Stella Zhang, American Lending Center COO, Named Distinguished Alumna at University of California, Irvine

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Stella Zhang, Chief Operating Officer at American Lending Center and partner at Sunstone Management, Inc., received the Distinguished Alumni award from the University of California, Irvine, at the annual Lauds & Laurels ceremony Oct. 26. 

Zhang was nominated to represent the Paul Merage School of Business. She received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) there in 2005. 

This is the 52nd year for Lauds & Laurels, UCI’s oldest tradition recognizing outstanding individuals for their service to the community, professional excellence and campus involvement. There are 24 distinguished alumni this year representing each school at the university, including Extraordinarius Award winners Paul and Jo Butterworth. 

In 2022, Zhang agreed to sponsor the Stella Zhang New Venture Competition where student teams pitch business concepts developed through the Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Teams compete for a prize pot of $100,000, including a $20,000 first prize, to help further their business development. 

“UCI has been a big part of my life,” Zhang said. “The university helps people build businesses in the community, and that is a cause I am passionate about. I am deeply honored by this award.” 

The awards celebration took place Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Hyatt Regency Irvine. For more information, visit

American Lending Center (ALC) and Sunstone Management, Inc., are headquartered in Irvine. ALC is a private nonbank lending institution and Sunstone is a diversified private capital management firm. 

About the UCI Alumni Association:

The UCI Alumni Association was founded in 1968 to enrich the lives of alumni and engage them in lifelong advancement of UCI. It fosters the success of the university’s more than 227,000 alumni by connecting them to one another and providing a wide range of campus resources. For more information, visit

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American Lending Center (ALC) is a private nonbank lending institution and nationally recognized leader in small business lending. By the end of 2022, ALC has fully financed senior loan products to 83 qualified EB-5 projects in 19 states, contributing to a combined construction and business expansion budget of over 1.2 billion dollars. ALC’s lending practice has successfully created more than 13,000 new jobs nationwide since 2009.

In 2022, ALC launched its new rural construction and development fund with capital available for construction of fixed assets of all types in rural areas including manufacturing, energy, infrastructure, hospitality, specialty use, multi-use and other project types.   

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