Stira Alcentra Global Credit Fund operates under the direction of a board of directors. The Board, including a majority of the Independent Trustees, oversees and monitors the Fund’s investment performance, and its members are accountable to the Fund and its stockholders as fiduciaries. Please take a few minutes to get to know our board members.
Mr. Hilbert has been the Chief Executive Officer and a Trustee of the Fund since its inception. Mr. Hilbert is president of Steadfast Companies where he is responsible for the strategic planning, oversight and performance of Steadfast Companies. As president, Mr. Hilbert leads all corporate and real estate related functions including acquisitions, dispositions, project management and property management. Upon joining Steadfast in 2005, Mr. Hilbert has successfully led his team in the acquisition and development of over 45,000 multifamily units. Mr. Hilbert began his career in property management 24 years ago. Prior to leading the organization, Mr. Hilbert served in several investment, underwriting and finance roles as senior vice president with Nations Bank and Bank of America and as chief financial officer of National Housing Development Corporation.
Mr. Hilbert received his Bachelor’s Degree from San Diego State University and Master of Business Administration from Queens University of Charlotte. Mr. Hilbert serves on the development committee and as the Annual Fund chair at Pacifica Christian High School.
Mr. Yang has been a Trustee of the Fund since its inception. Mr. Yang joined the Alcentra Group in March 2013, and is the Head of Americas, Global Head of Business Development, responsible for product development, marketing, fundraising and investor relations. Prior to joining the Alcentra Group, Mr. Yang was at Onex Credit Partners where he was the firm’s Managing Partner. Previously, he worked at Highland Capital Management from 2003 to 2009, where he was the firm’s Managing Partner, President of the firm’s broker/dealer, and business head for Europe. He previously served as a Vice Chairman and Director of the Loan Syndications and Trading Association and as a Director of the Loan Market Association.
Mr. Yang worked at Merrill Lynch from 1994-2002 where he founded the Loan Syndications Group, and was subsequently the Global Head of Leveraged Finance Products. He chaired the firm’s Debt Markets Commitment Committee, and led the establishment of the firm’s mezzanine debt and bridge loan funds. Prior to Merrill Lynch, he worked at Chemical Securities, Inc. from 1983-1994 where he was involved with starting the Leveraged Buyout and Loan Syndications Groups.
Mr. Yang graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Economics, and earned an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
Mr. Brines serves as the Director of Investments for Arnel & Affiliates since March 2016 where he oversees the management of the assets of a private family with significant and diversified holdings. Mr. Brines has been an independent director of Steadfast Income REIT, Inc. since July 2012 and an independent director of Steadfast Apartment REIT III, Inc. since January 2016.
Mr. Brines served as a portfolio manager for Andell Holdings, a private family office with significant and diversified holdings from June 2010 to July 2012. In addition, Mr. Brines served as the Chief Investment Officer for the CitizenTrust Wealth Management and Trust division of Citizens Business Bank from June 2012 to March 2016, where Mr. Brines was responsible for the investment management discipline, process, products and related sources. In September 2008 Mr. Brines founded Montelena Asset Management, a California based registered investment advisor firm, and served as its Chief Investment Officer. From May 2001 to September 2008, Mr. Brines served as a Senior Vice President and senior portfolio manager with Provident Investment Counsel in Pasadena managing their Small Cap Growth Fund with $1.6 billion in assets under management (AUM). Mr. Brines was with Roger Engemann & Associate in Pasadena from September 1994 to March 2001 in which he served as both an analyst and portfolio manager for their mid cap mutual fund and large cap Private Client business as the firm grew from $3 billion to over $19 billion in AUM.
Mr. Brines earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State University. Mr. Brines also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is involved in various community activities including serving on the investment committee of City of Hope.
Mr. Vance co-founded TGV Partners, LLC (“TGV”) in 1990, a private equity investment firm that provides investment and intellectual capital to emerging growth and middle market companies, and serves as a General Partner of TGV. Mr. Vance has provided strategic management to various partner companies including serving as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Vantage Mobility International. From February 1993 to March 1998, Mr. Vance served as a General Partner at Pacific Mezzanine Investors (now Windjammer Capital Investors). During Mr. Vance’s tenure, the firm invested over $175 million in 13 companies. Previously, Mr. Vance served as an Associate at Levine, Tessler, Leichtman Capital Partners, and Mr. Vance began his career as an Investment Manager at First Westinghouse Capital Corporation, specializing in mezzanine investments.
Mr. Vance currently serves on the Board of Directors of Astro Pak Corporation, and has served as a Director of numerous companies, including Smart Carte, Suiza Foods, Thompson-Center Arms, and Stratford American Corp, where Mr. Vance chaired the audit committee. Mr. Vance serves as a Trustee and Member of the Investment Committee of Westmont College; as a Director of Krochet Kids International, an international non-profit organization addressing poverty in Uganda and Peru; and as an Advisory Board Member of the Orangewood Foundation Rising Tide Communities, a non-profit organization that provides transitional housing for youth who are emancipated from foster care.
Mr. Vance holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Oregon.