DAVID FINKELSTEINCEO & Managing Partner
David Finkelstein, as Founder and CEO, he is responsible for the leadership and direction of the entire staff, both in the USA and around the world. Mr. Finkelstein, was the former CFO for Allied Capital & Development of South Florida, LLC , a Florida Development company and all EB5 companies affiliated with The Florida Regional Center and United States Immigration Fund. He has been one of the leading architects of the EB-5 industry during the past eight years involved in real estate projects with over $700 Million of EB-5 funding. David has worked closely with Immigration and Securities attorneys to help develop financial structures that are compliant with USCIS and securities guidelines. Prior to his EB-5 work, Mr. Finkelstein acquired and developed real estate in both Florida and New York as a Principal and active developer.
JACQUELINE S. FINKELSTEIN-LEBOW COO & Managing Partner
Jacqueline Finkelstein-LeBow has extensive transactional experience in investment real estate spanning over twenty-eight years with expertise in capital raising, and development of core real estate assets including commercial, multi family and mixed use properties. As Principal and COO of American Immigration Group, Mrs. LeBow assists in all the firm’s efforts in managing the EB5 process and is a fund manager with her partner David Finkelstein for various real estate projects throughout the United States.
Mrs. LeBow has previously managed and directed Capital Markets and Investment Groups for several of New York’s most prestigious real estate companies including Helmsley Spear, and Trammel Crow and was instrumental in the funding and development of many notable development Projects in Manhattan. Mrs. LeBow’s family has many real estate holdings in some of Manhattan’s finest real estate as well as ownership of one of the largest real estate brokerage and management firms, Douglas Elliman.
Qendrese Sadriu-RrustemiManaging Director
Mrs. Rrustemi works directly with the CEO and COO to bring to the EB-5 market the most qualified and sound investment opportunities. Prior to joining American Immigration Group, Mrs. Rrustemi was employed by JP Morgan Chase where she managed business relationships, financings, and investments for large corporations with complex needs.
Given her wide knowledge of investment and financial products, she helped businesses manage their finances and navigate the numerous services, procedures, and products available, including stocks, bonds, loans, international transactions, real estate, tax credits and more. Mrs. Rrustemi is licensed by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and North American Securities Administration Association (NASAA) and holds series 6 and 63 licenses. She also has a Bachelor Degree in Finance and International Business.
BRANDON FIFEDirector of Project Development
Brandon Fife is responsible for analyzing and prospecting new Projects. Utilizing his expertise in creating essential business relationships, he continuously meets with Developers throughout the U.S. and assists with the EB-5 process to determine the eligibility of their Projects. He oversees the necessary financial analysis and data gathering insuring that a rigorous evaluation is conducted to determine that the Project(s) satisfy USCIS requirements. Brandon’s previous work experience with notable national firms such as Marcus & Millichap and Douglas Elliman enable him to bring expertise in real estate investment, marketing, and development to American Immigration Group.
BLAKE FIFESenior Analyst
Blake is responsible for analyzing all new Project Development. He performs all the necessary financial underwriting and due diligence insuring that a rigorous evaluation is conducted to determine the Project(s) overall economic feasibility. Blake works with all of our attorneys and consultants to assure that our Projects’ documentation provide full transparency to our investors. Blake holds a Bachelor Degree in Finance.
David Hirson, Esq.Immigration Counsel
With more than 30 years of experience in the practice of immigration law, David was previously the partner in charge of Fragomen’s Consular Practice. He has been certified as a Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization continuously since 1990. David Hirson & Partners, LLP’s EB-5 practice group is headed by David. David receives recognition year after year as one of the top EB5 lawyers in the Country.
David Hirson has been involved with EB-5 cases since the program’s inception in 1991, placing him among the most experienced active EB-5 immigration attorneys in the nation. He was present in the U.S. Senate when EB-5 legislation was originally proposed, and debated and subsequently filed one of the first ever cases for a family from Taiwan. In fact, David filed many of the EB-5 cases that received approval during the first 10 years of the EB-5 program.
