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The Investment Tour have professional Speakers in al their events. Here is a list of some of them.


FRED BURGESS                         

Fred Burgess, Esq. is the Co-Founder and President of Exclusive Visas LLC and has over 20 years handling complex legal transactions for his extensive network of domestic and international clientele.  In 2006, Fred structured the acquisition of one of the most successful EB-5 projects in the United States and learned the intricacies of the EB-5 Regional Center Pilot Program. In 2007, Fred formed Exclusive Visas LLC with Joe Sloboda, as the nation’s premier boutique EB-5 consulting firm, along with a team of experienced Business Attorneys, Certified Public Accountants, Economists, Financial Planners, Marketing Specialists, and former Government Officials.  With a focus on the safety of the immigrant investor, Exclusive Visas has consulted hundreds of investors from over 22 countries, as well as businesses throughout the United States who wish to offer a secure EB-5 opportunity to the world market.
Fred is a frequently quoted EB-5 expert, and has been featured speaker at EB-5 presentations around the world.  Fred and the Exclusive Visas team have traveled extensively throughout, China, South Korea, Vietnam, Great Britain, Ireland, Venezuela, and Canada addressing the incredible opportunities that exist through EB-5 Regional Center Program.  to ensure the integrity and objective of the investors by only Fred has been invited by United States Senators, Congressmen and Governors to EB-5 trade missions around the world promoting EB-5 opportunities to foreign investors.
Fred earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida where he studied Advertising and Marketing. In 1989, he was awarded a Juris Doctor degree from Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware. Mr. Burgess has been a practicing attorney since 1989 and has been an active member of the Florida Bar since 2002.  He is the principal shareholder of The Burgess Law Firm, P.A.

BUBBA COOK                                                             

Prior to joining Empyrean West, Bubba Cook began his professional career as a certified public accountant with the international accounting firm of Price Waterhouse working in both the audit and tax departments. Mr. Cook traveled throughout the United States, Guam and Asia serving clients that included Exxon, Shell, Conoco, Theo Davies and Hamakua Sugar Company.
Since leaving Price Waterhouse, Mr. Cook has been an entrepreneur for nearly 20 years. He owned and operated a water purification, bottling and distribution company; six restaurants as a franchisee for a large restaurant chain in the US and invested in and developed real estate in Las Vegas, Nevada and Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Cook also founded a consulting practice providing business turnaround services to clients in the Western Pacific.


