With more than 25 years of real estate experience, the Houston EB5 team works to develop high quality residential high-rise, mid-rise, mixed use and suburban projects. Through the years, the team has and continues to partner with industry experts. Houston EB5 has demonstrated long-term financial strength, which enables the organization to deliver world-class projects consistently. Houston EB5 has completed four successful raises, totaling over $75 million for their Astoria, Eighteen 25, Marlowe, and Arabella projects, and has both a 100% success rate on I-526 approvals, and pending I-829 approvals.
Roberto Contreras President & Chief Executive Officer
A businessman with strong ties in the United States, Mexico and Europe, Roberto Contreras has made a name for himself as a respected entrepreneur. Mr. Contreras has owned several highly-successful companies including a surfacing company that is renowned worldwide – Cosentino North America. Mr. Contreras has received national and international recognition for his business accomplishments, including Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2002.
Acho Azuike - Chief Operating Officer & Managing Director
Acho Azuike is responsible for the general management of this Regional Center. Mr. Azuike oversees the identification and evaluation of potential investments that meet EB-5 program criteria. In addition, he manages Houston EB5’s compliance with all EB-5 program requirements, including reporting to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services as well as compliance with all relevant securities laws and regulations. Mr. Azuike has over 10 years of experience in the real estate industry ranging from real estate finance to real estate development.
Emilio Guzmán Chief Investor Relations & Executive Vice President
Emilio Guzmán is responsible for strategic client management communication, international partnerships & alliances, marketing, and investment compliance to enable the most effective business relations between investors and the company. Mr. Guzmán brings over 20 years of experience in real estate investment markets. As part of his continued studies, Mr. Guzmán obtained an Executive Certification from Harvard Business School in Real Estate Capitals, Partnerships and Portfolios.
Douglas Dillard Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Dillard has nearly 15 years’ experience working as a finance and accounting professional. His diverse background includes accounting leadership, financial planning & analysis, technology consulting (in the public accounting sector) and now as CFO managing finance and operations for several subsidiaries of St. Christopher Holdings and DC Partners. His industry experience includes private equity, real estate, residential mortgage, manufacturing, distribution, retail, credit, and water utilities. Mr. Dillard graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and holds a MBA from the University of Phoenix in Accounting. He is certified in Microsoft Dynamics and Jet Reports and was previously a licensed loan officer in the mortgage industry.
Roberto Contreras IV Director, East Asia
Roberto Contreras IV manages Houston EB5’s and St. Christopher Holdings’ activities as well as sources institutional investment in China. Seeing China as a very important player in the global economy, Mr. Contreras has been managing St. Christopher Holdings’ office in Shanghai for the last 3 years. Since coming on board, Roberto has diligently expanded St. Christopher’s presence in China and has sourced over 30 million USD in institutional and EB-5 funds. Mr. Contreras holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Swarthmore College and is fluent in English, Spanish, and Mandarin.
Charles Foster Legal Counsel
Charles Foster is the Chairman of Foster Global, the nation’s second largest immigration law firm with clientele including International Superstar Yao Ming. Foster Global is well recognized for providing top quality legal services to its clients. Houston EB5 has selected Mr. Foster to represent foreign investors participating in the Houston EB5 Regional Center Program. Mr. Foster is ex-president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and currently sits on its board. He is also Chairman of the Texas Asian Society.
Ambassador Eduardo Aguirre Legal Counsel & Head Consultant
Ambassador Eduardo Aguirre is the CEO of Atlantic Partners Group, LLC, an international consulting group. Ambassador Aguirre held three senior level executive positions for 7 1/2 years during the President George W. Bush Administration. In addition to serving as U.S. Ambassador to Spain (2005-2009), he served for 2 1/2 years, as the first Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Ambassador Aguirre serves Houston EB5 as a great resource of information and representation between the organization, its clients and the USCIS.