ACRE Our Team

Our Team

Ares Management, L.P.'s ("Ares") philosophy of offering our clients diversified investment solutions is made possible by our devoted team of investment and business professionals. Each of Ares’ investment platforms is led by a dedicated group of senior investment professionals. In addition to serving in their primary discipline, some of our professionals participate on the investment committees of and/or have responsibilities with our other investment teams. This practice ensures a consistent approach to asset management while promoting the sharing of ideas, knowledge and networks across all of our investment platforms.

Name

First Name

Last Name

Role Title

Role Title

Location

Location

David Kadin

Principal

Los Angeles

David

Kadin

Principal

Los Angeles

 

David Kadin - Principal

Mr. Kadin is a Principal in the Ares Real Estate Group, where he focuses on U.S. real estate debt. Prior to joining Ares in 2011, Mr. Kadin was an Investment Officer at Wrightwood Capital, where he focused on commercial loan origination in the Western United States. Previously, he was a Senior Underwriter and Portfolio Manager at Merrill Lynch Capital, where he focused on underwriting commercial real estate loans. In addition, Mr. Kadin was a Senior Manager at The Irvine Company, where he focused on analyzing commercial and residential acquisitions, and a Manager at FINOVA Realty Capital, where he focused on CMBS loans. Mr. Kadin holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Urban Studies.  He also holds an M.P. (Master of Planning) and an M.P.A. (Masters of Public Administration) from the University of Southern California.

James Mosier

Principal

Los Angeles

James

Mosier

Principal

Los Angeles

 

James Mosier - Principal

Mr. Mosier is a Principal in the Ares Real Estate Group, where he focuses on U.S. real estate debt. Prior to joining Ares in 2014, Mr. Mosier was a Vice President at AIG Investments, where he focused on balance sheet loan origination, asset management and CMBS origination. Mr. Mosier holds a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University in Finance and an M.B.A. from the University of California Los Angeles Anderson School of Management in Real Estate.

Mark Salgado

Principal

Chicago

Mark

Salgado

Principal

Chicago

 

Mark Salgado - Principal

Mr. Salgado is a Principal in the Ares Real Estate Group, where he focuses on U.S. real estate debt. Prior to joining Ares in 2013, Mr. Salgado was a Portfolio Manager at Vision Advisors, Chile, where he focused on debt and equity investments. Previously, Mr. Salgado worked at Fitch Ratings, where he focused on emerging markets structured finance. Mr. Salgado holds a B.A. from Duke University in Economics and Public Policy Studies and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Frank Sullivan

Managing Director

Chicago

Frank

Sullivan

Managing Director

Chicago

 

Frank Sullivan - Managing Director

Frank Sullivan is a Managing Director in the Ares Real Estate Group, where he focuses on U.S. real estate debt. Prior to joining Ares in 2011, Mr. Sullivan was a Senior Regional Director of Fund Management at Wrightwood Capital, where he focused on originating, structuring, and closing mezzanine and equity investments. Previously, he was an Assistant Director of Commercial Real Estate at Principal Mutual Life Insurance Company. Additionally, he worked with Wachovia Bank, where he focused on acquisitions, dispositions, new property development and asset management of commercial properties in the central and western United States. Mr. Sullivan holds a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Architecture, with honors, from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas, Austin.

Name

First Name

Last Name

Role Title

Role Title

Location

Location

Rand S. April

Director

Rand S.

April

Director

 

Rand S. April - Director

Mr. April is one of our Class III directors and currently serves as a member of the nominating and governance committee. Mr. April was a Partner of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, an international law firm, from 1981 until 2013 and served as the Managing Partner of Skadden’s Los Angeles office from 1994 until 2012. Subsequent to Mr. April’s retirement as a Partner in 2013, he was Of Counsel of Skadden until April 2016. During his time at Skadden, Mr. April had an extensive real estate and finance practice, regularly advising both U.S. and international clients in transactions involving a wide variety of real estate asset classes. He has considerable experience with the public and private offering of various types of real estate securities, including REIT and securitized debt offerings. Mr. April is also a longtime board member and former Chairman of Public Counsel Law Center, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm serving the indigent, where he was interim President and Chief Executive Officer in 2015, and is a board member of Town Hall Los Angeles, where he served as Chairman from 2010 to 2011. He currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission. Mr. April holds a B.A., phi beta kappa, from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Michael Arougheti

Director; Co-Founder and President of Ares; Partner of Ares Credit Group

New York

Michael

Arougheti

Director; Co-Founder and President of Ares; Partner of Ares Credit Group

New York

 

Michael Arougheti - Director; Co-Founder and President of Ares; Partner of Ares Credit Group

Mr. Arougheti is one of our Class III directors. He served as the Chairman of the Board from September 2011 through March 2014. Mr. Arougheti is a Co-Founder of Ares Management, Partner in the Ares Credit Group and a member of its Management Committee. He serves as a Director and President of Ares Management GP LLC and also serves as Co-Chairman of the board of directors and as an Executive Vice President of Ares Capital Corporation. Mr. Arougheti also is a member of the Ares Credit Group’s U.S. and European Direct Lending Investment Committees, the Ares Equity Income Opportunity Strategy Portfolio Review Committee and the Ares Operations Management Group. Mr. Arougheti may from time to time serve as an officer, director or principal of entities affiliated with Ares Management or of investment funds managed by Ares Management and its affiliates. Prior to joining Ares Management in 2004, Mr. Arougheti was employed by Royal Bank of Canada from 2001 to 2004, where he was a Managing Partner of the Principal Finance Group of RBC Capital Partners and a member of the firm's Mezzanine Investment Committee. Mr. Arougheti oversaw an investment team that originated, managed and monitored a diverse portfolio of middle-market leveraged loans, senior and junior subordinated debt, preferred equity and common stock and warrants on behalf of RBC and other third-party institutional investors. Mr. Arougheti joined Royal Bank of Canada in October 2001 from Indosuez Capital, where he was a Principal and an Investment Committee member, responsible for originating, structuring and executing leveraged transactions across a broad range of products and asset classes. Prior to joining Indosuez in 1994, Mr. Arougheti worked at Kidder, Peabody & Co., where he was a member of the firm's Mergers and Acquisitions Group. Mr. Arougheti also serves on the boards of directors of Riverspace Arts, a not-for-profit arts organization and Operation HOPE, a not-for-profit organization focused on expanding economic opportunity in underserved communities through economic education and empowerment. Mr. Arougheti received a B.A. in Ethics, Politics and Economics, cum laude, from Yale University.

Bill Benjamin

Partner, Head of Real Estate Group

London

Bill

Benjamin

Partner, Head of Real Estate Group

London

 

Bill Benjamin - Partner, Head of Real Estate Group

Mr. Benjamin is a Partner and Head of Ares Real Estate Group and a member of the Management Committee of Ares Management. Additionally, Mr. Benjamin serves on the Ares Real Estate Operating Committee and is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s U.S. Equity, European Equity, U.S. Development and Redevelopment Fund II and Debt Investment Committees. Mr. Benjamin joined Ares Management LLC in July 2013 from AREA Property Partners, where he was a Senior Partner from 1995 to 2013. Mr. Benjamin joined AREA Property Partners in 1995 from Bankers Trust Corp, where he was a Principal from 1986 to 1995. Mr. Benjamin graduated from Harvard with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social studies and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School.

Caroline E. Blakely

Director

Caroline E.

Blakely

Director

 

Caroline E. Blakely - Director

Ms. Blakely is one of our Class II directors and currently serves as the Chairperson of the nominating and governance committee and as a member of the audit committee. Ms. Blakely is currently the Chief Executive Officer and President of Rebuilding Together, Inc., a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing. Ms. Blakely was a partner in the Real Estate Group at Cassin & Cassin LLP, a law firm providing legal services that focus on real estate finance, real estate transactions and private client services from October 2013 to December 2015. Prior to joining Cassin & Cassin LLP, Ms. Blakely served as a Vice President of the multifamily business of the Federal National Mortgage Association ("Fannie Mae") from April 1999 to October 2013. In this capacity, Ms. Blakely defined the strategic direction for Fannie Mae's growing asset management and counterparty responsibilities. In addition, Ms. Blakely was responsible for mitigating the financial and operational risk of 24 Delegated Underwriting Servicing Lenders, including assessing the counterparty's capital adequacy to share risk with Fannie Mae. She initiated performing note sales and negotiated the first sale of multifamily mortgage servicing rights. Ms. Blakely also served as Chief Marketing Officer of National Cooperative Bank ("NCB") and as Senior Managing Director of NCB's Corporate Banking and Commercial Real Estate Divisions from 1992 to 1999, during which time she served as a member of NCB's Executive Committee and as President of NCB Capital Corporation. In 1980, Ms. Blakely founded a law firm specializing in structured finance and real estate lending for acquisition, development and construction loans, where she practiced until 1992. Ms. Blakely currently serves on the executive committee of the Urban Land Institute's Women's Leadership Initiative and volunteers on the Board of Trustees for Global Communities, a non-profit organization specializing in international development and microfinance. Ms. Blakely holds a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she graduated cum laude.

Joshua Bloomstein

Vice President and Assistant Secretary

New York

Joshua

Bloomstein

Vice President and Assistant Secretary

New York

 

Joshua Bloomstein - Vice President and Assistant Secretary

Mr. Bloomstein is Vice President and Assistant Secretary of ACRE. He is a Partner and General Counsel of Ares Capital Corporation and also serves as the Executive Vice President and Co-General Counsel (Credit) and Deputy General Counsel (Corporate) of Ares Management.  Mr. Bloomstein also serves as Vice President and Assistant Secretary of American Capital Senior Floating, Ltd. (NASDAQ:ACSF) and Vice President and Assistant Secretary of CION Ares Diversified Credit Fund. He is also a member of the Ares Enterprise Risk Committee. Mr. Bloomstein joined Ares in 2006, from Latham & Watkins where he was an associate in its private equity and corporate groups, focusing on mergers and acquisitions transactions and securities law and general corporate matters. Mr. Bloomstein graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany and magna cum laude with a J.D. from the University of Miami, where he was elected to The Order of the Coif.

William Browning

Director

William

Browning

Director

 

William Browning - Director

Mr. Browning is one of our Class I directors and currently serves as the Chairperson of the audit committee and as a member of the compensation committee. Mr. Browning has dedicated his time to serving on boards of directors since January 2012. From 1999 to January 2012, Mr. Browning was a senior client service partner at Ernst & Young LLP, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Browning served as the managing partner for Ernst & Young LLP's Los Angeles office, which at the time of his departure was Ernst & Young LLP's second largest practice in the Americas and the largest public accounting firm in Los Angeles with over 1,200 professionals and over $400 million in annual revenues. Mr. Browning's extensive industry sector experience includes: real estate and REITs, financial services (commercial banks, asset management, consumer finance, credit card and mortgage companies), private equity, energy (upstream/downstream, refining and natural gas), engineering and construction, and technology. Before joining Ernst & Young LLP, Mr. Browning began his professional career with Arthur Andersen & Co. in 1976, where he was admitted to partnership in 1987 and named office managing partner of its Oklahoma office in 1994. At Arthur Andersen & Co. in Oklahoma and in Los Angeles, California, Mr. Browning served clients in a wide variety of industries and led the firm's domestic banking practice and regulatory compliance practice. Mr. Browning also serves on the board of directors of McCarthy Holdings, the holding company for McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., one of the top 10 U.S. commercial builders and the oldest American construction company, Parsley Energy, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas company, Community Bank, a Regional Business Bank based in Pasadena, California and Blackbrush Oil and Gas LP, an independent oil and gas exploration and development company that is also a portfolio company of a fund managed by an affiliate of our manager, Ares Commercial Real Estate Management LLC. Mr. Browning is also an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Browning volunteers on the board of CARE, a non-profit organization focused on assisting young adults with chemical abuse issues, as well as on the Dallas Summer Musicals board. Mr. Browning holds a B.B.A. from the University of Oklahoma and is a certified public accountant in Oklahoma, California and Texas.

Carl Drake

Partner, Head of Public Investor Relations and Communications

Atlanta

Carl

Drake

Partner, Head of Public Investor Relations and Communications

Atlanta

 

Carl Drake - Partner, Head of Public Investor Relations and Communications

Mr. Drake is a Partner and Head of Public Investor Relations and Communications for Ares Management, Ares Capital Corporation, Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation and American Capital Senior Floating, Ltd. He additionally serves as a member of the Ares Equity Income Opportunity Strategy Portfolio Review Committee and the Ares Operations Management Group. Prior to joining Ares in 2008, Mr. Drake was a Managing Director in the Equity Research Department of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, where he focused on covering specialty finance companies including Business Development Companies ("BDCs"), and was a Vice President in the firm’s investment banking department. Previously, Mr. Drake was a Vice President at Creditanstalt Corporate Finance Inc., GE Capital Commercial Finance and Metropolitan Life. Mr. Drake holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt University in History and an M.B.A. from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business. Mr. Drake is a CFA® charterholder.

Anton Feingold

Vice President and Secretary

New York

Anton

Feingold

Vice President and Secretary

New York

 

Anton Feingold - Vice President and Secretary

Mr. Feingold is a Principal and Secretary of ACRE. Mr. Feingold joined Ares Management in March 2014 as a Vice President and Associate General Counsel (Real Estate) in the Ares Legal Group. Prior to joining Ares, Mr. Feingold worked at Clifford Chance from 2004 to 2014, where he was a Senior Associate. Mr. Feingold graduated from University of Birmingham with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B Honors) and received a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice at BPP University in London.

