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  Board of Advisors


International and Middle East Representatives and Advisors and Contacts 

Antoine Abiyounes

advisor@cedarventures.com; tabiyounes@gmail.com. 

Cedar Ventures’ representative in the Middle East, based in Beirut

He is currently one of the founding partners of SteriTech Holding/Offshore/Lebanon SARL, a manufacturer and distributor of a complete line of sterilants and disinfectants for the medical, dental, veterinarian, hospitality, and home markets.

Antoine’s background in both micro- and macro-economics, combined with his extensive knowledge of the geopolitics of the MENA region and his extensive networking channels is an asset to any client. While based in Beirut, he travels throughout the MENA region. His prior experience includes: Owner and President of Southern Investment Mortgage in Atlanta, Georgia (2001- 2008); Partner and Vice President of Finance for Atlantic Aviation Services in France (1996- 2001); Owner and President of Cosmopolitan Trading, Inc. with three showrooms in the Atlanta Apparel Mart (1986-1996). From 1979 to 1985 Antoine worked in the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (“KSA”). During his time in the KSA he presided over AA Turkie Corp., a construction and waterproofing distributor that included products from Catnic, Rust-Oleum, and Dow Corning.

He returned to the United States during this period to earn an MBA degree from the University of Toledo in 1980. He is fluent in Arabic, French, and English




Tanya Rahall  is Managing Director of RTK Consulting Group LLC in Washington D.C. Ms. Rahall specializes in public and government relations primarily for energy related companies, domestic organizations and foreign government and business interests. She has extensive experience with the U.S. Congressional legislative process and particular expertise with the Congressional authorization and appropriation process.

Ms. Rahall has served as the public and government relations consultant for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Embassy of the State of Qatar. She has also served as the consulting Public Relations Director for the Ministry of Information for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, an Advisor to the Saudi Arabia Committee on International Trade and as a Consultant to the "Friends of Saudi Arabia". Restaurant Holdings, one of the most successful international real estate development operations in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East has also retained the services of Ms. Rahall for communications work.

Ms. Rahall has been an occasional guest of the White House, most significantly for meetings in the Oval office with Arab-American leaders; a State Dinner for His Excellancy then Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak, a State Dinner honoring His Majesty the former King Hussein of Jordan and two historic occasions for the signing of the Israeli-Arab Peace Accords.



Fadlo R. Khuri, MD, President of the American Univeristy of Beirut 
Formerly Deputy Director of Emory Winship Cancer Institute

Ms. Kassouf of Cedar Ventures served as an Advisor to Dr. Khuri and his research projects while at Emory Winship Cancer Institute. 

Khuri, a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar, was chairman of Emory's Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology. Khuri also held the Roberto C. Goizueta Distinguished Chair for Cancer Research and is professor of otolaryngology, medicine and pharmacology. He served as director of the Emory Winship's scientific program known as Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics. Khuri's research interests included development of molecular, prognostic, therapeutic and chemopreventive approaches to improve the standard of care for patients with tobacco-related cancers. His research team has been investigating how to inhibit cellular signal transduction in lung and head and neck cancers. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2006 Naji Sahyoun Memorial Award from the Middle East Medical Assembly. He was inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation and is listed among America's Top Doctors and the Marquis Who's Who in the World.

Khuri has served on the editorial boards of seven journals, including the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Clinical Cancer Research and Cancer, and has published more than 140 peer reviewed articles in elite journals including Nature Medicine, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Cancer Research, and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. He has been the recipient of continuous, competitive, peer-reviewed federal grant support from the National Cancer Institute, Department of Defense, and American Cancer Society. He has served as principal investigator, with Haian Fu, PhD, as co-principal investigator, of the NCI Program Project Grant "Targeting Cell Signaling in Lung Cancer to Enhance Therapeutic Efficacy," and as co-principal investigator, with Dong M. Shin, MD, of the Emory Head and Neck Cancer SPORE grant.

Khuri earned his bachelor's degree from Yale University, in New Haven, Conn., and his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, in New York, NY. He completed his residency in internal Medicine at the Boston City Hospital, Boston University School of Medicine. He then completed a fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at the New England Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Medical Oncology and has been an active member of the American Association for Cancer Research, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He was on faculty at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center from 1995-2002 before joining Emory University.



