers. Following his passion for health and fitness his team designed a club where that passion is at the forefront. He knew they needed to develop a culture that was not just fitness, but truly a lifestyle. Within their luxurious facilities are PurStrands Salon and PurGreens restaurants. Currently two locations, Delray Beach and Boca Raton.
Torren directly supports University of Miami, UHealth Champions Fund, Miller School of Medicine. He is involved in community organizations including, but not limited to: Boys and Girls Club Delray Beach, Delray Beach Police Athletic League, The Avenue Church, City House,
Lifesong Ministries, AWS Summer Camps, Atlantic High School Athletic Department and Wisetribe. Torren is now committed to working with OPERATION120 as Treasurer of the Board.
Torren resides is Delray Beach with his two sons.
R. Max Lohman, Esq.
R. Max Lohman, Jr. was born and raised in southern Indiana, just north of Louisville, Kentucky. Upon graduating high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in the Nuclear Power Training Program. After becoming “nuclear qualified” and attaining the rank of Machinist Mate Second Class (MM2/E-5), Max received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. Upon graduation he selected Naval Aviation and after receiving his “Wings of Gold” Max transitioned to rotary wing aviation where he was qualifed as an aircraft commander in the SH-60B Seahawk and as a Functional Check Pilot (squadron level test pilot). Max was deployed twice to the Persian Gulf where he amassed over 1400 total flight hours, with ~600 hours of combat flight time and more than 500 shipboard landings. His sea tour came to end with his selection as the squadron and wing “Pilot of the Year” and culminated in selection as the 1999 Naval Helicopter Association “Pilot of the Year.” For his shore tour Max returned to the Naval Academy as a military professor where he taught Naval Warfare Strategy and Tactics. While teaching at the academy, Max attended the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctor degree. Subsequently, in 2003 Max moved to Palm Beach County and began his legal career, choosing to focus his practice in the area of local government/municipal law. Max is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell, is a Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in City, County and Local Government Law, and has more than fifteen years of experience in this field. Max currently serves as the City Attorney for the City of Palm Beach Gardens, the Town Attorney for the Town of Lantana and General Counsel for the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority and the West Palm Beach Art & Entertainment District. Max also serves as the Special Magistrate for the Towns of Glen Ridge and Cloud Lake.
In 2014 he founded Lohman Law Group, P.A. and more recently serves as President of SureTrust Title.
Max and his wife, Kristen live in Atlantis, Florida with their rescue dogs, Bentley, Luna, Emmie, and Labradoodle, Kena.
Shakeia Kegler is a Navy Veteran turned entrepreneur. She served active duty military for five years as an Aviation Ordnancemen Petty Officer 2nd Class. While enlisted, she gained experience in purchasing, compliance and quality assurance, also earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certifications. She was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for her exemplary performance managing and purchasing tools, parts, and materials.
Following her military career, Shakeia worked as a specialist in the government contracting department of a pharmaceutical company. Her experience led her to found GovLia (short for Government Liaison) in 2017, a cloud-based platform that simplifies state and local government procurement processes to foster economic opportunity and growth for women, veteran and minority-owned companies and communities.
Since launching GovLia Shakeia has won 1st place in multiple business competitions such as the 2018 Grace Hopper Celebration PitcHER. She was also selected to represent the United States at the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in the Netherlands.
Shakeia is also the founding member of a non-profit organization called Code to Eat, whose mission is to educate and empower underserved communities to leverage technology to create their own economic opportunities. Code to Eat hosts training events teaching youth how to create e-commerce websites and some non-code requiring tools to sell products and services online.
In addition to running her own businesses, Shakeia serves on the board of Operation 120, an organization designed to lift at-risk women veterans out of homelessness, and Women Veterans In Pursuit, an organization dedicated to advocating for and supporting women veterans in more leadership roles.
Shakeia is passionate about creating opportunities for individuals and business owners to grow, overcome economic hardships, and surpass barriers to success in every aspect of life.