Manuel A. Laboy Rivera,
Secretary of DEDC and Executive Director at PRIDCO
Manuel is the current Secretary of the Department of Economic Development and Commerce (DEDC) and Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO).
Manuel Laboy´s work attracts new investments, promotes the creation of new jobs, and strengthens small and medium enterprises. He is responsible for the formulation and strategic implementation of the Puerto Rico economic development plan, including competitiveness related reform, infrastructure projects and instrumentalities that include agencies and public corporations.
Founder, The Strategic Group PR
Robb Rill is the founder of The Strategic Group PR, headquartered in Puerto Rico, which is a private equity firm that specializes in investing in private companies, with an emphasis in subprime and technology. He has also run a proprietary fund, Strategic Capital, with an emphasis on short selling securities and identifying microcap fraud in the market. Mr. Rill has used his experience and expertise to uncover mispricing and fraud and expose them through the media to the SEC. His fund achieved unparalleled returns in excess of 60% per annum on a non-compounded basis from 1998 to 2005 before short selling restrictions hampered his main strategy.
EDGAR RIOS MENDEZ,
Edgar Rios' practice focuses on international tax matters, inbound and outbound corporate reorganizations, registered investment companies, structured investment vehicles and other complex federal, international and Puerto Rico tax law matters. Mr. Ríos Méndez is one of the leading attorneys on Puerto Rico matters dealing with clients migrating to Puerto Rico under Acts 20, 22 and 273 of 2012 and advising such clients on issues ranging from bona fide residency, community property, inbound and outbound transactions, inversions and Subpart F considerations. Mr. Ríos Méndez has been active in some of the major Puerto Rico tourism related projects with respect to the negotiation of tax incentive grants and the sale of tourism investment tax credits.
Founder, Far International
Inspired by Medellin's lifestyle, culture, and undervalued real estate market, he founded FAR International in 2007, which has since become a thriving real estate and lifestyle company comprised of Colombian real estate specialists, regional experts, and passionate, international individuals. FAR's overarching company goal is to be the trusted, on-the-ground resource for foreign real estate buyers, renters, and investors. FAR seeks to support folks who are retiring early, seeking a more vibrant social life, purchasing a second home, or investing in Colombian real estate. Rich has a background in real estate and mortgage, publishing, internet, and investment banking sectors. An avid traveler, Rich has lived in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and in parts of Florida and Texas. He holds an MBA from Ohio State University and a B.S. from the University of Texas, where he studied chemical engineering.
AG & T, Managing Partner, and Real Estate Developer
Adam Greenfader is a managing partner at AG&T, a real estate development and advisory company based in Miami, Florida. Adam has worked on over 52 developments projects in The United States, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Caribbean, and Europe. He specializes in residential, resort, island, and distressed assets, and has personally managed the design, entitlements, building, and sales, of over one thousand new residential units.
Partner Explorer Equity Group, LLC
Cody Shirk is the founder of the Explorer Partnership, a private social and investing group that travels and invests around the world.
Cody is also the co-founder and partner of Explorer Equity Group. EEG is a global alternative asset manager that seeks to generate risk-adjusted returns by exploiting inefficiencies in selected markets and capitalizing on situations that are not in the mainstream of investment opportunities.
Managing Partner, Online Taxman
Vincenzo is the founder and CEO of Online Taxman. He has extensive experience in both tax preparation and advising clients in accounting and financial transactions.
At Online Taxman, Vincenzo oversees corporate and individual filings. He specializes in in offshore structuring for US entrepreneurs abroad, US real estate transactions, and the taxation of Crypto Currency
Vincenzo also has “Big 4” audit and corporate accounting experience during his time with PricewaterhouseCoopers, involved in Fortune 100 audit engagements and M&A transactions, giving him the knowledge to pe rform analysis in valuation, corporate finance, and technical accounting issues.
He has both a Masters of Accounting and Bachelors of Business Administration with distinction from the University of Michigan’s Stephen M Ross School of Business.
Shellie H. Hart, Jr.
Shellie H. Hart, Jr. is tax attorney specializing in self-directed retirement plans. He is the founder of IRAVillage, an online platform to enable clients to achieve “checkbook control” for their self-directed IRAs. Mr. Hart, prior to forming IRA Village, was most recently tax counsel to Intel Corporation responsible for ensuring legal and tax compliance for all of Intel’s retirement plans including profit-sharing and pension plans. In that position Mr. Hart developed the expertise to advise his own clients on any aspect of their Self-directed IRA and 401k retirement plans.
