Team Bios


Our well-rounded team represents eight diffe
rent countries with a variety of skills and languages, which enables us to craft solutions uniquely tailored to the needs of our valued partners.

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Green Card Fund team is very friendly. They helped me settle down after moving to the U.S. and plan a brand new life here.

Ms. Zhang
Satisfied Client

Owners:

Kyle Walker
Principal
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Kyle Walker
Principal
Kyle Walker is a Founder and Principal of Green Card Fund, LLC and NewGen Worldwide. Mr. Walker’s primary focus within Green Card Fund is on Industry Relations, USCIS compliance and International Distribution Channels. Spending much of his time on a plane, Mr. Walker has built distribution channels for Green Card Fund in China, India, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Kyle is also a partner of NewGen Advisory, a vertically integrated hospitality company that includes brokerage, hospitality consulting and ownership of their own properties.
Kyle earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Arizona State University with a focus in Business and Urban Planning. Over many years Kyle has been involved with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council’s (GPEC) International Leadership Council. In 2016 Kyle Walker has been elected to the board of directors of Invest in USA (IIUSA), the national EB-5 trade association. In this role Kyle is actively involved in the work on legislative reform and permanent reauthorization of the EB-5 program.
Girish Patel
Principal & CEO
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Girish Patel
Principal & CEO
Girish Patel is a Founder and CEO of Green Card Fund, LLC focusing primarily on US Projects and Corporate Operations. Girish is also co-founder of NewGen Worldwide, a diversified holding company specialized in hospitality brokerage, operations and consulting. The company currently owns and manages dozens of properties, including multiple hotels. Since 1982, Girish has gained firsthand experience in the hospitality industry; eventually leveraging his operational expertise to become Vice President of Development of B.C.A. Hospitality, constructing hundreds of limited service properties located across the nation. Girish is an active leader in the industry, and has served on committees and boards of prominent industry organizations such as the Asian American Hotel Owner’s Association, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Independent Association of Holiday Inns. Most recently Mr. Patel created the R.C. Patel Memorial Scholarship for under-sponsored students seeking a career in Hospitality.
Mr. Patel is chairman of Global Ties Arizona, a not for profit organization administering the international visitor program of the US State Department.
Dinesh (Dan) Rama
Principal
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Dinesh (Dan) Rama
Principal
Dinesh (Dan) S. Rama is a partner of Green Card Fund, LLC and is the managing partner of NewGen Worldwide. Dinesh has had a career in the hospitality industry as a hotel operator and owner beginning in 1994 after pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Arizona. Mr. Rama is a franchisee of Red Brick Pizza, Holiday Inn, Ramada Inn, and Comfort Suites and he maintains General Manager Certifications from Holiday Inns, Motel 6 and Days Inns. Between 2000 through 2007, Mr. Rama was under the guidance of Robert Fitzgerald, former Chief Operating Officer of Best Western International and Sam Apostle, former President of Ramada Hotels in advising clients on acquiring and divesting hospitality assets throughout the United States. Throughout Mr. Rama’s career, he has been involved with the disposition of over $600 Million of hospitality assets. He has brokered and advised clients on acquiring, merging, and divesting of hospitality assets throughout the United States. Mr. Rama also is a licensed Arizona Real Estate Broker and a member of the Arizona Board of Realtors. Mr. Rama was also the First National Chairman of Omega Delta Phi, a multicultural service/social fraternity that aims to graduate its members while giving back to the community. He is also a member and former Southwest Regional Director of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), the largest hospitality owners association in the United States and is a member of Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association.
Andy Peng
Principal
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Andy Peng
Principal
Fei “Andy” Peng is a Chinese-born American citizen with over 20 years of international business experience between China and the United States. Prior to coming to the U.S. to pursue his MBA, Andy worked at the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Mr. Peng founded a successful international trading company facilitating direct transactions between businesses in China and the United States. He is actively involved in the start-up of a new high-tech company specializing in P2P finance and his in-depth understanding of both the Chinese and U.S. business climate has greatly enhanced Green Card Fund’s ability to support investors in Asian markets.