Don Haisch

Chief Accounting Officer

Los Angeles

Don

Haisch

Chief Accounting Officer

Los Angeles

 

Don Haisch - Chief Accounting Officer

Mr. Haisch is the Chief Accounting Officer for ACRE. Mr. Haisch is a Principal and Chief Accounting Officer, Real Estate in the Ares Finance Department. Prior to joining Ares in 2014, Mr. Haisch was a Senior Vice President in the Finance Department of CBRE. He holds a B.S., magna cum laude, from Western Illinois University in Accounting and an M.B.A. from the University of California Los Angeles.

Jamie Henderson

President and Chief Investment Officer

New York

Jamie

Henderson

President and Chief Investment Officer

New York

 

Jamie Henderson - President and Chief Investment Officer

Mr. Henderson is our President and Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Henderson is a Partner in the Ares Real Estate Group and Co-Head of Real Estate Debt. He is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s U.S. Debt Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ares in April 2017, Mr. Henderson held a variety of leadership roles at Barings Real Estate Advisors, a global advisory firm, and its predecessor companies Cornerstone Real Estate Advisors and Babson Capital Management. Most recently, he was Head of Structured Real Estate Investments at Barings where he oversaw a leading high yield real estate debt investment platform with teams in the United States and Europe. Mr. Henderson also led the development, launch and/or investment of various high yield debt investment vehicles. Mr. Henderson was Chairman of Barings’ Structured Real Estate Investment Committees in the United States and Europe, a member of Barings’ Direct Equity and Real Estate Securities Investment Committees, had a leading role in Barings’ real estate private equity activities, and had direct oversight of a 100-person specialty finance company focused on multifamily lending. Prior to joining Barings and its predecessor companies Cornerstone and Babson in 2005, he was a partner at a private equity real estate firm that owned and operated over 25,000 apartments, which was focused on the acquisition and repositioning of distressed multifamily assets. Prior to this, he was Vice President of Development for Oldcastle/CRH where he focused on the acquisition, repositioning and operation of mid-market operating companies. He served six years as an officer in the United States Navy, where he held a variety of roles including engineering, operations, and navigator of an Aegis Cruiser. Mr. Henderson holds a B.S., with merit, from the United States Naval Academy and an M.B.A. from Duke University Fuqua School of Business.

Jamie Henderson

Partner, President and Chief Investment Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

New York

Jamie

Henderson

Partner, President and Chief Investment Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

New York

 

Jamie Henderson - Partner, President and Chief Investment Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

Mr. Henderson is our President and Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Henderson is a Partner in the Ares Real Estate Group and Co-Head of Real Estate Debt. He is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s U.S. Debt Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ares in April 2017, Mr. Henderson held a variety of leadership roles at Barings Real Estate Advisors, a global advisory firm, and its predecessor companies Cornerstone Real Estate Advisors and Babson Capital Management. Most recently, he was Head of Structured Real Estate Investments at Barings where he oversaw a leading high yield real estate debt investment platform with teams in the United States and Europe. Mr. Henderson also led the development, launch and/or investment of various high yield debt investment vehicles. Mr. Henderson was Chairman of Barings’ Structured Real Estate Investment Committees in the United States and Europe, a member of Barings’ Direct Equity and Real Estate Securities Investment Committees, had a leading role in Barings’ real estate private equity activities, and had direct oversight of a 100-person specialty finance company focused on multifamily lending. Prior to joining Barings and its predecessor companies Cornerstone and Babson in 2005, he was a partner at a private equity real estate firm that owned and operated over 25,000 apartments, which was focused on the acquisition and repositioning of distressed multifamily assets. Prior to this, he was Vice President of Development for Oldcastle/CRH where he focused on the acquisition, repositioning and operation of mid-market operating companies. He served six years as an officer in the United States Navy, where he held a variety of roles including engineering, operations, and navigator of an Aegis Cruiser. Mr. Henderson holds a B.S., with merit, from the United States Naval Academy and an M.B.A. from Duke University Fuqua School of Business.

John Jardine

Partner, Director and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

Dallas

John

Jardine

Partner, Director and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

Dallas

 

John Jardine - Partner, Director and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

Mr. Jardine is our Co-Chief Executive Officer and is one of our Class I directors. Mr. Jardine is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s U.S. Equity and Debt Investment Committees and is also a member of the Management Committee of Ares Management. Mr. Jardine is a Partner and Co-Head of Real Estate Debt in the Ares Real Estate Group and since joining Ares Management in December 2013, Mr. Jardine has been responsible for debt originations at the Ares Real Estate Group, including originations by ACRE. He additionally serves on the Ares Real Estate Group's U.S. Equity Investment Committee. He is a seasoned real estate investor, having spent more than 20 years at TIAA-CREF, where he negotiated and closed large transactions and oversaw the performance of several multi-billion dollar commercial real estate portfolios. Mr. Jardine also led the formation of TIAA Realty, Inc., a private real estate investment trust. Prior to joining Ares, he was a Managing Director with C-III Asset Management, a primary and special loan servicer, from 2011 to 2013. Prior to joining C-III Asset Management in December 2011, Mr. Jardine worked as a Managing Director focusing on commercial mortgage-related credit strategies for ZAIS Group, an investment management company focused on specialized credit strategies, from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Jardine graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A., with honors, in English.

John Jardine

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Dallas

John

Jardine

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Dallas

 

John Jardine - Co-Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Jardine is our Co-Chief Executive Officer and is one of our Class I directors. Mr. Jardine is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s U.S. Equity and Debt Investment Committees and is also a member of the Management Committee of Ares Management. Mr. Jardine is a Partner and Co-Head of Real Estate Debt in the Ares Real Estate Group and since joining Ares Management in December 2013, Mr. Jardine has been responsible for debt originations at the Ares Real Estate Group, including originations by ACRE. He additionally serves on the Ares Real Estate Group's U.S. Equity Investment Committee. He is a seasoned real estate investor, having spent more than 20 years at TIAA-CREF, where he negotiated and closed large transactions and oversaw the performance of several multi-billion dollar commercial real estate portfolios. Mr. Jardine also led the formation of TIAA Realty, Inc., a private real estate investment trust. Prior to joining Ares, he was a Managing Director with C-III Asset Management, a primary and special loan servicer, from 2011 to 2013. Prior to joining C-III Asset Management in December 2011, Mr. Jardine worked as a Managing Director focusing on commercial mortgage-related credit strategies for ZAIS Group, an investment management company focused on specialized credit strategies, from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Jardine graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A., with honors, in English.

John Jardine

Director; Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate; Partner of Ares Real Estate Group

Dallas

John

Jardine

Director; Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate; Partner of Ares Real Estate Group

Dallas

 

John Jardine - Director; Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate; Partner of Ares Real Estate Group

Mr. Jardine is our Co-Chief Executive Officer and is one of our Class I directors. Mr. Jardine is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s U.S. Equity and Debt Investment Committees and is also a member of the Management Committee of Ares Management. Mr. Jardine is a Partner and Co-Head of Real Estate Debt in the Ares Real Estate Group and since joining Ares Management in December 2013, Mr. Jardine has been responsible for debt originations at the Ares Real Estate Group, including originations by ACRE. He additionally serves on the Ares Real Estate Group's U.S. Equity Investment Committee. He is a seasoned real estate investor, having spent more than 20 years at TIAA-CREF, where he negotiated and closed large transactions and oversaw the performance of several multi-billion dollar commercial real estate portfolios. Mr. Jardine also led the formation of TIAA Realty, Inc., a private real estate investment trust. Prior to joining Ares, he was a Managing Director with C-III Asset Management, a primary and special loan servicer, from 2011 to 2013. Prior to joining C-III Asset Management in December 2011, Mr. Jardine worked as a Managing Director focusing on commercial mortgage-related credit strategies for ZAIS Group, an investment management company focused on specialized credit strategies, from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Jardine graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A., with honors, in English.

David Kadin

Principal

Los Angeles

David

Kadin

Principal

Los Angeles

 

David Kadin - Principal

Mr. Kadin is a Principal in the Ares Real Estate Group, where he focuses on U.S. real estate debt. Prior to joining Ares in 2011, Mr. Kadin was an Investment Officer at Wrightwood Capital, where he focused on commercial loan origination in the Western United States. Previously, he was a Senior Underwriter and Portfolio Manager at Merrill Lynch Capital, where he focused on underwriting commercial real estate loans. In addition, Mr. Kadin was a Senior Manager at The Irvine Company, where he focused on analyzing commercial and residential acquisitions, and a Manager at FINOVA Realty Capital, where he focused on CMBS loans. Mr. Kadin holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Urban Studies.  He also holds an M.P. (Master of Planning) and an M.P.A. (Masters of Public Administration) from the University of Southern California.

Keith Kooper

Vice President and Assistant Secretary

New York

Keith

Kooper

Vice President and Assistant Secretary

New York

 

Keith Kooper - Vice President and Assistant Secretary

Mr. Kooper serves as Vice President and Assistant Secretary of ACRE. Mr. Kooper is also a Partner and General Counsel (Real Estate) in the Ares Legal Department. Mr. Kooper additionally serves as a member of the Ares Enterprise Risk Committee. Mr. Kooper joined Ares in July 2013 from AREA Property Partners, where he worked as General Counsel from 2010 to 2013. Prior to joining AREA Property Partners in October 2010, Mr. Kooper worked at Capmark Investments, where he was President and General Counsel from 2007 to 2010. Prior to joining Capmark Investments in April 2007, Mr. Kooper worked at Drinker, Biddle, & Reath as an Associate from 2006 to 2007. Prior to working at Drinker, Biddle, & Reath in April 2006, Mr. Kooper worked at Sidley Austin as an Associate from 2000 to 2006. Mr. Kooper graduated from University of Michigan with a B.A. in History and Political Science and received his J.D. from Emory University School of Law.

James Mosier

Principal

Los Angeles

James

Mosier

Principal

Los Angeles

 

James Mosier - Principal

Mr. Mosier is a Principal in the Ares Real Estate Group, where he focuses on U.S. real estate debt. Prior to joining Ares in 2014, Mr. Mosier was a Vice President at AIG Investments, where he focused on balance sheet loan origination, asset management and CMBS origination. Mr. Mosier holds a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University in Finance and an M.B.A. from the University of California Los Angeles Anderson School of Management in Real Estate.

Robert L. Rosen

Chairman, Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

New York

Robert L.

Rosen

Chairman, Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

New York

 

Robert L. Rosen - Chairman, Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

Mr. Rosen is one of our Class II directors and the Chairman of the Board. Mr. Rosen is currently serving as our Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer since August 2015 and is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s Debt Investment Committee. Mr. Rosen has been a Partner of Ares Management since February 2016 and was previously an Operating Advisor to the Ares Management Private Equity Group. Mr. Rosen is the Managing Partner of RLR Capital Partners, which invests principally in the securities of publicly traded North American companies. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Rosen was a Managing Partner of RLR Focus Fund LP, an “active value” hedge fund. From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Rosen served as an exclusive consultant to Apollo Management, L.P. Mr. Rosen has served as a director of Ares Capital Corporation since 2004. He previously served as a director of Sapient Corporation. In 1998, Mr. Rosen founded National Financial Partners (NYSE: NFP), an independent distributor of financial services to high net worth individuals and small to medium sized corporations. He served as NFP's CEO from 1998 to 2000 and as its Chairman until January 2002. From 1987 to 1993, Mr. Rosen was a Managing Partner of Ballantrae Partners, L.P., an investment partnership. From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Rosen was Chairman and CEO of Damon Corporation, a leading healthcare and laboratory testing company that was ultimately sold to Quest Diagnostics. From 1983 to 1987, Mr. Rosen was Vice Chairman of Maxxam Group. Prior to that, Mr. Rosen spent twelve years at Shearson American Express in positions in research, investment banking and senior management, and for two years was Assistant to Sanford Weill, the then Chairman and CEO of Shearson. Mr. Rosen is a member of the NYU Stern School of Business Board of Overseers. Mr. Rosen holds a B.A. from the City University of New York in Economics and an M.B.A. from the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business in Finance.

Robert L. Rosen

Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer

New York

Robert L.

Rosen

Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer

New York

 

Robert L. Rosen - Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Rosen is one of our Class II directors and the Chairman of the Board. Mr. Rosen is currently serving as our Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer since August 2015 and is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s Debt Investment Committee. Mr. Rosen has been a Partner of Ares Management since February 2016 and was previously an Operating Advisor to the Ares Management Private Equity Group. Mr. Rosen is the Managing Partner of RLR Capital Partners, which invests principally in the securities of publicly traded North American companies. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Rosen was a Managing Partner of RLR Focus Fund LP, an “active value” hedge fund. From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Rosen served as an exclusive consultant to Apollo Management, L.P. Mr. Rosen has served as a director of Ares Capital Corporation since 2004. He previously served as a director of Sapient Corporation. In 1998, Mr. Rosen founded National Financial Partners (NYSE: NFP), an independent distributor of financial services to high net worth individuals and small to medium sized corporations. He served as NFP's CEO from 1998 to 2000 and as its Chairman until January 2002. From 1987 to 1993, Mr. Rosen was a Managing Partner of Ballantrae Partners, L.P., an investment partnership. From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Rosen was Chairman and CEO of Damon Corporation, a leading healthcare and laboratory testing company that was ultimately sold to Quest Diagnostics. From 1983 to 1987, Mr. Rosen was Vice Chairman of Maxxam Group. Prior to that, Mr. Rosen spent twelve years at Shearson American Express in positions in research, investment banking and senior management, and for two years was Assistant to Sanford Weill, the then Chairman and CEO of Shearson. Mr. Rosen is a member of the NYU Stern School of Business Board of Overseers. Mr. Rosen holds a B.A. from the City University of New York in Economics and an M.B.A. from the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business in Finance.

