IIUSA was joined by over 350 EB-5 stakeholders in our nation’s capital from April 26-28, 2017 for the 10th Annual EB-5 Regional Economic Development Advocacy Conference.

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2016 Highlights

IIUSA was proud to host this conference at the vibrant Marriott Marquis, completed in May of 2014 with the help of EB-5 investment.

The largest hotel in Washington, D.C., the Marquis will be the setting for the industry’s cornerstone event combining the right balance of grassroots advocacy, advanced education, and business development opportunities.

Conference Schedule

  • 8:00am – 5:00pm: Registration
  • 8:45am – 10:00am: IIUSA Committee Meetings: Best Practices Committee, Editorial Committee, Membership Committee (Members-Only)
  • 10:00am – 11:15am: IIUSA Committee Meetings: Public Relations Committee, Banking Committee, Public Policy Committee (Members-Only)
  • 10:00am – 12:00pm: Exhibitor Move-In
  • 11:15am – 12:30pm: IIUSA Committee Meetings: Investor Markets Committee, Compliance Committee (Members-Only)
  • 12:00pm – 2:00pm: IIUSA Leadership Luncheon (Invite-Only)
  • 1:00pm – 2:30pm: Listening Session for USCIS EB-5 Stakeholder Webinar: Form I-924, Application for Regional Center Designation Under the Immigrant Investor Program
  • 12:00pm – 7:00 pm: Exhibit Hall Open
  • 2:30pm – 5:00pm: 12th Annual IIUSA Membership Meeting (Members-Only)
  • 5:00pm – 7:00pm: Reception

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  • 7:00am – 5:00pm: Registration/Exhibit Hall Hours
  • 7:30am – 8:30am: “Ask Me Anything” with IIUSA Staff: Advocacy, Membership, Digital Resources
  • 8:30am – 9:15am: What is at Stake in EB-5 Reauthorization & Reform: Review of Legislative and Regulatory Issues
    • Panelists:
      • Adam Greene, President, Live in America Financial Services LLC
      • Bill Gresser, Director Emeritus, IIUSA; President, EB-5 New York State, LLC
      • Michael Homeier, Founding Shareholder, Homeier & Law, P.C.
      • Peter Joseph, Executive Director, IIUSA
      • Hans Rickoff, Senior Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • 9:15am – 10:00am: Roundtable Focus: Hot Topics in the EB-5 Reform Debate
    • Panelists:
      • John Baselice, Director, Immigration Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
      • Hunter Bates, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
      • Angel Brunner, Director, IIUSA; President, EB5 Capital
      • Rush Deacon, Managing Director, Pine State Regional Center, LLC
      • Tom Rosenfeld, Director, IIUSA; CEO, CanAm Enterprises
      • Steve Yale-Loehr, President Emeritus, IIUSA; Of Counsel, Miller Mayer, LLP
  • 10:00am – 10:30am: Networking Break
  • 10:30am – 11:15am: Guest of Honor Address: Julia Harrison, Deputy Chief, USCIS Immigrant Investor Program Office
  • 11:20am – 12:10pm: First 100 Days of the Trump Administration: What Does It Mean for EB-5?
    • Panelists:
      • Robert Divine, Vice President, IIUSA; Shareholder, Donelson, Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C.
      • George Foresman, Chairman, NYSA Capital LLC
      • Charles Foster, Director, IIUSA; Chairman, Foster LLP
      • Tom Loeffler, Senior Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
      • Leon Rodriguez, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • 12:15pm – 1:30pm: Lunch Served
  • 1:00pm – 1:30pm: Guest of Honor Address: Honorable Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY, 27th)
  • 1:40pm – 2:30pm: “Keep Calm & EB-5 On”: A Macro Perspective on EB-5
    • Panelists:
      • Jonathan Bloch, Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP
      • Dan Healy, Director, IIUSA; CEO, Civitas Capital Group
      • Pieter P. Bottelier, Visiting Scholar, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
      • Reid Thomas, Executive Vice President, NES Financial
      • Abteen Vaziri, Director, Greystone EB-5 Holdings Corporation
      • Devin Williams, President, EB5 Global
  • 2:30pm – 3:20pm: Enforcement & Compliance: EB-5 Under a Microscope by Regulators & Law Enforcement
    • Panelists:
      • Michael Fitzpatrick, Partner, Baker Tilly LLP
      • Michael Goldberg, Partner; Co-Chair, Fraud & Recovery Practice Group, Akerman LLP
      • Ira Kurzban, Partner, Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli & Pratt P.A.
      • Chris Robertson, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
      • Robert Whyte, Managing Partner, Whyte & Co
  • 3:30pm – 4:00pm: Networking Break
  • 4:00pm – 4:50pm: EB-5 Litigation: Examining How EB-5 Policy is Shaped by the Courts
    • Panelists:
      • Dan Lundy, Partner, Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP
      • Brandon Meyer, Principal, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
      • John Pratt, Partner, Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli & Pratt P.A.
      • Clem Turner, Barst, Mukamal & Kleiner LLP
  • 5:00pm – 5:50pm: Strategic Planning in an Era of Increasing Backlogs
    • Panelists:
      • Charles Oppenheim, Chief, Visa Controls Office, U.S. Department of State
      • Kraig Schwigen, President, CMB Regional Centers
      • Kyle Walker, Director, IIUSA; CEO, Green Card Fund, LLC
      • Cletus Weber, Director, IIUSA; Co-Founder and Senior Attorney, Peng & Weber, PLLC
      • Bernie Wolfsdorf, Partner, Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP
  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm: Reception

