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Ken Kuang, President, Torrey Hills Technologies, No. 188
Ken Kuang first came to the U.S. from China at age 24 for a research position at Clarkson University in New York state. Growing up in a small rural village in the Jiangxi province in China, where his parents were of a low socioeconomic status, Kuang says he always planned to work hard in the U.S. in order to make his parents proud. He pursued a career in the microelectronics industry at a company called Kyocera America, working his way up to department manager. He quit his job in 2004 to pursue his entrepreneurial dream of starting his own business, forming Torrey Hills Technologies shortly thereafter.