Robert L. Rosen

Chairman, Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer

New York

Robert L.

Rosen

Chairman, Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer

New York

 

Robert L. Rosen - Chairman, Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Rosen is one of our Class II directors and the Chairman of the Board. Mr. Rosen is currently serving as our Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer since August 2015 and is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s Debt Investment Committee. Mr. Rosen has been a Partner of Ares Management since February 2016 and was previously an Operating Advisor to the Ares Management Private Equity Group. Mr. Rosen is the Managing Partner of RLR Capital Partners, which invests principally in the securities of publicly traded North American companies. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Rosen was a Managing Partner of RLR Focus Fund LP, an “active value” hedge fund. From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Rosen served as an exclusive consultant to Apollo Management, L.P. Mr. Rosen has served as a director of Ares Capital Corporation since 2004. He previously served as a director of Sapient Corporation. In 1998, Mr. Rosen founded National Financial Partners (NYSE: NFP), an independent distributor of financial services to high net worth individuals and small to medium sized corporations. He served as NFP's CEO from 1998 to 2000 and as its Chairman until January 2002. From 1987 to 1993, Mr. Rosen was a Managing Partner of Ballantrae Partners, L.P., an investment partnership. From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Rosen was Chairman and CEO of Damon Corporation, a leading healthcare and laboratory testing company that was ultimately sold to Quest Diagnostics. From 1983 to 1987, Mr. Rosen was Vice Chairman of Maxxam Group. Prior to that, Mr. Rosen spent twelve years at Shearson American Express in positions in research, investment banking and senior management, and for two years was Assistant to Sanford Weill, the then Chairman and CEO of Shearson. Mr. Rosen is a member of the NYU Stern School of Business Board of Overseers. Mr. Rosen holds a B.A. from the City University of New York in Economics and an M.B.A. from the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business in Finance.

David Sachs

Partner

Los Angeles

David

Sachs

Partner

Los Angeles

 

David Sachs - Partner

Mr. Sachs is a Partner in the Ares Strategy and Relationship Management Group, where he focuses on the Ares Credit Group’s publicly traded funds, strategic growth opportunities for Ares and facilitating the sharing of credit knowledge across the Ares platform. He serves as a Director and Chairman of the Board of Ares Dynamic Credit Allocation Fund, Inc. (NYSE:ARDC) and is an interested trustee of CION Ares Diversified Credit Fund. Additionally, Mr. Sachs serves as a member of Ares Credit Group, Private Equity Group and Real Estate Group fund investment committees and the Ares Equity Income Opportunity Strategy Portfolio Review Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 1997, Mr. Sachs was a Principal of Onyx Partners, Inc., where he focused on merchant banking and related capital raising activities in the private equity and mezzanine debt markets. Previously, he also worked with Taylor & Co., an investment manager providing investment advisory and consulting services to members of the Bass Family of Fort Worth, Texas, and Columbia Savings and Loan Association as Executive Vice President, where he was responsible for asset-liability management and running the investment management department. Mr. Sachs serves as the Non-Executive Chairman of Terex Corporation and is on the Board of Trustees and the McCormick Advisory Council at Northwestern University. He holds a B.S. from Northwestern University in Industrial Engineering and Management Science.

Mark Salgado

Principal

Chicago

Mark

Salgado

Principal

Chicago

 

Mark Salgado - Principal

Mr. Salgado is a Principal in the Ares Real Estate Group, where he focuses on U.S. real estate debt. Prior to joining Ares in 2013, Mr. Salgado was a Portfolio Manager at Vision Advisors, Chile, where he focused on debt and equity investments. Previously, Mr. Salgado worked at Fitch Ratings, where he focused on emerging markets structured finance. Mr. Salgado holds a B.A. from Duke University in Economics and Public Policy Studies and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

James E. Skinner

Director

James E.

Skinner

Director

 

James E. Skinner - Director

Mr. Skinner is one of our Class III directors and currently serves as a member of the audit committee and the compensation committee. Mr. Skinner held various senior management positions with The Neiman Marcus Group LLC from June 2005 until his retirement in March 2016, including serving as Vice Chairman between May 2015 and March 2016, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer between October 2010 and May 2015, and prior to that date, served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. from October 2001 to October 2005. Mr. Skinner served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CapRock Communications Corp. in 2000, and served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of CompUSA Inc. from 1994 until 2000. Mr. Skinner also served as a partner with Ernst & Young from 1987 until 1991. Mr. Skinner serves on the board of directors of Fossil Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOSL), a global design, marketing and distribution company of consumer fashion accessories. Mr. Skinner holds a B.B.A. from Texas Tech University and is a certified public accountant in Texas.

John Stilmar

Principal

Atlanta

John

Stilmar

Principal

Atlanta

 

John Stilmar - Principal

Mr. Stilmar is a Principal in the Ares Public IR and Corporate Communications Group, where he focuses on real estate investor relations. Prior to joining Ares in 2013, Mr. Stilmar was an Equity Analyst at JMP Securities, Sun Trust Robinson Humphrey and Friedman Billings Ramsey, where he focused on covering consumer and commercial specialty finance companies. Previously, Mr. Stilmar worked in the Corporate Planning and Treasury Group at Capital One. Mr. Stilmar holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Richmond E. Clairborne Robins School of Business with a dual concentration in Finance and Marketing. He has been recognized by Institutional Investor Magazine and the Financial Times for excellence in his field.

Frank Sullivan

Managing Director

Chicago

Frank

Sullivan

Managing Director

Chicago

 

Frank Sullivan - Managing Director

Frank Sullivan is a Managing Director in the Ares Real Estate Group, where he focuses on U.S. real estate debt. Prior to joining Ares in 2011, Mr. Sullivan was a Senior Regional Director of Fund Management at Wrightwood Capital, where he focused on originating, structuring, and closing mezzanine and equity investments. Previously, he was an Assistant Director of Commercial Real Estate at Principal Mutual Life Insurance Company. Additionally, he worked with Wachovia Bank, where he focused on acquisitions, dispositions, new property development and asset management of commercial properties in the central and western United States. Mr. Sullivan holds a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Architecture, with honors, from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas, Austin.

Precilla Torres

Managing Director

New York

Precilla

Torres

Managing Director

New York

 

Precilla Torres - Managing Director

Ms. Torres is a Managing Director in the Ares Real Estate Group, where she focuses on U.S. real estate debt. Prior to joining Ares in 2012, she was a Managing Director at Hudson Realty Capital, where she focused on new business strategies and capital markets solutions. Previously, Ms. Torres was a Managing Director at NewOak Capital, where she founded the firm’s commercial real estate business. Previously, she was Managing Director at Citigroup where she focused on executing, structuring, and marketing large loan-related transactions, including securitizations, syndications and subordinated debt sales. In addition, Ms. Torres was a Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers, where she focused on lead execution responsibility for multiple transactions, and held positions at CSFB and at Citibank where, in addition to securitizations of proprietary and third-party commercial real estate portfolios, she was involved in work-outs, dispositions, and securitizations of RTC and FDIC and privately held non-performing assets. Ms. Torres holds a B.S., summa cum laude, from Ateneo University, Philippines, and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University.

Michael Weiner

Vice President and General Counsel

Los Angeles

Michael

Weiner

Vice President and General Counsel

Los Angeles

 

Michael Weiner - Vice President and General Counsel

Mr. Weiner serves as Vice President and General Counsel of ACRE. He is Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Ares Management GP LLC, Ares’ general partner, a Partner and General Counsel in the Ares Legal Group, Ares’ Global Chief Compliance Officer, Global Privacy Officer and is a member of the Management Committee of Ares Management. He may from time to time serve as an officer, director or principal of entities affiliated with Ares Management or of investment funds managed by Ares Management and its affiliates. Mr. Weiner has served as Vice President and General Counsel of ACRE since 2012 and Vice President and Assistant Secretary of Ares Dynamic Credit Allocation Fund, Inc. (NYSE:ARDC) and is Vice President and Assistant Secretary of CION Ares Diversified Credit Fund. He also serves as a Vice President of Ares Capital Corporation. From September 2006 to January 2010, Mr. Weiner served as General Counsel of Ares Capital. He additionally is a member of the Ares Operations Management Group and the Ares Enterprise Risk Committee. Mr. Weiner joined Ares in September 2006. Previously, he served as General Counsel to Apollo Management L.P. and had been an officer of the corporate general partners of Apollo since 1992. Prior to joining Apollo, Mr. Weiner was a partner in the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, specializing in corporate and alternative financing transactions, securities law as well as general partnership, corporate and regulatory matters. Mr. Weiner has served on the boards of directors of several corporations. Mr. Weiner currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Mr. Weiner graduated with a B.S. in Business and Finance from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of Santa Clara.

Steven Wolf

Partner

New York

Steven

Wolf

Partner

New York

 

Steven Wolf - Partner

Mr. Wolf is a Partner and the Chief Investment Officer for U.S. Equity in the Ares Real Estate Group and a member of the Management Committee of Ares Management. Additionally, he is Chairman of the Ares Real Estate Group’s U.S. Equity Investment Committee and serves on the Ares Real Estate Group’s Debt Investment Committee and Ares Real Estate Operating Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 2013, Mr. Wolf was a Partner at AREA Property Partners and CEO of VEF Advisors. Previously, Mr. Wolf was a Director at Credit Suisse First Boston. In addition, Mr. Wolf was a Managing Director at Federal Realty Investment Trust and a Senior Vice President at Equitable Real Estate Investment Management. Mr. Wolf holds a B.A. from Boston University in Economics and an M.S. from New York University in Real Estate Investment Analysis.

Tae-Sik Yoon

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Washington D.C.

Tae-Sik

Yoon

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Washington D.C.

 

Tae-Sik Yoon - Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Tae-Sik Yoon is our Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer and also serves on our Manager's Investment Committee. Mr. Yoon has more than 19 years of commercial real estate finance, investment banking and legal experience with private and public companies. Mr. Yoon also serves as Partner and Chief Financial Officer of Ares Real Estate Group and is on the Ares Real Estate Group's European Equity and Debt Investment Committees. Prior to joining Ares Management in July 2012, Mr. Yoon served as Senior Vice President of Akridge, a privately held commercial real estate investment and services company, where he was responsible for its capital markets activities since 2010, including the development of funds, joint ventures and capital relationships. From 1999 to 2009, Mr. Yoon held various positions at J.E. Robert Companies, Inc. and its affiliates, including as Managing Director from 2003 to 2005 and Chief Financial Officer from 2005 to 2009, and was involved in the formation and management of several real estate private equity funds, a public commercial mortgage REIT (JER Investors Trust Inc.) and the firm's operating platforms in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Yoon also served in the real estate investment banking group at Morgan Stanley & Co. from 1989 to 1991, and again from 1997 to 1999, and was an attorney at the law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP from 1994 to 1997. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Law School.

Tae-Sik Yoon

Partner, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

Washington D.C.

Tae-Sik

Yoon

Partner, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

Washington D.C.

 

Tae-Sik Yoon - Partner, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

Tae-Sik Yoon is our Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer and also serves on our Manager's Investment Committee. Mr. Yoon has more than 19 years of commercial real estate finance, investment banking and legal experience with private and public companies. Mr. Yoon also serves as Partner and Chief Financial Officer of Ares Real Estate Group and is on the Ares Real Estate Group's European Equity and Debt Investment Committees. Prior to joining Ares Management in July 2012, Mr. Yoon served as Senior Vice President of Akridge, a privately held commercial real estate investment and services company, where he was responsible for its capital markets activities since 2010, including the development of funds, joint ventures and capital relationships. From 1999 to 2009, Mr. Yoon held various positions at J.E. Robert Companies, Inc. and its affiliates, including as Managing Director from 2003 to 2005 and Chief Financial Officer from 2005 to 2009, and was involved in the formation and management of several real estate private equity funds, a public commercial mortgage REIT (JER Investors Trust Inc.) and the firm's operating platforms in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Yoon also served in the real estate investment banking group at Morgan Stanley & Co. from 1989 to 1991, and again from 1997 to 1999, and was an attorney at the law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP from 1994 to 1997. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Law School.

Name

First Name

Last Name

Role Title

Role Title

Location

Location

Rand S. April

Director

Rand S.

