EB5 Investors Magazine Volume 5, Issue 2 - Page 97

TOP BUSINESS PLAN WRITERS and deployed more than $700 million into projects, and modeled and written more than 400 EB-5 project and regional center business plans. Rojano speaks at conferences around the world on the EB-5 program with the goal of promoting the EB-5 program and staying in tune with the immigrant investment and international capital markets to better serve his clients. WHY DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE EB-5 INDUSTRY? BERNARD ROJANO Principal & Lead Consultant Xecute Business Plan Solutions B ernard Rojano is the principal and lead consultant at Xecute Business Plan Solutions, which he founded in 2008. At that time, Rojano was primarily assisting clients to navigate through mergers and acquisitions when his first EB-5 client engaged him to manage an EB-5 regional center application. Since then, Rojano and his team have consulted for over 100 regional centers, raised I founde d Xecu te Business Plan Solutions 10 years ago with a mergers and acquisitions platform, but the capital markets dried up in 2007 and EB-5 capital was a solution for many of our clients’ projects that were starving for equity and debt. We were good at documentation, project development and storytelling to raise capital so business planning for the EB-5 program and immigrant investment was a natural fit for us. projects developed by our clients and we are adjusting to help get them funded. We continue to work on great real estate projects, but we also see manufacturing, energy, tech and other industries tapping into the EB-5 capital resource. The investors and brokers are finding these investments more appealing as of late. ARE YOU SEEING ANY SIGNS THAT THE COMMUNITY IS STARTING TO ADJUST TO POSSIBLE TEA CHANGES? We need stability with the program in the form of a long-term extension, reduced adjudicating periods and increased visa numbers to cover the demand from China and other growing markets. Our clients are very resourceful in developing attractive projects. WHAT TRENDS ARE YOU SEEING IN THE EB-5 INDUSTRY? We see smaller and more intimate EB5INVESTORS.COM 96