Our Team

Managing Board

Ron Szukala is the Credit Director of Imperial Fund. Mr. Szukala has more than 23 years of experience in the mortgage industry specializing in mortgage daily operations, technology applications and compliance. He has developed and managed the necessary departments to originate, process, underwrite, close, implement and maintain policies and procedures to comply with all Federal and state regulations including the CFPB regulations for disclosure rules and mortgage lending guidelines. Prior to Imperial, Mr. Szukala was the director of operations at Watson and Resmac, served as an asset manager at Fannie Mae for 3 years, as well as an underwriting and operations manager at Lydian Data Services and Citi. Mr. Szukala holds a BS in Economics from University of Buffalo.

Victor Kuznetsov is a founder and lead investor of Imperial Fund with over 12 years of financial and asset management experience. Mr. Kuznetsov is responsible for the Fund’s day-to-day supervisory activities, credit strategy, relationship with main counterparties and investment portfolio. Previously Mr. Kuznetsov was the asset manager for a private equity firm in the gold mining industry for 8 years and has substantial experience in managing corporate assets, financial investments and real estate management. He also participated in a merger and IPO of a public company traded at LSE. Mr. Kuznetsov holds an MBA degree from University of Maryland University College where he was also a Member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. He earned a BS in Management as well as a Masters degree in Finance from University of Maryland University College.

Max Slyusarchuk is co-founder of Imperial Fund and a founder and CEO of A&D Mortgage with over 20 years of mortgage and banking industry experience. Mr. Slyusarchuk is also a shareholder and Vice Chairman of the Board of Home Federal Bank of Hollywood. Mr. Slyusarchuk is responsible for the day-to-day activities, strategic planning, business development and building relationships with key partners. Mr. Slyusarchuk has successfully launched and raised capital for multiple projects across a wide spectrum of industries, including financial and construction segments. He has experience in both private equity investments and portfolio management for institutional and private sector clients in Eastern Europe and the U.S. Mr. Slyusarchuk holds a BS in Economics from MIM University.

Mr. Nabi is an Executive Director at Imperial Fund and a senior asset backed manager with more than 25 years of experience structuring deals, driving business development, mitigating risk, and supporting new products in the fixed income markets. He has focused on securitization and has extensive experience with both the credit and banking aspects of these instruments. Prior to joining Imperial Fund, Mr. Nabi was the CFO and Head of Capital Markets of Funding U, a FinTech based student loan originator. He joined Funding U after working more than eight years at Cantor Fitzgerald in their Debt Capital Markets Division (Mortgage and Asset Backed Finance – SPG Group). Prior to joining Cantor, Mr. Nabi was a Senior Managing Director and Group Head of Assured Guaranty Corporation’s Consumer and Mortgage Backed Securitization Group. He led a team responsible for underwriting more than $20 Billion of securitization for RMBS, ABS, CMBS, and student loans over a two year period. He was a key member of their management team and was appointed to the firm’s portfolio risk management committee (PRMC). Mr. Nabi previously spent more than 10 years at Ambac Assurance Corporation as Managing Director and Group Head of their consumer and mortgage backed securities business. He also held various positions at Financial Security Assurance, Deloitte & Touch, and Goldman Sachs. Mr. Nabi received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from University of Wisconsin.

Gary Narvaez is a Director in the Capital Markets group within Imperial Fund, with over 20 years of experience in residential mortgages and related structured products. Gary is responsible for consumer credit, securitization and other market initiatives. Prior to joining Imperial Fund, Gary worked at Kroll Bond Rating Agency, LLC for approximately six years as an RMBS analyst focusing on new issue transactions, surveillance actions and research publications. Prior to Kroll, he worked at Annaly Capital Management, Inc. for over seven years covering surveillance and credit analysis for various non-agency RMBS products, among other areas. Previous to Annaly, Gary served as a CDO analyst at BNY Mellon’s Corporate Trust Division, as an ABS Securitization analyst and Fixed Income trading assistant at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., as well as a loan originator focusing on non-conforming mortgage products. Gary holds a BBA from Baruch College.

Lana Izgarsheva is a Compliance Officer and Administrative Director at Imperial Fund overseeing the Legal, HR, Support and Marketing. Ms. Izgarsheva’s experience consists of 18+ years in the mortgage business with several positions at United Financing and then as president at A&D Financial. Ms. Izgarsheva holds a BS in Political Science and a BS in International Business from FAU and a law degree from VSU.

Irina Chulanova is the financial manager at Imperial Fund with over 17 years of financial experience. Ms. Chulanova is responsible for all areas relating to corporate financial reporting, communication with internal and external partners and overseeing all company activity and investments. Previously Ms. Chulanova was a financial controller in Danone International – a world recognized public company, where she obtained great experience in budgeting, analysis and financial technics. Ms. Chulanova holds a Master of Science in Economics and Management from BMST University.

Elena Kuznetsova is the Operations Manager at Imperial Fund with over 10 years of experience in business development and relationship management with key accounts. Ms. Kuznetsova is responsible for day-to-day fund activity and relationships with partners. Previously Ms. Kuznetsova served as a manager of business development at Greif Inc. – a global leading industrial company providing commercial and contract management support to ensure commercial interests are optimized for the business. Ms. Kuznetsova holds a BS in Economics from MSU.

Nick Avgustinov is the IT Director at Imperial Fund with over 14 years of IT development and core system management experience. Mr. Avgustinov served as a consultant at Celltick Technologies and was the Senior Manager for Accenture Europe for 10 years, where he managed an international clients group and was a leader in top client implementation projects of core-banking system solutions, M&A process and system merging, optimization process and structuring corporate level software systems.