Stephen Strnisha brings 30 years of executive-level experience as a finance professional for both public and private sector entities, specializing in the structuring and execution of multi-faceted development finance transactions. As CEO of Cleveland International Fund (CiF), he is responsible for formulating and overseeing the implementation of CiF’s business plan. He also fosters working relationships with public/private financing and development entities integral to CiF’s success.
Stephen’s background includes serving as former Director of Finance and Economic Development for the City of Cleveland. He also served as a mayoral advisor, CFO of Cleveland’s Chamber of Commerce and operated his own development finance consulting practice. He serves as an officer of Invest in the USA (“IIUSA”), the trade association for EB-5 regional centers. Strnisha received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree from Syracuse University.
Adam Blackman brings more than 20 years of extensive project and investment management experience to CiF, with direct participation in projects totaling over three billion dollars. As COO Adam is responsible for CiF’s day-to-day activities inclusive of all operational aspects of the EB-5 investment life cycle from negotiating with borrowers, coordinating the private placement to overseeing the capital raise process. Adam ensures that each investor’s EB-5 process flows smoothly and that CiF adheres to all proper reporting obligations. Adam has been COO of CiF since its inception and has been instrumental in the company’s growth and success. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University.
Originally from China, Xiaolan Huang brings first-hand experience in American immigration. She began as Business Operations Specialist at CiF, and now serves as Director of US Operations. She manages and monitors CiF portal, as well as investor relations in connection with both the immigration and investment process. She reviews all offering materials, establishes and executes operations protocols and ensures up-to-date daily operating activity. She earned her Master’s degree from Fuzhou University in China and another Master’s degree in Operations Research & Supply Chain Management from Case Western Reserve University.
Vivien Yao manages CiF’s marketing strategies to investors and maintains client relationships across Asian markets from CiF’s Asia office in Shanghai. She has been involved in the marketing of all CiF project offerings since 2010. She works closely with CiF’s international network of sales agents to manage investor relations and develop new client opportunities. She coordinates with the U.S. operations team regarding investor documents processing. Yao earned her Bachelor’s degree in business management from Shanghai Jiangtong University.