April

Director

 

Rand S. April - Director

Mr. April is one of our Class III directors and currently serves as a member of the nominating and governance committee. Mr. April was a Partner of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, an international law firm, from 1981 until 2013 and served as the Managing Partner of Skadden’s Los Angeles office from 1994 until 2012. Subsequent to Mr. April’s retirement as a Partner in 2013, he was Of Counsel of Skadden until April 2016. During his time at Skadden, Mr. April had an extensive real estate and finance practice, regularly advising both U.S. and international clients in transactions involving a wide variety of real estate asset classes. He has considerable experience with the public and private offering of various types of real estate securities, including REIT and securitized debt offerings. Mr. April is also a longtime board member and former Chairman of Public Counsel Law Center, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm serving the indigent, where he was interim President and Chief Executive Officer in 2015, and is a board member of Town Hall Los Angeles, where he served as Chairman from 2010 to 2011. He currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission. Mr. April holds a B.A., phi beta kappa, from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Michael Arougheti

Director; Co-Founder and President of Ares; Partner of Ares Credit Group

New York

Michael

Arougheti

Director; Co-Founder and President of Ares; Partner of Ares Credit Group

New York

 

Michael Arougheti - Director; Co-Founder and President of Ares; Partner of Ares Credit Group

Mr. Arougheti is one of our Class III directors. He served as the Chairman of the Board from September 2011 through March 2014. Mr. Arougheti is a Co-Founder of Ares Management, Partner in the Ares Credit Group and a member of its Management Committee. He serves as a Director and President of Ares Management GP LLC and also serves as Co-Chairman of the board of directors and as an Executive Vice President of Ares Capital Corporation. Mr. Arougheti also is a member of the Ares Credit Group’s U.S. and European Direct Lending Investment Committees, the Ares Equity Income Opportunity Strategy Portfolio Review Committee and the Ares Operations Management Group. Mr. Arougheti may from time to time serve as an officer, director or principal of entities affiliated with Ares Management or of investment funds managed by Ares Management and its affiliates. Prior to joining Ares Management in 2004, Mr. Arougheti was employed by Royal Bank of Canada from 2001 to 2004, where he was a Managing Partner of the Principal Finance Group of RBC Capital Partners and a member of the firm's Mezzanine Investment Committee. Mr. Arougheti oversaw an investment team that originated, managed and monitored a diverse portfolio of middle-market leveraged loans, senior and junior subordinated debt, preferred equity and common stock and warrants on behalf of RBC and other third-party institutional investors. Mr. Arougheti joined Royal Bank of Canada in October 2001 from Indosuez Capital, where he was a Principal and an Investment Committee member, responsible for originating, structuring and executing leveraged transactions across a broad range of products and asset classes. Prior to joining Indosuez in 1994, Mr. Arougheti worked at Kidder, Peabody & Co., where he was a member of the firm's Mergers and Acquisitions Group. Mr. Arougheti also serves on the boards of directors of Riverspace Arts, a not-for-profit arts organization and Operation HOPE, a not-for-profit organization focused on expanding economic opportunity in underserved communities through economic education and empowerment. Mr. Arougheti received a B.A. in Ethics, Politics and Economics, cum laude, from Yale University.

Caroline E. Blakely

Director

Caroline E.

Blakely

Director

 

Caroline E. Blakely - Director

Ms. Blakely is one of our Class II directors and currently serves as the Chairperson of the nominating and governance committee and as a member of the audit committee. Ms. Blakely is currently the Chief Executive Officer and President of Rebuilding Together, Inc., a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing. Ms. Blakely was a partner in the Real Estate Group at Cassin & Cassin LLP, a law firm providing legal services that focus on real estate finance, real estate transactions and private client services from October 2013 to December 2015. Prior to joining Cassin & Cassin LLP, Ms. Blakely served as a Vice President of the multifamily business of the Federal National Mortgage Association ("Fannie Mae") from April 1999 to October 2013. In this capacity, Ms. Blakely defined the strategic direction for Fannie Mae's growing asset management and counterparty responsibilities. In addition, Ms. Blakely was responsible for mitigating the financial and operational risk of 24 Delegated Underwriting Servicing Lenders, including assessing the counterparty's capital adequacy to share risk with Fannie Mae. She initiated performing note sales and negotiated the first sale of multifamily mortgage servicing rights. Ms. Blakely also served as Chief Marketing Officer of National Cooperative Bank ("NCB") and as Senior Managing Director of NCB's Corporate Banking and Commercial Real Estate Divisions from 1992 to 1999, during which time she served as a member of NCB's Executive Committee and as President of NCB Capital Corporation. In 1980, Ms. Blakely founded a law firm specializing in structured finance and real estate lending for acquisition, development and construction loans, where she practiced until 1992. Ms. Blakely currently serves on the executive committee of the Urban Land Institute's Women's Leadership Initiative and volunteers on the Board of Trustees for Global Communities, a non-profit organization specializing in international development and microfinance. Ms. Blakely holds a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she graduated cum laude.

William Browning

Director

William

Browning

Director

 

William Browning - Director

Mr. Browning is one of our Class I directors and currently serves as the Chairperson of the audit committee and as a member of the compensation committee. Mr. Browning has dedicated his time to serving on boards of directors since January 2012. From 1999 to January 2012, Mr. Browning was a senior client service partner at Ernst & Young LLP, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Browning served as the managing partner for Ernst & Young LLP's Los Angeles office, which at the time of his departure was Ernst & Young LLP's second largest practice in the Americas and the largest public accounting firm in Los Angeles with over 1,200 professionals and over $400 million in annual revenues. Mr. Browning's extensive industry sector experience includes: real estate and REITs, financial services (commercial banks, asset management, consumer finance, credit card and mortgage companies), private equity, energy (upstream/downstream, refining and natural gas), engineering and construction, and technology. Before joining Ernst & Young LLP, Mr. Browning began his professional career with Arthur Andersen & Co. in 1976, where he was admitted to partnership in 1987 and named office managing partner of its Oklahoma office in 1994. At Arthur Andersen & Co. in Oklahoma and in Los Angeles, California, Mr. Browning served clients in a wide variety of industries and led the firm's domestic banking practice and regulatory compliance practice. Mr. Browning also serves on the board of directors of McCarthy Holdings, the holding company for McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., one of the top 10 U.S. commercial builders and the oldest American construction company, Parsley Energy, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas company, Community Bank, a Regional Business Bank based in Pasadena, California and Blackbrush Oil and Gas LP, an independent oil and gas exploration and development company that is also a portfolio company of a fund managed by an affiliate of our manager, Ares Commercial Real Estate Management LLC. Mr. Browning is also an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Browning volunteers on the board of CARE, a non-profit organization focused on assisting young adults with chemical abuse issues, as well as on the Dallas Summer Musicals board. Mr. Browning holds a B.B.A. from the University of Oklahoma and is a certified public accountant in Oklahoma, California and Texas.

John Jardine

Director; Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate; Partner of Ares Real Estate Group

Dallas

John

Jardine

Director; Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate; Partner of Ares Real Estate Group

Dallas

 

John Jardine - Director; Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate; Partner of Ares Real Estate Group

Mr. Jardine is our Co-Chief Executive Officer and is one of our Class I directors. Mr. Jardine is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s U.S. Equity and Debt Investment Committees and is also a member of the Management Committee of Ares Management. Mr. Jardine is a Partner and Co-Head of Real Estate Debt in the Ares Real Estate Group and since joining Ares Management in December 2013, Mr. Jardine has been responsible for debt originations at the Ares Real Estate Group, including originations by ACRE. He additionally serves on the Ares Real Estate Group's U.S. Equity Investment Committee. He is a seasoned real estate investor, having spent more than 20 years at TIAA-CREF, where he negotiated and closed large transactions and oversaw the performance of several multi-billion dollar commercial real estate portfolios. Mr. Jardine also led the formation of TIAA Realty, Inc., a private real estate investment trust. Prior to joining Ares, he was a Managing Director with C-III Asset Management, a primary and special loan servicer, from 2011 to 2013. Prior to joining C-III Asset Management in December 2011, Mr. Jardine worked as a Managing Director focusing on commercial mortgage-related credit strategies for ZAIS Group, an investment management company focused on specialized credit strategies, from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Jardine graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A., with honors, in English.

Robert L. Rosen

Chairman, Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

New York

Robert L.

Rosen

Chairman, Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

New York

 

Robert L. Rosen - Chairman, Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

Mr. Rosen is one of our Class II directors and the Chairman of the Board. Mr. Rosen is currently serving as our Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer since August 2015 and is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s Debt Investment Committee. Mr. Rosen has been a Partner of Ares Management since February 2016 and was previously an Operating Advisor to the Ares Management Private Equity Group. Mr. Rosen is the Managing Partner of RLR Capital Partners, which invests principally in the securities of publicly traded North American companies. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Rosen was a Managing Partner of RLR Focus Fund LP, an “active value” hedge fund. From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Rosen served as an exclusive consultant to Apollo Management, L.P. Mr. Rosen has served as a director of Ares Capital Corporation since 2004. He previously served as a director of Sapient Corporation. In 1998, Mr. Rosen founded National Financial Partners (NYSE: NFP), an independent distributor of financial services to high net worth individuals and small to medium sized corporations. He served as NFP's CEO from 1998 to 2000 and as its Chairman until January 2002. From 1987 to 1993, Mr. Rosen was a Managing Partner of Ballantrae Partners, L.P., an investment partnership. From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Rosen was Chairman and CEO of Damon Corporation, a leading healthcare and laboratory testing company that was ultimately sold to Quest Diagnostics. From 1983 to 1987, Mr. Rosen was Vice Chairman of Maxxam Group. Prior to that, Mr. Rosen spent twelve years at Shearson American Express in positions in research, investment banking and senior management, and for two years was Assistant to Sanford Weill, the then Chairman and CEO of Shearson. Mr. Rosen is a member of the NYU Stern School of Business Board of Overseers. Mr. Rosen holds a B.A. from the City University of New York in Economics and an M.B.A. from the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business in Finance.

James E. Skinner

Director

James E.

Skinner

Director

 

James E. Skinner - Director

Mr. Skinner is one of our Class III directors and currently serves as a member of the audit committee and the compensation committee. Mr. Skinner held various senior management positions with The Neiman Marcus Group LLC from June 2005 until his retirement in March 2016, including serving as Vice Chairman between May 2015 and March 2016, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer between October 2010 and May 2015, and prior to that date, served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. from October 2001 to October 2005. Mr. Skinner served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CapRock Communications Corp. in 2000, and served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of CompUSA Inc. from 1994 until 2000. Mr. Skinner also served as a partner with Ernst & Young from 1987 until 1991. Mr. Skinner serves on the board of directors of Fossil Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOSL), a global design, marketing and distribution company of consumer fashion accessories. Mr. Skinner holds a B.B.A. from Texas Tech University and is a certified public accountant in Texas.

Name

First Name

Last Name

Role Title

Role Title

Location

Location

Joshua Bloomstein

Vice President and Assistant Secretary

New York

Joshua

Bloomstein

Vice President and Assistant Secretary

New York

 

Joshua Bloomstein - Vice President and Assistant Secretary

Mr. Bloomstein is Vice President and Assistant Secretary of ACRE. He is a Partner and General Counsel of Ares Capital Corporation and also serves as the Executive Vice President and Co-General Counsel (Credit) and Deputy General Counsel (Corporate) of Ares Management.  Mr. Bloomstein also serves as Vice President and Assistant Secretary of American Capital Senior Floating, Ltd. (NASDAQ:ACSF) and Vice President and Assistant Secretary of CION Ares Diversified Credit Fund. He is also a member of the Ares Enterprise Risk Committee. Mr. Bloomstein joined Ares in 2006, from Latham & Watkins where he was an associate in its private equity and corporate groups, focusing on mergers and acquisitions transactions and securities law and general corporate matters. Mr. Bloomstein graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany and magna cum laude with a J.D. from the University of Miami, where he was elected to The Order of the Coif.

Anton Feingold

Vice President and Secretary

New York

Anton

Feingold

Vice President and Secretary

New York

 

Anton Feingold - Vice President and Secretary

Mr. Feingold is a Principal and Secretary of ACRE. Mr. Feingold joined Ares Management in March 2014 as a Vice President and Associate General Counsel (Real Estate) in the Ares Legal Group. Prior to joining Ares, Mr. Feingold worked at Clifford Chance from 2004 to 2014, where he was a Senior Associate. Mr. Feingold graduated from University of Birmingham with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B Honors) and received a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice at BPP University in London.

Don Haisch

Chief Accounting Officer

Los Angeles

Don

Haisch

Chief Accounting Officer

Los Angeles

 

Don Haisch - Chief Accounting Officer

Mr. Haisch is the Chief Accounting Officer for ACRE. Mr. Haisch is a Principal and Chief Accounting Officer, Real Estate in the Ares Finance Department. Prior to joining Ares in 2014, Mr. Haisch was a Senior Vice President in the Finance Department of CBRE. He holds a B.S., magna cum laude, from Western Illinois University in Accounting and an M.B.A. from the University of California Los Angeles.

Jamie Henderson

President and Chief Investment Officer

New York

Jamie

Henderson

President and Chief Investment Officer

New York

 

Jamie Henderson - President and Chief Investment Officer

Mr. Henderson is our President and Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Henderson is a Partner in the Ares Real Estate Group and Co-Head of Real Estate Debt. He is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s U.S. Debt Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ares in April 2017, Mr. Henderson held a variety of leadership roles at Barings Real Estate Advisors, a global advisory firm, and its predecessor companies Cornerstone Real Estate Advisors and Babson Capital Management. Most recently, he was Head of Structured Real Estate Investments at Barings where he oversaw a leading high yield real estate debt investment platform with teams in the United States and Europe. Mr. Henderson also led the development, launch and/or investment of various high yield debt investment vehicles. Mr. Henderson was Chairman of Barings’ Structured Real Estate Investment Committees in the United States and Europe, a member of Barings’ Direct Equity and Real Estate Securities Investment Committees, had a leading role in Barings’ real estate private equity activities, and had direct oversight of a 100-person specialty finance company focused on multifamily lending. Prior to joining Barings and its predecessor companies Cornerstone and Babson in 2005, he was a partner at a private equity real estate firm that owned and operated over 25,000 apartments, which was focused on the acquisition and repositioning of distressed multifamily assets. Prior to this, he was Vice President of Development for Oldcastle/CRH where he focused on the acquisition, repositioning and operation of mid-market operating companies. He served six years as an officer in the United States Navy, where he held a variety of roles including engineering, operations, and navigator of an Aegis Cruiser. Mr. Henderson holds a B.S., with merit, from the United States Naval Academy and an M.B.A. from Duke University Fuqua School of Business.

