Mark Cowan Joins The Board of Advisors
We are proud to announce and welcome Mark Cowan a well-known and highly respected Washington, D.C. Public Policy Advisor and Lawyer as an Investor/Partner in The Americas Group Financial Services LLC and as a Member of the Advisory Board of The Americas Group.
Mr. Cowan is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cowan Strategies (www.cowanstrategies.net/) a prominent Washington, D.C. public policy advisory firm. Mark draws on more than 35 years' experience working on complex domestic and international public policy issues as counsel for a broad range of clients. He advises corporations, government entities, and foreign sovereigns on a wide array of business, regulatory, and trade issues.
Mr. Cowan, a lawyer, was a senior partner at Patton Boggs, LLP, an AM Law 100 firm, wherein he both created and directed the firm’s Business Development Department and effort for over 500 lawyers. He founded The Jefferson Group in 1987 and grew that public affairs firm to become the second largest in its class in a period of six years before selling the company. Thereafter, he was Vice Chairman of Cassidy & Associates, Washington’s largest public affairs company, C.E.O. of the Columbus Group, C.E.O. of Newmyer Associates and a Senior Vice President at Hill and Knowlton, one of the world’s largest public relations firms, where he counseled numerous domestic and international clients.
Mr. Cowan has had several Presidential Appointments in the Reagan, George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush Administrations in addition to various other governmental posts. He is also involved in several Boards and Community Activities. We believe that Mark’s experience and outstanding capabilities will be a powerful complement to the current and planned activities of The Americas Group. We look forward to introducing you to Chris.
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The Americas Group Financial Services
The Americas Group Financial Services (TAGFS) is pleased to announce that it's licensee, TAGFS SA - Panama, has just established an exclusive strategic alliance with CrossHarbor Capital's Yellowstone Club with the objective of marketing the Yellowstone Club's EB-5 project (YC EB5) throughout Latin America to qualified foreign investors who are seeking a permanent residence visa (Green Card). The EB-5 Visa Program is a U.S. Government sponsored platform which allows foreign investors to obtain a Green Card by investing capital in a U.S. project that creates ten full time jobs. In this specific project, the required investment is $500,000.
Obama Announces U.S. and Cuba Will Resume Diplomatic Relations
By PETER BAKERDEC. 17, 2014
WASHINGTON — The United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century after the release of an American contractor held in prison for five years, President Obama announced on Wednesday.
In a deal negotiated during 18 months of secret talks hosted largely by Canada and encouraged by Pope Francis, who hosted a final meeting at the Vatican, Mr. Obama and President Raúl Castro of Cuba agreed in a telephone call to put aside decades of hostility to find a new relationship between the United States and the island nation just 90 miles off the American coast.
“We will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries,” Mr. Obama said in a nationally televised statement from the White House. The deal will “begin a new chapter among the nations of the Americas” and move beyond a “rigid policy that’s rooted in events that took place before most of us were born.”
The contractor, Alan P. Gross, traveled on an American government plane to the United States late Wednesday morning, and the United States sent back three Cuban spies who had been in an American prison since 2001. American officials said the Cuban spies were swapped for a United States intelligence agent who had been in a Cuban prison for nearly 20 years, and said Mr. Gross was not technically part of the swap, but was released separately on “humanitarian grounds.”
In addition, the United States will ease restrictions on remittances, travel and banking relations, and Cuba will release 53 Cuban prisoners identified as political prisoners by the United States government. Although the decades-old American embargo on Cuba will remain in place for now, the president called for an “honest and serious debate about lifting” it.
“These 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked,” Mr. Obama said. “It’s time for a new approach.”
Addressing critics of his new approach, he said he shares their commitment to freedom. “The question is how do we uphold that commitment,” he said. “I do not believe we can keep doing the same thing for over five decades and expect a different result.”
Mr. Castro spoke simultaneously on Cuban television, taking to the airwaves with no introduction and announcing that he had spoken by telephone with Mr. Obama. “We have been able to advance the solutions of some themes of interest to both nations,” he said. “This decision of President Obama deserves the respect and acknowledgment of our people.”
“This does not mean the principal issue has been resolved,” he added. “The blockade which causes much human and economic damage to our country should cease.”