Pamela R. Levy, CFA, CFP

Ms. Levy is an advisor  to Cedar Ventures and is available to assist Cedar Ventures clients with structured debt transactions.  She has provided Cedar with on the ground, investment banking contacts in China for purposes of sourcing capital, including EB5. Ms. Levy is a seasoned corporate finance and banking professional with nearly three decades of experience. She spent 17 years with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and its predecessors Banc of America Securities LLC and NationsBank, NA. Prior to that, Ms. Levy spent 9 years at Chase Manhattan Bank in Corporate and Investment Banking. Her last banking assignment was Team Leader and Managing Director of Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Healthcare Leveraged Finance Group. She has structured and executed over $45 billion worth of syndicated loans and fixed income offerings including HCA's 2006 LBO with private equity sponsors KKR, Bain Capital and Merrill Lynch. She is a graduate with honors from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs with a Masters degree in International Finance and Banking. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Ms. Levy lives in South Carolina. 

James D. Daher


Jim and associate

Mr. Daher is available to assist Cedar Ventures with its healthcare service and behavioral care clients. In terms of large company experience, Mr. Daher was with Charter Medical Corporation, Macon, GA, from October 1981 until 1990 as Executive Vice President-Hospital Operations, 1987-1990; while there he was responsible for all hospital operations during Charter’s most aggressive development period; 72 to 98 hospitals. The company’s GPR grew from $890 million to $1.25 billion, while earnings for hospital operations increased from $320 to $330 million under his leadership. Charter’s 12 medical/surgical hospitals also recorded record growth in census and earnings from 1987-1990, participated in presentations to institutional investors on Wall Street representing operations for the successful LBO Charter conducted in the late 1980s. Other positions within Charter Medical Corporation: Senior Vice President, Hospital Operations, Vice President, Hospital Operations, Group Administrator, Hospital Operations, Executive Director, Peachford Hospital (204 beds) Atlanta, GA.

Prior to joining Charter, Mr. Daher was with Hospital Affiliates International, Inc, Nashville, TN, Vice President, from July 1974–1981. He was responsible for all operational and financial aspects for seven southeastern, owned- medical-surgical hospitals consisting of a total of 1,135 beds, $84.2 million revenues and $6.7 million profit. Efficiencies of operation were implemented to improve contribution margin, simultaneously with expense reductions. Pre-tax margin for group increased 2.9% during the year. Other positions within Hospital Affiliates: Regional Vice President, Management Company; Administrator, Lykes Memorial Hospital (140 beds); Brooksville, FL; Administrator, St. Thomas Hospital (61 beds); Colby, KS (1974–1977). From July 1970–1974 Mr. Daher worked at University of Alabama Hospital/Medical Center, Birmingham, Ala, as Assistant Administrator; and from 1970-1973 as Management Engineer/

From July 1990-1999 Mr. Daher was an entrepreneur having founded his own company, Quality HealthCare, Inc., Brunswick, GA, where he developed and implemented the company’s business plan the third largest psychiatric Management Company, September 1997 issue of Modern HealthCare. Services included the management of inpatient psychiatric programs, owned and operated Community Mental Health Centers, provided services to nursing home patients, owned and managed Psychiatrists’ practices, and billed and collected for these services. The company was sold in 1998.

From mid 2006 to 2008 Mr. Daher was a consultant to America Work, an outpatient psychiatric company, where he worked alongside Cedar Ventures on the sale of the Company. He was retained by Ken Whiddon, Founder and CEO to position the company for sale. The Company was successfully sold in 2008 to Providence Service Corporation (NASDAQ: PRSC).

Mr Daher has written two novels in past five years; most recent published/released March 2010. Mr. Daher has the following degrees: MBA - Business Administration, University of Alabama, Birmingham (1974); Birmingham, AL; BS - Business Administration, University of Alabama, Birmingham (1973); and AE - Industrial Engineering/Industrial Management, Southern Technical Institute, Marietta, GA (1970).

Mr. Daher is active in his church: St. Simons United Methodist Church, where he has been Chairman-Long Range Planning Committee-2005, Lay Delegate-2005, Chairman-Trustees-2003 & 2004; and has been a Board member in 2003 and 2004 of the Hamilton Landing Homeowners Association. He is also a Member—International Thriller Writers Assn., Affiliate Member—Mystery Writers of America.

Mr. Daher enjoys golfing on St. Simons Island where he lives with his wife Betty. Mr. Daher also has family/cousins living in the Middle East/Levant.