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bring in two hundred people, but it was extremely hard to get
any contracts signed. At that time, people had many doubts,
and we also controlled the risks in a strict way. After a period of
time, more and more people got a clearer understanding about
investment immigration as the information began spreading.
Indeed, more competitions were coming up and we now apply
a more diverse advertising strategy. The most important thing
for us is to know exactly the customer’s demands and what we
can do to help them to meet those demands. All in all, what
we need to do is to help those customers who agree with our
company’s philosophy. We focus on finding those who have a
strong intention for immigrating, which is a reason for us to
advance the business of overseas study.
EB5 Investors Magazine: Let’s return to the issues
surrounding the EB-5 program. Could you talk about
your project selection criteria? Whether the profit or
the commission would be an important factor?
Gary Dong: When I choose investment projects, the profit
is not an important factor unless other conditions are met.
We always put our customers first and consider questions
like whether our customers would like it, or whether it could
safeguard their interests. We could profit only when customers’
interests are protected.
EB5 Investors Magazine: Do you prefer to cooperate
with large-scale regional centers with a successful
record, even if they provide lower profits?
Gary Dong: Yes. From our perspective, the professional
qualifications of regional centers are one of the most important
factors that determine a project’s success, and we consider
ourselves successful only when the clients’ demands have been
met. Many customers choose us due to our reputation, so cooperating with successful projects is important to us.
EB5 Investors Magazine: What are your
standards in choosing a new partner? What
do you look for in a regional center?
Gary Dong: Actually, we are considering cooperating with
new regional centers. However, we are wary to cooperate with
regional centers that are small and manage only a single project
without a business continuity plan. Besides, performing due
diligence on projects and regional centers is a very complicated,
time-consuming, and risky process. Even if I hire a third party
to conduct the due diligence report, the qualifications of the
project and regional center still cannot be guaranteed, which is
why we are very cautious when choosing projects and regional
centers to work with. It would cost a lot of time for our advisors
and staff to totally understand our partners, so I would look
forward to a long-lasting cooperation. I hope the partner could
introduce more projects, provide some follow-up services for
the investors, and support us in sales.
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