John Jardine

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Dallas

John

Jardine

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Dallas

 

John Jardine - Co-Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Jardine is our Co-Chief Executive Officer and is one of our Class I directors. Mr. Jardine is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s U.S. Equity and Debt Investment Committees and is also a member of the Management Committee of Ares Management. Mr. Jardine is a Partner and Co-Head of Real Estate Debt in the Ares Real Estate Group and since joining Ares Management in December 2013, Mr. Jardine has been responsible for debt originations at the Ares Real Estate Group, including originations by ACRE. He additionally serves on the Ares Real Estate Group's U.S. Equity Investment Committee. He is a seasoned real estate investor, having spent more than 20 years at TIAA-CREF, where he negotiated and closed large transactions and oversaw the performance of several multi-billion dollar commercial real estate portfolios. Mr. Jardine also led the formation of TIAA Realty, Inc., a private real estate investment trust. Prior to joining Ares, he was a Managing Director with C-III Asset Management, a primary and special loan servicer, from 2011 to 2013. Prior to joining C-III Asset Management in December 2011, Mr. Jardine worked as a Managing Director focusing on commercial mortgage-related credit strategies for ZAIS Group, an investment management company focused on specialized credit strategies, from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Jardine graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A., with honors, in English.

Keith Kooper

Vice President and Assistant Secretary

New York

Keith

Kooper

Vice President and Assistant Secretary

New York

 

Keith Kooper - Vice President and Assistant Secretary

Mr. Kooper serves as Vice President and Assistant Secretary of ACRE. Mr. Kooper is also a Partner and General Counsel (Real Estate) in the Ares Legal Department. Mr. Kooper additionally serves as a member of the Ares Enterprise Risk Committee. Mr. Kooper joined Ares in July 2013 from AREA Property Partners, where he worked as General Counsel from 2010 to 2013. Prior to joining AREA Property Partners in October 2010, Mr. Kooper worked at Capmark Investments, where he was President and General Counsel from 2007 to 2010. Prior to joining Capmark Investments in April 2007, Mr. Kooper worked at Drinker, Biddle, & Reath as an Associate from 2006 to 2007. Prior to working at Drinker, Biddle, & Reath in April 2006, Mr. Kooper worked at Sidley Austin as an Associate from 2000 to 2006. Mr. Kooper graduated from University of Michigan with a B.A. in History and Political Science and received his J.D. from Emory University School of Law.

Robert L. Rosen

Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer

New York

Robert L.

Rosen

Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer

New York

 

Robert L. Rosen - Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Rosen is one of our Class II directors and the Chairman of the Board. Mr. Rosen is currently serving as our Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer since August 2015 and is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s Debt Investment Committee. Mr. Rosen has been a Partner of Ares Management since February 2016 and was previously an Operating Advisor to the Ares Management Private Equity Group. Mr. Rosen is the Managing Partner of RLR Capital Partners, which invests principally in the securities of publicly traded North American companies. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Rosen was a Managing Partner of RLR Focus Fund LP, an “active value” hedge fund. From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Rosen served as an exclusive consultant to Apollo Management, L.P. Mr. Rosen has served as a director of Ares Capital Corporation since 2004. He previously served as a director of Sapient Corporation. In 1998, Mr. Rosen founded National Financial Partners (NYSE: NFP), an independent distributor of financial services to high net worth individuals and small to medium sized corporations. He served as NFP's CEO from 1998 to 2000 and as its Chairman until January 2002. From 1987 to 1993, Mr. Rosen was a Managing Partner of Ballantrae Partners, L.P., an investment partnership. From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Rosen was Chairman and CEO of Damon Corporation, a leading healthcare and laboratory testing company that was ultimately sold to Quest Diagnostics. From 1983 to 1987, Mr. Rosen was Vice Chairman of Maxxam Group. Prior to that, Mr. Rosen spent twelve years at Shearson American Express in positions in research, investment banking and senior management, and for two years was Assistant to Sanford Weill, the then Chairman and CEO of Shearson. Mr. Rosen is a member of the NYU Stern School of Business Board of Overseers. Mr. Rosen holds a B.A. from the City University of New York in Economics and an M.B.A. from the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business in Finance.

Michael Weiner

Vice President and General Counsel

Los Angeles

Michael

Weiner

Vice President and General Counsel

Los Angeles

 

Michael Weiner - Vice President and General Counsel

Mr. Weiner serves as Vice President and General Counsel of ACRE. He is Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Ares Management GP LLC, Ares’ general partner, a Partner and General Counsel in the Ares Legal Group, Ares’ Global Chief Compliance Officer, Global Privacy Officer and is a member of the Management Committee of Ares Management. He may from time to time serve as an officer, director or principal of entities affiliated with Ares Management or of investment funds managed by Ares Management and its affiliates. Mr. Weiner has served as Vice President and General Counsel of ACRE since 2012 and Vice President and Assistant Secretary of Ares Dynamic Credit Allocation Fund, Inc. (NYSE:ARDC) and is Vice President and Assistant Secretary of CION Ares Diversified Credit Fund. He also serves as a Vice President of Ares Capital Corporation. From September 2006 to January 2010, Mr. Weiner served as General Counsel of Ares Capital. He additionally is a member of the Ares Operations Management Group and the Ares Enterprise Risk Committee. Mr. Weiner joined Ares in September 2006. Previously, he served as General Counsel to Apollo Management L.P. and had been an officer of the corporate general partners of Apollo since 1992. Prior to joining Apollo, Mr. Weiner was a partner in the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, specializing in corporate and alternative financing transactions, securities law as well as general partnership, corporate and regulatory matters. Mr. Weiner has served on the boards of directors of several corporations. Mr. Weiner currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Mr. Weiner graduated with a B.S. in Business and Finance from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of Santa Clara.

Tae-Sik Yoon

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Washington D.C.

Tae-Sik

Yoon

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Washington D.C.

 

Tae-Sik Yoon - Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Tae-Sik Yoon is our Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer and also serves on our Manager's Investment Committee. Mr. Yoon has more than 19 years of commercial real estate finance, investment banking and legal experience with private and public companies. Mr. Yoon also serves as Partner and Chief Financial Officer of Ares Real Estate Group and is on the Ares Real Estate Group's European Equity and Debt Investment Committees. Prior to joining Ares Management in July 2012, Mr. Yoon served as Senior Vice President of Akridge, a privately held commercial real estate investment and services company, where he was responsible for its capital markets activities since 2010, including the development of funds, joint ventures and capital relationships. From 1999 to 2009, Mr. Yoon held various positions at J.E. Robert Companies, Inc. and its affiliates, including as Managing Director from 2003 to 2005 and Chief Financial Officer from 2005 to 2009, and was involved in the formation and management of several real estate private equity funds, a public commercial mortgage REIT (JER Investors Trust Inc.) and the firm's operating platforms in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Yoon also served in the real estate investment banking group at Morgan Stanley & Co. from 1989 to 1991, and again from 1997 to 1999, and was an attorney at the law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP from 1994 to 1997. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Law School.

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Bill Benjamin

Partner, Head of Real Estate Group

London

Bill

Benjamin

Partner, Head of Real Estate Group

London

 

Bill Benjamin - Partner, Head of Real Estate Group

Mr. Benjamin is a Partner and Head of Ares Real Estate Group and a member of the Management Committee of Ares Management. Additionally, Mr. Benjamin serves on the Ares Real Estate Operating Committee and is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s U.S. Equity, European Equity, U.S. Development and Redevelopment Fund II and Debt Investment Committees. Mr. Benjamin joined Ares Management LLC in July 2013 from AREA Property Partners, where he was a Senior Partner from 1995 to 2013. Mr. Benjamin joined AREA Property Partners in 1995 from Bankers Trust Corp, where he was a Principal from 1986 to 1995. Mr. Benjamin graduated from Harvard with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social studies and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School.

Jamie Henderson

Partner, President and Chief Investment Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

New York

Jamie

Henderson

Partner, President and Chief Investment Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

New York

 

Jamie Henderson - Partner, President and Chief Investment Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

Mr. Henderson is our President and Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Henderson is a Partner in the Ares Real Estate Group and Co-Head of Real Estate Debt. He is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s U.S. Debt Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ares in April 2017, Mr. Henderson held a variety of leadership roles at Barings Real Estate Advisors, a global advisory firm, and its predecessor companies Cornerstone Real Estate Advisors and Babson Capital Management. Most recently, he was Head of Structured Real Estate Investments at Barings where he oversaw a leading high yield real estate debt investment platform with teams in the United States and Europe. Mr. Henderson also led the development, launch and/or investment of various high yield debt investment vehicles. Mr. Henderson was Chairman of Barings’ Structured Real Estate Investment Committees in the United States and Europe, a member of Barings’ Direct Equity and Real Estate Securities Investment Committees, had a leading role in Barings’ real estate private equity activities, and had direct oversight of a 100-person specialty finance company focused on multifamily lending. Prior to joining Barings and its predecessor companies Cornerstone and Babson in 2005, he was a partner at a private equity real estate firm that owned and operated over 25,000 apartments, which was focused on the acquisition and repositioning of distressed multifamily assets. Prior to this, he was Vice President of Development for Oldcastle/CRH where he focused on the acquisition, repositioning and operation of mid-market operating companies. He served six years as an officer in the United States Navy, where he held a variety of roles including engineering, operations, and navigator of an Aegis Cruiser. Mr. Henderson holds a B.S., with merit, from the United States Naval Academy and an M.B.A. from Duke University Fuqua School of Business.

John Jardine

Partner, Director and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

Dallas

John

Jardine

Partner, Director and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

Dallas

 

John Jardine - Partner, Director and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

Mr. Jardine is our Co-Chief Executive Officer and is one of our Class I directors. Mr. Jardine is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s U.S. Equity and Debt Investment Committees and is also a member of the Management Committee of Ares Management. Mr. Jardine is a Partner and Co-Head of Real Estate Debt in the Ares Real Estate Group and since joining Ares Management in December 2013, Mr. Jardine has been responsible for debt originations at the Ares Real Estate Group, including originations by ACRE. He additionally serves on the Ares Real Estate Group's U.S. Equity Investment Committee. He is a seasoned real estate investor, having spent more than 20 years at TIAA-CREF, where he negotiated and closed large transactions and oversaw the performance of several multi-billion dollar commercial real estate portfolios. Mr. Jardine also led the formation of TIAA Realty, Inc., a private real estate investment trust. Prior to joining Ares, he was a Managing Director with C-III Asset Management, a primary and special loan servicer, from 2011 to 2013. Prior to joining C-III Asset Management in December 2011, Mr. Jardine worked as a Managing Director focusing on commercial mortgage-related credit strategies for ZAIS Group, an investment management company focused on specialized credit strategies, from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Jardine graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A., with honors, in English.

Robert L. Rosen

Chairman, Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer

New York

Robert L.

Rosen

Chairman, Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer

New York

 

Robert L. Rosen - Chairman, Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Rosen is one of our Class II directors and the Chairman of the Board. Mr. Rosen is currently serving as our Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer since August 2015 and is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s Debt Investment Committee. Mr. Rosen has been a Partner of Ares Management since February 2016 and was previously an Operating Advisor to the Ares Management Private Equity Group. Mr. Rosen is the Managing Partner of RLR Capital Partners, which invests principally in the securities of publicly traded North American companies. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Rosen was a Managing Partner of RLR Focus Fund LP, an “active value” hedge fund. From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Rosen served as an exclusive consultant to Apollo Management, L.P. Mr. Rosen has served as a director of Ares Capital Corporation since 2004. He previously served as a director of Sapient Corporation. In 1998, Mr. Rosen founded National Financial Partners (NYSE: NFP), an independent distributor of financial services to high net worth individuals and small to medium sized corporations. He served as NFP's CEO from 1998 to 2000 and as its Chairman until January 2002. From 1987 to 1993, Mr. Rosen was a Managing Partner of Ballantrae Partners, L.P., an investment partnership. From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Rosen was Chairman and CEO of Damon Corporation, a leading healthcare and laboratory testing company that was ultimately sold to Quest Diagnostics. From 1983 to 1987, Mr. Rosen was Vice Chairman of Maxxam Group. Prior to that, Mr. Rosen spent twelve years at Shearson American Express in positions in research, investment banking and senior management, and for two years was Assistant to Sanford Weill, the then Chairman and CEO of Shearson. Mr. Rosen is a member of the NYU Stern School of Business Board of Overseers. Mr. Rosen holds a B.A. from the City University of New York in Economics and an M.B.A. from the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business in Finance.

David Sachs

Partner

Los Angeles

David

Sachs

Partner

Los Angeles

 

David Sachs - Partner

Mr. Sachs is a Partner in the Ares Strategy and Relationship Management Group, where he focuses on the Ares Credit Group’s publicly traded funds, strategic growth opportunities for Ares and facilitating the sharing of credit knowledge across the Ares platform. He serves as a Director and Chairman of the Board of Ares Dynamic Credit Allocation Fund, Inc. (NYSE:ARDC) and is an interested trustee of CION Ares Diversified Credit Fund. Additionally, Mr. Sachs serves as a member of Ares Credit Group, Private Equity Group and Real Estate Group fund investment committees and the Ares Equity Income Opportunity Strategy Portfolio Review Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 1997, Mr. Sachs was a Principal of Onyx Partners, Inc., where he focused on merchant banking and related capital raising activities in the private equity and mezzanine debt markets. Previously, he also worked with Taylor & Co., an investment manager providing investment advisory and consulting services to members of the Bass Family of Fort Worth, Texas, and Columbia Savings and Loan Association as Executive Vice President, where he was responsible for asset-liability management and running the investment management department. Mr. Sachs serves as the Non-Executive Chairman of Terex Corporation and is on the Board of Trustees and the McCormick Advisory Council at Northwestern University. He holds a B.S. from Northwestern University in Industrial Engineering and Management Science.

