Stephen H. Smith - President
Steve Smith is the President of EB5 Coast To Coast LLC, and the owner of Steve Smith Development LLC, with a 30+ year track record of commercial real estate projects spread throughout the Seattle and Puget Sound region.
Mr. Smith’s success is due to his careful analysis of each step in the development process—from market research and site selection to design, construction, marketing and customer service. Through the years, he has delivered high-quality apartment, condominium and mixed-use projects that have commanded premium pricing. In 2005 he entered the senior apartments market by teaming up with SHAG (the Senior Housing Assistance Group) to build the 206-unit Cedar Park apartments in Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood, and continues to build other senior apartment projects with SHAG. In the aggregate, his portfolio includes the development and/or construction of more than 4,000 residential units valued in excess of $1 billion.
Mr. Smith earned a Bachelor of Art’s Degree from the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.
More information can be seen at www.stevesmithdev.com
Mark Raabe - Senior Vice President
Mr. Raabe has been directly involved with the development of over 5,000 multi-family units in the Puget Sound area since 1989. Beginning in 1989, he was the CFO of Polygon Northwest Company, a single-family and multi-family developer. Polygon Northwest was subsequently sold to William Lyon Companies for $500M. From 1991-2003, he was President of The Fortune Group, where he worked with Steve Smith, which was the most prolific developer of multi-family housing in Seattle at the time. Since 2003, he has been a consultant and investor in numerous multi-family developments in the greater Seattle area. He has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1980.
Neil O'Connor - Chief Operating Officer
Mr. O’Connor is a versatile leader with operational and global financial experience in organizations ranging from $20m to $3b+, leading 80+ staff with complex P&L structures. He is a creative and inclusive problem solver with demonstrated ability to develop revenue and expense strategies, translate strategies into action plans and effect execution cross-functionality to turn around a business or accelerate its growth. Mr. O’Connor is adept at organizing, recruiting, retaining, inspiring and motivating large and diverse teams. He drives data aided decisions and leads change required for optimizing shareholder value.
Education: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Master of Business Administration (MBA) University of Cape Town, GDA Master of Accounting and Finance
Languages: Afrikaans, Dutch, English, German, Spanish
Diana Harris - Creative Marketing & Web Technology
Diana joined the company in 2012, and is responsible for overseeing marketing and technology services; creating and maintaining company websites, landing pages, marketing and advertising material, including magazine ads featured in EB-5 Magazine, IIUSA Business Journal, and other magazine and newspaper publications. Additionally, Diana manages the travel arrangements of team members who attend company sponsored conferences, along with preparing marketing material and displays presented at the conferences. Diana attended Seattle Pacific University, City University and Cascadia Community College where she studied computer programming, project management and web development. She’s a Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society member, and is esteemed with both a President’s Honor Scholastic Achievement Award, and Faculty Honor’s Award.
Thomas S. Dreyer - Representative
Mr. Dreyer has 29 years of experience in U.S. commercial real estate finance and currently serves as manager of CN Capital, LLC, and is a Principal of EB-5 Coast to Coast. CN Capital, LLC is a U.S.-based real estate advisory firm that works with real estate developers seeking capital for large scale commercial developments across the U.S. Previously, Mr. Dreyer served as Managing Director with FBR Capital Markets (“FBR”), an institutional research, brokerage and investment-banking firm. Mr. Dreyer was a co-founder of FBR’s real estate investment-banking group in 1994 and was involved in over $2 billion in real estate transactions before his departure in 1999. Mr. Dreyer returned to FBR in late 2006, again as a Managing Director. From 1999 through 2006, Mr. Dreyer founded and managed Trilogy Capital, a $100 million U.S.-based hedge fund with a focus on real estate related securities. Mr. Dreyer began his career as a financial analyst with LaSalle Partners, now Jones Lang LaSalle in 1988. Mr. Dreyer Graduated from the Edwin L. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in 1988.
Andrew Ghim - Representative
Mr. Ghim has 37 years of banking, business consulting and entrepreneurship; VP of First Interstate Bank Seoul Branch; Manager of North Asia region for National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia; Manager of Asia Pacific and Australasia regions for Riyad Bank in Singapore, and CEO and board member for a Seattle-based Asian American Community bank.
His personal experience of immigrating from Korea to Brazil, Singapore, USA and in-depth understanding of the social fabrics of overseas Korean communities make him uniquely qualified to serve as a consult with EB-5 applicants seeking advice in settling into their newly adopted homes in foreign lands. BA in economics from University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, MBA in international finance from University of California, Irvine, CA.
Languages: Portuguese, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, English and a little bit Arabic and German.