Advisory Board

Streamlining the Immigration Process

The ClearPath Immigration Advisory Board is an international network of experts who have agreed to provide meaningful assistance in various areas—law, organizational development, technology, policy, and outreach— on a regular basis. With their exceptional abilities, experience, and knowledge, they provide strategic counsel to ClearPath Immigration on multitudes of business issues. The ClearPath Immigration Advisory Board is comprised of:

The Honorable Eduardo Aguirre, Chair

Eduardo Aguirre retired in 2009, as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain, and to the Principality of Andorra. Ambassador Aguirre is Chairman and CEO of Atlantic Partners Group L.L.C., a consulting group offering strategic, geopolitical, and business advice to clients seeking to maximize their transatlantic business opportunities. He serves on several corporate boards, including the U.S. subsidiaries of Spanish multinationals BBVA and Iberdrola Renewables, and their Risk Management or Audit Committees.

Ambassador Aguirre served during more than seven years in three executive positions in President George W. Bush’s two administrations, including Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ( USCIS ), an Under Secretary rank position in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Shortly after September 11, 2001, he began his U.S. federal service as the Acting Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank).

Prior to his U.S. government service, Ambassador Aguirre had a 34 year banking career, retiring as President of Bank of America International Private Bank. Currently, he serves on the Boards of Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Board of Visitors of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the Greater Houston Partnership, and the Houston Zoo. His extensive community service includes having served as Chairman of the Board of Regents of the University of Houston System.

He has been awarded the highest civilian decorations from:

  • The Holy See (the Order of St. Gregory the Great – Grand Cross) – 2009
  • Andorra (the Order of Charlemagne – Grand Cross) – 2009
  • Spain (the Order of Isabel la Católica – Grand Cross) – 2008
  • Pakistan (the Order of Hilal-i-Quaid-i-Azam – Order of The Great Leader) – 2006
  • Republic of El Salvador (the Order of José Matías Delgado – Grand Officer) – 2005
  • Dominican Republic (the Order of Christopher Columbus – Grand Officer) – 2002

He has also been honored with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, with the Americanism Award by the Daughters of the American Revolution, and selected by Louisiana State University to its Hall of Distinction, among other recognitions.

Ambassador Aguirre earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University. He is a Certified Commercial Lender, and has received Honorary Doctorates from the University of Connecticut, the University of Houston, and Universidad Tecnológica de Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Ambassador Aguirre and his wife Tere have resided in Houston for over three decades. Both emigrated from Cuba as “unaccompanied minors” at the age of 15.

Joseph Cuddihy

Joseph Cuddihy has more than 30 years of experience in the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security.

Mr. Cuddihy’s expertise lies in immigration and diplomatic policy and operations. During his career, he advanced through the ranks ultimately placing him in leadership positions, including the Assistant Deputy Executive Associate Commissioner for Field Operations for Immigration and Naturalization Service and the first Associate Director for International Affairs for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Mr. Cuddihy participated in the executive transfer of authority to the Department of Homeland Security from the Department of Justice for USCIS. While a member of the U.S. Diplomatic Corps, as the INS District Director and the Immigration Attaché to the US Ambassador to Italy stationed in Rome, Mr. Cuddihy was responsible for all U.S. immigration operations and policy throughout Europe, Africa, and portions of Asia.

Prior positions held by Mr. Cuddihy include Assistant Deputy Executive Associate Commissioner for Field Operations, Immigration and Naturalization Service; Associate Director for International Affairs, US Citizenship and Immigration Service; and INS District Director and Immigration Attaché to the US Ambassador to Italy, US Diplomatic Corps. Since retirement from federal service, Mr. Cuddihy has assisted various companies on immigration IT issues as an executive consultant with the firm of McConnell International, LLC, a Washington-based consulting firm which forges partnerships between industry and government.

Charles C. Foster

Charles C. Foster is Co-Chairman of FosterQuan, LLP, and has more than 30 years of experience representing and advising multinational companies on U.S. immigration law.

Mr. Foster currently leads the Greater Houston Partnership Task Force on Immigration Reform, a nationwide effort to secure sensible immigration reform legislation that meets the needs of the business community, families, and our nation’s economy. He serves as Chair of the State Bar of Texas Immigration & Nationality Law Section. He also serves as Honorary Consul General for the Kingdom of Thailand, and has received several high Royal Decorations from His Majesty, King Bhumibol. Additional service activities include: Board of Trustees of The Asia Society and Chairman of its Texas Center; Board Member of the Greater Houston Partnership and its Executive Committee; Member of the Executive Committee of the Houston International Festival; Member of the Board of Directors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the International Institute of Education – Southern Region, Neighborhood Centers, Inc., InterFaith Ministries, and the Houston Ballet.

