Stephen Strnisha brings over 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), Mr. Strnisha is responsible for formulating and overseeing the implementation of CIF’s business plan. Mr. Strnisha also fosters working relationships with public/private financing and development entities integral to CIF’s success.
Mr. Strnisha’s background includes serving as Director of Finance and Economic Development for the City of Cleveland. Mr. Strnisha also served as a mayoral advisor, CFO of Cleveland’s Chamber of Commerce and operated his own development finance consulting practice. Mr. Strnisha has served as an officer of Invest in the USA (“IIUSA”), the trade association for EB-5 Regional Centers and remains an Emeritus member of its Board of Directors. Mr. 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 real-estate and project management experience to CIF, with direct participation in real-estate deals totaling over three billion dollars. As COO Mr. Blackman is responsible for CIF’s day-to-day activities inclusive of all operational aspects of the investors’ investment life cycle from negotiating with borrowers, coordinating the private placement to overseeing the capital raise process. Mr. Blackman ensures that each investor’s process flows smoothly and that CIF adheres to all proper reporting obligations. Mr. Blackman has been COO of CIF since its inception and has been instrumental in the company’s growth and success. Mr. Blackman holds a Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University.
Originally from China, Xiaolan Huang brings first-hand experience in American immigration. Ms. Huang began as Business Operations Specialist at CIF, and now serves as Director of US Operations. Ms. Huang manages and monitors CiF portfolio and investor member documents as well as supports investor member relations in connection with both the immigration and investment process. Ms. Huang reviews all offering materials, establishes and executes operations protocols and ensures up-to-date daily operating activity. Ms. Huang 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 maintains client relationships across Asian markets as an independent third party consultant to CIF. Ms. Yao has been involved in the marketing of all CIF investment offerings since 2010. Ms. Yao works closely with CIF’s international network of finders to manage investor member relations. Ms. Yao coordinates with the U.S. operations team regarding investor member matters. Ms. Yao earned her Bachelor’s degree in business management from Shanghai Jiaotong University.