Steven Wolf

Partner

New York

Steven

Wolf

Partner

New York

 

Steven Wolf - Partner

Mr. Wolf is a Partner and the Chief Investment Officer for U.S. Equity in the Ares Real Estate Group and a member of the Management Committee of Ares Management. Additionally, he is Chairman of the Ares Real Estate Group’s U.S. Equity Investment Committee and serves on the Ares Real Estate Group’s Debt Investment Committee and Ares Real Estate Operating Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 2013, Mr. Wolf was a Partner at AREA Property Partners and CEO of VEF Advisors. Previously, Mr. Wolf was a Director at Credit Suisse First Boston. In addition, Mr. Wolf was a Managing Director at Federal Realty Investment Trust and a Senior Vice President at Equitable Real Estate Investment Management. Mr. Wolf holds a B.A. from Boston University in Economics and an M.S. from New York University in Real Estate Investment Analysis.

Tae-Sik Yoon

Partner, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

Washington D.C.

Tae-Sik

Yoon

Partner, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

Washington D.C.

 

Tae-Sik Yoon - Partner, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

Tae-Sik Yoon is our Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer and also serves on our Manager's Investment Committee. Mr. Yoon has more than 19 years of commercial real estate finance, investment banking and legal experience with private and public companies. Mr. Yoon also serves as Partner and Chief Financial Officer of Ares Real Estate Group and is on the Ares Real Estate Group's European Equity and Debt Investment Committees. Prior to joining Ares Management in July 2012, Mr. Yoon served as Senior Vice President of Akridge, a privately held commercial real estate investment and services company, where he was responsible for its capital markets activities since 2010, including the development of funds, joint ventures and capital relationships. From 1999 to 2009, Mr. Yoon held various positions at J.E. Robert Companies, Inc. and its affiliates, including as Managing Director from 2003 to 2005 and Chief Financial Officer from 2005 to 2009, and was involved in the formation and management of several real estate private equity funds, a public commercial mortgage REIT (JER Investors Trust Inc.) and the firm's operating platforms in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Yoon also served in the real estate investment banking group at Morgan Stanley & Co. from 1989 to 1991, and again from 1997 to 1999, and was an attorney at the law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP from 1994 to 1997. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Law School.

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Carl Drake

Partner, Head of Public Investor Relations and Communications

Atlanta

Carl

Drake

Partner, Head of Public Investor Relations and Communications

Atlanta

 

Carl Drake - Partner, Head of Public Investor Relations and Communications

Mr. Drake is a Partner and Head of Public Investor Relations and Communications for Ares Management, Ares Capital Corporation, Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation and American Capital Senior Floating, Ltd. He additionally serves as a member of the Ares Equity Income Opportunity Strategy Portfolio Review Committee and the Ares Operations Management Group. Prior to joining Ares in 2008, Mr. Drake was a Managing Director in the Equity Research Department of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, where he focused on covering specialty finance companies including Business Development Companies ("BDCs"), and was a Vice President in the firm’s investment banking department. Previously, Mr. Drake was a Vice President at Creditanstalt Corporate Finance Inc., GE Capital Commercial Finance and Metropolitan Life. Mr. Drake holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt University in History and an M.B.A. from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business. Mr. Drake is a CFA® charterholder.

John Stilmar

Principal

Atlanta

John

Stilmar

Principal

Atlanta

 

John Stilmar - Principal

Mr. Stilmar is a Principal in the Ares Public IR and Corporate Communications Group, where he focuses on real estate investor relations. Prior to joining Ares in 2013, Mr. Stilmar was an Equity Analyst at JMP Securities, Sun Trust Robinson Humphrey and Friedman Billings Ramsey, where he focused on covering consumer and commercial specialty finance companies. Previously, Mr. Stilmar worked in the Corporate Planning and Treasury Group at Capital One. Mr. Stilmar holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Richmond E. Clairborne Robins School of Business with a dual concentration in Finance and Marketing. He has been recognized by Institutional Investor Magazine and the Financial Times for excellence in his field.

Precilla Torres

Managing Director

New York

Precilla

Torres

Managing Director

New York

 

Precilla Torres - Managing Director

Ms. Torres is a Managing Director in the Ares Real Estate Group, where she focuses on U.S. real estate debt. Prior to joining Ares in 2012, she was a Managing Director at Hudson Realty Capital, where she focused on new business strategies and capital markets solutions. Previously, Ms. Torres was a Managing Director at NewOak Capital, where she founded the firm’s commercial real estate business. Previously, she was Managing Director at Citigroup where she focused on executing, structuring, and marketing large loan-related transactions, including securitizations, syndications and subordinated debt sales. In addition, Ms. Torres was a Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers, where she focused on lead execution responsibility for multiple transactions, and held positions at CSFB and at Citibank where, in addition to securitizations of proprietary and third-party commercial real estate portfolios, she was involved in work-outs, dispositions, and securitizations of RTC and FDIC and privately held non-performing assets. Ms. Torres holds a B.S., summa cum laude, from Ateneo University, Philippines, and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University.

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David Kadin

Principal

Los Angeles

David

Kadin

Principal

Los Angeles

 

David Kadin - Principal

Mr. Kadin is a Principal in the Ares Real Estate Group, where he focuses on U.S. real estate debt. Prior to joining Ares in 2011, Mr. Kadin was an Investment Officer at Wrightwood Capital, where he focused on commercial loan origination in the Western United States. Previously, he was a Senior Underwriter and Portfolio Manager at Merrill Lynch Capital, where he focused on underwriting commercial real estate loans. In addition, Mr. Kadin was a Senior Manager at The Irvine Company, where he focused on analyzing commercial and residential acquisitions, and a Manager at FINOVA Realty Capital, where he focused on CMBS loans. Mr. Kadin holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Urban Studies.  He also holds an M.P. (Master of Planning) and an M.P.A. (Masters of Public Administration) from the University of Southern California.

James Mosier

Principal

Los Angeles

James

Mosier

Principal

Los Angeles

 

James Mosier - Principal

Mr. Mosier is a Principal in the Ares Real Estate Group, where he focuses on U.S. real estate debt. Prior to joining Ares in 2014, Mr. Mosier was a Vice President at AIG Investments, where he focused on balance sheet loan origination, asset management and CMBS origination. Mr. Mosier holds a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University in Finance and an M.B.A. from the University of California Los Angeles Anderson School of Management in Real Estate.

Mark Salgado

Principal

Chicago

Mark

Salgado

Principal

Chicago

 

Mark Salgado - Principal

Mr. Salgado is a Principal in the Ares Real Estate Group, where he focuses on U.S. real estate debt. Prior to joining Ares in 2013, Mr. Salgado was a Portfolio Manager at Vision Advisors, Chile, where he focused on debt and equity investments. Previously, Mr. Salgado worked at Fitch Ratings, where he focused on emerging markets structured finance. Mr. Salgado holds a B.A. from Duke University in Economics and Public Policy Studies and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Frank Sullivan

Managing Director

Chicago

Frank

Sullivan

Managing Director

Chicago

 

Frank Sullivan - Managing Director

Frank Sullivan is a Managing Director in the Ares Real Estate Group, where he focuses on U.S. real estate debt. Prior to joining Ares in 2011, Mr. Sullivan was a Senior Regional Director of Fund Management at Wrightwood Capital, where he focused on originating, structuring, and closing mezzanine and equity investments. Previously, he was an Assistant Director of Commercial Real Estate at Principal Mutual Life Insurance Company. Additionally, he worked with Wachovia Bank, where he focused on acquisitions, dispositions, new property development and asset management of commercial properties in the central and western United States. Mr. Sullivan holds a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Architecture, with honors, from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas, Austin.

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Rand S. April

Director

Rand S.

April

Director

 

Rand S. April - Director

Mr. April is one of our Class III directors and currently serves as a member of the nominating and governance committee. Mr. April was a Partner of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, an international law firm, from 1981 until 2013 and served as the Managing Partner of Skadden’s Los Angeles office from 1994 until 2012. Subsequent to Mr. April’s retirement as a Partner in 2013, he was Of Counsel of Skadden until April 2016. During his time at Skadden, Mr. April had an extensive real estate and finance practice, regularly advising both U.S. and international clients in transactions involving a wide variety of real estate asset classes. He has considerable experience with the public and private offering of various types of real estate securities, including REIT and securitized debt offerings. Mr. April is also a longtime board member and former Chairman of Public Counsel Law Center, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm serving the indigent, where he was interim President and Chief Executive Officer in 2015, and is a board member of Town Hall Los Angeles, where he served as Chairman from 2010 to 2011. He currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission. Mr. April holds a B.A., phi beta kappa, from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Michael Arougheti

Director; Co-Founder and President of Ares; Partner of Ares Credit Group

New York

Michael

Arougheti

Director; Co-Founder and President of Ares; Partner of Ares Credit Group

New York

 

Michael Arougheti - Director; Co-Founder and President of Ares; Partner of Ares Credit Group

Mr. Arougheti is one of our Class III directors. He served as the Chairman of the Board from September 2011 through March 2014. Mr. Arougheti is a Co-Founder of Ares Management, Partner in the Ares Credit Group and a member of its Management Committee. He serves as a Director and President of Ares Management GP LLC and also serves as Co-Chairman of the board of directors and as an Executive Vice President of Ares Capital Corporation. Mr. Arougheti also is a member of the Ares Credit Group’s U.S. and European Direct Lending Investment Committees, the Ares Equity Income Opportunity Strategy Portfolio Review Committee and the Ares Operations Management Group. Mr. Arougheti may from time to time serve as an officer, director or principal of entities affiliated with Ares Management or of investment funds managed by Ares Management and its affiliates. Prior to joining Ares Management in 2004, Mr. Arougheti was employed by Royal Bank of Canada from 2001 to 2004, where he was a Managing Partner of the Principal Finance Group of RBC Capital Partners and a member of the firm's Mezzanine Investment Committee. Mr. Arougheti oversaw an investment team that originated, managed and monitored a diverse portfolio of middle-market leveraged loans, senior and junior subordinated debt, preferred equity and common stock and warrants on behalf of RBC and other third-party institutional investors. Mr. Arougheti joined Royal Bank of Canada in October 2001 from Indosuez Capital, where he was a Principal and an Investment Committee member, responsible for originating, structuring and executing leveraged transactions across a broad range of products and asset classes. Prior to joining Indosuez in 1994, Mr. Arougheti worked at Kidder, Peabody & Co., where he was a member of the firm's Mergers and Acquisitions Group. Mr. Arougheti also serves on the boards of directors of Riverspace Arts, a not-for-profit arts organization and Operation HOPE, a not-for-profit organization focused on expanding economic opportunity in underserved communities through economic education and empowerment. Mr. Arougheti received a B.A. in Ethics, Politics and Economics, cum laude, from Yale University.

Caroline E. Blakely

Director

Caroline E.

Blakely

Director

 

Caroline E. Blakely - Director

Ms. Blakely is one of our Class II directors and currently serves as the Chairperson of the nominating and governance committee and as a member of the audit committee. Ms. Blakely is currently the Chief Executive Officer and President of Rebuilding Together, Inc., a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing. Ms. Blakely was a partner in the Real Estate Group at Cassin & Cassin LLP, a law firm providing legal services that focus on real estate finance, real estate transactions and private client services from October 2013 to December 2015. Prior to joining Cassin & Cassin LLP, Ms. Blakely served as a Vice President of the multifamily business of the Federal National Mortgage Association ("Fannie Mae") from April 1999 to October 2013. In this capacity, Ms. Blakely defined the strategic direction for Fannie Mae's growing asset management and counterparty responsibilities. In addition, Ms. Blakely was responsible for mitigating the financial and operational risk of 24 Delegated Underwriting Servicing Lenders, including assessing the counterparty's capital adequacy to share risk with Fannie Mae. She initiated performing note sales and negotiated the first sale of multifamily mortgage servicing rights. Ms. Blakely also served as Chief Marketing Officer of National Cooperative Bank ("NCB") and as Senior Managing Director of NCB's Corporate Banking and Commercial Real Estate Divisions from 1992 to 1999, during which time she served as a member of NCB's Executive Committee and as President of NCB Capital Corporation. In 1980, Ms. Blakely founded a law firm specializing in structured finance and real estate lending for acquisition, development and construction loans, where she practiced until 1992. Ms. Blakely currently serves on the executive committee of the Urban Land Institute's Women's Leadership Initiative and volunteers on the Board of Trustees for Global Communities, a non-profit organization specializing in international development and microfinance. Ms. Blakely holds a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she graduated cum laude.

William Browning

Director

William

Browning

Director

 

William Browning - Director

Mr. Browning is one of our Class I directors and currently serves as the Chairperson of the audit committee and as a member of the compensation committee. Mr. Browning has dedicated his time to serving on boards of directors since January 2012. From 1999 to January 2012, Mr. Browning was a senior client service partner at Ernst & Young LLP, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Browning served as the managing partner for Ernst & Young LLP's Los Angeles office, which at the time of his departure was Ernst & Young LLP's second largest practice in the Americas and the largest public accounting firm in Los Angeles with over 1,200 professionals and over $400 million in annual revenues. Mr. Browning's extensive industry sector experience includes: real estate and REITs, financial services (commercial banks, asset management, consumer finance, credit card and mortgage companies), private equity, energy (upstream/downstream, refining and natural gas), engineering and construction, and technology. Before joining Ernst & Young LLP, Mr. Browning began his professional career with Arthur Andersen & Co. in 1976, where he was admitted to partnership in 1987 and named office managing partner of its Oklahoma office in 1994. At Arthur Andersen & Co. in Oklahoma and in Los Angeles, California, Mr. Browning served clients in a wide variety of industries and led the firm's domestic banking practice and regulatory compliance practice. Mr. Browning also serves on the board of directors of McCarthy Holdings, the holding company for McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., one of the top 10 U.S. commercial builders and the oldest American construction company, Parsley Energy, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas company, Community Bank, a Regional Business Bank based in Pasadena, California and Blackbrush Oil and Gas LP, an independent oil and gas exploration and development company that is also a portfolio company of a fund managed by an affiliate of our manager, Ares Commercial Real Estate Management LLC. Mr. Browning is also an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Browning volunteers on the board of CARE, a non-profit organization focused on assisting young adults with chemical abuse issues, as well as on the Dallas Summer Musicals board. Mr. Browning holds a B.B.A. from the University of Oklahoma and is a certified public accountant in Oklahoma, California and Texas.

