The 9th Annual EB-5 Advocacy Conference, the longest running EB-5 conference attended by international investment and economic development professionals around the world.

On Wednesday April 20th, Invest in the USA (IIUSA), the national not-for-profit industry trade association for the EB-5 Regional Center Program (the “Program”), held its 11th Annual General Membership Meeting (“AGM”) in Washington, D.C. The membership meeting kicked off the 9th Annual EB-5 Advocacy Conference (the “Conference”), the longest running EB-5 conference attended by international investment and economic development professionals around the world.

The Conference was hosted at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC – a hotel completed in 2014 with the help of EB-5 investment.

Guest of Honor Speakers
Event Highlights
Photo Gallery
Video Recordings

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Guest of Honor Speakers

Stephanie Avakian
Stephanie AvakianDeputy Director, Division of Enforcement
I.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
Joseph P. Borg
Joseph P. BorgDirector
Alabama Securities Commission
Julia Harrison
Julia HarrisonDeputy Chief
USCIS Immigrant Investor Program Office
Kavita Jian
Kavita JianDirector of Emerging Regulatory Affairs
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
Ritta McLaughlin
Ritta McLaughlinChief Education Officer
Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB)
Charles Oppenheim
Charles OppenheimChief
Visa Controls Office, U.S. Department of State
Hon. Rand Paul, M.D.
Hon. Rand Paul, M.D.Senator (R-KY), Member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Cember of Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
U.S. Senate

Conference Highlights

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Re-election of President, Vice President, and new Secretary-Treasurer;

  • President: K. David Andersson, CEO, WORC Regional Centers (2010-Present)
  • Vice President: Robert C. Divine, Chair of Global Immigration Practice, Baker Donelson Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C. (2010-Present)
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Stephen Strnisha, CEO, Cleveland International Fund

Three New Directors were elected:

  • Kyle Walker, Managing Partner, Green Card Fund LLC
  • Charles Foster, Chairman, Foster LLP
  • Daniel J. Healy, CEO, Civitas Capital Group

Interactive policy review & ratification session

IIUSA Committee annual reports

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Guest of Honor Speakers

  • Honorable Rand Paul, Senator (R-KY), Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Member, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • Julia Harrison, Deputy Chief, USCIS Immigrant Investor Program Office
  • Joseph Borg, Director, Alabama Securities Commission
  • Stephanie Avakian, Deputy Director, Division of Enforcement, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Panel Discussion

  • Policy Review: Major Policy Issues & Stakeholder Voices:
  • Advocacy Workshop: Using Available Tool to Engage in EB-5 Government & Public Affairs
  • Securities Regulators Perspective on EB-5
  • What Can the EB-5 Industry Learn from Alternative Finance Capital Markets?
  • EB-5 Regulations & Policy Guidance: Historical Review & What Comes Next

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Guest of Honor Speaker

  • Charles Oppenheim, Chief, U.S. Department of State, Office of Visa Controls

Panel Discussion

  • Solutions to the China EB-5 Visa Waiting Line & Update from Department of State
  • Potential Solutions to EB-5 Visa Backlog: More Visas & Investor Market Diversification
  • Interactive Roundtable Discussion: The EB-5 Crystal Ball

Conference Video Recordings On-Demand

View Exclusive Content from the 2016 EB-5 Advocacy Conference! Panels include:

  • EB-5 Regulations & Policy Guidance- Historical Review & What Comes Next;
  • What Can the EB-5 Industry Learn from Alternative Finance Capital Markets;
  • Interactive Roundtable Discussion- The EB-5 Crystal Ball; and
  • Potential Solutions to EB-5 Visa Backlog- More Visas & Investor Market Diversification;

Click here to download the presentation slides (members-only).

Are you an All Access Pass Holder? Videos for All Access Pass Holders or complimentary and the discount code can be found here. Members receive 50% off regular rates (click here to get the discount codes).