Management

Brian M. Garcia

Prior to founding the Regional Center, Brian was a partner in the international law firm Holland & Knight, LLP where he was a partner in the firm’s International and Cross Border Transactions Group and led the firm’s global business immigration and compliance practice. Brian is an experienced corporate transactional attorney and is widely recognized as a leading practitioner in the field of immigration law with substantial experience in the highly specialized area of EB-5 visas, which was instrumental in the founding of the Regional Center and its success since then. Brian worked on his first EB-5 project in 1991 and it remained a mainstay of his legal career.

AILA MemberLogo2015_HighRes-01 (2)Brian has received the highest ratings from client and peer review groups alike, including an AV rating, the highest rating from Martindale Hubbell and received the top ratings for immigration attorneys from Chambers USA, the world’s leading peer review organization. In 2010, Brian received the Meritorious Public Service award from The Florida Bar in recognition of his service as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of a Florida Bar Grievance Committee.

Brian received his Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School and his Bachelors of Science degree from the American University. Brian acted as an immigration advisor to two Presidential and Vice Presidential transition teams and is a frequent lecturer and author on corporate and immigration issues and has been published in numerous periodicals. Brian is a member of The Florida Bar and the Washington, D.C. Bar and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Charles P. Garcia

Charles is currently the CEO of Garcia Trujillo, a consulting, merchant banking and private equity firm and he has over 16 years of capital markets and merchant banking experience, advising companies on expansion strategies, equity financings and mergers & acquisitions. He previously founded and led a financial services and investment banking firm which he grew to 60 offices in 7 countries with over $2 billion in assets. In August of 2002, Inc. magazine named it the 8th fastest growing privately held company in the U.S. and several national organizations selected Charles for the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award.

Charles served on the Board of Directors of Winn-Dixie Stores, a Fortune 500 company that is one of the nation’s largest food retailers in the southeastern U.S. He is currently on the Advisory Council of Aetna, another Fortune 500 firm. He served for five years as Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy having been appointed by the Obama and Bush Administrations. For his service, in 2011 he received the Distinguished Public Service medal, one of the highest awards the U.S. Air Force can bestow on a civilian. He was also a White House Fellow during the Reagan Administration. Charles was the national spokesman for Amway Global, a leader in the $80 billion global direct selling industry. Charles was appointed by Florida Governor Jeb Bush to the seven member State Board of Education which is responsible for overseeing all public education systems in Florida with an annual budget exceeding $15 billion. He currently serves on the advisory board of the Florida State University Center for Hispanic Marketing Communications, a national hub for innovative research for marketing to Hispanic consumers. He has also published two bestselling books on leadership and success and is a guest columnist for CNN.com.

Charles is a graduate of Columbia Law School and a member of The Florida Bar. Charles is a FINRA registered securities principal (series 24). Charles is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization. Brian and Charles are brothers.

Sol Trujillo

Sol Trujillo is Chairman of the Board of Garcia Trujillo and is a highly experienced international business executive who brings 30 years of international business experience having served as CEO of three $50 billion market cap companies on three continents in the media communications space; US West (now Qwest), Orange (now France Telecom) and Telstra, the Australian communications company.

Recognized as a broadband and wireless pioneer, he has a reputation as an innovator in the digital space, described by President Ronald Reagan’s science adviser as “the nation’s first digital telecom CEO.” Mr. Trujillo has managed operations and remains active in business affairs in both developed and emerging markets from China and South Asia to Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, including more than 20 countries around the world. At Telstra, Mr. Trujillo completed the company’s privatization and led an end-to-end transformation of a traditional government-owned telco into an integrated media-communications company with world-leading results. These achievements were recognized by his selection as “CEO of the Year” for 2008 by Australian Telecom Magazine.

Mr. Trujillo is an active member of corporate boards in the U.S., EU, and China — including, in the U.S., Target (Minneapolis) and Promerica Bank (Los Angeles), where he is vice chairman; and internationally, WPP Group (UK), the world’s largest communications services group with offices in 107 countries; Weather Investments S.p.A (Italy), Silk Road Technologies (Hangzhou, China), where he is board chairman. Mr. Trujillo previously served on the boards of Bank of America, PepsiCo, EDS, Orange, Telstra and Gannett, the newspaper chain that includes USA Today.

In the public sector, he served as a trade policy advisor to the Clinton and Bush administrations and remains active on public policy issues related to immigration, trade, productivity and fiscal affairs.  In recognition of a lifetime of advocacy and commitment to workplace diversity, Sol received the Ronald H. Brown Corporate Bridge Builder Award from President Clinton in 1999.