Long recognized as a national expert in U.S. immigration law, Mr. Foster has served as senior policy advisor to both Presidents Bush and Obama during their Presidential campaigns and has testified before both the U.S. House and Senate Subcommittees on Immigration on a variety of occasions. Mr. Foster previously served as Chairman of the Governor’s Task Force on Immigration, Chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership’s Economic Development Advisory Committee and World Trade Division, President of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA), Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Coordinating Committee on Immigration Law, Chairman of the State Bar of Texas Committee on Laws Relating to Immigration and Nationality, and President of the Houston Forum and the Houston Club.

Mr. Foster received his undergraduate and law degrees from The University of Texas, and is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He lectures frequently before legal, academic, and professional organizations in Texas and throughout the United States, and has authored numerous articles on U.S. immigration law. Mr. Foster served for five years as an Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at the University of Houston Law Center. He is fluent in Spanish and has received numerous awards, including the 1997 Houston International Service Award by the Houston Jaycees and Consular Corps, annual recognition since 2003 as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine , 1998 American Immigration Law Foundation Honorary Fellow, and Texas Lawyer has selected Mr. Foster as the top “Go To Immigration Lawyer” for the State of Texas since 2003.

Dr. Emilio T. Gonzalez

Emilio T. Gonzalez, Ph.D., is currently President and CEO of Indra USA, Inc., and served for more than two years as Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Prior to leading USCIS, Dr. Gonzalez was with the Miami based international law firm of Tew Cardenas.

An international affairs specialist, Dr. Gonzalez has spent most of his professional career involved in foreign affairs and international security issues. He has served in or traveled to almost every country in the Western Hemisphere on numerous occasions, and has represented the United States Government on special diplomatic missions. Dr. Gonzalez was Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council. In this capacity he served as a key National Security and Foreign Policy advisor to President George W. Bush and Dr. Condoleezza Rice.

Dr. Gonzalez completed a distinguished career in the U.S. Army that spanned 26 years. During this time he served as a military attaché to U.S. Embassies in El Salvador and Mexico, taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point and headed the Office of Special Assistants for the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Southern Command.

A graduate of the University of South Florida in Tampa with a B.A. in International Studies, Dr. Gonzalez also earned M.A. degrees in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and in Strategic Studies and National Security Affairs from the U.S. Naval War College. He was awarded the Ph.D. degree in International Relations from the Graduate School of International Studies, University of Miami, where he also received the Graduate School Award for Academic Achievement.

Dr. Gonzalez was recognized “One of the Most Influential Latinos in the Country” by Poder Magazine, People Magazine en Espanol , Latino Leaders, Hispanic Magazine, and the Hispanic Business Magazine. He has been awarded numerous decorations from the United States, and has also been decorated by the governments of El Salvador, Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Panama, and Nicaragua. Dr. Gonzalez is a Knight of Malta.

Manuel “Manny” Kadre

Manny Kadre is currently the Chief Executive Officer of GC Caribbean Importers, LLC, the company that imports, distributes and markets Corona beer and other Grupo Modelo products in the Caribbean region. For the past 15 years, Mr. Kadre has served as a senior executive, board member and shareholder of a number of beverage and automotive companies where he has played a key leadership role in acquisition and buyout activities, investment sourcing, resource allocation, asset oversight, company administration and led the organization, structuring and financing of the companies’ acquisitions. In addition, as the result of a merger involving the companies’ automotive division, Mr. Kadre also serves in an executive role with AutoNation, Inc., a publicly traded Fortune 500 company headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Additionally, Mr. Kadre is a shareholder, advisor and board member in a number of energy, healthcare and real estate related companies.

Mr. Kadre serves as a Director of MEDNAX, a publicly trading company that is one of the nation’s leading providers of neonatal, maternal, fetal and pediatric physician subspecialty and anesthesia physician services. He also serves as Director of Crown Imports, LLC, a Chicago-based joint venture that imports, distributes, and markets the Modelo portfolio and other fine beer brands throughout the entire United States. Crown Imports is a 50-50 joint venture between Grupo Modelo, Mexico’s leading company in the brewing, distribution, and sale of beer, and Constellation Brands, Inc., a leading international alcohol beverage producer, importer, and marketer.

Mr. Kadre also serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the University of Miami Board of Trustees, the Board of Governors of University of Miami Hospital in South Florida, the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission (President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush Administrations), the Florida Eleventh Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission (Governor Charlie Crist and Governor Jeb Bush Administrations), the Southern District of Florida Federal Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, and the Orange Bowl Committee. In addition, he has served on Florida Governor Crist’s Transition Team, Miami Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees, Knight Foundation Advisory Board, Board of Directors of Florida Free Trade Area of the Americas, Miami International Airport Blue Ribbon Aviation Panel, Florida Self-Insurers Guaranty Association, Chairman of the United Way Alexis de Tocqueville Society, and a member of the Coral Gables Planning and Zoning Board. Mr. Kadre has been a co-recipient of the Pro Bono Service Award from the Florida Supreme Court.

After receiving his Juris Doctorate from Fordham University, Mr. Kadre served as Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Federico Moreno, Chief United States District Judge, Southern District of Florida. He is a member of the bar in Florida and New York. Mr. Kadre resides in Coral Gables, Florida with his wife and two children.

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