2021 IIUSA Board of Director Nominees – Recommendation

04.19.21 | Membership

It is our honor to present the recommended nominees for the 2021 IIUSA Board of Directors election. At this pivotal moment in world history, it is vital that our association be led by fiduciaries that steer IIUSA toward a sustainable future.

The Nominating Committee carefully considered all nominations put forth after a general call to the membership. The recommended candidates have demonstrated commitment, recent engagement, support of IIUSA, and ethical business practices.

Details about the election and information about the nominees are provided below. We invite your participation in the election we and appreciate your engagement with IIUSA.


The IIUSA Nominating Committee

Mariza McKee (Chair), IIUSA Director; IIUSA Leadership Circle; IIUSA Best Practices Committee | Partner, Kutak Rock

David Andersson, IIUSA President Emeritus; IIUSA Leadership Circle | President, WORC Regional Centers

George Ekins, IIUSA Director (2012-2018); IIUSA Leadership Circle | Principal, American Dream Fund

Pat Hogan, IIUSA Director; IIUSA Leadership Circle; IIUSA Public Policy Committee | CEO & Founder, CMB Regional Centers

Jill Jones, IUSA Director (2014-2015); IIUSA Best Practices Committee | Associate General Counsel, NES Financial

Ozzie Torres, IIUSA Leadership Circle; IIUSA Public Policy & Editorial Committees | Shareholder, Torres Law

Election Process

IIUSA’s 16th Annual Membership Meeting will take place virtually at 12:00pm ET on May 4, 2021. All nominees or a proxy will have the opportunity to briefly address the membership about their candidacy. If a member is unable to attend the live meeting, it will be recorded and available to view for one week following the live meeting.

It is free to attend the live Membership Meeting, but you must register. Simply do so by using this form.

Each member organization in good standing* will receive information in the coming days for how to cast their electronic vote for the election. Each member organization has a “designated voter” and that person will receive emailed instructions. Voting will open following the conclusion of the membership meeting and members will have until 11:59pm on May 11, 2021 to cast their votes.

Each member organization will receive one ballot to cast votes for the four open directorship positions** and all three officer positions. Members may cast up to four votes for the same person for each directorship opening, if they choose. The four director nominees with the highest vote counts will fill the open directorship seats. The new directors will be announced via email to the membership no later than May 14, 2021.

*Member organizations more than two months past due will be unable to vote until the dues are paid or a payment plan is established.

**Up to, but no more than, two Director positions may be filled by Service Provider members, per IIUSA’s bylaws (accessible here).

Annual Membership Meeting Agenda

May 4, 2021 | 12 PM ET 

  1. Welcome
  2. State of the Association
  3. Nominating Committee Report
  4. Board of Directors Election Speeches
  5. Election Process


Not Yet an IIUSA Member? 

All EB-5 industry stakeholders are encouraged and invited to join your non-profit membership association. Join on or before May 4 to participate in the annual membership meeting and have your voice heard during the board of directors election. You can learn more about membership here and complete an application online here

View nominee experience and credentials here.


Officers (1-year terms)
Robert Kraft
President & CEO
FirstPathway Partners (Incumbent)
Vice President
William Gresser
President & CEO
EB-5 New York State Regional Center
Stephen Strnisha
Cleveland International Fund (Incumbent)
Directors (Four 3-Year Terms)
There are four (4) Director seats open for election. Up to, but no more than, two (2) of these seats may be filled by a Service Provider member. Please read the full bios and credentials of all the nominees here.
Christine Chen
CanAm Enterprises
Charles Korrell
Vice President
Hillwood Investment Properties
Al Rattan
President & Co-Founder
Continental Regional Center
Dave Souders
Managing Partner
Todd Associates
Cletus Weber
Co-Founder & Senior Attorney
Peng & Weber PLLC
Abteen Vaziri
Managing Director
Brevet Capital


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