Meet the Team

AlphaLuxe presents purist passions with integrity. 

We care more about the car than the badge; we drink the wine, not the label.

Thomas Mao

Advisor & Head Purist

“Treat others as you want them to treat you.  But don’t be stupid about it.”

Thomas fell in love with design, intrinsic qualities, and the power of branding at the ripe old age of 6 when he wanted a pair of Adidas Dragons and his mother insisted on buying him K-Mart specials.  He has spent the rest of his life reconciling these contradictions, seeking perfection in an imperfect world.  Fast cars, beautifully bodied; fast lenses; but not fast timepieces continue to fascinate and inspire him, all part of an insatiable thirst for knowledge and profound wisdom which he knows he will never achieve but he will die trying.  Thomas also loves to share but hates hypocrisy and one way streets (unless they are for time trials).

Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)

Founding Partner & Editor-in-Chief

“The true cost of luxury is the choice that it affords.” 

Allegedly, as a child, Melvyn promised his mother that he would get her a Ferrari, which she reminded him about, on her 80th birthday, because she hadn’t received one yet!  He also pronounced he would never to buy a Rolex nor Mercedes-Benz because in his childhood neighbourhood, only pimps and drug dealers flaunted them.  When, he became a “drug dealer” (pharmaceutical industry), he had to get Mercedes-Benz as personal cars since 1999.  He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights. His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website.  Melvyn was later CEO of PuristSPro horology website for a decade until 2018.

Anthony Tsai

Founding Partner & General Manager

        “Always remember who helped you out.”       

Anthony first became interested in watches and cars while in college at Cornell University.  After graduating, he pursued a career on Wall Street as an institutional proprietary equity trader, of which he still continues to do for well over 2 decades, and bought his first luxury watch with his first paycheck.  He was General Manager on watch collector’s forum PuristSPro for over a decade, and co-founded TwinLuxe, a luxury men’s skincare line, with his twin brother.  He loves dining out and spending his time in Southern California, sharing fine wine with family and friends, and taking an occasional drive in a sports car to de-stress.  Passions include running and playing basketball to stay in shape.  Overall, a happy simple guy who isn’t afraid to speak his mind and tell you how it really is.

Daniel Nikkhoo

Industry Liason & Staff Photographer

“An analog soul in a digital world.”

Daniel is a digital artist and photographer, whose passion is to convert what he sees through the camera lens into lasting images for others to collect and enjoy.  Trained in IT, Mechanical Engineering & Motorcycle Design, he uses all of these disciplines to hone his craft.  As a track enthusiast, he combines the thrill of the ride and automotive artistry for the drivers who rely on his creativity to fully capture the exhilarating experience.

Kevin Blasko

Automotive Writer

        “Fortune favors the bold.”       

KevinB is an auto enthusiast – a Mechanical Design Engineer by day, and serial side-hustler by night.  By age 4, he could spout the make and model of any passing vehicle, and by 12 he was an expert in the inner-workings of the internal combustion engine.  His love for all things motoring expanded into the two-wheeled world at age 17.  He currently owns a 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 and a 2018 Ducati Panigale V4 and has somehow managed to retain his driver’s license.  His passions outside the automotive world include road cycling and volleyball to stay in respectable shape, following the latest trends in health and nutrition, and taking long walks on the beach with his girlfriend and dog.

Michael Gallardo

Automotive Writer

“You can’t score points if you never take shots.”

Michael found interest in cars at around 6 years old.  Going to the drag strip to watch NHRA races and riding in his Dad’s beetle were the earliest memories that he can credit his passion to.  A year after high school, Michael bought his first car, a 1986 Porsche 944.  Ever since then, he has been switching it up and trying to experience all of the cars that he possibly can.  Interests include watching Formula 1, going to the shooting range, collecting watches, trying new places to eat, and playing an occasional round of golf.

Slavik Kochurov

Automotive Writer

“When all else fails, go for a drive.”

Slavik is not only an automotive enthusiast who has been passionate about cars since he could walk, but also is an expert due to his professional work in the automotive industry.  During his childhood, he spent a lot of his free time reading and memorizing all kinds of car facts and statistics.  He has a true passion for automobiles and lives and breathes automobiles.  If he’s not at a car event, track day or canyon carving, you can probably catch him at a food or watch event.  He also has a huge appreciation and fascination with Haute Horlogerie as well as fine dining and has a running list of his favorite restaurants that he’s visited around the world.

Angela Ranieri

Contributing Writer

“I think being in love with life is a key to eternal youth.”

Angela first became interested in beauty, fashion and fitness while in elementary school when Mom’s make-up and gowns were on hand to dress up in and “Get in Shape Girl” was the best exercise program on the planet.  After graduating Syracuse University, she pursued a career in Luxury Fashion in Marketing working with handbags – a passion for decades.  A change to the beauty world provided a full immersion in the land of self-care including opportunities to experience beauty innovation around the world.  She was a Corporate Trainer for over a decade and contributor for a number of television and magazine segments discussing and answering questions about the latest trends.  She loves to dine out and travel with friends and family and can be found walking aimlessly around New York City searching for the next “best thing.”  Running, skiing, doing yoga, playing with her son and dog, and spending time with her Husband are the best remedies to decompress.  Finding a great sale is a close second.

Ken Hokugo

Contributing Writer

“Buy the watchmaker/seller, not the watch.”

Ken is the only team member from Japan; but through his graduate school days and most of his professional career, he spent many years in New York where he got involved in PuristSPro.  Now that he has returned to Tokyo, where he grew up, he is the oddball in many aspects.  He wondered why Japanese watch fans had been so underserved and thought it would be his task to let the world know what was happening in Japan’s watch scene.  He currently makes a living by working for one of Japan’s large public pension funds as head of its hedge fund portfolio and Japanese corporate governance.  For his “day job”, he travels almost every month and visits boutiques, attend events, and meets up with fellow watch lovers.  For him, the ultimate joy and passion of this hobby are the relationships built around it.

Garett Pereda

Contributing Editor & Feature Columnist

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

Garett Pereda became a petrolhead the moment the boost in his father’s 930 first threw him back in his seat – top down, UB40 blasting on the radio (cut his dad a break, it was the early 90s). He’s been chasing that rush ever since.  After graduating from NYU and Pepperdine Law School, Garett worked as an entertainment attorney at William Morris Endeavor before diving headlong into his life’s work – pursuing a career in television writing.  He is a proud member and union captain for the Writers Guild of America, having worked on shows for Netflix, Warner Bros., Blumhouse Productions, Ellen DeGeneres, Lawrence Bender, and others.  He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, step son, and their long-haired cat Kiku.

Daniel Gallardo

Intern

If you say ‘vroom vroom’ when you put your foot down you drive faster.  That is a scientific fact.” – Lewis Hamilton

Daniel first got into cars at the age of 12.  His older brother started to take him to Cars and Coffee Irvine where he then started to take photos with his phone.  Later on down the road, his brother bought him his first camera at the age of 13.  Daniel likes going on adventures to different places and trying new types of food. One day he hopes to own a 70’s Porsche 914/6.