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Executive Team
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Henry Liebman

Chief Executive Officer / Chairman of the Board

In 1996, Henry Liebman founded American Life, Inc. and has since served as our Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, he oversees all daily company operations and strategic planning.

Henry has more than 20 years of experience in real estate law and immigration law and more than 30 years experience in commercial real estate management and investment. He has served as Managing Partner of Coe Nordwall Liebman, LLC. Henry also founded Northwest International Bank and served as its first board chairman.

Among these distinctions, Henry is frequently invited to speak on business and immigration topics at organizations throughout the Northwest and abroad. He is quoted frequently and has written several articles on a variety of subjects. Additionally, he authored The Immigration Handbook, which has been published in the U.S., Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Henry earned his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Washington in 1973 and received his Juris Doctor degree from The University of Puget Sound in 1980. His experience in immigration law, finance, and real estate is both extensive and eclectic and provides particular value to American Life, Inc. and its investors.

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Gregory Steinhauer

President

Gregory Steinhauer is a graduate of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (1984) with a Bachelor of Science in economics. He has spent his entire working career in construction and real estate development. He currently directs all American Life, Inc. large-scale development projects and oversees SODO Builders, the company's in-house construction company.

A lifelong resident of Seattle, Greg served as president of a construction and residential development company for 15 years that specialized in urban infill mid-rise projects. Just prior to joining American Life, he was vice president of development for a billion-dollar institutional real estate investment firm in which he was active in acquiring and entitling several projects.

Greg currently serves on the boards of the Seattle Police Foundation and the World Trade Center.

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Larry Ice

Chief Financial Officer

Larry Ice is a former CPA with over 29 years' executive level experience in all aspects of commercial real estate finance, accounting, development and administrative functions.

Before joining American Life in 2012, Larry served for 9 years as vice president and chief financial officer of Kemper Development Company in Bellevue, Washington, a prominent Puget Sound area developer/owner/operator where he successfully structured, negotiated and placed over $1.5 billion of debt and equity capital to finance expansion of the company's real estate portfolio. He also led strategic financial planning, spearheaded a major corporate restructuring and engineered numerous improvements to the company's financial reporting and information management systems.

Prior to Kemper Development, Larry managed finance, accounting and information technology for Fisher Properties, Inc. in Seattle which was a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fisher Communications, Inc.

Before his career in real estate, Larry worked for several years as a certified public accountant specializing in real estate and partnership taxation, starting out with Coopers & Lybrand in Kansas City, Missouri. Larry is a graduate of the University of Kansas and holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Business. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Urban Land Institute.

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Donald Ayres

Senior Vice President Property Management

Donald Ayres brings 30 years of management and development experience to American Life, Inc. Prior to joining the company, he was with Health Force Partners as a founding member and served as senior VP of 12 physical therapy clinics and 4 regional occupational medicine clinics in King and Snohomish Counties. Don has been working in the Seattle business community for 30 years. He was a founding partner in Eagle Rehab in 1992, a 40-office group of clinics through Washington State. There he served as regional manager in charge of operations, facility development, and property management and oversaw budgeting and business development for 17 clinics. Prior to that, Don founded Therapy Network Services, a 175-member IPA in 3 states that contracted with insurance companies to provide rehabilitation.

Don received his BS in Athletic Training from Washington State University and his post-graduate degree in physical therapy in 1976 from Children's Hospital in Los Angeles. He has served as board chair for Washington State Private Practice and Socioeconomic Chairman for The Washington State Physical Therapy Association. Don has also served as president of Everett Golf and Country Club in 2001. He currently serves on the board of directors and is vice chair of the Providence Everett Medical Center Foundation.

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Sandi Heffernan

Vice President of Finance

As the Vice President of Finance, Sandi oversees the organizational functions of accounting, financial reporting, tax, treasury, risk management and human resources.  She is a member of the executive team and fills an active leadership role throughout the organization.  

Sandi started with American Life, Inc. as the Corporate Controller in May 2014.  As Corporate Controller, she was responsible for all aspects of operational accounting, compliance, tax and financial reporting.

Sandi is a CPA with over 20 years of experience directing finance and accounting functions in various industries. Prior to American Life, she served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller of Red Lion Hotels Corporation in Spokane, WA. She previously worked in key accounting and financial positions, including Controller and Assistant Controller roles, for various public companies and private organizations. Ms. Heffernan has been employed by several notable companies, including PepsiCo Food Systems, Dell Computer Corporation and the National Football League.

