Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Equity International's 15th Anniversary

Equity International, founded on January 5, 1995, is pleased to celebrate its 15th year anniversary. William Loiry founded the firm on his strong belief and conviction that we can – and should – generate revenue and make the world better at the same time.

Overcoming extraordinary odds, Equity International has brought together more than 35,000 government officials, business leaders, financial leaders, philanthropists, military officials, and diplomats to help find solutions to some of the world’s most critical problems.

The leadership of Equity International has helped thousands overseas affected by wars and natural disasters, including Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Serbia, Turkey, South Asia, China, Central America, Venezuela, and the Caribbean.

Thousands more were helped by Equity International’s efforts in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, and Texas, following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and other storms.

Following the difficult transition from Communism to democracy and capitalism, Equity International was there when it counted: helping to establish stock markets in Romania, banking systems in Hungary and Bulgaria, and facilitating post-war economic reconstruction in Southeastern Europe.

In 1998, three years before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Equity International convened the first conference on the threat of Osama bin Laden to Americans overseas. Since then, it has convened countless conferences, roundtables, and trade shows facilitating solutions in aviation security, border security, bioterrorism, emergency communications, and global security.

In 2008, when the U.S. State Department needed help with a major international conference on renewable energy, Equity International used all of its considerable resources to help make the event an historic forum, which featured almost 9,000 delegates from 119 countries.

Extremely important, from 2005 to today, Equity International has been a strong supporter of the Clinton Global Initiative, which has brought together more than 100 current and former heads of state, global CEOs, and major philanthropists to tackle the world’s most urgent problems, including poverty, health, education, economic development, clean energy, and climate change. Clinton Global Initiative members have made nearly 1,700 commitments valued at $57 billion, which have already improved more than 200 million lives.

We have received considerable praise from many leaders, including President Bill Clinton, the first Homeland Security Secretary – Tom Ridge, mayors and governors, CEOs and nonprofit leaders, military leaders and diplomats. Our efforts have received extensive news media coverage, from CNN and Fox to The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times.

Perhaps most gratifying of all is the knowledge that, with few resources and iron grit, we made the world a better place.

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