Directors

 

Executive Directors

 

MARK THOMAS

Mark Thomas is the President of the Taylor Economic Development Corporation in Taylor, Texas. Before that, he was the Director of Economic Development for the city of Georgetown in Georgetown, Texas. While there, he oversaw projects, such as the recruitment of Tasus Texas Corp., the Citi Bank data center, the Texas Life-Sciences Collaboration Center and Radiation Detection Co. During his 13 year tenure, the city of Georgetown became one of the fastest growing cities in America and one of the most desirable places to live. Mr. Thomas also worked to retain business in the city of Georgetown and helped with the expansion of AirBorn Inc.

 
 

DANDAN ZOU

Mrs. Zou is the founder and CEO of Mainstay Global, a marketing consulting firm specializing in foreign direct investment in the U.S., and Texas Investment Regional Center, a USCIS designated EB-5 regional center in Austin, Texas. She serves as the Chair of the Invest in Texas Initiative (IITI), a statewide non-profit trade organization which promotes the Texas Investment landscape internationally, and is an active member of the Association to Invest in the USA (IIUSA), the national EB-5 Regional Center trade association. She also serves on the board of the Greater Austin Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

Mrs. Zou has extensive experience in international investment consulting, business and project management (certified PMP), as well as direct involvement in real estate investment. Originally from China, she is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Mrs. Zou is frequently invited to be a speaker and panelist both domestically and in China on issues related to the EB-5 program.

She is very active in the Austin Chinese community and is always looking for opportunities to give back by organizing events and volunteering for local charities.

 
 

JARED MERMIS

Jared Mermis leads new business activities and oversees domestic operations for Mainstay Global. He has over 22 years of business management, engineering, and sales experience spanning a wide range of industries.

Prior to joining Mainstay, Jared managed a single-family development for one of Austin's premier production homebuilders. Before moving to Austin, he had a successful 11-year engineering and project management career as an asset manager with accounts such as KBR, Parsons, and Bechtel and working as a project engineer with General Electric. Jared began his career as an R&D design engineer where he was instrumental in the success of a new oilfield product line.

In addition to his duties with Mainstay Global, Jared is also the Managing Director of Texas Investment Regional Center, a USCIS designated EB-5 regional center in Austin, Texas. He serves on the board of directors for the Invest in Texas Initiative (IITI), a statewide non-profit trade organization which promotes the Texas Investment landscape internationally, and is an active member of the Association to Invest in the USA (IIUSA), the national EB-5 Regional Center trade association.

Jared holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. He enjoys spending time with his wife and their two daughters.

 
 

Directors

 

BOBBY PAGE

Bobby Page began his career with JPI over 30 years ago after graduating from Texas A&M University in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance.  He was a founding member of JPI, overseeing an asset base of approximately $2 billion.

Mr. Page’s responsibilities with TDI include managing debt and equity relationships and advising senior management regarding the company’s development and acquisition activity.  Mr. Page also serves on the Investment Committee.

 
 

JIANWEN "JEFF" YIN

Technology Innovator – With 25 patents submitted to the United States Patent Office (USPTO) in the area of system management, virtualization, storage, networking, power saving etc. 12 of which granted from USPTO. Patent Milestone award winner of FY2007 with 11 authorized patents. Patent Milestone winner of FY2013 with 10 granted patents from USPTO. A Mentor for technology innovation and a Dell patent committee members for three patent sub-committees.

Entrepreneur and Leader – Co-founder of multiple non-profit entities. Co-founder of the Greater Austin Chinese Chamber of Commerce (GACCC). Founder and president of the Science & Technology Committee of GACCC. The Principal and Director of the Austin Great Wall Chinese School in the year 2006-2007.

Product Developer – Architected developed and deployed systems in SCADA system for more than 10 automation in hydro-power station and substation in China, the automation control system of the Hong Kong subway system, the Dell Openmanage system management products and security products. Led, co-authored and contributed in multiple system management standard documents in Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF).

 
 

Membership Director

 

ZACH GARRETT

Zach Garrett is IITI's Membership Director. Zach leads due diligence on all EB-5 projects for Mainstay Global as well as assist the Invest in Texas Initiative (IITI) efforts to increase membership, coordinate events, generate new content for the website, and promote Texas as a place for Foreign Direct Investment.

Prior to joining Mainstay Global, Zach worked as a Marketing Analyst for the AmLaw 200 law firm Chapman and Cutler LLP in Chicago, where he performed due diligence and market analysis on deals within the Private Equity, Hedge Fund, Investment Management, Public Finance and Corporate Finance practice groups. He performed due diligence on some of the largest public and private companies in the U.S.

Zach previously worked in Shanghai, China for 4 years, where he managed an Education Consulting Firm focused on assisting Chinese clients prepare applications for international schools in China and universities and boarding schools in the U.S. In addition, he also taught several well known Chinese business executives English and Western business etiquette.

In addition to managing his consulting firm, Zach worked as a Corporate Finance Analyst for a medical device company in Shanghai, where he performed analysis on market risk and return on investment for multimillion dollar contracts. He also led all North American market research within the firm and worked closely with company management to drive new North American business.

Zach holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Chinese from Whittier College. He speaks Chinese fluently and is at the HSK 6 Level, the highest level of Chinese proficiency for a foreigner learning Chinese.