David recently established his own firm, David Hirson and Partners, LLP, in Newport Beach, California. There David and his team undertake all aspects of EB-5 work, including regional center designations and amendments; advising and structuring EB-5-compliant projects; advising on direct investments, for both small and multi-million dollar raises; and filing individual investor cases for regional center and direct investors.
Andrew Kingston Security Counsel
Andrew Kingston is managing partner with Kingston Petersen and has over 27 years’ experience providing financing, transactional and corporate law services to select clients throughout the world. An honors graduate of Harvard Law School, Andrew has been practicing corporate and securities law for more than 27 years. He got his start in the EB-5 industry in 2009 and has since acted as securities law counsel for EB-5 private placements, working directly with issuers in each case.
Andrew has helped a number of EB-5 projects become fully subscribed. He finds that even though he plays a relatively small role in a much larger project, knowing he is part of a successfully developing enterprise is one of the most gratifying aspects of working in EB-5.
His success in EB-5 corporate and securities work also lies in his ability to help project sponsors adjust their expectations. Andrew has seen the industry become much more serious, attracting a greater quality of professionals across all of its dimensions compared to when he first began working in EB-5. He hopes that as EB-5 practitioners continue to accrue experience, the quality of projects and EB-5 legal work will continue to improve, and EB-5 will become a more accepted financing tool.
Steven CouryTransactional Attorney
Steven Coury is a partner in the Real Estate Finance Group at Cassin & Cassin LLP. Mr. Coury specializes in highly structured real estate finance and capital markets transactions (including EB-5 Lending, CMBS origination and securitization, mezzanine loans, intercreditor relationships, participations, syndications, workouts and restructurings, warehouse lending, private equity, hard money lending, and agency loans), as well as joint ventures, developments, leasing and casino gaming. He has extensive experience representing lenders, borrowers, EB-5 regional centers, private equity funds, special opportunity funds, and casino gaming companies. Mr. Coury is experienced in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions including acquisitions and dispositions, financing, leasing, partnerships, joint ventures, developments, real estate fund formation, and workouts and reorganizations. He frequently represents lenders, investors, servicers, special servicers and borrowers in connection with commercial loan originations, workouts, and foreclosures.
RICHARD P. ZARETSKYTransactional Attorney
Richard Zaretsky a corporate transactional attorney settled in West Palm Beach, Florida in 1975 after obtaining his law degree cum laude from Delaware Law School of Widener University. He is a graduate of Syracuse University, earning his BA in Economics. First working as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Florida, he opened a private practice of law in 1978, and continues his practice today in the same West Palm Beach location. Although Mr. Zaretsky started his practice with the general practice of law, he strove to specialize in real estate matters.
The result is that Mr. Zaretsky was Board Certified in Real Property Law in 1995 by the Florida Bar, and now practices in the areas of real estate law (both transactional and litigation), business law and commercial transactions. He is principal in the law firm of Richard P. Zaretsky, P.A., whose attorneys provide legal services in real estate and business transactions, state and federal taxation, estate planning and administration, family law, immigration, and civil litigation. Mr. Zaretsky is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, their highest rating for attorneys. He is quoted by CNNMoney, MSNBC, national newspapers, BusinessWeek, SmartMoney.com, ABCNews, and other news sources as an authority on real estate, finance and the law, and lectures to lawyers and Realtors in South Florida on real estate matters.
Dr. Michael K. EvansChief Economist
Dr. Michael K. Evans is Chairman of Evans, Carroll & Associates, Inc. Evans, Carroll & Associates is an economic consulting firm, specializing in EB-5 immigration analysis, economic impact studies of development projects and new construction, models of state and local tax receipts, impact of current and proposed government legislation, and construction of econometric models for individual industries and companies.
Winner of Blue Chip Economic Indicator Award for most accurate macroeconomic forecasts, Dr. Evans received Ph.D. in Economics at Brown University. Dr. Evans served as Chief Economist at American Economics Group.
James Arata, CPA Accountant- RSM Mc Gladrey
James Arata is Managing Director at RSM McGladrey. McGladery is a leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services in the US.
McGladrey is a member of the global accounting network; RSM International. McGladrey has more than 6,700 professionals in 75U.S. cities and access to more than 32,000 people in 100 countries through their membership in RSM International.