Founder, CPG Strategies & Splash Marketing
David Towner is a business strategist, author, and the founder of both CPG Strategies and Splash Marketing. Both firms specialize in creating and executing growth strategies for early stage companies. In 2013, Towner moved his parent company to Puerto Rico to take advantage of the Act 20/22 tax laws. During the past five years, his team has built a business portfolio around the Act 20 benefits including acquiring White Orchid Tours in response to a lucrative proposal from premier Israeli, Chinese, and European tourism entities. The company has experienced explosive growth and is in the process of setting up 29 offices throughout Asia and Europe strictly for the purpose of promoting Puerto Rico as a destination for tourism and business conferences.
CPA, CGMA, JD, LL.M.
Jeanelle Alemar-Escabi is the managing member of Doing Business in Puerto Rico (DBPR). Before starting DBPR, she founded JAE Legal Services LLC and served as tax advisor for the Secretary of the Puerto Rico Treasury Department from 2001 to 2004. She has experience negotiating tax exemption grants and tax credits under the Export Service Act (Act 20), the Resident Investors Act (Act 22), Economic Incentives for the Development of Puerto Rico Act (Act 73), the Puerto Rico Green Energy Incentives Act (Act 83) and the Puerto Rico Tourism Development Act (Act 74), among others.
LifeAFar Partner & Vlogger
"What is a PREP? And how we're spearheading our investment strategy in Puerto Rico."
In 2009, Sam embarked on a motorcycle journey from Canada to Argentina. It was Colombia, however, that caught his eye. Sam settled in Bogota, where he co-founded Colombia International Real Estate. In 2015, CIRE merged with FAR International. He runs a popular vlog about living and investing in Colombia while simultaneously directing the Bogota branch of Apartment International.
Tax Partner, Grant Thorton
Francisco has over twenty-three years’ experience in public accounting, including the “Big Four” and private consulting practice. Francisco engages in the design and development of tax planning and consulting strategies. This includes tax services in the area of mergers and acquisitions, business reorganizations, partnership transactions, tax incentives and exemptions, individual and corporate tax issues, personal financial matters, and others. Francisco has experience in assisting clients before state and federal agencies and various municipalities. He also possesses extensive tax compliance experience.
RE Hedge Fund Manager, Author, and Educator
After 30 years of successful real estate investing, Cherif continues to grow his portfolio of mix-use commercial properties, real estate syndications, and various educational and investment programs.
Between his personal portfolio and his real estate funds (registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission), Cherif has over $100 Million Dollars of assets under management. He continues to grow through strategic partnerships and he focuses on acquiring great cash flowing properties throughout the United States.
Cherif offers his partners and investors not only the opportunity to invest safely for reliable returns, but also the advantage of reducing the tax impact through a special government tax incentive that was extended to his company through Congress.
Keith St. Clair,
Founder ESJ Azul
British-born St. Clair is a businessman, entrepreneur, and travel industry magnate, and well-known in the tourism industry for offering timeshare vacation packages and founding of one of the biggest travel wholesalers in the United States, TravelLeaders. St. Clair took advantage of Puerto Rico´s tax advantages back in 2015 and has been a permanent resident of the territory since. St. Clair oversees half the exclusive real estate on Isla Verde´s beachfront Hotel Row.
Entrepreneur, Investor, and Real Estate Analyst
Andrew Wick was among the first (and youngest) Act 22 recipients relocating to Puerto Rico in 2013 with his hedge fund. Andrew was an analyst and head of Puerto Rican operations, with a focus on Puerto Rican real estate. Today, Andrew manages his own personal portfolio of investments, still focusing on Puerto Rican real estate and is also the founder of a think tank of young, successful, and creative entrepreneurs and businessmen from a wide array of industries.
Tax Attorney and Real Estate Investor
John Hyre is a tax attorney and real estate investor out of Columbus, Ohio (soon to be Puerto Rico). Over 95% of his clients are real estate investors and he saves them millions annually. Prior to venturing out on his own, John worked for two of the Big Five accounting firms and for several Fortune 500 companies for 7 years. For the last 16 years John has run a tax law practice. He has worked extensively with small businesses, real estate investors of all sizes, note investors and self-directed retirement accounts. He has prepared thousands of tax returns, helped thousands of clients with tax planning & tax reduction, fought the IRS in audits and in court and assisted clients in fighting IRS collection of taxes owed. John also invested in mobile home parks, low-income rentals and a few flips. He has written three home study courses and numerous articles and is a frequent speaker on the taxation of real estate and IRA’s. John has successfully defended clients, including those with Self-Directed IRA issues, in audits and in Tax Court.