Mr. Drake is a Partner and Head of Public Investor Relations and Communications for Ares Management. He additionally serves as a member of the Communications Committee, the Ares Equity Income Opportunity Strategy Portfolio Review Committee and the Business Operations Leadership Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 2008, Mr. Drake was a Managing Director in Equity Research at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, where he covered financial services companies, and earlier he served as a Vice President in Investment Banking. Previously, Mr. Drake served as a Vice President at Creditanstalt Corporate Finance Inc. and he also worked at GE Capital and Metropolitan Life. Mr. Drake holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt University in History and an M.B.A. from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. Mr. Drake is a CFA® charterholder.