Meet the Panelists: EB-5 Industry Forum Agenda to Highlight Local Results

10.11.17 | Archived


IIUSA looks forward to welcoming nearly 450 industry professionals to Miami, FL from October 23-25 for the 7th Annual EB-5 Industry Forum.

Over the last few weeks, we explored the panel topics that highlight the conference theme, “Global Connections. Local Results.” This week, we would like to introduce you to the panelists for each of those sessions, starting with the “Local Results” panelists, which can be reviewed below and the full agenda can be reviewed here.

We hope that you can join us in Miami for what promises to be a great event!


Highlighting the Panelists for the “Local Results” Programing

RFE Trends: What is USCIS Focused on in EB-5 Investor & Project Adjudications

  • Robert C. Divine, Chair of Global Immigration Practice, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
  • Michele Franchett, Partner, Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP
  • Dan Lundy, Partner, Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP
  • Scott Barnhart, Economist, Barnhart Economic Services, LLC

EB-5 Project Due Diligence: A Growing List of Material Considerations Any Reasonable Investor Would Want to Know

  • Rupy Cheema, Partner, EB5 Diligence
  • Rana Jazayerli, Partner, Philips Lytle LLP
  • Maggie Mullane, Economist, Impact DataSource, LLC
  • Russell Scarcella, Director, Exiger

Regional Center Best Practices: What are Industry Standards for Key EB-5 Issues & Why?

  • Mary King, COO, New York City Regional Center, LLC
  • Kyler James, Vice President, Government Affairs, CMB Regional Centers
  • Peyman Attari, President & CEO, AISA
  • Charles Foster, Chairman, Foster LLP
  • Richard Kristof, CEO, Investor Services Company of America

From Jail Time to SEC Actions, Mandamus to Civil Proceedings (and everything in between): EB-5’s Growing Footprint in the U.S. Court System

  • Robert Whyte, Managing Partner Whyte & Co.
  • Ira Kurzban, Partner, Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli & Pratt, P.A.
  • Scot O’Brien, Partner, Akerman LLP
  • Michael Goldberg, Co-Chair, Fraud & Recovery Practice Group, Akerman LLP
  • Michael Homeier, Founding Shareholder, Homeier Law PC

EB-5 in Miami: Case Studies in Public Private Partnership (P3)

  • Mikki Canton, Managing Director of the City of Miami EB5 Regional Center; Chief Strategic Advisor & Global Affairs Counsel to City of Miami Mayor, Tomás P. Regalado
  • Francis X. Suarez, Commissioner, District 4, City of Miami
  • Manuel Mencia, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Florida, Inc., Division of International Trade & Business

How EB-5 Fits into the Political & Policy Puzzle of the 115th Congress

  • Adam Greene, President, Live in America Financial Services LLC
  • Hunter Bates, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Leon Rodriguez, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Bill Gresser, President, EB-5 New York State, LLC
  • Tom Loeffler, Senior Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Ensuring Your Voice is Heard Loud & Clear by Congress

  • Peter D. Joseph, Executive Director, IIUSA
  • Hans Rickhoff, Senior Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • John Ashbrook, Founding Partner, Cavalry, LLC
  • Bob Kraft, Chairman & CEO, FirstPathway Partners

EB-5 Compliance: Are You Ready for Project Site Visits, Regional Center Audits and Investor Interviews?

  • Carolyn S. Lee, Partner, Miller Mayer, LLP
  • David Andersson, President, WORC Regional Centers
  • Parisa Karaahmet, Partner, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
  • Richard Booth, EB-5 Compliance Officer, Vice President, Signature Bank
  • Pat Hogan, CEO, CMB Regional Centers

Sustainment of Investment: Investor Risks & Potential Market-Based Solutions to the Capital Redeployment Conundrum

  • Osvaldo Torres, President, Torres Law, PA
  • Reid Thomas, Executive Vice President, NES Financial
  • Allison Berman, General Counsel, Greystone EB-5 Holdings Corporation
  • Ronald Fieldstone, Partner, Arnstein & Lehr, LLP
  • Brad Stedem, President, Partner, EB-5 United
  • Joe McCarthy, Principal, American Dream Fund

Regional Center Trends in 2017: Terminations More Popular Than Approvals (and Everything Else You Need to Know)

  • Lincoln Stone, Managing Partner, Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP
  • Joseph Barnett, Associate, Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP
  • Kristal Ozmun, Partner, Miller Mayer, LLP
  • Cletus M. Weber, Partner, Peng & Weber, PLLC

Future of EB-5: Where will the Industry be in 2020 & Beyond?

  • Peter D. Joseph, Executive Director, IIUSA
  • Bob Kraft, Chairman & CEO, FirstPathway Partners
  • Rafael Anchia, Managing Director, Civitas Capital Group
  • Dave Souders, Commercial Insurance Broker, Todd & Associates, Inc.
  • Nima Korpivaara, Partner, David Hirson & Partners, LLP

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