John Jardine

Director; Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate; Partner of Ares Real Estate Group

Dallas

John

Jardine

Director; Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate; Partner of Ares Real Estate Group

Dallas

 

John Jardine - Director; Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate; Partner of Ares Real Estate Group

Mr. Jardine is our Co-Chief Executive Officer and is one of our Class I directors. Mr. Jardine is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s U.S. Equity and Debt Investment Committees and is also a member of the Management Committee of Ares Management. Mr. Jardine is a Partner and Co-Head of Real Estate Debt in the Ares Real Estate Group and since joining Ares Management in December 2013, Mr. Jardine has been responsible for debt originations at the Ares Real Estate Group, including originations by ACRE. He additionally serves on the Ares Real Estate Group's U.S. Equity Investment Committee. He is a seasoned real estate investor, having spent more than 20 years at TIAA-CREF, where he negotiated and closed large transactions and oversaw the performance of several multi-billion dollar commercial real estate portfolios. Mr. Jardine also led the formation of TIAA Realty, Inc., a private real estate investment trust. Prior to joining Ares, he was a Managing Director with C-III Asset Management, a primary and special loan servicer, from 2011 to 2013. Prior to joining C-III Asset Management in December 2011, Mr. Jardine worked as a Managing Director focusing on commercial mortgage-related credit strategies for ZAIS Group, an investment management company focused on specialized credit strategies, from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Jardine graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A., with honors, in English.

Robert L. Rosen

Chairman, Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

New York

Robert L.

Rosen

Chairman, Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

New York

 

Robert L. Rosen - Chairman, Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

Mr. Rosen is one of our Class II directors and the Chairman of the Board. Mr. Rosen is currently serving as our Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer since August 2015 and is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s Debt Investment Committee. Mr. Rosen has been a Partner of Ares Management since February 2016 and was previously an Operating Advisor to the Ares Management Private Equity Group. Mr. Rosen is the Managing Partner of RLR Capital Partners, which invests principally in the securities of publicly traded North American companies. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Rosen was a Managing Partner of RLR Focus Fund LP, an “active value” hedge fund. From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Rosen served as an exclusive consultant to Apollo Management, L.P. Mr. Rosen has served as a director of Ares Capital Corporation since 2004. He previously served as a director of Sapient Corporation. In 1998, Mr. Rosen founded National Financial Partners (NYSE: NFP), an independent distributor of financial services to high net worth individuals and small to medium sized corporations. He served as NFP's CEO from 1998 to 2000 and as its Chairman until January 2002. From 1987 to 1993, Mr. Rosen was a Managing Partner of Ballantrae Partners, L.P., an investment partnership. From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Rosen was Chairman and CEO of Damon Corporation, a leading healthcare and laboratory testing company that was ultimately sold to Quest Diagnostics. From 1983 to 1987, Mr. Rosen was Vice Chairman of Maxxam Group. Prior to that, Mr. Rosen spent twelve years at Shearson American Express in positions in research, investment banking and senior management, and for two years was Assistant to Sanford Weill, the then Chairman and CEO of Shearson. Mr. Rosen is a member of the NYU Stern School of Business Board of Overseers. Mr. Rosen holds a B.A. from the City University of New York in Economics and an M.B.A. from the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business in Finance.

James E. Skinner

Director

James E.

Skinner

Director

 

James E. Skinner - Director

Mr. Skinner is one of our Class III directors and currently serves as a member of the audit committee and the compensation committee. Mr. Skinner held various senior management positions with The Neiman Marcus Group LLC from June 2005 until his retirement in March 2016, including serving as Vice Chairman between May 2015 and March 2016, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer between October 2010 and May 2015, and prior to that date, served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. from October 2001 to October 2005. Mr. Skinner served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CapRock Communications Corp. in 2000, and served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of CompUSA Inc. from 1994 until 2000. Mr. Skinner also served as a partner with Ernst & Young from 1987 until 1991. Mr. Skinner serves on the board of directors of Fossil Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOSL), a global design, marketing and distribution company of consumer fashion accessories. Mr. Skinner holds a B.B.A. from Texas Tech University and is a certified public accountant in Texas.

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Joshua Bloomstein

Vice President and Assistant Secretary

New York

Joshua

Bloomstein

Vice President and Assistant Secretary

New York

 

Joshua Bloomstein - Vice President and Assistant Secretary

Mr. Bloomstein is Vice President and Assistant Secretary of ACRE. He is a Partner and General Counsel of Ares Capital Corporation and also serves as the Executive Vice President and Co-General Counsel (Credit) and Deputy General Counsel (Corporate) of Ares Management.  Mr. Bloomstein also serves as Vice President and Assistant Secretary of American Capital Senior Floating, Ltd. (NASDAQ:ACSF) and Vice President and Assistant Secretary of CION Ares Diversified Credit Fund. He is also a member of the Ares Enterprise Risk Committee. Mr. Bloomstein joined Ares in 2006, from Latham & Watkins where he was an associate in its private equity and corporate groups, focusing on mergers and acquisitions transactions and securities law and general corporate matters. Mr. Bloomstein graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany and magna cum laude with a J.D. from the University of Miami, where he was elected to The Order of the Coif.

Anton Feingold

Vice President and Secretary

New York

Anton

Feingold

Vice President and Secretary

New York

 

Anton Feingold - Vice President and Secretary

Mr. Feingold is a Principal and Secretary of ACRE. Mr. Feingold joined Ares Management in March 2014 as a Vice President and Associate General Counsel (Real Estate) in the Ares Legal Group. Prior to joining Ares, Mr. Feingold worked at Clifford Chance from 2004 to 2014, where he was a Senior Associate. Mr. Feingold graduated from University of Birmingham with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B Honors) and received a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice at BPP University in London.

Don Haisch

Chief Accounting Officer

Los Angeles

Don

Haisch

Chief Accounting Officer

Los Angeles

 

Don Haisch - Chief Accounting Officer

Mr. Haisch is the Chief Accounting Officer for ACRE. Mr. Haisch is a Principal and Chief Accounting Officer, Real Estate in the Ares Finance Department. Prior to joining Ares in 2014, Mr. Haisch was a Senior Vice President in the Finance Department of CBRE. He holds a B.S., magna cum laude, from Western Illinois University in Accounting and an M.B.A. from the University of California Los Angeles.

Jamie Henderson

President and Chief Investment Officer

New York

Jamie

Henderson

President and Chief Investment Officer

New York

 

Jamie Henderson - President and Chief Investment Officer

Mr. Henderson is our President and Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Henderson is a Partner in the Ares Real Estate Group and Co-Head of Real Estate Debt. He is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s U.S. Debt Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ares in April 2017, Mr. Henderson held a variety of leadership roles at Barings Real Estate Advisors, a global advisory firm, and its predecessor companies Cornerstone Real Estate Advisors and Babson Capital Management. Most recently, he was Head of Structured Real Estate Investments at Barings where he oversaw a leading high yield real estate debt investment platform with teams in the United States and Europe. Mr. Henderson also led the development, launch and/or investment of various high yield debt investment vehicles. Mr. Henderson was Chairman of Barings’ Structured Real Estate Investment Committees in the United States and Europe, a member of Barings’ Direct Equity and Real Estate Securities Investment Committees, had a leading role in Barings’ real estate private equity activities, and had direct oversight of a 100-person specialty finance company focused on multifamily lending. Prior to joining Barings and its predecessor companies Cornerstone and Babson in 2005, he was a partner at a private equity real estate firm that owned and operated over 25,000 apartments, which was focused on the acquisition and repositioning of distressed multifamily assets. Prior to this, he was Vice President of Development for Oldcastle/CRH where he focused on the acquisition, repositioning and operation of mid-market operating companies. He served six years as an officer in the United States Navy, where he held a variety of roles including engineering, operations, and navigator of an Aegis Cruiser. Mr. Henderson holds a B.S., with merit, from the United States Naval Academy and an M.B.A. from Duke University Fuqua School of Business.

John Jardine

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Dallas

John

Jardine

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Dallas

 

John Jardine - Co-Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Jardine is our Co-Chief Executive Officer and is one of our Class I directors. Mr. Jardine is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s U.S. Equity and Debt Investment Committees and is also a member of the Management Committee of Ares Management. Mr. Jardine is a Partner and Co-Head of Real Estate Debt in the Ares Real Estate Group and since joining Ares Management in December 2013, Mr. Jardine has been responsible for debt originations at the Ares Real Estate Group, including originations by ACRE. He additionally serves on the Ares Real Estate Group's U.S. Equity Investment Committee. He is a seasoned real estate investor, having spent more than 20 years at TIAA-CREF, where he negotiated and closed large transactions and oversaw the performance of several multi-billion dollar commercial real estate portfolios. Mr. Jardine also led the formation of TIAA Realty, Inc., a private real estate investment trust. Prior to joining Ares, he was a Managing Director with C-III Asset Management, a primary and special loan servicer, from 2011 to 2013. Prior to joining C-III Asset Management in December 2011, Mr. Jardine worked as a Managing Director focusing on commercial mortgage-related credit strategies for ZAIS Group, an investment management company focused on specialized credit strategies, from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Jardine graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A., with honors, in English.

Keith Kooper

Vice President and Assistant Secretary

New York

Keith

Kooper

Vice President and Assistant Secretary

New York

 

Keith Kooper - Vice President and Assistant Secretary

Mr. Kooper serves as Vice President and Assistant Secretary of ACRE. Mr. Kooper is also a Partner and General Counsel (Real Estate) in the Ares Legal Department. Mr. Kooper additionally serves as a member of the Ares Enterprise Risk Committee. Mr. Kooper joined Ares in July 2013 from AREA Property Partners, where he worked as General Counsel from 2010 to 2013. Prior to joining AREA Property Partners in October 2010, Mr. Kooper worked at Capmark Investments, where he was President and General Counsel from 2007 to 2010. Prior to joining Capmark Investments in April 2007, Mr. Kooper worked at Drinker, Biddle, & Reath as an Associate from 2006 to 2007. Prior to working at Drinker, Biddle, & Reath in April 2006, Mr. Kooper worked at Sidley Austin as an Associate from 2000 to 2006. Mr. Kooper graduated from University of Michigan with a B.A. in History and Political Science and received his J.D. from Emory University School of Law.

Robert L. Rosen

Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer

New York

Robert L.

Rosen

Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer

New York

 

Robert L. Rosen - Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Rosen is one of our Class II directors and the Chairman of the Board. Mr. Rosen is currently serving as our Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer since August 2015 and is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s Debt Investment Committee. Mr. Rosen has been a Partner of Ares Management since February 2016 and was previously an Operating Advisor to the Ares Management Private Equity Group. Mr. Rosen is the Managing Partner of RLR Capital Partners, which invests principally in the securities of publicly traded North American companies. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Rosen was a Managing Partner of RLR Focus Fund LP, an “active value” hedge fund. From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Rosen served as an exclusive consultant to Apollo Management, L.P. Mr. Rosen has served as a director of Ares Capital Corporation since 2004. He previously served as a director of Sapient Corporation. In 1998, Mr. Rosen founded National Financial Partners (NYSE: NFP), an independent distributor of financial services to high net worth individuals and small to medium sized corporations. He served as NFP's CEO from 1998 to 2000 and as its Chairman until January 2002. From 1987 to 1993, Mr. Rosen was a Managing Partner of Ballantrae Partners, L.P., an investment partnership. From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Rosen was Chairman and CEO of Damon Corporation, a leading healthcare and laboratory testing company that was ultimately sold to Quest Diagnostics. From 1983 to 1987, Mr. Rosen was Vice Chairman of Maxxam Group. Prior to that, Mr. Rosen spent twelve years at Shearson American Express in positions in research, investment banking and senior management, and for two years was Assistant to Sanford Weill, the then Chairman and CEO of Shearson. Mr. Rosen is a member of the NYU Stern School of Business Board of Overseers. Mr. Rosen holds a B.A. from the City University of New York in Economics and an M.B.A. from the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business in Finance.

Michael Weiner

Vice President and General Counsel

Los Angeles

Michael

Weiner

Vice President and General Counsel

Los Angeles

 

Michael Weiner - Vice President and General Counsel

Mr. Weiner serves as Vice President and General Counsel of ACRE. He is Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Ares Management GP LLC, Ares’ general partner, a Partner and General Counsel in the Ares Legal Group, Ares’ Global Chief Compliance Officer, Global Privacy Officer and is a member of the Management Committee of Ares Management. He may from time to time serve as an officer, director or principal of entities affiliated with Ares Management or of investment funds managed by Ares Management and its affiliates. Mr. Weiner has served as Vice President and General Counsel of ACRE since 2012 and Vice President and Assistant Secretary of Ares Dynamic Credit Allocation Fund, Inc. (NYSE:ARDC) and is Vice President and Assistant Secretary of CION Ares Diversified Credit Fund. He also serves as a Vice President of Ares Capital Corporation. From September 2006 to January 2010, Mr. Weiner served as General Counsel of Ares Capital. He additionally is a member of the Ares Operations Management Group and the Ares Enterprise Risk Committee. Mr. Weiner joined Ares in September 2006. Previously, he served as General Counsel to Apollo Management L.P. and had been an officer of the corporate general partners of Apollo since 1992. Prior to joining Apollo, Mr. Weiner was a partner in the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, specializing in corporate and alternative financing transactions, securities law as well as general partnership, corporate and regulatory matters. Mr. Weiner has served on the boards of directors of several corporations. Mr. Weiner currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Mr. Weiner graduated with a B.S. in Business and Finance from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of Santa Clara.

