We rely on a number of highly-qualified professionals who have been carefully selected in order to advise, vet and effectively implement the activities of the Appalachian EB-5 Regional Center in compliance with USCIS regulations.
H. Ronald (Ron) Klasko
H. Ronald Klasko (Ron) is recognized as one of the country’s leading immigration lawyers. A founding member of Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP and its Managing Partner, he has practiced immigration law exclusively over three decades and heads up the firm's 20 person EB-5 practice team. Under his leadership, the firm was chosen by Chambers Global in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 as a top U.S. business, hospital and university immigration law firm.
A former National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Ron served as General Counsel for three Presidents and has been a member of its Board of Governors since 1980. He has served as National Chair of AILA’s U.S. Department of Labor Liaison Committee and Business Immigration Committee, and the INS General Counsel Liaison Committee, and the National Task Forces on Labor Certifications, H-1 visas, L-1 visas and Employer Sanctions. He presently serves as Chair of the EB-5 Committee.
He graduated from Lehigh University in 1971 (phi beta kappa) and received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974.
Dr. Scott Barnhart
Scott W. Barnhart, Ph.D. is President of Barnhart Economic Services, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in EB-5 economic job creation studies, TEA (Targeted Employment Area) designations, and EB-5 business plan writing as well as litigation support services. Dr. Barnhart received his Ph.D. in economics/econometrics from Texas A&M University and is an Associate Professor of Finance and the Program Director of the Certified Financial Planner™ Program at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL.
Dr. Barnhart has used RIMS II and IMPLAN Pro Input-Output models to estimate the economic job creation impacts in support of I-924 regional center applications and RFE (Request for Further Evidence) responses for dozens of regional centers resulting in excess of 300 job creation and TEA reports submitted to USCIS in the EB-5 program. To date, the firm has analyzed projects with capital expenditures in excess of $8 billion with associated gross revenues of $4 billion.
His research has been published in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Harvard University’s Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Empirical Finance, the Journal of Banking and Finance, Financial Review, the Journal of International Money and Finance, the Journal of Futures Markets, and other finance and economics journals.
Bryan Lee of the DuBois, Bryant & Campbell law firm in Austin, Texas based focuses his practice on corporation, business and tax law matters. Mr. Lee’s corporate and business law practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions; private equity and venture capital investments and fund formation; recapitalizations; private security offerings; partnerships, limited liability companies, and other joint venture arrangements; and general company counseling and contract work, including entity formation, buy-sell agreements, equity compensation plans, and employment agreements. Mr. Lee has represented companies as well as investors and executives in a wide variety of industries, including technology (software, hardware, and services), medical device, health care, oil and gas, real estate and retail.
Mr. Lee’s tax practice focuses on federal income tax structuring and planning for a wide variety of domestic and international transactions. Mr. Lee has substantial experience in the taxation of corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, corporate reorganizations, real estate, and equity compensation.
His academic credentials include the University of Texas, J.D., with highest honors, Vice Chancellor (second in class), Order of the Coif and Texas Law Review (1992), and University of Texas, B.B.A. in Accounting, with honors (1988) with Top 10 score in Texas on Certified Public Accountant Exam (May 1988).
Hong Jin Guan
U.S. Asia EB-5 Counsel
Mr. Guan was born in China and began his legal career working in the Justice Bureau of Guangdong Province, China. His practice in China included family law, criminal law, foreign investment and commercial transactions. After graduating from law school in the U.S. in 1991, Mr. Guan has specialized in business immigration and naturalization law, particularly in obtaining investment and employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant visas. He has successfully obtained thousands of visas for his clients since 1994, and advises many Silicon Valley corporations in immigration matters.
Mr. Guan has broad experience with EB-5 practice. Since the EB-5 program began in the 1990’s, Mr. Guan has been handling all aspects of the legal practice related to the EB-5 program. He not only helps alien entrepreneurs to conduct direct investment, complete investment projects and obtain green cards. He also works with many regional centers and project developers, and has extensive experiences in forming regional centers, building investment projects and applying for conditional and unconditional permanent residency status for EB-5 investors. Mr. Guan is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.