In 2010, Southeast Regional center (SRC) was approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as a Regional Center under the EB-% Immigrant Investor Program. An EB-5 Regional Center is an entity that has been approved by USCIS under the EB-5 program, as an economic unit, public or private, engaged in the promotion of economic growth, improved regional activity, job creation and increased capital investment in the United States. Through years of experience, SRC have developed a comprehensive and successful EB-5 program. Our projects stimulate the economy of the host community as well as the entire country while at the same time, offer eligible foreign investors the opportunity to secure legitimate permanent residency in the United States.
SRC serves geographic areas in Alabama and Georgia. Alabama and Georgia are in one of the fastest growing automotive regions in North America referred to as the “Southeastern Automotive Corridor”.
This region is home to world class automotive brands like: Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai , Kia, Honda and Toyota.
Our Mission is to reduce, as much as possible, Investors’ Immigration Risks and their Financial Risks by delivering superior EB-5 Investment Projects in Rural Targeted Employment Areas (TEA) and ensuring that all the necessary documentations are made, and approvals obtained from USCIS concerning their Immigrant applications.
SRC is a team of professionals with expertise in Investment, Finance, and Immigration. As an independent third party, we represent the interests of our investors by:-
- Identifying Solid Projects,
- Negotiating reasonable terms with borrowers,
- Overseeing the use of Investment funds and
- Making sure that the Funds are used in a manner compliant with the Reform and Integrity Act (RIA) and the Regional Center Program.
One industry SRC focuses on is the Auto manufacturing. We work with leading global auto manufacturers located in Alabama and Georgia to bring EB-5 investments into this sector that very much needs economic stimulus, development, and job creation to fulfil the goals of the EB-5 program.
In addition to the auto manufacturing projects, SRC is actively seeking various other types of investment opportunities to diversify our portfolio. We evaluate these projects by conducting: Sensitivity analysis and market research, Qualitative analysis, to make them EB-5 compliant and financially solid.
SRC has a team of dedicated attorneys, bankers, and EB-5 specialists. These experts collaborate to ensure the two major objectives of SRC which are to guarantee investment security and to maximize the success of the immigration process for our investors.
Mr. Choi is the Manager and CEO of SRC. He is responsible for selecting, structuring and managing projects and fundraising. With over 20 years of experience in developing and managing investments for high net worth individuals, families, or institutions, he has generated sizable returns for private equities and institutions. Mr. Choi is also the founder and executive officer of Vine Partners, LLC, Vine Properties, LLC, and Closing-Pro Title & Escrow, LLC. He has also served as an in-house consultant and Board Advisor to Tomorrow’s Bank. Mr. Choi’s career also includes extensive experience with investment banking, securities, mergers and acquisitions. He has worked with JP Morgan Securities, Inc., Rabobank Nederland, and CIBC Wood Gundy before founding his own company. During this time, his duties included valuation, execution, and originating various M&A projects, private placements, and syndicated loan financings. Some of the transactions he facilitated to close include: a $725 million subsidiary sale to Emerson Electric, a $450 million buy-side advisory for Ericsson Component AB, a $3.0 billion senior credit facility for Nextel Finance Company; and a $1.0 billion senior secured credit facility for McLeod USA. Mr. Choi has transactional experience covering financing projects more than $5 billion in aggregate transaction amounts. Mr. Choi is a graduate of New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Gwinnett, and the American Land Title Association.
Mr. Berez, as SRC Board Director for EB-5, he provides SRC and its projects and investors with expert assistance and support to ensure full and complete EB-5 eligibility and compliance on all SRC activities, matters, and services related to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. Prior to joining SRC, Mr. Berez has had a distinguished career and record of accomplishment in a U.S. Federal Government career spanning over 35 years at four major Federal agencies — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS); theU.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS); the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO); and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). For almost ten-years prior to his retirement from USCIS, Mr. Berez was the USCIS Headquarters EB-5 Program Manager and Chief Adjudications Officer in charge of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. Mr. Berez was instrumental in restoring and leading the EB-5 immigrant investor program from being a very small struggling program at the end of 2000 to establishing a process and foundation that has enabled it to flourish and grow to what it has become, enabling EB-5 Regional Centers and thousands of EB-5 investors to generate as much as a billion dollars per year of aggregate EB-5 immigrant investment capital into the U.S. economy creating thousands of jobs for American workers throughout the U.S. Mr. Berez, as an expert on EB-5 regional center and EB-5 investor eligibility matters, has provided expert EB-5 guidance services to immigration law firms and regional centers, and assisted and consulted on actions involving hundreds of EB-5 I-924, I- 526, and I-829 applications and petitions, RFEs, Intent to Deny (ITD), Denial actions, Motions to Reopen/Reconsider (MTRs) and successful cases of EB-5 Federal Court litigation in achieving favorable outcomes for attorneys, regional centers, and EB-5 immigrant investors.
Vermilion Consulting helps varied organizations in the public and private sectors leverage the benefits of the federally-mandated Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5). Vermilion provides expert advice on project feasibility, EB-5 compliant structure, job creation methodology, and targeted employment area (TEA) analysis. Interests and skills include putting the right people and organizations in touch with each other, finding novel solutions to difficult issues, and working within a team framework to address problems.
Due Diligence & Legal Consultants
Cherylle C. Corpuz, Esq.
Of Counsel to SRC
Cherylle C. Corpuz focuses her practice on immigration and nationality law. She is a leader in the immigration field, having spent more than 28 years in counseling a broad range of individuals and institutional clients on immigration matters. Ms. Corpuz has extensive experience in representing EB-5 investors. Her experience includes investments in the following industry sectors: Real Estate Development, Automobile Manufacturing, Energy, Plastic Recycling, Hospitality, Restaurants, and IT. Ms. Corpuz is also experienced in refugee resettlement, and providing counseling in immigration matters and representation to individuals as well as businesses, hospitals, social service agencies, and criminal defense firms.
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Mr. Divine has extensive experience serving clients throughout the world in the arrangement of all types of business-based temporary and permanent immigration status. He represents many business developers in creating and managing EB-5 Regional Centers. He is the elected Vice President of the national industry association of "EB-5" Regional Centers, Association to Invest in USA (IIUSA). He represents developers similarly using other parties' Regional Centers. He coordinates this work with attorneys supporting securities law compliance in offerings to investors, with economists identifying "targeted employment areas" and projecting indirect job creation, with licensed securities brokers coordinating offerings, and with attorneys obtaining U.S. Government (OFAC) licenses to serve investors from restricted countries. He also represents individual investors in obtaining conditional permanent residence and in removing conditions from permanent residence.
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Jackie G. Prester offers extensive corporate, regulatory and securities experience to financial institutions, public company clients, and broker-dealers and investment advisers. She served as Adjunct Professor in Securities Regulation at Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, was repeatedly recognized by Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year and Super Lawyers, and graduated with highest honors from the University of Memphis Law School.
John Pratt, Esq.
Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli and Pratt P.A.
Mr. Pratt is a Partner at Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli and Pratt P.A., a top Florida law firm with a nationwide and international reputation for aggressive advocacy and exceptional results in diverse matters such as immigration solutions and business and commercial consulting, civil litigation and appeals. Mr. Pratt concentrates in all areas of immigration and nationality law, including employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions, deportation or removal, and federal court litigation.
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