Investment in the U.S. for Small & Medium Companies
|Virtual and physical participation are available.
For physical attendees, please register in advance to reserve your seat.
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Language: English & Vietnamese
Are you wondering whether America is an attractive market for your Small or Medium-sized Enterprise (SME)? If you’re thinking about investing in the U.S., what are the types of support you can expect to receive? What are the possible investing directions you should consider, such as franchising? Join our Investment in the U.S. for Small & Medium Companies event and hear a panel of experts discuss a wide range of topics, ranging from business insights to visa requirements.
Our panelists include representatives from the U.S. Consulate in HCMC and experts from Davies & Associates, LLC, an immigration-focused global law firm that helps Vietnamese citizens set up businesses around the world and procure the necessary visas to be able to operate those businesses with their families. The panel will be moderated by AmCham.
|8:30 AM||Registration & Refreshment for physical guests|
|8:45 AM||Check-in for virtual guests|
|9:00 AM||Welcome remarks|
|9:05 AM||Business in America & Business / Entrepreneur visa
|10:30 AM||Event ends|
AmCham Members: VND 700,000
Non-members: VND 850,000
AmCham Members: VND 300,000
Non-members: VND 450,000
|Reservations/cancellations must be received by 24 hours before the event, and must be made on-line or by email. We are unable to accept reservations/cancellations by telephone.|
Commercial Officer, Foreign Commercial Service
U.S. Consulate General, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Daniel Pint is a Commercial Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In this role, Daniel is the Commercial Service Vietnam lead for the Energy, SelectUSA, ICT, and Smart Cities sectors.
Prior to coming to Vietnam, Daniel worked at the U.S. Export Assistance Center in New York City where he worked closely with the Ambassador for Management and Reform at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, advocating for U.S. commercial interests at the United Nations.
Before joining the U.S. Commercial Service, Daniel worked in vendor relationship and contract management at the U.S. General Services Administration and later at New York City’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. He was also Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso focusing on sustainable agricultural practices.
Daniel received a M.S. degree in Consumer Affairs from the Technical University of Munich in Germany and holds a B.S. in International Economics from the University of Florida.
Nonimmigrant Visa Chief
U.S. Consulate General, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Benjamin “Ben” Chiang is the Nonimmigrant Visa Chief in U.S. Consulate Ho Chi Minh City. Prior to Vietnam, he served as a consular manager in Beijing and Guangzhou from 2012-2018, including a stint as Immigrant Visa chief in the world’s third busiest immigrant visa processing post.
He was the Information Officer in Sao Paulo, the largest media market in South America. He was previously Brazil and India Desk officer in Washington, D.C. His first tour was a consular officer in Chengdu.
Before joining the Foreign Service, Ben worked in sales and marketing for a telecommunications firm. He holds a Master’s degree from University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s from Reed College.
Ben is married with one daughter. He spent his childhood in Thailand and New York City.
|Mark I. Davies Esq.
Managing Partner & Global Chairman
Davies & Associates
Dual qualified as a lawyer in the United States and the United Kingdom, Mark Davies is the Global Managing Partner and founder of our firm. Mark also Chairs our Global Business and Investor visa team and focuses his practice on EB5, L1, E2 and other business and investor visa solutions. A former General Counsel, Mark is relied on as primary counsel to major corporations, investors, non-profits and businesses of all sizes.
Mark holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a law degree from a major university in the United Kingdom (UK) and an MBA degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Mark was awarded a post-graduate Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania law school and is the holder of multiple scholarships and academic awards.
Mark has also published legal articles and spoken on an international basis. His speaking engagements include presentations for various US state bar associations, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Law Society of England & Wales and the ALA. Mark has won the EB5 Investors Magazine Top 25 Attorney Award on multiple occasions and has been recognized by the White House for his service within the US legal profession.
|Zeenat Phophalia Esq.
Davies & Associates
Zeenat Phophalia is qualified to practice law in the United States, United Kingdom and India. She practices in the area of U.S. immigration law with a focus on business immigration, and has represented corporate clients including large and medium sized companies and startups across sectors such as IT, consulting, consumer goods, manufacturing and telecommunications.
Zeenat holds a Master of Law degree from the University of Georgia, United States, and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Mumbai, India. Zeenat was awarded a full scholarship in the form of a graduate assistantship and tuition waiver from the University of Georgia. After graduating, Zeenat had volunteered at a not-for-profit – New York Legal Assistance Group Inc. – where she provided pro bono legal services to low-income immigrants.
Prior to joining the Firm, Zeenat was an Associate Partner at a leading immigration law firm in India where in addition to practicing US immigration law, she advised clients on Indian commercial and employment laws, and spearheaded the firm’s content creation process.
Zeenat has represented clients in business and employment immigration, permanent residence, consular matters, naturalization and waivers of inadmissibility. She has advised clients on nonimmigrant visa applications and petitions such as L-1, H-1B, F-1 and O as well as EB-1 cases and related immigration compliance.
As an immigrant herself and a naturalized US citizen, she possesses an in-depth understanding of the system and has helped several business and families navigate the many nuances and complexities of U.S.
A seasoned and self-motivated executive with diverse experience in business development and
As one of the industries founders, I possess superior technical skills and knowledge in the wireless ISP industry.
As Chairman of the Board and President of a wireless ISP, I founded and managed one of the fastest growing companies in Southern California. (named in 2001 by Ernest and Young as top 40 fastest growing company)
Results oriented with a proven record to establish all aspects of a wireless ISP; facilities, technical, sales and customer service.
Experienced in hiring, training, motivating and managing wireless ISP salespeople, technical staff, operational and support team members. From entry to executive level.
Skilled in developing new vertical markets and sales channels for wireless ISP sales.
2012 – 2023: Chief Executive Officer, Immigration investment
Started and work with many companies to raise fund for L-1, EB1-C and EB-5. Over the period of 11 years funded over 200 million to include, restaurant, hotel and assisted living centers.
AmCham Vietnam HCMC & Danang
Mr. Ollen worked in Vietnam for ten years with a leading U.S. energy company. He has experience in government & public affairs, management and marketing in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the U.S. He has an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management and a BA from Columbia University. Mr. Ollen is married to Duong My Linh. The couple has a family of two children and two grandchildren.