 Wilka Varela Toppins is a dynamic and highly successful corporate attorney with over 20 years of legal experience, a successful entrepreneur and a former senior executive for major Fortune 50 companies, such as Exxon, SBC Communications (now AT&T) and Macy’s, Inc.
She specializes in the representation of businesses and individuals in areas of CORPORATE LAW, COMMERCIAL LAW, LITIGATION, EMPLOYMENT LAW and IMMIGRATION LAW.
Ms. Toppins began her career in 1990 after graduating with honors from Tulane University Law School in New Orleans. Upon graduation, she joined the legal department of Exxon Company, USA, where she concentrated on litigation in both state and federal courts, gaining valuable courtroom experience. After several years in this role, Ms. Toppisn transitioned to a large law firm in Houston, Porter & Hedges, L.L.P., where she continued to strengthen and build her litigation practice. Subsequently, Ms. Toppins was recruited back to an in-house position joining the corporate legal department of SBC Communications, Inc. At SBC, Ms. Toppins broadened her legal and management experience assuming legal responsibility over large geographic business units of SBC and its subsidiaries across the United States and abroad.
Ms. Toppins, born and raised in Puerto Rico, is fully bilingual. Wanting to use her language and cultural competency skills within her profession, she decided to leave SBC and work as Corporate Counsel for a Washington DC based firm of international investors developing wireless companies across Central America. Through this experience, she gained tremendous insight into the creative process of business startups and she further honed in her management, regulatory and international legal skills.
In 2004, after experiencing a personal tragedy with the death of her husband, Wilka decided to establish her own law practice. Quickly Ms. Toppins’ practice evolved into a well-sought after
bilingual corporate law practice in Houston. Her law firm also gained notoriety as the only corporate boutique firm in Houston fully owned and managed by a Hispanic woman.
In late 2008, Ms. Toppins accepted an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Macy’s Inc., a client of the firm, asked that she join it as their Vice President – Diversity Strategies. This presented a groundbreaking role for Ms. Toppins as the first Latina holding a corporate vice president position at Macy’s. In that role, she was responsible for designing and driving a diversity strategy to all parts of the business concerning the Latino segment in the U.S. Her key duties involved developing the external corporate community outreach strategy with the Latino segment, developing strategic partnerships with Latino national organizations, creating strategic programs with organizations to meet the strategic goals of Macy’s and developing sustainable relationships of mutual benefit and helping the retail giant enhance its brand and drive customer loyalty with this segment.
Today, Ms. Toppins has transitioned back to Houston and has resumed her leadership role at the law firm. In addition to her law practice in Houston, she is the President and Founder of The Corporate Latina, LLC. a Houston based consulting firm that provides targeted coaching, training and tools to help advance Latinas and other women of color to positions of leadership in Corporate America. In this role, she is a sought after public speaker, trainer and corporate career strategist.
Ms. Toppins is a nationally and locally recognized business woman with multiple national and local awards, among many, the 2010 “Top 25 Women of Houston” Award presented by Rolling Out Magazine, the 2006 “Top 25 lawyers in Houston” by H Texas Magazine, the 2006 Ana Maria Arias Memorial Fund as a “Top 10 Latina Entrepreneur” presented by LatinaStyle Magazine and Wells Fargo, the 2006 “Emerging 10 Business” award presented by the Houston Minority Business Council and the 2009 Corporate Excellence Award presented by the League of Latin American Citizens. In January 2011, Ms. Toppins was profiled in Hispanics Today Magazine, a national magazine,
Ms. Toppins is also nationally recognized and respected as a national Latina leader contributing a strong record of civic and community service at the city, state and national level. She hold san impressive record of community service in the following organizations: Board Member of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE), Board Member of the Galleria Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of Variety Children’s Charity of Houston, Board Member of the Houston Hispanic Bar Association, Board Member of the Houston Hispanic Media Professionals, Board Member of the Sociedad de Puertorriqueños en Houston, Inc., Board Member of the National Hispanic Professional Organization (NHPO), Member of the Houston Minority Counsel Program of the State Bar of Texas where she assists with the development of the program for its annual Minority Counsel Conference as well as serving as a CLE-speaker, Alumni of Leadership Houston and Board of Trustees of the Cincinnati Opera.
In addition to her long list of private organizations, Wilka is a proud member of the Texas Trade Delegation representing the Office of the Governor, in Mexico City as a delegation speaker in the state-sponsored quarterly “Invest In Texas” business seminars held across Mexico.  


KATHERINE JOHNSON                                    


Katherine Johnson, COO of MCFI, is a graduate of Hanover College in Indiana with a major in business. She studied international business at the London School of Economics in England. Her corporate experience prior to MCFI includes working for Semonin Realtors, Price Waterhouse, Ernst & Young, Bank One, Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, and the Kentucky Revenue Cabinet.
As an experienced financial professional with unquestionable integrity, she has a proven ability to
establish trust and to interact effectively with diverse audiences. Katherine has developed business
policies, best practices, and is comfortable dealing with highly confidential, complex information.
Strategically and detail oriented with outstanding written and verbal communication and presentation
skills. Knowledge of international business practices. A licensed IRS Enrolled Agent, and Kentucky real
estate agent. A former registered investment advisor.
She has both corporate trust and trust tax experience. Handled portfolio trading, asset management,
and experienced with investments including GIC’s and commercial paper. Prepared financial plans for
individuals with high net worth, expatriate individual income tax returns, along with fiduciary, estate,
and gift tax. Administered estate and probate work. Consulted with executives relocating into the UK on
US and foreign tax implications, compliance requirements, company policy and location specific issues.
Administered international company programs for clients such as AT&T, Marathon Oil, Shell Oil, Kodak,
IBM, and Exxon. Developed, organized and presented tax seminars on U.S. tax law, company policy and
compensation issues. Most recently having sold property and counseled buyers of residential real estate
in Kentucky.
In addition she currently holds or has held board/leadership positions at Sacred Heart Model School,
Trinity High School Foundation, Hanover College, Christ Church United Methodist, Historic Homes of
Louisville, Thomas Edison House, Fort Knox International Host Family Program, Kappa Alpha Theta
Alumnae Club, Kosair Children’s Hospital Foundation Planned Giving Board, Elizabethtown Community
Health Clinic, Junior League of London, England and Junior League of Louisville. A member of the
Kentucky Opera Guild, Georgetown College Women’s Association, Greater Louisville Association of
Realtors, Kentucky Association of Realtors, and supporter of CASA.
Her passions are travel, cultures, the arts, health & education, with a special emphasis on the
advancement of women around the world. Interests include charitable work, fundraising, historic
homes, tennis, reading, and movies. Previously she lived and worked in London, England. She is a
Kentucky native having resided in Georgetown, Elizabethtown, and currently lives in Louisville

 EFREN FLORES                

Efren started working as a contractor for Pennsylvania’s Office of International Business Development in
1998. Since then, he had helped more than 570 Pennsylvania companies to establish business relations
with Mexican companies. He has also actively participated in 14 trade missions to Mexico. Efren is
specialized in the following industrial sectors: automotive, environmental, heavy machinery,
telecommunications, security, medical, plastics and chemicals.
Efren’s professional experience includes having worked part-time as a representative of the World Trade Organization for the Ministry of Economy, and full-time as a consultant on customs and free trade agreements for Arthur Andersen Consulting Mexico City


BRIAN W. DICKENS                            

Commercial Innovation Division
Idaho Department of Commerce

Brian Dickens is in his 6th year with the Idaho Department of Commerce and has managed the Commercial Innovation Division and Idaho’s statewide immigration investment program for the past 4 years.  He authored Idaho’s first EB-5 Immigrant Investment Regional Center application and business plans in 2008, overseeing that project through to approval in September, 2009.  Since then he has consulted on several other regional center projects and with companies seeking direct EB-5 investment.  Brian has undertaken direct marketing campaigns in Taiwan, China and Mexico.
In 2011, he successfully managed the attraction and relocation of Valdepeña Furniture Factory to Idaho—a Durango, Mexico-based wood products company whose owner utilized the E-2 non-immigrant and EB-5 immigrant investment programs administered through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Brian earned his bachelor’s degree in Professional Aeronautics in 1989 and his MBA from Boise State University in 2005.  Prior to his service in State Government, he enjoyed careers in banking, the skiing and golf resort industry, consumer electronics and online retail, and the Unites States Marine Corps.  Additionally, he has founded 5 start-up businesses, including a private, investment advisor firm that he currently owns.
Brian resides in Star, Idaho—a suburb of Boise, with his wife Christine and their four children.

MAURICIO GUZZI                           

 Es Socio Consultor de de la firma internacional G&G Business Strategy Solutions consultores en estrategia de negocios con operaciones en México, USA y Europa.

Mauricio Guzzi es Licenciado en Comercio Internacional egresado del Tecnológico de Monterrey con especialización en Logística Internacional por la Universidad de Texas A&M y cursando actualmente la maestría en Innovacion y Desarrollo empresarial por el  Tecnologico de Monterrey y Stanford University.  

Al inicio de su carrera profesional, formó parte del equipo de Planeación Estratégica Comercial Internacional de Grupo Vitro, Vidrio Plano, colaborando con la Dirección General y la Gerencia de Comercialización Internacional para llevar a cabo proyectos de alianzas estratégicas, reducción de costos, análisis, coordinación y desarrollo estratégico de lanzamiento de nuevos productos PVA internacionales, entre otros.

Continuó su crecimiento de carrera como Consultor de Negocios en la firma London Consulting Group, participando en proyectos a nivel nacional e internacional con las Direcciones Generales de empresas como NABISCO, GRUPO FINANCIERO SANTANDER, LAICA, Lapstec, etc… Durante estas experiencias trabajó en conjunto con Directivos y Gerentes, realizando  actividades como: análisis cuantitativo de procesos administrativos, control presupuestal, coberturas de inventarios, gestión administrativa, desarrollo de estrategias de mercado, mercadeo y ventas para mercados nacionales e internacionales;  análisis de lanzamiento de nuevos productos y costos de oportunidad en Centro y Sudamérica.

Posteriormente ingresó a la firma de consultoría Galtier FISA Consulting, bajo el puesto de Consultor Estratega. Durante esta etapa de su carrera trabajó en estrategias de blindajes de canal, planeación estratégica operativa y financiera;  reprogramación de redes de distribución e incremento en la satisfacción del cliente  a nivel nacional con empresas como Cemex, American Standard,  Redwood Systems Logistics, etc
También estuvo a cargo de la Coordinación de Proyectos Planeación Estratégica de mercados y eficiencias operativas para CEMEX  a nivel nacional, participando con las Direcciones de Planeación, Logística y Nuevos Negocios de la empresa (Construrama).

Actualmente Mauricio Guzzi es socio  consultor de la firma de consultoría en planeación estratégica G&G Business Strategy Solutions, en la cual es asesor de empresas en temas como Planeación Estratégica Financiera,  Planeación Estratégica de Mercados, Inteligencia Comercial,  Evaluación de proyectos de inversión y reducciones de costos, Business Process Management y Desarrollo de Modelos estratégicos de nuevos negocios,  habiendo ya realizado proyectos para empresas como FEMSA, Grupo Senda, Grupo Dharma, Grains & Ancillary de México, Grupo Malsa, Grupo Loma, Casco, Photofolio, U-calli en México; Kutas Tarim  y Compean International en Turquia , Niu Urban Living, VFP International Sales, New Voice Telecom, Mercadome, Home Entertainment en Estados Unidos de Norteamerica entre otros.
Mauricio Guzzi tiene experiencia internacional colaborando en países como   México,USA, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Colombia, Venezuela, Perú, Italia, Turquia, Alemania y Canadá entre otros.

WILLIAM KALAF                           

William graduated with a degree in Accounting and has an MBA from the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM). Has over 25 YEARS OF experience in the areas of Accounting, Finance, Audit and Taxation.  worked in international companies such as Price Waterhouse Cooper, Westinghouse Electric, Shell and H & R Block in executive positions. Has specialized in the area of taxes in the United States, both at the individual business or personal. Has your professional office, William Kalaf & Associates, LLC., located in the city of Mission, Texas.


 Banorte USA Corporation New York, NY
President & Chief Executive Officer
Manage and execute Grupo Financiero Banorte’s USA expansion strategy.
 President & Chief Executive Officer Inter National Bank McAllen, TX


Franchise Director with Pronto Insuranced  in Mexico and the USA. Since its inception the company has increased the department exceeding national targets sales of franchises. He has also successfully positioned the company among the top 25 franchises for Hispanics as recognized in the magazine Power and the World Franchising Network. He has over 10 years experience in business consulting and marketing. He has worked in economic development projects, media buying, strategic advertising and public relations. Now has his own advertising and consulting agency called Vogg and has worked with Entravision in Los Angeles, CA., Telemundo, McAllen Economic Development, Robert F. Barnes International Brokers, Hispanic Magazine, Genesis Strategic Consulting Monterrey, NL.

Education: University of Texas Grad School and University Nordostniedersachsen Fachhochschule, Germany ’00
MBA, Business Administration


Regional Coordinator for the NAFTA region (9 offices) ProMéxico, which is the Mexican government agency responsible for promoting foreign trade and attracting foreign investment.
CEMUE Technical Director Foreign Trade.
The CEMUE, is the manager of the Integral Support Program for small and medium enterprises; PIAPYME. This is the business support program of greatest relevance between Mexico and the European Union, its main objective is to provide SMEs to establish business relations with Europe.1986 – Nov. 15 2008. Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior


Matulewicz, Nitsch & Barrera L.L.P. is a law firm composed of Anthony Matulewicz, and Luis E. Patrick Nitsch Barrier installed in the city of McAllen, Texas. With approximately 20 years of experience in litigation and legal advice, is the main area of practice migration. This office specializes in consulting and obtaining visas, both immigrant and nonimmigrant. Visas investment, professionals, exporters and personnel exchanges between affiliated companies are the most appeal for foreign customers. Additionally, our office provides comprehensive services in corporate, industrial property, trademarks and patents, civil and criminal law at the state and federal. The prestige and seriousness of this office is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to have a formal appointment as Consultants Lawyers Consulate of Mexico in McAllen, Texas, having attended to welcome a large number of clients referred by this office. It has branch office in San Antonio, Texas and also serves clients with business interests and labor in Mexico. To this end operates through branch offices in the cities of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Guadalajara, Jalisco and recently in Mexico City, DF
Juan Sadurní.
Juan Sadurní. John is managing partner of Decisions on the Rise and expert in finance and risk management. His experience includes designing and implementing management programs for dozens of institutions in Mexico and the rest of the world. Is an independent entrepreneur and has worked with the creation and financing of numerous companies currently operating in Mexico, the U.S. and elsewhere. Along with his professional experience, John is a professor of corporate finance and financial risk management, teaching courses to undergraduate and graduate level in both subjects. Prior to their participation in decisions on the Rise, John worked for eight years in New York with Oliver, Wyman Group, a consulting arm of Marsh & McLennan. He holds a degree in Actuarial Anahuac University and Master in Public Policy from Harvard University


International Business Representation to the city of San Antonio, Texas, in the Central part of Mexico. Promoting the city of San Antonio, in Mexico City, the states of Morelos, State of Mexico, Tlaxcala, Hidalgo, Puebla, Queretaro and Mexico’s southeastern states. Organizing trade missions to San Antonio employers. Looking for international trade contacts. Universidad de las Americas in Cholula, Puebla. Race History. Nationality American. Fully bilingual in English and Spanish. President of the ASOM


Partner of the law firm of international affairs, GLOBAL LEGAL SERVICES, general coordinator of international affairs attaché of the Attorney General of the Republic from 2002 to 2007. Alternate Representative of Mexico to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development OECD, Paris France in 201, Ambassador of Mexico, foreign secretary in March 1994

NESTOR MONTEMAYOR                         

• Nestor J. Montemayor
• Broker NeMont Realty •
• International Real Estate Specialist •
• Agent # 1 in Sales and Represented Properties 2011, in Southern          Texas
• Agent # 1 in Sales and Represented Properties 2011, in and around McAllen Area •
• One of the top 10 agents in Texas
• Team # 1 in Sales and Represented Properties 2008, 2009 & 2010 in Southern Texas
• Team # 1 in Sales and Represented Properties in and around McAllen 2008, 2009 & 2010
• Chairman Award •
• Hall of Fame

GERARDO ARRIAGA                                     

Arriaga & Montalvo PLLC is a law firm with offices at McAllen Texas and Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, which offers comprehensive legal services to American businessmen who want to start commercial operations in the United States. Offering a full range of legal services, the office of Arriaga & Montalvo offers clients legal assistance and planning from the start of the company and during operation thereof. As part of the services available lawyers Arriaga & Montalvo provide support in the field of corporate law through the creation of businesses and assistance in how they should be governed, support in labor law to inform the employer of their responsibilities under law, support in real estate law for the purchase of investment properties, support for commercial law providing customer support contracts and commercial transactions, and support on immigration law to assist the employer in the processing of visas migration with the aim of residing in the United States with his family and to so manage their investments. The release of Arriaga & Montalvo offers guests all the necessary legal services for the establishment and successful operation of their businesses


Erik Dunnigan currently serves as Commissioner of the Department for Business Development within the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development where he is responsible for promoting economic development opportunities across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 

As Commissioner, Dunnigan oversees the coordination of business development staff in an effort to assist both new companies considering Kentucky as a site location, as well as existing businesses seeking to expand.   His responsibilities include managing the Cabinet’s international efforts abroad as well as coordinating the various divisions within business development to promote job creation and investment in the Commonwealth. Dunnigan’s current focus also includes community development, in which he successfully initiated and now conducts economic development training seminars across the state for local government entities.  

