Mr. Merriman is a Partner and Chair of Industrial in Ares Real Estate, where he focuses on U.S. industrial real estate equity. Mr. Merriman serves on the Ares Real Estate Global Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ares in 2021, he was a Senior Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer of Industrial at Black Creek Group, where he oversaw acquisition, asset management and portfolio management activities for all industrial investments. Since joining the firm in 2010, Mr. Merriman has served in a variety of leadership roles including Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer for Black Creek Diversified Property Fund Inc. and Industrial Property Trust. In addition to his current role, Mr. Merriman serves on the Board of Directors for Black Creek Industrial REIT IV Inc. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Stockbridge Capital Group LLC, a private-equity real estate investment company based in California. In addition, he was a Managing Director at RREEF Funds where he started CalSmart, a value-added real estate investment firm with the California Public Employees' Retirement System. Mr. Merriman was a Managing Director at Carr America Realty Corporation and at Overton, Moore & Associates, where he focused on developing office and industrial properties in Southern California. Mr. Merriman has been an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) for more than 15 years, serving in a variety of leadership positions within the organization. Mr. Merriman holds a B.S. from the University of Southern California in Business Administration and an M.B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles.