Crowdfunding Thought Leaders to Attend Champions of Change Ceremony Hosted by the White House

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Members of the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) will be attending a ceremony on June 4th recognizing entrepreneurs using crowdfunding to fuel growth

"We are pleased that the White House has chosen to honor crowdfunding industry participants as 'Champions of Change." - Chris Tyrrell, Chairman of CFIRA and Managing Director of Nehemiah Investments.

Selected members of the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA), a leading crowdfunding organization that works with the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to establish industry guidelines and standards, have been invited to attend the Champions of Change ceremony hosted by the White House on Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

The Champions of Change program shares the stories of everyday people that have strengthened their communities through hard work and innovation. Every week, they are invited by the White House to share their insights and stories. This week’s event will honor entrepreneurs who exemplify the promise of crowdfunding to fuel economic growth and community empowerment through innovative crowdfunding projects across the country.

"We are pleased that the White House has chosen to honor crowdfunding industry participants as 'Champions of Change,’” said Chris Tyrrell, Chairman of CFIRA and Managing Director of Nehemiah Investments. “CFIRA's members have dedicated themselves to advocate for the regulatory change and industry preparations necessary to bring about a new revolution in securities-based crowdfunding. We are thankful for the White House's engagement on these issues."

Crowdfunding has seen explosive growth worldwide in recent years, growing more than 81 percent in 2012 according to a Massolution industry report. Entrepreneurs, non-profits and individuals are able to leverage their social networks to impact meaningful change in their communities and jumpstart innovation. Equity-based crowdfunding was legalized by last year’s bipartisan Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act and signed into law by the President in April 2012. The legislation will enable entrepreneurs to use crowdfunding to raise equity online, a potentially revolutionizing force in the capital markets.

Below is a list of CFIRA executive team members, board members and committee chairs that will be attending the ceremony.

DJ Paul, CSO for Gate Global Impact
Candace Klein, CEO of SoMoLend
James Jones, CEO of SelfDirected IRA Investment Institute
Michael Norman, President of Wefunder.com
Chris Tyrrell, Managing Director of Nehemiah Investments
Robert Taylor, Founder of FundSafe
Vince Molinari, CEO of Gate Technologies
Kim Wales, Founder of Wales Capital

Representing CFIRA as general council is Doug Ellenoff of Ellenoff, Grossman & Schole

The event will be held on June 4 from 2:30-4:00pm EST in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium.

About CFIRA

Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates, or CFIRA, was established following the signing of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. CFIRA is an organization formed by the crowdfunding industry’s leading platforms and experts. The group will work with the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and other affected governmental and quasi-governmental entities to help establish industry standards and best practices. For more information, visit http://www.CFIRA.org.

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