Mr. Birk is a Principal in Ares Real Estate, where he focuses on U.S. real estate debt. Prior to joining Ares in 2019, Mr. Birk was a Consultant at Situs, where he focused on real estate finance. Previously, Mr. Birk was an Assistant Vice President at Credit Suisse, where he focused on securitized products. Mr. Birk holds a B.S. from The University of Delaware in Finance.