Leadership Team:

Suraj Bhakta
Chief Legal Officer
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Suraj Bhakta
Chief Legal Officer
Suraj brings nearly 15 years of legal experience in commercial real estate development to Green Card Fund. Suraj’s leadership roles include management and oversight of all legal aspects dealing with acquisitions, corporate structuring, feasibility, contracts, compliance, sales transactions, real estate and property development, equity and debt financing, construction development, and leasing. Suraj’s focus remains steadfast on ensuring that NewGen experiences strong and sustainable growth while limiting liabilities and undue risk. Prior to joining Green Card Fund, Suraj was managing partner of Bhakta & Associates, PLLC where here represented a wide variety of business client as a part of a full-service law firm. He is a native of Ohio where he grew up in the greater Cincinnati area, graduated in 1999 from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and earned his Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University in 2002.
Mike Carroll
Chief Operating Officer
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Mike Carroll
Chief Operating Officer
Mike is responsible for global operations and corporate/government affairs for both organizations. He serves on the President’s Advisory Council for Association Building Committee for Invest in the USA (IIUSA) the EB-5 industry trade organization. Previously, Mike has held international business development, sales, and senior management positions with major multinational organizations such as British Telecom, Motorola, Iridium and T-Mobile. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Business Attraction for the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), the State of Arizona’s economic development entity. Mike earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in International Management from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management, and a Master of Legal Studies (MLS) with an emphasis in International Trade from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Mike lives in Scottsdale, AZ with his wife and two boys and their beloved Goldendoodle, Snax. In his private time, he coaches youth sports and enjoys traveling with his family.
Michael Lepore
Chief Financial Officer
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Michael Lepore
Chief Financial Officer
Michael and his team manage the company’s day to day accounting as well as all budgeting, forecasting and financial modeling for all NewGen operations.   Prior to joining NewGen Michael has had over 20 years of accounting, tax and operations management experience serving small to mid-sized businesses. He holds both a New York and Arizona State C.P.A. license. Having worked in both the public accounting as an Audit Manager at Pricewaterhouse Coopers and private accounting environment, and owning multiple business himself he has had the opportunity, through hands-on experience, to become proficient in a broad base of accounting and related management functions. Michael’s diverse background affords him the unique opportunity of utilizing the angles of both tax and business strategies when analyzing work product. In addition, he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Arizona State Society of Certified Public Accountants and Arizona State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Michael is of Italian origin, lives in Phoenix with his wife and three children. He coaches Ice Hockey and loves cooking Italian Food.

Operations Team:

Tom Walker
Field Supervisor
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Tom Walker
Field Supervisor
Mr. Walker received a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Illinois State University. He is a third generation construction professional with over four decades of experience. With experience across multiple real estate types and all phases of construction Mr. Walker understands how to move a project forward on schedule and within budget. As Field Supervisor, Tom is tasked with monitoring construction activities for NewGen, serving as a liaison between General Contractor and our leadership.
Elaine Pan
Executive Assistant to Kyle Walker
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Elaine Pan
Executive Assistant to Kyle Walker
Elaine’s extensive experience in international business, education, and language capabilities makes her a key contributor to the GCF team. Previously she has served as a senior flight attendant for China Eastern Airlines on routes to Europe and North America. Leveraging her leadership and management skills she then went on to become a project manager for Shanghai Yongxin Construction Engineering Company. Later she worked in the executive offices of Shanghai Huaqiao Exit and Entry Services, Co. as assistant to the president and then as an immigration consultant for Shanghai Huazhi Exit and Entry Services, Co. Elaine has a Bachelor’s Degree in Russian Language and Literature from Shanghai International Studies University and a Masters Degree in Air Transportation and Management with distinction from City University in London.
Simone Francisco
Executive Assistant to Girish Patel
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Simone Francisco
Executive Assistant to Girish Patel
Simone Francisco is Green Card Fund Executive Assistant to the CEO and a key participant in the operations and facilities management team. Previously, Simone served as a Senior Administrative Assistant at Samsung Electronics America – Home Appliance department. She earned an Associates degree of Applied Science in International Business from LaGuardia Community College in Long Island, NY.

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