Dunnigan began his career in the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development as a Project Manager within the Department for New Business Development, and later progressed to the position of Deputy Commissioner, where he worked extensively with companies and site selection consultants from initial inquiry to completion of new site locations in Kentucky.   Dunnigan has worked with a variety of industries throughout his tenure in Economic Development including Toyota, Sikorsky Aircraft, UPS, T. Marzetti Company, Webasto Roof Systems, Johnson & Johnson, Ford Motor Company, Metalsa, and Hitachi. 

CARLOS ARREDONDO                           

2001–Present    President and CEO of Miami Galleria Investments, Mexico. Co-founded, conceptualized and developed one of the most influencing Real Estate Brokerages in Mexico specialized in the South Florida’s Real Estate market (Miami. Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties). Has achieved more than $300 M in sales for the most exclusive, sough-after South Florida residential developments. By 2006, he represented the sales and marketing in Mexico of more than 100 developments at once, in South Florida, Chicago, Vegas, New York, and Mexico. Successfully opened the Puebla branch office in 2006 and Veracruz branch office in 2007. Most recently, successfully opened the Guadalajara branch office in 2009 with more than $40 M in sales up to date. He has specialized in the implementation of investment funds to acquire Real Estate property in bulk. Was appointed Master Broker for W South Beach Hotel & Residences in 2010.

1999–Present    President and CEO of Miami Capital Holdings, Business Consultancy   in México. He has successfully mediated multi-million dollar operations in the industries of Real Estate, Advertising, Commodities, International Trade, Aircrafts, Consumer Goods, Transport.
2002 Degree in Corporate Finances, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City
2002 Graduate in Economics, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City.
1998 Graduate in Business Administration, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City.


Jorge Luis Torres Aguilar is a graduate in Communication Sciences with a Master in Quality of Universidad La Salle, and a OneMBA in the Graduate School of Business Administration (EGADE), Tec de Monterrey.
He began his career at FedEx for 19 years held various positions, among which are the Quality Manager for Mexico and Central America, Engineering Manager, Regional Operations Manager for 8 years, Director of Operations for the Northern District, in charge of logistics operations, airport customs bonded warehouses and processes in 17 states of Mexico, leading a dynamic team of nearly 400 employees.
Jorge served as Project Leader Certification ISO-9000 for FedEx Latin America in 1994, has also given over 120 lectures on topics such as logistics, leadership, competitiveness and quality.
In 2004, he received the National Logistics Award by the Association of Executives in Logistics, Distribution and Traffic A. C., in the category of Best Executive. Under his leadership, FedEx Express has been winning various awards and Export Quality State of Jalisco, Guanajuato and Nuevo Leon.
In 2008, FedEx Express Guadalajara was awarded the National Export Award, which was in the hands of Jorge C. President Felipe Calderón. In 2009, also received the Medal of Trade, the Executive category, hands-on C. Governor of Jalisco, Emilio González Márquez.
George was President of the Logistics Committee COMCE the West from 2007 to 2010 and President of the State of Jalisco AC Rugby 2009-2010.

ISABEL HENKE                                  

Bachelor of Industrial ADMINISTRATION: Universidad José Cecilio del Valle Tegucigalpa, Honduras 1985
Masters in Business Administration Emphasis in International Business are: National University, Irvine, California 1988
World Trade Center, Orange County, California: Director, Network System, 1988-90
My Vacation Club, Laguna Hills, California, Specialist in International Contracts, 1990-1992
TTI Textron, Tustin, California, 1992-1994, Specialist International Sales and Services, 1992-1994


Ramiro Rodriguez, Jr., Vice President / Latin America Market for Green Detroit Regional Center, has been the managing partner at Rodriguez and Associates, L.L.C., since 2000.  He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and John Marshall School of Law, where he graduated Cum Laude.   His practice includes personal injury, criminal defense and immigration law.  Ramiro has successfully tried numerous personal injury and felony cases in the State of Georgia.  Fluent in Spanish, he most recently has devoted most of his time to a wide variety of immigration and business issues with EB-5 Visas being the main focus of his practice.



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