Tae-Sik Yoon

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Washington D.C.

Tae-Sik

Yoon

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Washington D.C.

 

Tae-Sik Yoon - Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Tae-Sik Yoon is our Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer and also serves on our Manager's Investment Committee. Mr. Yoon has more than 19 years of commercial real estate finance, investment banking and legal experience with private and public companies. Mr. Yoon also serves as Partner and Chief Financial Officer of Ares Real Estate Group and is on the Ares Real Estate Group's European Equity and Debt Investment Committees. Prior to joining Ares Management in July 2012, Mr. Yoon served as Senior Vice President of Akridge, a privately held commercial real estate investment and services company, where he was responsible for its capital markets activities since 2010, including the development of funds, joint ventures and capital relationships. From 1999 to 2009, Mr. Yoon held various positions at J.E. Robert Companies, Inc. and its affiliates, including as Managing Director from 2003 to 2005 and Chief Financial Officer from 2005 to 2009, and was involved in the formation and management of several real estate private equity funds, a public commercial mortgage REIT (JER Investors Trust Inc.) and the firm's operating platforms in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Yoon also served in the real estate investment banking group at Morgan Stanley & Co. from 1989 to 1991, and again from 1997 to 1999, and was an attorney at the law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP from 1994 to 1997. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Law School.

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Bill Benjamin

Partner, Head of Real Estate Group

London

Bill

Benjamin

Partner, Head of Real Estate Group

London

 

Bill Benjamin - Partner, Head of Real Estate Group

Mr. Benjamin is a Partner and Head of Ares Real Estate Group and a member of the Management Committee of Ares Management. Additionally, Mr. Benjamin serves on the Ares Real Estate Operating Committee and is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s U.S. Equity, European Equity, U.S. Development and Redevelopment Fund II and Debt Investment Committees. Mr. Benjamin joined Ares Management LLC in July 2013 from AREA Property Partners, where he was a Senior Partner from 1995 to 2013. Mr. Benjamin joined AREA Property Partners in 1995 from Bankers Trust Corp, where he was a Principal from 1986 to 1995. Mr. Benjamin graduated from Harvard with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social studies and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School.

Jamie Henderson

Partner, President and Chief Investment Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

New York

Jamie

Henderson

Partner, President and Chief Investment Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

New York

 

Jamie Henderson - Partner, President and Chief Investment Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

Mr. Henderson is our President and Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Henderson is a Partner in the Ares Real Estate Group and Co-Head of Real Estate Debt. He is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s U.S. Debt Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ares in April 2017, Mr. Henderson held a variety of leadership roles at Barings Real Estate Advisors, a global advisory firm, and its predecessor companies Cornerstone Real Estate Advisors and Babson Capital Management. Most recently, he was Head of Structured Real Estate Investments at Barings where he oversaw a leading high yield real estate debt investment platform with teams in the United States and Europe. Mr. Henderson also led the development, launch and/or investment of various high yield debt investment vehicles. Mr. Henderson was Chairman of Barings’ Structured Real Estate Investment Committees in the United States and Europe, a member of Barings’ Direct Equity and Real Estate Securities Investment Committees, had a leading role in Barings’ real estate private equity activities, and had direct oversight of a 100-person specialty finance company focused on multifamily lending. Prior to joining Barings and its predecessor companies Cornerstone and Babson in 2005, he was a partner at a private equity real estate firm that owned and operated over 25,000 apartments, which was focused on the acquisition and repositioning of distressed multifamily assets. Prior to this, he was Vice President of Development for Oldcastle/CRH where he focused on the acquisition, repositioning and operation of mid-market operating companies. He served six years as an officer in the United States Navy, where he held a variety of roles including engineering, operations, and navigator of an Aegis Cruiser. Mr. Henderson holds a B.S., with merit, from the United States Naval Academy and an M.B.A. from Duke University Fuqua School of Business.

John Jardine

Partner, Director and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

Dallas

John

Jardine

Partner, Director and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

Dallas

 

John Jardine - Partner, Director and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

Mr. Jardine is our Co-Chief Executive Officer and is one of our Class I directors. Mr. Jardine is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s U.S. Equity and Debt Investment Committees and is also a member of the Management Committee of Ares Management. Mr. Jardine is a Partner and Co-Head of Real Estate Debt in the Ares Real Estate Group and since joining Ares Management in December 2013, Mr. Jardine has been responsible for debt originations at the Ares Real Estate Group, including originations by ACRE. He additionally serves on the Ares Real Estate Group's U.S. Equity Investment Committee. He is a seasoned real estate investor, having spent more than 20 years at TIAA-CREF, where he negotiated and closed large transactions and oversaw the performance of several multi-billion dollar commercial real estate portfolios. Mr. Jardine also led the formation of TIAA Realty, Inc., a private real estate investment trust. Prior to joining Ares, he was a Managing Director with C-III Asset Management, a primary and special loan servicer, from 2011 to 2013. Prior to joining C-III Asset Management in December 2011, Mr. Jardine worked as a Managing Director focusing on commercial mortgage-related credit strategies for ZAIS Group, an investment management company focused on specialized credit strategies, from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Jardine graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A., with honors, in English.

Robert L. Rosen

Chairman, Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer

New York

Robert L.

Rosen

Chairman, Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer

New York

 

Robert L. Rosen - Chairman, Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Rosen is one of our Class II directors and the Chairman of the Board. Mr. Rosen is currently serving as our Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer since August 2015 and is a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s Debt Investment Committee. Mr. Rosen has been a Partner of Ares Management since February 2016 and was previously an Operating Advisor to the Ares Management Private Equity Group. Mr. Rosen is the Managing Partner of RLR Capital Partners, which invests principally in the securities of publicly traded North American companies. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Rosen was a Managing Partner of RLR Focus Fund LP, an “active value” hedge fund. From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Rosen served as an exclusive consultant to Apollo Management, L.P. Mr. Rosen has served as a director of Ares Capital Corporation since 2004. He previously served as a director of Sapient Corporation. In 1998, Mr. Rosen founded National Financial Partners (NYSE: NFP), an independent distributor of financial services to high net worth individuals and small to medium sized corporations. He served as NFP's CEO from 1998 to 2000 and as its Chairman until January 2002. From 1987 to 1993, Mr. Rosen was a Managing Partner of Ballantrae Partners, L.P., an investment partnership. From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Rosen was Chairman and CEO of Damon Corporation, a leading healthcare and laboratory testing company that was ultimately sold to Quest Diagnostics. From 1983 to 1987, Mr. Rosen was Vice Chairman of Maxxam Group. Prior to that, Mr. Rosen spent twelve years at Shearson American Express in positions in research, investment banking and senior management, and for two years was Assistant to Sanford Weill, the then Chairman and CEO of Shearson. Mr. Rosen is a member of the NYU Stern School of Business Board of Overseers. Mr. Rosen holds a B.A. from the City University of New York in Economics and an M.B.A. from the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business in Finance.

David Sachs

Partner

Los Angeles

David

Sachs

Partner

Los Angeles

 

David Sachs - Partner

Mr. Sachs is a Partner in the Ares Strategy and Relationship Management Group, where he focuses on the Ares Credit Group’s publicly traded funds, strategic growth opportunities for Ares and facilitating the sharing of credit knowledge across the Ares platform. He serves as a Director and Chairman of the Board of Ares Dynamic Credit Allocation Fund, Inc. (NYSE:ARDC) and is an interested trustee of CION Ares Diversified Credit Fund. Additionally, Mr. Sachs serves as a member of Ares Credit Group, Private Equity Group and Real Estate Group fund investment committees and the Ares Equity Income Opportunity Strategy Portfolio Review Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 1997, Mr. Sachs was a Principal of Onyx Partners, Inc., where he focused on merchant banking and related capital raising activities in the private equity and mezzanine debt markets. Previously, he also worked with Taylor & Co., an investment manager providing investment advisory and consulting services to members of the Bass Family of Fort Worth, Texas, and Columbia Savings and Loan Association as Executive Vice President, where he was responsible for asset-liability management and running the investment management department. Mr. Sachs serves as the Non-Executive Chairman of Terex Corporation and is on the Board of Trustees and the McCormick Advisory Council at Northwestern University. He holds a B.S. from Northwestern University in Industrial Engineering and Management Science.

Steven Wolf

Partner

New York

Steven

Wolf

Partner

New York

 

Steven Wolf - Partner

Mr. Wolf is a Partner and the Chief Investment Officer for U.S. Equity in the Ares Real Estate Group and a member of the Management Committee of Ares Management. Additionally, he is Chairman of the Ares Real Estate Group’s U.S. Equity Investment Committee and serves on the Ares Real Estate Group’s Debt Investment Committee and Ares Real Estate Operating Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 2013, Mr. Wolf was a Partner at AREA Property Partners and CEO of VEF Advisors. Previously, Mr. Wolf was a Director at Credit Suisse First Boston. In addition, Mr. Wolf was a Managing Director at Federal Realty Investment Trust and a Senior Vice President at Equitable Real Estate Investment Management. Mr. Wolf holds a B.A. from Boston University in Economics and an M.S. from New York University in Real Estate Investment Analysis.

Tae-Sik Yoon

Partner, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

Washington D.C.

Tae-Sik

Yoon

Partner, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

Washington D.C.

 

Tae-Sik Yoon - Partner, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Ares Commercial Real Estate

Tae-Sik Yoon is our Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer and also serves on our Manager's Investment Committee. Mr. Yoon has more than 19 years of commercial real estate finance, investment banking and legal experience with private and public companies. Mr. Yoon also serves as Partner and Chief Financial Officer of Ares Real Estate Group and is on the Ares Real Estate Group's European Equity and Debt Investment Committees. Prior to joining Ares Management in July 2012, Mr. Yoon served as Senior Vice President of Akridge, a privately held commercial real estate investment and services company, where he was responsible for its capital markets activities since 2010, including the development of funds, joint ventures and capital relationships. From 1999 to 2009, Mr. Yoon held various positions at J.E. Robert Companies, Inc. and its affiliates, including as Managing Director from 2003 to 2005 and Chief Financial Officer from 2005 to 2009, and was involved in the formation and management of several real estate private equity funds, a public commercial mortgage REIT (JER Investors Trust Inc.) and the firm's operating platforms in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Yoon also served in the real estate investment banking group at Morgan Stanley & Co. from 1989 to 1991, and again from 1997 to 1999, and was an attorney at the law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP from 1994 to 1997. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Law School.

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Carl Drake

Partner, Head of Public Investor Relations and Communications

Atlanta

Carl

Drake

Partner, Head of Public Investor Relations and Communications

Atlanta

 

Carl Drake - Partner, Head of Public Investor Relations and Communications

Mr. Drake is a Partner and Head of Public Investor Relations and Communications for Ares Management, Ares Capital Corporation, Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation and American Capital Senior Floating, Ltd. He additionally serves as a member of the Ares Equity Income Opportunity Strategy Portfolio Review Committee and the Ares Operations Management Group. Prior to joining Ares in 2008, Mr. Drake was a Managing Director in the Equity Research Department of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, where he focused on covering specialty finance companies including Business Development Companies ("BDCs"), and was a Vice President in the firm’s investment banking department. Previously, Mr. Drake was a Vice President at Creditanstalt Corporate Finance Inc., GE Capital Commercial Finance and Metropolitan Life. Mr. Drake holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt University in History and an M.B.A. from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business. Mr. Drake is a CFA® charterholder.

John Stilmar

Principal

Atlanta

John

Stilmar

Principal

Atlanta

 

John Stilmar - Principal

Mr. Stilmar is a Principal in the Ares Public IR and Corporate Communications Group, where he focuses on real estate investor relations. Prior to joining Ares in 2013, Mr. Stilmar was an Equity Analyst at JMP Securities, Sun Trust Robinson Humphrey and Friedman Billings Ramsey, where he focused on covering consumer and commercial specialty finance companies. Previously, Mr. Stilmar worked in the Corporate Planning and Treasury Group at Capital One. Mr. Stilmar holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Richmond E. Clairborne Robins School of Business with a dual concentration in Finance and Marketing. He has been recognized by Institutional Investor Magazine and the Financial Times for excellence in his field.

Precilla Torres

Managing Director

New York

Precilla

Torres

Managing Director

New York

 

Precilla Torres - Managing Director

Ms. Torres is a Managing Director in the Ares Real Estate Group, where she focuses on U.S. real estate debt. Prior to joining Ares in 2012, she was a Managing Director at Hudson Realty Capital, where she focused on new business strategies and capital markets solutions. Previously, Ms. Torres was a Managing Director at NewOak Capital, where she founded the firm’s commercial real estate business. Previously, she was Managing Director at Citigroup where she focused on executing, structuring, and marketing large loan-related transactions, including securitizations, syndications and subordinated debt sales. In addition, Ms. Torres was a Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers, where she focused on lead execution responsibility for multiple transactions, and held positions at CSFB and at Citibank where, in addition to securitizations of proprietary and third-party commercial real estate portfolios, she was involved in work-outs, dispositions, and securitizations of RTC and FDIC and privately held non-performing assets. Ms. Torres holds a B.S., summa cum laude, from Ateneo University, Philippines, and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University.