News & Events
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August 15, 2018
Invest in Texas Initiative Names Richard May as New Executive Director
Invest in Texas Initiative (IITI) introduces Richard May as their new executive director. May will manage the state association and help guide their mission to promote the Texas Investment landscape internationally.
“We’re excited to bring Richard on board. After an exhaustive search, we believe he is the perfect fit for the organization to reach its fullest potential,” remarks Dandan Zou, IITI Chair and co-founder of Mainstay Global.
“IITI’s membership reflects so many different players in the international investment community, we needed someone with broad trade association experience to represent our many members and the players we interface with from the financial industry to elected officials.”
May began his political career as one of the youngest city commissioners appointed in Austin. He then went to work at the State Capitol as the Texas House Appropriations Committee clerk advising state representatives on state agency budgets. His public relations career began as the publicist for the national TV series, Austin City Limits.
He combined this expertise becoming a trade association executive for the next two decades representing a national retail industry before Congress, the media and Wall Street. His achievements in protecting and promoting a type of retail financial transaction became a college textbook chapter for business students to study the power associations have in shaping policy and industry practices.
“It is a great honor to serve the Invest in Texas Initiative members and board of directors. I look forward to working closely with all parties in taking IITI to the next level of serving the membership and bringing international investors to the great state of Texas.”
SAVE THE DATES! The 2018 Sino-Texas Business & Investment Forum is just around the corner
Oct 17-19 , 2018
The Invest in Texas Initiative and Mainstay Global will be co-hosting the eighth annual Sino-Texas Business & Investment Forum from Oct 17th through the 19th in Austin, Texas. The forum will focus on facilitating business opportunities in both the U.S. and China as well as showcasing Texas as a destination for foreign investment opportunities.
Attendees will meet with government officials, local business people, and economic development directors as well as select business people from China. The Forum will provide an opportunity to match Texas Projects with foreign investors.
April 27, 2017
IITI and Mainstay Global attended the IIUSA EB-5 Advocacy Conference in Washington D.C. IITI was joined by over 350 EB-5 stakeholders.
2017 Sino-Texas Forum
April 1-6, 2017
The Invest in Texas Initiative and Mainstay Global co-hosted the seventh annual Sino-Texas Business & Investment Forum in Dallas, Texas. The forum focused on facilitating business opportunities in both the U.S. and China as well as showcasing North Texas as an ideal destination for foreign investment opportunities. Bryan Daniel, Executive Director for Economic Development for the Office of Governor Greg Abbott was one of our honorary attendees.
2017 Chinese New Year Gala
February 10, 2017
IITI and Mainstay Global hosted a Chinese New Year Gala for 2017, the year of the Rooster. There were traditional Chinese performances and activities for a great turnout of people interested in Chinese culture.
Wade Park Signing Ceremony
February 8, 2017
IITI and Mainstay Global attended the Wade Park Signing Ceremony for the 175-acre mixed use development located in Frisco, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.
Presidential Inaugural Ball
January 20, 2017
IITI Directors attended the 2017 Presidential Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C.
Las Vegas EB-5 Investors Conference
January 14, 2017
IITI Directors attended the Las Vegas EB-5 Investors Conference in Las, Vegas, Nevada. There were more than 1,000 attendees, among them a diverse group of over 120 migration agents, along with EB-5 regional centers, immigration and securities attorneys, developers, broker-dealers, and other EB-5 program stakeholders. The event featured keynote speeches by U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO-2nd).
Texas China Summit
October 12, 2016
IITI and Mainstay Global attended the Texas China Summit in Austin, Texas, which focused on bringing investment from China to Texas. This event featured Guest Speakers Steve Adler, Mayor of Austin and Lieutenant Governor of Texas Dan Patrick.
October 10, 2016
IITI and Mainstay Global attended the IIUSA Conference on EB-5 Investing. Charlie Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State was a Keynote Speaker.
Grand Opening of Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel &
September 23, 2016
IITI and Mainstay Global attended the Grand Opening of the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center in Georgetown, Texas.
Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center Ribbon Cutting
September 23, 2016
IITI and Mainstay Global participated in the Sheraton Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center Ribbon Cutting ceremony in Georgetown, Texas. The Sheraton Georgetown was financed in part with EB-5 Funding.
2016 Chinese New Year Celebration
February 5, 2016
IITI and Mainstay Global hosted the 2016 Chinese New Year Gala in Austin, Texas.
2015 Chamber Training
September 19, 2015
Dandan Zou attended the 2015 Chamber Training in Houston, Texas. The Chamber Training Institute program offers chamber leaders and Board of Directors a world-class learning experience to develop business and managerial skills across a wide range of topics. Since 2010, over 700 chamber leaders from across the country have participated in the program, returning to their communities to foster the growth and prosperity of small businesses.
Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center
February 15, 2015
IITI and Mainstay Global attended the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center Ground Breaking Event in Georgetown, Texas.
September 7, 2014
Dandan Zou attended the China International Fair For Investment and Trade in Xiamen, China. Themed on "Introducing FDI" and "Going Global", CIFIT focuses on nationality and internationality, investment negotiation and investment policy promotion, coordinated development of national and regional economy, as well as economic and trade exchanges across the Taiwan Strait.
May 6, 2014
Some of IITI and Mainstay Global's Investors came to visit the Austin, Texas office.
February 7, 2014
IITI Directors spoke at the Quarterly Meeting and shared recent achievements and developments in Texas Foreign Direct Investment. An investor also shared her successful experience on investing in Texas. Scholarships were given to two UT students.
Sino-Texas Business & Investment Forum
May 9, 2013
The 1st Sino-Texas Business & Investment Forum was successfully held in Austin, Dallas and Houston, Texas.