Looking Ahead to the 2019 EB-5 Awards for Economic Advancement from Member Perspectives




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IIUSA Membership Committee Corner

IIUSA members represent the EB-5 industry’s most accomplished participants and IIUSA conferences provide unparalleled opportunities to collaborate with a diverse community of EB-5 professionals. One of the most visible ways that IIUSA highlights the strength of its membership is by recognizing member accomplishments at the Annual EB-5 Industry Achievement Banquet. This awards banquet celebrates our members’ incredible contributions to the EB-5 program, their local economies, and to the foreign investors wishing to immigrate to the United States.

Two of our Member Relations Committee members – Robert Blanco and Victor Espinosa – provide a look back on sponsoring last year’s event and a look forward to this year’s awards.


Why the 2019 EB-5 Awards for Economic Advancement are a Can’t Miss for Our Firm
by Robert Blanco, Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLPBlanco_Robert J.

This year, the association will distribute the 2019 Awards for Economic Advancement in seven unique categories, so both new EB-5 participants and seasoned veterans are welcome to participate and eligible to be recognized. IIUSA recognizes the contributions of its members from many different industries, whether you are a regional center, immigration attorney, securities attorney, business plan writer, economist, banker, fund administrator or any other participant. The awards ceremony has a unique ability to motivate the entire membership to continue the EB-5 program’s positive impact throughout the country. The awards banquet highlights the heroes, advocates, and industry leaders whose accomplishments are rightfully celebrated amongst their industry peers.

Another inspiring component of the event will be the recognition of perhaps the most important program participant: the EB-5 investor. During the ceremony, IIUSA will once again be honored to recognize an EB-5 investor who best embodies the American dream by driving economic development in their communities above and beyond their initial EB-5 investment. The presentation humanizes the EB-5 program and highlights the longstanding benefits that extend far beyond the EB-5 program itself.

It is hard to over-emphasize the inspiration that comes from hearing success stories and seeing colleagues recognized for the tangible benefits generated by the EB-5 program. Telling the stories of job creation, economic development, and the American dream is exciting and rewarding. We hope all our members will join us at this year’s banquet and take with them the encouragement to continue the good work that they do in the years ahead.


Sponsoring Last Year’s Event Enabled Us to Champion Program Success
by Victor Espinosa, Golden Gate GlobalEspinosa_Victor

April 22, 2018 marked the inaugural IIUSA EB-5 Industry Achievement Banquet with over 225 people in attendance. As a sponsor of the awards ceremony, it was an honor to participate in an extremely successful and exciting inaugural event with and for the EB-5 Industry. Additionally, we were able to champion the important event and invite our special guests to our sponsored table at the gala to recognize their support and contribution to our regional center.

It is extremely important for us to be able to share our success with our investors, partners and supporters. The gala provided an opportunity for industry leaders and new comers to enjoy an evening reflecting on the efforts of our peers during the year and build stronger relationships with fellow colleagues in the industry. The event celebrated standout leaders who exemplify the passion and drive for excellence at the heart of the EB-5 industry.

We were extremely honored and grateful to be the recipient of the Public-Private Partnership of the Year award. Since our inception, it has been our commitment to work in partnership with the cities and private developers in our region to stimulate job creation, redevelopment and attract direct foreign investment. Thank you to IIUSA for hosting this momentous occasion and thank you to our peers for voting Golden Gate Global recipient of the Public-Private Partnership of the Year Award in 2018.

As you can see, the EB-5 Industry Achievement Banquet is a great way to recognize key contributions to the EB-5 program as well as be more than a participant but be a champion by sponsoring the event.

I hope all of you participate in this year’s event and I look forward to seeing you on May 5 in Washington, DC. Nominate a hero, advocate or industry leader, become a sponsor or do both. The deadline to submit nominations is March 1!

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Questions? Email mckenzie.penton@iiusa.org or call 202-795-9669.



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