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John Shen

Founding Partner

A winner of the “2017 Coleman SBA 504 Lender of the Year Award” by distinguished media outlet, the Coleman Report, John’s unique expertise and experience make him an invaluable asset to Sunstone Management. John is the CEO of American Lending Center, LLC, one of the most successful U.S. non-bank lenders specializing in government-sponsored loan programs designed for small businesses. His expertise includes commercial lending, structural financing, private equity, and venture capital fund management. John’s in-depth understanding of U.S. capital market demand and his unique ability to develop client trust have been essential to laying the foundation for Sunstone and continuing to drive operations to greater success.


Bruce Thompson

Founding Partner

A former California Assembly member and the former Region IX Administrator for SBA between October 2001 and January 2009, Bruce brings over thirty-five years of political experience along with a strong belief and great passion for small businesses to Sunstone. His extensive government and legislative resources provide invaluable strategic support to the operation of Sunstone. As a key member of the management team, Bruce has been instrumental in setting and achieving the business goals of Sunstone.

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Justin Blackhall

Founding Partner

One of the leading finance attorneys licensed in New York, New Jersey, Florida. and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Justin has represented many U.S., international banks, and non-bank lenders in complex finance transactions, capital raising endeavors, and compliance. His practice concentrates on the creation and deployment of secondary market and securitized loan products with a specialization in representing lenders in SBA loan related transactions. Justin has successfully closed lending and finance transactions valued at over $2 billion and has raised over $500 million in private equity capital.


Stella Zhang

Founding Partner

A winner of the “2017 Coleman Emerging Leader Award” by distinguished media outlet, the Coleman Report, Stella brings great business vision and expertise in project development and management to Sunstone. Stella’s knowledge and experience in serving immigrant clients has paved the way to consistently raise private equity capital in the emerging international high net worth community.

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