Our Team

Henry Liebman

Henry Liebman - Chief Executive Officer - American Life Inc
Chief Executive Officer / Chairman of the Board

In 1996, Henry founded American Life, Inc. — one of the first companies in the United States to employ the EB-5 visa category to finance real estate development.

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 the Northwest International Bank and served as its first board chairman

Henry is frequently invited to speak on business and immigration topics at organizations throughout the United States and abroad. 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 its investors.

Don Ayres

Don Ayers
Chief Operating Officer

Donald Ayres brings more than 35 years of management and business development experience to American Life. Prior to joining the company, he was with Health Force Partners as a founding member and served as senior Vice President of 12 physical therapy clinics and 4 regional occupational medicine clinics. Don has been working in the Seattle business community for more than 40 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.

Darrell Sanders

Darrell Sanders - Managing Director of Investment Programs - American Life Inc
Vice President Investment Program

Darrell Sanders is the Managing Director of Investment Programs at American Life, Inc. overseeing investment by foreign nationals into ALI’s EB5 program. He works globally promoting foreign investment into American Life’s real estate developments and oversees the team of professionals at American Life dedicated to support and service of its nearly 3,000 investors.

Mr. Sanders has over 20 years of experience in investment-based US immigration and commercial real estate. He has been affiliated with American Life since its inception in 1996. Prior to joining ALI, Mr. Sanders was the Founder and President of Pacific Rim Acquisitions, Inc. a U.S.-based consulting firm which assisted foreign investors who wished to acquire businesses and real estate in the United States.

Margaret Fuentes

Financial Controller

Margaret Fuentes joined American Life in 2017 and currently serves as Controller, overseeing all aspects of Property and Corporate Accounting, including the company’s full-cycle accounting processes, financial reporting and department operations. Prior to her Controller role she served as the company’s Corporate Accounting Manager.
Margaret has over 15 years of experience in commercial real estate accounting. Before joining American Life, she spent over 10 years at Unico Properties serving in roles such as Treasury Manager and Senior Property Accountant. Margaret is a graduate of Michigan State University.

Eric Haber

Vice President of Operations

Eric Haber is the Vice President of Operations, providing leadership to the company’s property management and accounting teams. He oversees company budgeting and financial reporting, and manages the insurance program across the real estate portfolio. Eric has a strong background in banking, with experience in project management and operations at both regional and national financial institutions. Prior to joining American Life, Eric helped launch two food and beverage startups based in New York State. Most recently, he managed strategic sourcing for the global meal kit provider Marleyspoon.
Eric received his BS in Finance from the University of Delaware in 2010, and obtained his Series 7 and 63 securities license shortly after. He moved to Seattle in 2018 with his wife and two children.

Ken Clark

Director of Facilities

Ken Clark serves as the Director of Facilities at American Life, where he maintains outstanding building performance for our investors and tenants. In his prior role as Project Manager/Director at SODO Builders, he worked closely with American Life in support of our real estate portfolio. There, he fostered an unyielding work ethic, impressive construction knowledge, and mature leadership style. He quickly learned the necessary skills to take a project from concept to completion and these lessons transferred easily to property management, especially when dealing with complicated designs, logistics, and maintenance. Focusing on building strong project teams has been an integral component of his success.

Annie Zhou

Director of Investor Relations

Annie Zhou is the Director of Investor Relations at American Life, Inc. She is a dedicated professional with a rich background in investor relations and project management within the EB-5 industry.


Before joining American Life in 2014, Annie served as the Trade Specialist for the World Trade Center Tacoma. In this role, she cultivated collaborative partnerships with various business development organizations and local governments, facilitating the establishment of strategic alliances between local firms and international businesses. Furthermore, Annie took on the role of 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. Her expertise encompasses strategic planning, marketing, management, and conducting business in diverse cultural environments.


Annie holds a Master of Business Administration Degree with a concentration in Project Management from City University of Seattle, bolstering her ability to successfully oversee complex projects. She also possesses a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Business and Chinese Studies from Pacific Lutheran University.

Jennifer Smith

Director of Business Development

Jennifer is responsible for forging strategic partnerships, growing new markets, and offering invaluable guidance to investors through the EB-5 immigrant investor program. Bringing over a decade of EB-5 experience to American Life, she has successfully raised capital for the development of $500 million in commercial real estate ventures in key markets throughout the U.S.


Jennifer has supported hundreds of EB-5 investors throughout their investment process, leading to the acquisition of their green cards, and the timely repayment of their capital. Prior to joining American Life, she helped EB-5 clients obtain their conditional and permanent residency in the U.S. at a prominent immigration law firm in San Francisco, California. She received her law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.