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  • 7:00am – 12:00pm: Registration/Exhibit Hall Hours
  • 9:00am – 9:50am: Capital Redeployment: How the Industry is Handling the Lack of Guidance from USCIS
    • Panelists:
      • Allison Berman, General Counsel, Greystone EB-5 Holdings Corporation
      • Mary King, COO, New York City Regional Center
      • Bradford Stedem, Managing Director, Capital United LLC
      • Lincoln Stone, Partner, Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP
      • Osvaldo Torres, Founder, Torres Law, PA
  • 9:00am – 9:50am: Changing Fast: Source of Funds in the FATCA, post-Panama Papers World of Today
  • Panelists:
    • Edward Beshara, Managing Partner, Beshara, P.A.
    • Ed Carroll, Founding Partner, Carroll & Associates, PC
    • Rana Jazayerli, Partner, Phillps Lytle LLP
    • Julia Park, Managing Director, Advantage America EB-5 Group
    • Jinhee Wilde, Principal and Managing Attorney, Wilde & Associates, LLC
  • 10:00am – 10:30am: Networking Break
  • 10:30am-11:20am: Prepare for Success: USCIS Compliance Audits & Site Visits of Regional Centers
    • Panelists:
      • Jessica Denisi, Associate, Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP
      • Bob Kraft, Director, IIUSA; CEO, FirstPathway Partners
      • Dawn Lurie, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • 10:30am-11:20am: Think Global, Act Global: Which Investor Markets are Worth Your Time (and Which Aren’t) & Why
    • Panelists:
      • Rupy Cheema, Co-Founder and Senior EB-5 Business Analyst, EB5 Diligence
      • Mark Davies, Global Managing Partner and Founder, Davies & Associates, LLC
      • Julian Montero, Partner, Arnstein & Lehr, LLP
      • Adrian Pomery, Business Development Specialist, EB5Investors.com
      • Irina Rostova, Partner, Rostova Law Group
  • 11:30am – 12:20pm: Year of the Rooster: Can EB-5’s Largest Investor Market Continue to Rise & Shine?
    • Panelists:
      • Kelvin Ma, Partner, Shanghai Demei Law Firm
      • Larry Wang, President, Welltrend United
      • Howard Wu, CEO, Can-Achieve Exit-Entry Services Co., Ltd
      • Jenny Zhan, President, Good Hope Investment Services (CreditEase)
      • Rachel Zou, Chairperson, Lianhong Overseas Consultants Service Limited
  • 11:30am – 12:20pm: Banking in EB-5: Considerations, Opportunities, Challenges, and Solutions
    • Panelists:
      • Richard Booth, Compliance Officer, Signature Bank
      • JIll Jones, Senior Counsel, NES Financial
      • Oleg Karaman, Senior Managing Director, Sterling National Bank
      • Mark Morley, President and CEO, Education Fund of America, LLC
      • Steve Shpilsky, Co-Founder, CaRE EB-5 Regional Center
  • 12:00pm – 2:00pm: Leadership Luncheon (Invite-Only)
  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm: Board of Directors Meeting (Invite-Only)

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Guest of Honor Speakers

Hon. Chris Collins
Hon. Chris CollinsU.S. House Representative
R-NY 27th District
Julia Harrison
Julia HarrisonDeputy Chief
USCIS Immigrant Investor Program Office
León Rodríguez
León RodríguezFormer Director
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Charles Oppenheim
Charles OppenheimChief
Visa Controls Office, U.S. Department of State

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