General Counsel. Lisa is licensed in California, Texas and Oklahoma, with 12 years of law firm experience and seven years of in house counsel experience, in the areas of tax, contracts, corporations and partnerships, estate planning, insurance and exempt organizations. From 2009 to present, she has been general legal counsel for NorthStar Life Services, LLC, of Irvine, California, where she managed a four person legal department; Structured international and domestic companies and transactions, reviewed and negotiated contracts; Managed all company litigation; tax planning (U.S. and internationally, with a focus in Luxembourg, Germany and the Cayman Islands); and oversaw purchase of a German bank and assisted with obtaining various approvals from the German regulators related to business plans and deposits. She also served as general legal counsel for Pacifica Group, LLC, of Irvine, California, a predecessor of NorthStar, from 2006 until 2009, where, in addition other services similar to those performed for NorthStar, she lobbied for the passage of regulations related to life settlements. She graduated from New York University, New York, NY, with an LL.M. Degree in Taxation, 1993; the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, receiving a J.D. Degree, 1992; and Trinity University, San Antonio, TX, receiving a B.A. Degree in Finance, 1988. Lisa is a member of the Bar Associations of California, Texas and Oklahoma.
Executive Chairman. Kraig Higginson brings to Sundance Strategies extensive experience in early stage growth company management as well as public market expertise. Mr. Higginson served as Chief Executive Officer of VIA Motors, Inc., a hybrid electric vehicle company (PHEV) from November 2010 to January 2014. From October 2003 until November 2010, he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Raser Technologies, a NYSE company. Mr. Higginson also founded American Telemedia Network, Inc., a publicly-traded NASDAQ company that developed a nationwide satellite network broadcasting data, video programming and advertising to shopping centers and malls and he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of American Telemedia Network from 1984 through 1988. Mr. Higginson has been a leading entrepreneur for several decades, including being an initial investor in Holmes Microsystems, which pioneered, developed and sold the earliest PCMCIA cards. In 2010, Mr. Higginson was called to testify, as an expert, before Congress regarding the viability of vehicle electrification.
Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Pearson has 25 years experience in corporate finance, real estate brokerage and development. He was a cofounding partner with EHI, LLC, which was established in August of 2009. EHI, LLC is a Life Settlement Securitization Company, which worked through an almost $1,000,000,000 securitization of a pool of life settlement policies. During his tenure at the company, Mr. Pearson managed every aspect of the company’s business since inception, including transaction design and implementation, policy selection, ownership structure for the corporate entities to ensure appropriate tax treatment, to creation and consummation of agreements with 20 vendors required to structure and complete the bond offering tied to the securitization. From July, 2011, to his employment as COO with the Company, he was also a partner in Evolution Capital Partners, a company in the business of providing loans to small cap publicly-traded companies.
President and Director. For the past 25 years, Mr. Pearson has been employed by JWD Management Corp., dba, Video II. He has served as National Sales Manager, Vice President of Operations, Vice President, President and CEO. For 26 years, Video II has provided movie and DVD rental and other related services for grocery chains nationwide. Mr. Pearson has managed the video rental program in 900 different grocery store locations. He has also fully managed the program that included videos and DVDs for sale, as well as other products in over 1,400 locations. He oversaw a full service merchandising program with representatives that serviced the products Video II supplied to the grocery stores, supervising over 70 employees at Video II’s corporate offices and over 450 employees in 33 states. Video II was recognized as the largest video "racker" in the U.S. During this same time frame, Mr. Pearson owned and managed his own residential and commercial investment properties.
Sundance has assembled a very seasoned and experienced management team from not only the Life Settlement marketplace, but from other areas such as Financial Services, Retail and Technology. Sundance uses industry leading, life settlement servicing companies, in an outsource model for managing its' portfolios. We also use industry leading life expectancy firms as part of our portfolio valuation and analysis process.
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