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Our team


Mikus Kins
President of LACC

President and Founding Member, Latvian American Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Kins is a capital markets veteran who has over 18 years of experience in both domestic and international financial markets working closely with alternative fund managers, banks, developers, institutional and high net worth investors.

Mr. Kins now applies his capital markets experience to business and real estate investment advisory and consulting services.  He is the Managing Partner of Monauda Capital, LLC and is the Managing Director at Be Commercial Realty.   Mr. Kins is a licensed real estate broker and a registered business broker in the State of Illinois.

Previously, Mr. Kins held senior management positions at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, LaSalle Bank and ABN-AMRO. While based in London, Mr. Kins served as Director of Bank of America Trustees Ltd. and led the Global Securities Solutions Division of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, servicing a wide range of securitized products such as CLOs, CDOs, Commercial/Residential Mortgage Backed Securities and over $60 billion in Total Return Swap (TRS) portfolios.

Mr. Kins graduated with a dual BA in International Relations and European History from Brown University.  Mr. Kins also received an MBA in Finance and Investment Management with minors in Real Estate and International Business from The Ohio State University where he was named to several honor societies and received the Faculty Award as the top graduating student in the Finance program.  Mr. Kins studied abroad in 1994 at The University of Latvia in Riga, Latvia.  Mr. Kins lives in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago and has dual U.S. and E.U. citizenship.


Andris Cukurs
Executive Vice President

Mr. Cukurs has over 32 years of experience in the engineering and construction industries, with the last 17 years in the wind energy industry.  Mr. Cukurs, CEO of Suzlon Wind Energy Corp, has held prior senior management positions within the wind industry as well as the management of various other international businesses focused on providing design, engineering and construction services.

Mr. Cukurs holds both a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago – Booth Graduate School of Business.

Mr. Cukurs re-joined Suzlon Wind Energy in mid-2015.


Andy Velkme
Vice President of Local/National Relations

Andris is a Commercial Real Estate Broker, Advisor and Speaker focused on innovative real estate concepts including co-living, co-working, adaptive re-use, creative mixed use and incubation spaces. Andris partner with Developers, PropTech Firms, Investors and Owner/Operators. He looks worldwide for concepts and ideas that are changing the way we all use space on a day to day basis. He works globally, nationally and locally.

Andris currently serves on the Executive Board as President Elect for the Northern Illinois Commercial Association of Realtors and as the Illinois Realtors’ Consulate Liaison to the Republic of Latvia. He previously served as the National Association of Realtors’ Presidents Liaison to the Republic of Latvia. Andris was awarded Northern Illinois Commercial Association of Realtors’ (NICAR) Realtor of the Year in 2018 and the prestigious 2018 National Commercial Award from the National Association of Realtors.

Andris is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, IL with a Bachelor of Communication Studies.


Eric Kalnins
Secretary/Legal

Mr. Kalnins is a partner at a Law firm located in Chicago Illinois. Mr. Kalnins primarily practices in the areas of business structuring, tax (domestic and international) and estate planning with an emphasis in the family office market. Mr. Kalnins has over 18 years of professional experience.

Since April 2019 Mr. Kalnins is also serving as Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Latvia.

Mr. Kalnins obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, a Juris Doctor degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, and a Master of Laws in Taxation degree (LL.M. in Tax) from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois.


Andrew Johansson
Treasurer/Marketing

Mr. Johansson is an economic development consultant and AICP-certified urban planner with over a decade of experience providing strategic consulting services in the US and Northern Europe. His work focuses on identifying business attraction, relocation, and expansion opportunities for developers through the use of data analytics and geographic information systems. Mr Johansson also develops comprehensive planning and economic development strategies for cities, counties, airports, convention centers, stadiums, and large-scale master planned sites.

Mr. Johansson is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). He received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University in Philadelphia, as well as a BA International Studies.


Ivars Slokenbergs
Vice President International Relations

Mr. Slokenbergs is a business lawyer, licensed in New York, and the founder of Slokenbergs PLLC – a legal consultancy serving Baltic businesses operating in the United States.

After practicing commercial litigation at a large New York law firm, he moved to Riga in 2006 and for more than 10 years practiced at Ellex, one of the leading law firms in the Baltic States, where he advised foreign investors on M&A transactions, other corporate matters and aircraft leasing/finance transactions. During his time in Latvia, he served on the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Latvia, including four years as President. Later he served as Vice-Chairman of the Foreign Investors’ Council in Latvia. He started his career in the Latvian foreign service, as Counsellor, at the Permanent Mission of Latvia to the United Nations. He is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School.




REGIONAL DIRECTORS



Amalia Ghukasyan
Regional Director California
 
Dean Ramos
Regional Director Minneapolis
 
Jânis Bergs
Regional Director Colorado
 
Lauris Lembergs 
Regional Director Massachusetts
 
Larisa Lacis Brosko
Regional Director Texas