Sandi graduated from Texas A&M University in 1992 with a Bachelor in Business Administration in Finance and graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1996 with a Master of Science in Accounting. Ms. Heffernan is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in Washington State. She is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants. 

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Annie Zhou

Investment Management & Marketing Director

Annie Zhou manages American Life, Inc.'s EB-5 Program that allows potential immigrants to obtain a Green Card, giving them the access to live, work and retire anywhere in the United States regardless of the location of their EB-5 investment.

Before joining American Life in 2014, Annie served as the Office Manager and Trade Specialist for the World Trade Center Tacoma. She worked collaboratively with various business developments and local government to establish strategic cooperation between local firms and businesses overseas. Annie was also a Lead for incoming and outgoing official Chinese delegations, accompanying high-ranking public officials to China, including Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen and former Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed. She brings a great deal of experience on strategic planning, marketing, management, and conducting business in various cultural environments.

Annie has a Master of Business Administration Degree with a Concentration in Project Management from City University of Seattle and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Business and Chinese Studies from Pacific Lutheran University.

Annie has been a longtime contributor to the United Nations International Emergency Children's Fund (UNICEF) to fund medical kits for children in Africa. She also volunteers at her local school and community.

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Hal Beals

Director of Investor Relations

Before joining American Life in 2015 as Director of Investor Relations, Hal was Senior Vice President of Business Development for commercial banking at Wells Fargo Bank in Seattle. His professional career has been in the financial markets with Wells Fargo, Cigna, Merrill Lynch,  and Washington Mutual serving individuals and businesses in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Early in his career he was an exploration division accountant in Alaska with Chevron Oil.  He has served as a Trustee for the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Anchorage (Alaska ) Symphony  and leadership positions in Rotary District 5030 and President of the University Sunrise Rotary Club. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky.

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Geoffrey Sobel

Vice President / Chief Representative, Asia Region

Based in Shanghai, Geoffrey Sobel is responsible for American Life, Inc.'s marketing and business development efforts throughout Asia. He works with immigration agencies, attorneys, and other intermediaries to introduce EB-5 investors to American Life, Inc.'s Regional Center projects across the United States. In addition, Geoffrey also structures and executes investments by corporate and individual non-immigrant investors in American Life's partnerships.

Geoffrey has worked in business and finance in China since 2005. Before joining American Life, Inc., he managed special projects for the Chairman of a large Chinese banking and credit guarantee company with a portfolio valued at over US$ 2 billion, including the successful acquisition of NASDAQ and HKSE listed entities. Prior to that, Geoffrey was responsible for operations at a Chinese investment banking firm, where he executed AMEX IPOs, convertible bond and warrant financings, and private placements on behalf of Chinese manufacturing and construction companies. He also served as Executive Sales Manager in China for a leading US marketing services firm. Geoffrey is fluent in spoken and written Chinese. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Swarthmore College.

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Wendy Hu

General Manager, China

Wendy Hu is responsible for American Life, Inc.'s marketing and business development in China. She works with direct EB-5 investors and non-immigrant corporate and individual investors to plan and implement their investments in American Life, Inc.'s real estate projects. In addition, Wendy builds and manages relationships with Chinese real estate developers, banks, and investment companies. She also works with migration agencies, attorneys, and other intermediaries to introduce American Life, Inc.'s projects to EB-5 investors.

Before joining American Life, Inc., Wendy spent several years in private wealth management where she developed a deep understanding of the business, financial and cultural issues unique to Chinese domestic and overseas investing. Prior to that, she served in various senior management roles at private and state-owned international trade and logistics companies in China where she led teams of over 50 people and built and maintained relationships with over 500 domestic and foreign logistics companies. In 2007, Wendy obtained her Swiss FIATA certification, the highest professional qualification in international logistics.

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Yasuko Kunii

Japan Region Manager

Based in Tokyo, Yasuko Kunii has been responsible for American Life, Inc.’s marketing and business development in Japan since 2007. She works with immigration agencies, attorneys, direct EB-5 investors, non-immigrant corporate and individual investors in American Life’s partnerships. With abundant experience in business-to-business and retail, she has developed invaluable skills that have helped her to excel in her career.

Being a long-time member of the Japan Affiliated Financial Planners Association, and with knowledge of Japanese real-estate broker qualification, she always seeks to deliver appropriate advice to her clients considering the EB-5 immigration program through investing in projects developed by American Life, Inc., paying keen attention to client’s needs and expectations. She enjoys learning and ensures all interactions with her clients are mutually beneficial.